Empty Lighthouse recently reviewed MG’s new self-titled album out on Mute and had this to say:
It’s stark, electro soundscapes evoke a cold tundra at dusk. His first completely instrumental album, MG is a slow-burn. “Crowly” pulses with gurgling synths and evokes a night ride through a future cosmopolitan. The industrial “Brink” is the closest this comes to dance music, while most of the tracks slither along on a Brian-Eno-with-insomnia vibe.
Read more here. MG is going for spins at radio NOW!
Dom La Nena and her cello stopped by World Cafe on WXPN for a live studio session–check it out!
Dom La Nena is our guest today. She is a cello-playing singer-songwriter with a wonderfully soft, melodic style and a beautiful new record called Soyo.
Stream the session here!
Tune into KVCU Radio 1190 at 2PM MST to hear a live session with Death Valley Girls!!
Consequence of Sound is impressed with TORRES’ new release, Sprinter, awarding it with a A-! :
But the joy of listening to Torres — and there is a lot of joy — is in her words, her melodies, and the fire she breathes when she sings. The achievement that is Sprinter should surprise no one considering the acclaim for her debut LP in 2013, but the fact that a virtual masterpiece came so soon afterwards is still worth recognizing. Scott is only 24, but she writes with the courage of someone much older.
Read the full album review here.
Sprinter officially drops 5/4 via Partisan and is already spinning at radio NOW!
The soft-spoken yet prominent songwriter José González stopped by Bob Boilen’s tiny desk the other day to play a few songs.
There’s a quiet and a calm from José González that amplify his words. This has never been truer than on his new album, Vestiges & Claws. The songs are full of abstract imagery — more paintings than stories.
Watch him perform “Open Book,” “With the Ink of a Ghost,” and “Every Age” here!
Vestiges & Claws is out NOW on Mute REcords.
Hop Along hops along.
In this interview with The Village Voice, the band talks songwriting, touring, and couch surfing on the road.
Fontwoman Frances Quinlan explains that she she sees Painted Shut as a series of stories completely open to interpretation by the listener.
“It’s working with characters who can’t be touched or contacted,” Frances says of the title. [Painted Shut] does contain plenty of those characters — nine, by Frances’s count — but, like most good tales, that’s just a starting point. The songs on Painted Shut are wide open to listener interpretation. “I don’t want to force people to see [Painted Shut’s songs] how I thought,” Frances says. “I appreciate it more and more when people come away with different stories. So far, many people have described ‘Waitress’ as a different story, but those descriptions haven’t been my experience. I don’t think it’s meant to be a piece of journalism, really. It’s just a document.”
Painted Shut is going for ADDS at radio NOW, and releases officially on 5/5 via Saddle Creek.
MG’s Self-titled album gets a 7.2 in Pitchfork’s album review!
MG is something new. These are sketches rather than songs, and, unlike VCMG’s visceral, sternum-punching, 10,000-watt techno throb, they’re designed mostly to fade into the background. Some tracks feature subtle beats, but for the most part this is ambient music the way Brian Eno envisioned it, as a kind of sonic wallpaper. That’s no slight: the record’s low stakes help make evident what it excels at, which is sound design—a careful sculpting of electricity and air… The great beauty of MG is that at a certain point while he was plugging in cables and twisting knobs, Gore simply said, “Enough,” and it was… Read more here.
MG is going for spins at radio NOW via Mute Records!
Are you the type of person who prefers music recommendations by word of mouth?
Head over to The Guardian to watch a quick 3 minute video on “Why Squarepusher’s Damogen Furies is the one album you should hear this week!”
Damogen Furies is out on Warp Records now.
Check out José González‘s stunning performance of “With the Ink of a Ghost” from 101.9 KINK FM’s Skype Live Studio last week.
Vestiges & Claws is out now on Mute Records!
The Silver Lake Chorus’ rendition of “Heavy Star Movin” by The Flaming Lips is quickly becoming a new favorite cover among many:
The Silver Lake Chorus didn’t take the easy road with this one, this song is not for your average NPR-listener/Lips-fan, as we are not in ‘Yoshimi vs the Pink Robots’ territory there. Rather the track comes from the most experimental side of the band, an electronic futuristic soundscape from another planet or another galaxy as a matter of fact, slowly floating in space. I can see why the Chorus chose it, these slowly expanding sonic swirls may fit their ethereal harmonies very well, despite the fact it was probably not easy to adapt such a song for a 25-person chorus!
Head over to Rock NYC to check out TSLC record the track in the studio!