Toronto-based experimental-pop artist, Jane Inc. (aka Carlyn Bezic who's part of U.S. Girls, Ice Cream and Darlene Shrugg) has shared her new single "Steel".
The song is taken from her forthcoming debut album 'Number One', which will be out on March 19 out via Telephone Explosion Records. Pre-order your copy here.
In a lot of ways, this album is a constant self-assessment. How do our surroundings impact our depression? Does outside imagery warp our ideas of beauty and self-worth? How do we manage our unhealthy connections to social media? What can we do to better our planet? This internal dialogue often leads Number One into vulnerable territory. “I think a lot of the songs on the album deal with how we form ourselves and how that gets fragmented and complicated by the societal structures we interact with”, says Bezic. “It felt right to make a collage of pictures of me (and ads from magazines) for the cover of the album. It’s like a weird fragmented self, building up an idea of who you are based on other people's ideas of you”.
"Steel", is a snappy foray into bug-eyed guitar pop, wedging agile riffs alongside blinging synthesizers and a thumping rhythm section. Thematically it adds to the conversation surrounding the increasingly imbalanced work/life pattern that we persevere with and the gentrification that is slowly sucking the soul out of cities whilst we keep our noses to the grindstone. "'Steel' is about the frustration of living to work and working to live," explains Carlyn, "while condominiums (and the policy and bureaucracy that nurture them) slowly turn your hometown into a husk."
Manchester experimental/noise three piece Gary, Indiana have released the video for their new single "Alien 3".
The song is out today via Fire Talk, get it here. Speaking about the new track, the band said "'Alien 3' is a dark tale of violence, defiance and rebellion. The words, almost whispered and monotone, are a declaration of power: I know what you're doing, the victim says; but I won't be on my knees anymore."
On the visuals, Scott Fair of the band, who also created the video said "I saw a clip of the video game Mosh Pit Simulator a while back and found it to be both very disturbing and very funny, and I loved that reaction so that was a jumping off point for the 'Alien 3' video. I used free software called Blender to make most of the animations, it's all completely new to me so I was like a kid in a sweet shop wanting to try everything and having fun with it. The other major component of the video is computer game glitches. Some true abominations are created when computer games go wrong and it's utterly captivating."
NYC electro post-punk duo The Vacant Lots (aka Jared Artaud and Brian MacFadyen) have dropped the Cold Cave Deep Speed Remix of their song "Into The Depths".
The remix features as a bonus 7" included in the second pressing of their latest album 'Interzone', due for release February 19th via Fuzz Club. Pre-order your copy here.
"It's truly an honor to collaborate with Wesley Eisold," says the duo's Jared Artaud. "Not only is Cold Cave one of my favorite bands, but he's one of my favorite poets. I can count on one hand the contemporary bands whose music I find inspiring. Cold Cave is the ultimate. It’s music that cuts through the bullshit and strikes the soul. Brian and I wanted to have just one remix to go with Interzone, and there was no one else we wanted to work with more than Cold Cave. I love what Wesley did to the track - pushing it to the extremes, into some insanely ordered chaos zone."
Berlin-based psych pop/post punk musician Nicholas Wood aka Saccades (best known for making up one-half of The KVB) has announce the release of his sophomore album 'Flowing Fades'.
The record will be released on April 9th via Fuzz Club Records featuring his new single "Islands Past". Pre-order your copy here.
The artist’s solo material under the Saccades moniker is an exercise in escapist psychedelic pop. On ‘Flowing Fades’ we find a world of blissed-out synths, languid carefree guitars, dreamy vocals and influences that range from J.G. Ballard and Serge Gainsbourg to 80s dream pop and yacht-rock.
“I began to properly work on this album after returning from The KVB’s North American Tour in late 2019, my head filled with new inspiration for this project and a clear idea on how this album should sound”, Wood remembers: “I wanted to create something soothing and immersive. Music for escapism, which can be listened to at sunrise or sunset. Even though it’s lighter and mellower than my usual output, I feel like there are strong hints of melancholia in there too, reflecting the world in which it was created.” With the bulk of the album written whilst Wood was cooped up in his apartment over lockdown, the album inevitably reflects the social unrest that was unfolding outside - touching on everything from lockdown paranoia and fractured relationships to missing life on the road.
Check out the album's tracklist and watch the video for "Islands Past" below.
Portland-based dream pop/ indie pop/chillwave artist Blue Canopy (akamulti-instrumentalist Alex Schiff) has revealed the video for his new single "Motovun".
The song is is the lead single of his forthcoming EP 'Sleep While You Can', set to arrive on March 5th via Grind Select. Pre-order your copy here.
Exploring the often unspoken anxiety related to having a child and what that means for losing the past version of one's self, the EP is beautifully introspective at a time where self-reflection is incredibly crucial.