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Fuzzy Meadows: The Week's Best New Music (August 27th - September 2nd)

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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.

C.H.E.W. | "Open Secret / Defeatist"

Chicago hardcore champs C.H.E.W. return with a new album, Feeding Frenzy, due out later this month on Iron Lung Records (Sect Mark, Bad Breeding, Slices, etc.), their highly anticipated full length debut. As one of hardcore's most exciting young bands, the first two songs from the record, "Open Secret" and "Defeatist," are perfect examples of the sludgy and primal ability to shred and blanket pounding rhythms with enormous distorted riffs. Doris Carroll's vocals are spat with aggression, rallying out for the harmed and endangered, bouncing between manic shouts and harshly spoken dead-pans as the band tumble in an ever sliding avalanche.

EROSION | "Black Waves"

Upon hearing about Erosion and their filth encrusted Hydra Head Records debut album, we had to write about first single "Human Error". The band, which features no less than members of Baptists (as well as members of Sumac, 3 Inches of Blood, and Hard Feelings) have shared the record's second single, "Black Waves" and it only has us further excited about this pummeling sludge metal behemoth. Blasting with shifting time-signatures and other planetary filth, this one scrapes the bottom of the primordial ooze and barrels forward from there, an assault on d-beat abrasion and apocalyptic carnage. Suffice to say, probably not for the faint of heart.

EXIT GROUP | "Plastic Coffin"

After releasing a great live EP last Fall, Exit Group, the latest project from Useless Eaters' Seth Sutton, are set to release their full length debut, Adverse Habitat next month on thee esteemed Castle Face Records. The trio, based out of Berlin, make a dark and dingy brand of squiggling post-punk that's both accented with color and the mechanical feel of impending chaos. Lead single "Plastic Coffin" is tightly wound in its rhythmic pulse, but the attacks of synth, corroded guitars, and jittery energy pull that framework into a swirl of off-balanced wonkiness. It's fun and dangerous, and we anxiously await more.


It takes approximately four seconds for the first major earworm hook to sink in on Human People's new single "Jenny." The song track to be taken from their full length debut, Butterflies Drink Turtle Tears, it's another smash hit of garage pop glow and a cavalcade of memorable melodies, from the twin guitar lines to Marisa Gershenhorn's bubble-gum sweet vocals. The pairing of Gershenhorn and Hayley Livingston as songwriters is a perfect union, each completing each other's best tendencies with their own balance of fuzz and jangly pop bliss. Opening with the perfect surrealism masked escapism, Gershenhorn sings "I built a robot to live inside of, it looks like me, and acts like me, but it's nothing like me" and the song twists and shakes from one smash-hit hook to the next from there.

PUPPY PROBLEMS | "Comfortable"

At long last, the full length debut from Puppy Problems aka Sami Martasian, Boston's best-kept-secret (but hopefully not for long), is coming. Set to release Sunday Feeling in less than two week's time via Sleeper Records (Teen Spaceship, 100 Watt Horse, Hour), Martasian's songs have come to really resonate in a special way, deep and heartfelt with a feeling that could never be phoned in, it's the mundane awareness and little concerns in life that come to weigh heavy as we all just try to live our best lives as we understand them. "Comfortable" is the record's first single, a fantastically sparse song that has Martasian's lyrics both observational ("when you talk in your sleep, everything is news to me") and beautifully sorrowful, before so the bombshell of a chorus, "so what if I get too comfortable, and I forget how to move". One of my favorite up-and-coming songwriters currently making music, Puppy Problems' debut stands to be one of the year's best (but more on that soon).

Further Listening:

AVA LUNA "Childish" | BORZOI "Warheads" | BUN B "Return of the Trill" LP | CHASTITY "Audiotree Live" | DEAD TOOTH "Spirit" | DEN-MATE "Charlotte" | FCKR JR "Head Over Heels" (The Go-Go's cover) | THE FUNS "Instinct" | GABBY'S WORLD "Rear View" | GOUGE AWAY "Ghost" | HOVVDY "Easy" | JOBS "Pink" | KINSKI "Kinski 101 / Guest Girl Vocalist" | LIARS "Murdrum" | MALE GAZE "Pictures of Matchstick Men" (Status Quo cover) | MARK SULTAN "Coffin Nails" | MUNYA "Hotel Delmano" | NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS "The Mercy Seat (Live)" | OCEANATOR "Inhuman (solo)" | PAT THOMAS "The Money Guys" | PIG DESTROYER "Head Cage" LP | RAYS "Yesterday's Faces" | RED FANG "Listen to the Sirens" (Tubeway Army cover) | RED SEA "Love Is Blind" | SLOTHRUST "Planetarium" | WARM DRAG "Warm Drag" LP | WIMPS "Audiotree Live"