by Dan Goldin (@post_trash_)
Welcome to FUZZY MEADOWS, our weekly recap of this week's new music. We're sharing our favorite releases of the week in the form of albums, singles, and music videos along with the "further listening" section of new and notable releases from around the web. It's generally written in the early hours of the morning and semi-unedited... but full of love and heart. The list is in alphabetical order and we sincerely recommend checking out all the music we've included. There's a lot of great new music being released. Support the bands you love. Spread the word and buy some new music.
*Disclaimer: We are making a conscious effort not to include any artist in our countdown on back-to-back weeks in order to diversify the feature, so be sure to check the "further listening" as well because it's often of top-notch quality too.
CHINO MORENO | "Brief Exchange"
Deftones' Chino Moreno recorded a solo song for a graphic novel and it sounds like old school Deftones... need I say more? The answer is no, but I will anyway. The vocals do that haunting sort of sound Moreno has been known to do over atmospheric passages, eventually sinewing its way into his usual howl, scraping up against a killer riff that feels very Around The Fur, in the best of ways. It's dark, brooding, and full of that signature Deftones groove. I don't know anything about this graphic novel or why a graphic novel requires a song (seeing as its a book), but go ahead and give it a listen. It rips just right and we're glad to hear Chino's still got it, even if it is a solo effort.
DUSK | "Old Magnolia"
The Wisconsin based Dusk's self-titled full-length debut is nothing short of spectacular, a record that combines folk and country music with a slacker pop drawl and a dusty nuance of Americana storytelling. It sounds modern with a call-back to the easy going days of folk music's roots, a collection of songs that would sound as great being sung around a campfire as they do on your headphones walking through a crowded city. Dusk transport you from where you are to where you wish you were; the open air, endless freedom, and thick harmonies of a better life. "Old Magnolia" and its eye-catching video, take the idea of Dusk's transportive powers and runs with it, bringing you as deep into the country mindset as possible. Traveling from red barns to monster trucks, bolo ties to bald eagles, this one plays up their surroundings with gorgeous images and the band's slow-dripped twang in impeccably lackadaisical form.
GOAT GIRL | "Viper Fish"
Back in April, London's Goat Girl released their full length debut, as confident and impressive an introduction as any, and one of our favorite (and most listened to) releases so far this year. Their songs are short and the lyrics are simplistic, but everything the quartet does is effective and sharpened to puncture. Repetition of phrases and ideas are cemented in lyrics that are both fed up and biting, a brash set of songs that make their point without raising the volume. The "Viper Fish" video is every bit as dark and brilliant as the song itself, capturing the minimalist twang and post-punk that Goat Girl do best. Their bleak harmonies and tight rhythms create a shadowy atmosphere for slow-drawn vocals and the guitar's eventual dustbowl distortion. Paired together with claymation crustaceans and beheadings, it's grim yet captivating, and our obsession with the band continues to grow.
JUNE GLOOM + ROCK SOLID | "Subletter / Something Solid" LP
Feelings... am I right? June Gloom and Rock Solid make good use of their feelings, from sadness to hopefulness, anxiety to acceptance, loneliness to realization, they work their thoughts out on Subletter / Something Solid. The split is a bare bones release for each songwriter, working through the challenges of life, love, and the world at large. It's honest and beautiful, inner-thoughts translated into songs that reflect their feelings with a stunning immediacy. Rock Solid and June Gloom's lo-fi production works to their advantages, the songs wrapping themselves around you with the intimacy of an old friend, someone who understands, and someone who wants to listen.
POWER TRIP "Hornet's Nest"
I was late to the Power Trip party when I really dug into their music in last few months, but I'm here now and as I always want to remind everyone reading, it's never too late (and screw anyone who tells you otherwise). The thrash metal band rip and decimate on every track, but there's a nuance to their pummeling as evident on their new Adult Swim single series offering. The wake of destruction left from stampeding rhythms and the sprawl of corrosive paint-peeling guitar solos is balanced with their manic chugging riffs that stomp and grind, never to be thrown off course. The band's vocals that are barked with a fury thats as commanding as it is brutal, embracing sludgy hardcore as much as metal. There's no silly apocalyptic growls (they save that for Mammoth Grinder) or drawn out doom, "Hornet's Nest" is all bulldozer, steadily crushing, forever shredding.
