Redefine Mag squashes the idea that Martin Gore’s Depeche Mode reputation and fame is the only reason to check out his new self-titled LP:
At this point, it should be said that while it has been composed in the spirit of old musics, MG is not simply redundant, nostalgic, or considering Gore’s age, dated analog fetishism. This is a thoroughly and maybe even surprisingly modern approach to a classic genre made by a acknowledged master with an instantly recognizable perspective, using contemporary instruments inspired by the ancient sound making robots of the ’50s and ’60s.
Dig into the rest of the glowing review here. MG is out now on Mute Records.
Stereogum is both a wee disgusted yet totally intrigued by José González‘s new sidekick, hanging with him in two of his latest videos:
Well, that nasty-ass worm is back again, this time in one of González’s own videos. In this one, González checks into a hotel to spend some quality time with his creature. The video feels deeply peaceful, making for a sharp contrast from all the Cronenbergian body horror on display.
González’s album Vestiges & Claws is out now on Mute, and its title makes a little more sense now.
Watch both the videos over at Stereogum.
Salt Lake Magazine spoke with Beijing-based experimental rockers Chui Wan! Go give the interview a read and keep spinning the band’s self-titled record!
Elmore Magazine featured Lauren Hoffman’s new record as The Secret Storm! Drop by the site to read the feature and catch the video for the title track from The Secret Storm’s In The Sun EP! The Secret Storm is at radio now and available now!
WFUV’s New Dig this week is Sprinter by TORRES!
Brooklyn-based singer and songwriter Mackenzie Scott, who records as Torres, hit the ground running in early 2013 with her critically acclaimed, self-titled debut album. Extensive touring helped spread the word about the Georgia-born artist who finally released her second album, Sprinter, this week. Co-produced with longtime PJ Harvey collaborator Rob Ellis, who also played drums and keyboards on the album, Sprinter seethes with a potency and muscularity reminiscent of Harvey’s early albums.
Scott wastes little time before delving into the intensely dark nature of Sprinter, lyrically and otherwise. “Strange Hellos,” the lead track, starts with Scott declaring, “Heather, I’m sorry, that your mother, diseased in the brain, cannot recall your name.” Those stark, chillingly bland lines eventually erupt into a jarringly distorted rocker. “Son, You Are No Island” is a disturbing discourse delivered in an otherworldly voice, guaranteed to send a shiver down the spine.
As with the first Torres release, autobiography remains a constant on Sprinter. Scott’s religious upbringing is examined numerous times, especially in the album’s title track: the dissection of a church pastor brought down by pornography. A Southern conservative upbringing is also the subject of “Cowboy Guilt,” which offers a slightly whimsical melody. As a counterpoint, the brutally honest “Ferris Wheel” expands as a slow, meditative examination of loneliness and sadness.
Read more at WFUV’s site, and tune in tonight at 9PM EST for an in-studio session with TORRES! 90.7 FM in NYC or www.wfuv.org worldwide. You can catch a sneak peak at the session here: http://www.wfuv.org/content/torres-2015
Sprinter is out NOW via Partisan Records.
The ominous beat-maker Hudson Mohawke unleashed a new track and video from his upcoming album, Lantern, via Benji B’s BBC Radio 1 show.
Allow Stereogum to give you the heads up on what to expect from Lantern out 6/16 via Warp Records; watch the official video for “Scud Books” and listen to “Indian Steps ft. Antony”.
World Cafe presents…. HOP ALONG:
“Hop Along has more friends in the Philadelphia music scene than just about anybody; Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield even has a tattoo of the band’s first album cover. Singer Frances Quinlan is an exciting, unorthodox performer whose phrasing in “Waitress,” from Painted Shut, isn’t intuitive. But that makes it all the more powerful.”
“Gates of Dawn” from Heartless Bastards is Radio Milwaukee’s weekly download!
This week’s download comes from Heartless Bastards. Heartless Bastards will be releasing a new album called Restless Ones on June 16 on Partisan Records. The band will be performing at Turner Hall Ballroom on September 27. You have 7 days to grab their new song “Gates of Dawn.”
Hop over to Radio Milwaukee’s website for your free download! Restless Ones is going for spins at radio NOW and officially drops June 16 via Partisan records
i-D meets up with progressive soul family trio JAMES DAVIS and discuss their music background, creative process, and share their impressive down-tempo cover of The Cranberries’ “Zombie.”
Read the full interview here and find out why the band is getting called the potential “new Jackson 5.″
Their self-titled debut EP is out via Motown Records and is adding at radio NOW!
In PopMatters’ review, writer John Bergstrom insists Martin Gore’s new solo album MG is a solid record that deserves praise beyond the creator’s legendary history with Depeche Mode:
So the question is: does MG hold up as more than an excuse for diehard Depeche Mode fans to thicken their record collections?
It does, and for reasons that go beyond the music itself. With the caveat of ultra-clear mixing from Timothy “Überzone” Wiles, the 16 tracks that make up the hour-long MG represent the first original material Gore has released under his own name…. Even as an instrumental album, MG holds considerable weight as a statement because it’s the boldest one Gore has made on his own to date.
MG gets a 7/10! MG is going for spins at Top 200 and RPM via Mute Records!