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.
BEAK> | “We Can Go“
After leading us into obsession with “Life Goes On,” Bristol’s Beak> have shared their forthcoming EP’s second single, “We Can Go,” a song the band is calling “the most normal song they’ve ever written.” Lucky for us, that statement gives a wide berth and things are still rather extraordinaire with the detuned and disorienting song, warbling and warping with tempos that feel like film reels melting in the sun. While the structure is “normal” enough, everything else is awash in experimentation, an eerie dissociation that comes from hazy melodies and stinging guitar lines that travels a path that is blissfully disorienting. We eagerly await the final track from the band’s Life Goes On EP, due out later this month via Invada / Temporary Residence.
CHRISTIAN FITNESS | “You Are The Ambulance” LP
Yes, we just wrote about Christian Fitness’ “Newly Colonised Moon” and “Real Tennis” last week, but as alluded to, the “band” have released their sixth album, You Are The Ambulance this week, and we’d be damned if it isn’t one of the best records we’ve heard so far this year. The project of Andrew “Falco” Falkous (Future of the Left, Mclusky) have outdone themselves yet again with a collection of songs that return to “form” with jerky punk anthems that can be shouted along to with increasingly insane delight. It’s sardonic and sharp tongued as ever, but there are more than a few enormous hooks, usually where you’d least expect them. Tracks like “Hey Dave, Don’t Date Yourself” and “Getting Stuck Is Funny Sometimes” continue the experimental aspects of last year’s exceptional Nuance - The Musical, subverting the formula while remaining undeniably within Falco’s unique strengths.
MAUNO | “Really Really”
Montreal experimental pop chameleons Mauno have announced their third album, Really Well, due out this August and they’ve shared the incredible odyssey that is “Really Really,” the album’s opener and first single. A song about the fears of moving to another continent and the unknown that comes with it, the band sound dazzling in the deconstructed psych-pop wanderings. Gentle and sparse at first glance, the structural integrity and it’s many subversions are a reminder of what makes Mauno such a special band, they have the ability to contort and refocus reality to their whims, pushing and pulling in divergent directions with a fluid grace, knotted and augmented, but free of tension.
PHILARY | “Smells Like Mean Spirit”
I Complain is sort of a second start for Alex Molini’s (Pile, Stove, Jackal Onasis) Philary project. After an emotional EP of moody and depressive songs, the full length debut takes a different path altogether, one that would rather decimate its feelings in sludge and enormous fuzzed out metal riffs, delivered in short bursts of anxiety and cathartic aggression. Quick and to the point, the songs on I Complain are ruthless in their approach, blistering at all times, and free of anything remotely “clean” in tonality. Lead single “Smells Like Mean Spirit” is a good a starting point as any, the colossal riff digging in and leaving a path of destruction in its wake. Molini’s vocals act as melodic counterpoint, a semblance of (occasionally screeching) pop on an otherwise unrelenting wave of noise.
SQUITCH | “Chamomileon”
Back in April we had the pleasure of sharing Squitch’s “Rut” single, a song we continue to love, and we warned of an upcoming “very good split on a very good label.” This week we had the pleasure of sharing the announcement of that split, which finds Squitch in great company with Wet Mut, together on the always exciting Sad Cactus Records. Squitch’s first offering is “Chamomileon” a delightfully tangled reminder that every minute spent listening to their music is to fall deeper into their magic. The polyrhythmic beat and fractured progression are subtly abrasive, wrapping itself so tightly, the song could “pop” at any moment. It’s everything you want in a DIY indie punk band, thoughtful, ramshackle, and ambitious. The unpredictibility of what comes next for Squitch continues to be a true source of excitement (and Wet Mut’s track is great as well, a woozy experimental pop song with delightful touches of mathy folk weirdness).
ABSOLUTELY FREE “Geneva Freeport“ | THE AUSTERITY PROGRAM “2 Kings 25:1–7“ | B BOYS “I Want” | BAD BREEDING “Theatre of Work“ | CRAG MASK “Secret Plane“ | CRUMB “Fall Down” | DAMN TEETH “Real Control” | DIVORCE COP “What?“ EP | DUMB “CBC Radio 3“ | FLORIST “Shadow Bloom” | FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB “Crime Pays“ | FRENCH VANILLA “Lost Power” | FRIENDSHIP “Demise“ + “Vertigo“ + “Fiend“ | FUMING MOUTH “Out of the Shadows” | GEMMA “Feeling’s Not A Tempo“ LP | GLASSING “Way Out“ | GOLDEN PELICANS “Grinding For Gruel“ LP | GRIZZLOR “Warp Speed“ | HOMEBOY SANDMAN “West Coast” | J. ROBBINS “Soldier On” | JULIA SHAPIRO “Shape“ | KEIJI HAINO & SUMAC “Now I’ve gone and done it I spilled holy water (just water) over that thing called healing music……………………………. / There was a faint “Tsk”noise“ | KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD “Self-Immolate” | LOWER DENS “Young Republicans” | MOON RACER “You Can Feel Bad” (Patty Loveless cover) | NOTS “Persona” | PALEHOUND “Black Friday” | RAMONDA HAMMER “Who’s The Narcissist?“ | SHMU “Silent Rapture” | SLEATER-KINNEY “Hurry on Home“ | STEF CHURA “Midnight” LP | SUMMER CANNIBALS “Can’t Tell Me No” | THANKS FOR COMING “Stephen Hawking’s Goldfish Analogy“ | TONY MOLINA “Can’t Find My Way“ + “Not The Way To Be” | UZEDA “Deep Blue Sea“ | WAND “Thin Air” | WET MUT “The Swimmer” | WINTERSLEEP “Forest Fire“