When he's not running through fields and discovering creepy abandoned houses, Portland's Thomas Meluch is busy making experimental pop songs under his Benoît Pioulard moniker. The music on Temper, set to drop next week on the esteemed kranky imprint, pairs acoustic guitars with software generated static, smooth cello arrangements with staggered percussion, and Meluch cites everything from T.S. Eliot to Italian neo-realists as his inspirations for the album. "Idyll" sweeps through a broad palette of the aforementioned sounds, while Meluch's gently sung vocals add the finishing touches. Temper 01 Ragged Tint 02 Ahn 03 Sweep Generator 04 Golden Grin 05 The Loom Pedal 06 Ardoise 07 Physic 08 Modèle d Eclat 09 Idyll 10 Brown Bess 11 Cycle Disparaissant 12 A Woolgathering Exodus 13 Détruisons Tout 14 Loupe 15 Taprye 16 Hesperus
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Recall the year 2005, when Out Hud's Let Us Never Speak of It Again was released on kranky and we were all so enamored by the rock-club-meets-the-dancefloor-style music that we didn't stop to consider the title of the album–which foreshadowed the band's eventual split. We no longer have Out Hud, but individual members of the band are still making music, and now we hear from Molly Schnick, cellist and founding member of the band who's currently working under a new alias, Jean on Jean. Schnick will release her self-titled solo debut next month, an album supposedly written to address the Out Hud break-up, and also one that allows Schnick to pursue new musical directions. Rest assured, those who were fans of her skills on the cello won't be disappointed, if this melodic gem is any indication. Maverick Newberry
Never mind the fact that this track is called "All Myself." Au architect Luke Wyland actually had a ton of help here, as well as on the whole of his sophomore full-length, Verbs, released earlier this summer. The Portland-based songwriter not only chose to surround himself with a proper band for the album, namely in the form of multi-instrumentalists Jonathan Sielaff and Mark Kaylor, but he also enlisted 30-plus people to swing by the studio and make a contribution. Thus, Verbs is a grandiose affair that includes guests spots from Parenthetical Girls, Evolutionary Brass Band, Becky Dawson, Team Love darlings A Weather, and, well, you should just listen to the album to get the full effect. For "All Myself," Wyland would settle, it seems, for nothing less than a full horn section, layers of percussion, flute interludes, and robust vocal choruses. It's sort of like the aural equivalent to eating a seven-course dinner. Maverick Newberry
As noted by XLR8R scribe David Bevin in our recent Portland issue, "nearly every second of Dragging a Dead Dear Up a Hill feels like an exorcism of sounds." A rather dream-pop affair, the album finds Liz Harris, the lone member of Grouper, making a departure from the restrained style that characterized her previous efforts and unleashing the ambient melancholy in full-force–particularly in the vocal department. Harris was often found whispering on past albums. Here, her smooth voice soars over stripped-down acoustic guitars and the track does feel as though she's releasing some kind of inner ghost that needed to be let out. Jennifer Marston
Now that he's not being mistaken for a notorious graffiti artist, Dilated People’s rapper and producer, Evidence, can get back to work and release his next solo venture. Next up is The Layover EP, which he’ll drop via Decon on November 25. Evidence originally intended it to be a side-project he'd unleash in the form of five free downloads, but enthusiasm took over and he decided to turn the whole deal into an official release. Away Team member Khrysis was a major contributor to the project, including this, the title cut, which features him on the mixing board and Evidence on the mic. Maverick Newberry. Photo by B+.
As Brandon Ivers noted in a recent article on Flying Lotus, one gets the impression, when listening to the L.A. beatmaker's music, "that everything this guy does is m-e-l-l-o-w." The same goes for this remix of Reefer's track, off his upcoming self-titled release. Reefer (nee Nick Thorburn, of Islands fame), is set to release a mini-album on October 14, with producer/engineer Daddy Kev, which will include eight new tracks and a couple of remixes courtesy of DNTEL and the aforementioned FlyLo. The latter's track was unleashed to the blogosphere today, and his trademark sounds–hazy, off-kilter beats, laid-back tempos, and what could be ocean waves–are all over this cut. Reefer 01 The Simplest Way 02 May Baleen 03 Let It Go 04 Five Hundred An Ounce 05 Crony Island 06 Hit and Run 07 Blue Moon 08 Until We Meet Again 09 Hit and Run (DNTEL Remix) 10 Let It Go (Flying Lotus Remix)
Erstwhile member of the Hiro Imperium family, Opio, has been steadily dropping tracks off his sophomore album, Vulture's Wisdom, Volume 1, released earlier this year. Now it's time for the remixes. Besides throwing in some clips and blips from the 1972 blaxploitation film, Superfly, Opio also enlisted help from several friends on this remix. Fellow Hiero crew member Del the Funky Homosapien showed up to guest, as did Detroit veteran Guilty Simpson, and The Architect, who produced Vulture's Wisdom.
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