SCAPHE | "Even One Day"
The thing about Scaphe is that no single, no matter how good it may be, really does the band justice. The way the Minneapolis band construct their records lays waste to the idea that one song can possibly capture even a portion of what's to come, and that's truly the beauty of it. Darting between hardcore, noise rock, shoegaze, and some twangy post-punk, the band can rattle your brain one song and soothe it gently back into ease the next. When sequenced together, it barely makes sense, but the thread that holds it all together is the one undeniable constant, everything they do, they do really well. "Even One Day" is the band burning at their indie rock fuzziest, a song with deep blistering melodies and a ramshackle feel that's as hazy as it is frantic. It bops around like an old Meat Puppets song, just one small piece to the ever unwinding Scaphe puzzle.
WHELPWISHER | "Mercury" LP
Whelpwisher is quietly building an impressive catalog of home-recorded albums and EPs from the confines of his Chicago basement studio. The solo project of Ben Grigg (fckr jr, Milked, Geronimo!), his releases are unassuming and carefree, recorded with a desire to write and record music, and little to nothing else. That purity of spirit is evident in the fuzz and pop sheen of Mercury, an album that pulls no punches but certainly packs in the earworms. There's moments of Hüsker Dü's Midwestern punk grandiosity and earnest moments that recall the glory years of Harvey Danger, but ultimately this is Grigg through and through, his thoughtful songwriting and attention to sonic detail shinning with every song.
MAY 28TH - JUNE 3RD:
AD.UL.T "Pole Shift" | AIR-SEA DOLPHIN "Bells (Song For Geoff W) + ASD Theme" | BASS DRUM OF DEATH "Just Business" | BEANPOLE "Farmer Loved An Onion" | BODEGA "Gyrate" | THE COATHANGERS "LIVE" LP | CURREN$Y "The Marina" EP | DEEPER "Pavement" | DITCHES "Setting In" | GOBBINJR "Ocala Wick" LP | HIGH PONY "Nothing Here Is Mine" LP | HOWLIN' RAIN "Missouri" | IDLES "Colossus" | LANDOWNER "Moving Again" | LILITH "In Real Life" | MARLOWE "Demonstration" | MELKBELLY ""Humid Heart" (Toutpartout Sessions) | MUTILATION RITES "Pierced Larynx" | OLDEN YOLK "Audiotree Live" | OMNI "Audiotree Live" | PALBERTA "Sound of the Beat" | PETITE LEAGUE "Raspberry Vines" | PUSHA-T "The Story of Adidon" | SCRUNCHIES "Stunner" LP | SEAN HENRY "The Ants" | THE SOFT MOON "Like A Father" | T. HARDY MORRIS "Stage Names" | TEMPORARY EYESORE "Temporary Eyesore" EP | THOU "Fallow State + The Only Law + The Changeling Prince" | TONY MOLINA "Nothing I Can Say" | YOB "Our Raw Heart" LP | YOUNG WIDOWS "King of the Back-Burners" | YOUTH OF THE APOCALYPSE "Drop The Bomb" (feat. MF DOOM)
JUNE 4TH - JUNE 10TH:
BAMBARA "Sunbleached Skulls" | BODY/HEAD "You Don't Need" | DEAF WISH "FFS" | DEATH MAKES BROTHERS OF US ALL "We Are Brothers (Movement V)" | DUMB "Romeo" | EDGAR CLINKS "Montreal" | ETHERS "Rip Off" | FLOATING ROOM "Dog" | GYMSHORTS "Breathin' On Me" | IDLES "Danny Nedelko" | JULIAN "Asleep" | LIFE IN VACUUM "Quitting" | MIRANDA WINTERS "The Futuristic District" | MOURN "Doing It Right" | NADINE "Not My Kinda Movie" (BTR Live Studio) | NOTHING "Zero Day" | PREOCCUPATIONS "Decompose" | RACHEL ANGEL "Not Enough" | RELIGIOUS GIRLS "Power Pt. 2" | RICK MAGUIRE (PILE) "Stereogum Session" | RICK MAGUIRE (PILE) "Paste Studio Session" | SMUT "Rosewater" | SO STRESSED "Very Long Cloth" | SORRY "Twinkle" | SPENCER RADCLIFFE & EVERYONE ELSE "Pasture" | SPIRITUAL CRAMP "Police State" EP | STRANGE RELATIONS "Sure" | T. HARDY MORRIS "When The Record Skips" | TOMBERLIN "Self-Help" | TURNIP KING "Beauty On The Beat" | VEIN "Doomtech" | WHITE WOODS "Big Talking" | WILL HENRIKSEN "Blank Space" LP