Ben Jacobs (a.k.a. Max Tundra) is finally back, with his first album in six years. Parallax Error Beheads You finds the U.K.-based multi-instrumentalist dabbling in wobbly electronics and soul-drenched vocals, and the entire album has a definitive feel-good aura about it. Besides producing music, Jacobs hosts a weekly radio show on Resonance FM and was one of the last artists every to record a Peel Sessions on the late John Peel's radio show.
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High Places is found-sound enthusiasts Mary Pearson and Rob Barber, and for their self-titled debut album, the two utilized not just manipulated samples, but a boatload of instruments that range from guitars to Kalimbas (listen for the banjo too). This track manages an interesting feat, which is to keep the listener both relaxed and expectant, as tinkling bells and gently plucked guitars move over an off-kilter beat that constantly changes both rhythm and time signature. Suffice to say, the duo pulls this off with ease.
The San Francisco indie rock sweethearts in Deerhoof will release their latest 14-track offering, Offend Maggie, next month. In the meantime, we are bringing you the introspective album’s namesake track to download. For this short-but-sweet song, the band has paired singer/bassist Satomi Matsuzaki’s endearing vocals with contrasting harmonies from drummer Greg Saunier over John Dieterich's beautiful and detailed acoustic guitar work. The result is a classically deerhoofian pop-rock lullaby with memorable hooks that will “ring, ring” (like Matsuzaki on the chorus) in your head long after the song has floated away. Lulu McAllister
Baltimore-by-way-of-Brooklyn-by-way-of-Sydney three-piece outfit The Death Set released its noisy debut album, Worldwide, earlier this year. The band has gotten Bonde do Role, Australian DJs Bumblebeez and Gloves, and American Treasure Fingers to sign on for "The Death Set Remix" 12”. Here, Treasure Fingers (of “Cross the Dancefloor” fame), has taken the band’s happy, electro-punk ditty, “Negative Thinking,” and dried it out for the dirty set. With its stripped-down, distorted vocals, grittier synths, and a harder hitting beat, this version has left no room for negativity. Lulu McAllister. Photo by Josh Sisk.
Those freak-hoppers in Restiform Bodies are gearing up for the release of their anticon. debut, TV Loves You Back, and instead of waiting until after the album's September 30 street date to start pushing the remixes, the trio enlisted Black Moth Super Rainbow boss Tobacco to get on the mixing board asap. Naturally, the latter added lots of wobbly, warped synth lines to the hip-hop flavored number. Throw in some off-kilter beat programming and rhymes spat in double-time, and a true weirdo-hop track has officially been born. Photo by Mathew Scott.
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