Beauty Pill aren’t slowing down. After releasing their full length Please Advise last year, the Washington, D.C. based band have announced details of a new EP, Instant Night, set for release via Northern Spy on December 3rd. The good news comes paired with a thrilling single and video for ‘You Need A Better Mind’. Speaking about the track, Beauty Pill’s Chad Clark comments:
“The Roland TB-303 is an old Japanese synthesizer that was designed to convincingly mimic the sound of a bass guitar. It was introduced in 1981, it sounded like a toy and failed miserably, and it was ultimately discontinued in 1984. It makes freaky, wiggly, cartoony sounds. It sounds fuck-all like a bass guitar. Why am I telling you this? One ended up in my hands for a week. I did a lot of silly stuff with it. I did come up with this one worthwhile riff, which I built a song around. The song is called “You Need A Better Mind.”
“It was recorded with my band in a single take at the end of a recording session for another song. We were tired. None of us cared that much if we failed. The fun spirit you hear in this song is mostly exhaustion… that kind of punchy exhaustion you get late at night when you’ll laugh at anything. The lyrics were inspired by the spooky/funny 10-minute movie “Rachel”. “The song is about the scourge of American loneliness. It is by far the fastest, easiest song Beauty Pill has ever created. We hope you like it.”
Here’s the video for ‘You Need A Better Mind’, directed by Drew Doucette.
The legend that is bassist, producer and composer Sam Wilkes, a key player in the Los Angeles’ contemporary jazz scene, released last week his second full-length album, One Theme & Subsequent Improvisation, through Leaving Records. The album sprouted from one improvisational recording session also featuring two drummers, a Maestro Rhythm King drum machine, and two synthesists, who played “one repetitive theme that led to two subsequent movements of improvisation”, as the press release explains. Wilkes then tried “find new music through an immersive process” and “decided to destroy the audio of predetermined sections of the music through tape, sampling, and effects experiments.” One Theme & Subsequent Improvisation is one of those records that you can’t put away. Get a taste with ‘The Drums’ below.
Following the release of two cassette EP’s last year, LA band Dummy released yesterday their debut full-length album, Mandatory Enjoyment, through Trouble in Mind Records. The group’s drone-pop style weaves together influences as wide-reaching as 60s melodicism, 90s UK noise pop, spiritual jazz, Japanese new age, and Italian minimalism, to create a blissed-out, beautiful and addictive web of sound.
The album’s mesmerizing closing track, ‘Atonal Poem’, was the last single to emerge and Alex from Dummy had this to say about it:
“”Atonal Poem” is the sound of a rock band obsessed with new age music. We were listening to a lot of very peaceful music played on malleted instruments. It’s kind of like, wouldn’t it be funny to try to write a song like this? Why not break the rules? Why not challenge the expectations, especially within yourself? We wanted to create something uninhibited and untethered to convention. We had no idea where it would take us, but this track was the result. In the mythology of the record, this song represents the visitor’s journey home, far away from the atrophy and decay of life on Earth.”
‘Atonal Poem’ comes with an accompanying video. Watch it below.
Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist and producer Kaye Loggins aka Time Wharp took us by storm earlier this year with the release of Ingenue, a staggering and hypnotic double single that precedes a full-length album, Spiro World, arriving in early 2022. The surprises keep rolling and Time Wharp shared last week two new singles, ’10 Year Warranty’ b/w ‘R (Version)’ through Leaving Records. Listen to the infectious ’10 Year Warranty’ and head over to bandcamp to listen to ‘R (Version)’.
We’ve been eagerly anticipating the release of Natten, the new album from Bremer/McCoy, since they unleashed its title track. Now the Copenhagen based duo of pianist Morten McCoy and bassist Jonathan Bremer are enticing us further with a new bewitching single called ‘Gratitude’. Speaking about the track, McCoy explains:
“I wrote the main melody for the chorus of “Gratitude” one late evening after a session in the studio. I was just sitting and vibing, playing, reflecting on the day and then suddenly this melody just came to me out of nowhere, actually together with the baseline. And it came together with some simple words. I was singing in my head og jeg takker, which is basically “and I give thanks for that. That moment of time, that was just everything, the feeling of being in the universe, where there’s this loving energy, just very present, and the feeling of being humble and grateful for being able to sustain myself by doing what I love, and the feeling of being grateful to have such a nice family, friends around me. I was just very grateful and humbled by simply being in that moment of time.”
The track comes with an accompanying video directed by Paul Diddy and you can delight yourself with it below.
Following Airships Are Organisms, which was one of our Album Picks of 2019, John Ghost are back with new music. The extraordinary Ghent based instrumental sextet, led by guitarist and composer Jo De Geest, are set to release a new single titled ‘Black Chamber (Escape to the Sun)’ on November 5th through Sdban Ultra. The track sees John Ghost team up with Dutch producer, percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Frank Wienk aka Binkbeats, who has remixed tracks by Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus and Atoms For Peace. De Geest comments:
“In the studio, Binkbeats often works with audio design. He is particularly versatile with this and has very strong personal views on the sound design of a project. Our musical styles are a nice fit as well. As a group, we also wanted to stress the productional aspects and experiment with electronic components. This collaboration with Frank worked smoothly and gave us the opportunity to approach John Ghost’s music from different angles”
John Ghost have paired ‘Black Chamber (Escape to the Sun)’ with a video filmed last March at an arts centre in Ghent. Watch it now.