Weekly Retrospect 34/12

24 Aug 2012 — NFOP

A selection of tracks you should’ve been listening to this past week."Maul matches the track’s thunderous drums with shouts of desperation, hoarsely barking I see you everywhere that I turn" — Frances Capell, The Fader From Chrome Lips, out on August 28 via Dovecote/Mishka.“In this world, you think you have no reason to believe in love or in anything much. Then one day, when you least expect it, a light appears on the far horizon. It’s a flickering light, begging you to come, telling you to stay away. It’s the pale fire. The promise of love and hope – all consuming and elusive. Yet for a moment, it brings clarity in the darkness, future to the ruins and power to the fight." — Sarah Assbring of El Perro Del Mar From Pale Fire, out on November 12 in Europe (November 9 in Germany) via Memphis Industries."Everything they do here seems to prioritize maximizing emotion. Beats snap harder, toying with negative space to create depth; production is thoroghly textured but less dense" — Jenn Pelly, Pitchfork From Your Drums, Your Love, out on October 7 via Island."Here’s a new cut from Chad Valley, aka Jonquil’s Hugo Manuel, whose “Fall 4 U” comes beamed from the same kind of ’80s-y, Balearic Ibiza maximalism the Rapture channelled on In the Grace of Your Love, and features Glasser mastermind Cameron Mesirow - she trades off moody, lovestruck vocals with Manuel over a woozy, slow-burning beat of ethereal synths and clattering drum machine" — Genevieve Oliver, Pretty Much Amazing From Young Hunger, out in North America on October 30 via Cascine, and in Europe on November 19 via Loose Lips."'SAVE THE PLANET ♲ 100% pure H Y D R A T I O N : O2 REMIXED', sees BODYGUARD at their most sensory-overloaded, with sounds aimed at penetrating listeners from every which way, fluttering sensually and lovingly from behind HD flatscreens, from within the company Prius, from between lip-gloss’d lips, from a Hello Kitty spa in Dubai. Here, gun-cocks are replaced with unsheathing swords, hi-hats replaced with gasps, and snares replaced with an electronic blip, while an electric guitar wails in the postmodern lounge area. It’s sexualized ecology, aestheticized global warming, the sound of culture eating itself." — Mr P, Tiny Mix Tapes From HYDRATION ♲ : SAVE THE PLANET ☮, out in September via Hippos In Tanks."Glasgow producer Koreless has gone ahead and nixed the bass and glissando glitter of the original, training our ears on a light patter of a drum-beat and a melody that could have been ripped from a mechanical music box. As for Tom Krell’s falsetto, it’s been pitched down just below immediate recognition, sounding enough like Nina Simone’s trembling alto to make us feel pleasantly confused." — Emilie Friedlander, The Fader Total Loss is out September 17 via Weird World/Domino and in North America September 18 via Acéphale."[T]his latest track gestures at West African highlife guitars and the sturdy four-fours of funky house, finishing with the sort of epic synth boost that Martin Hannett would be proud of. Do not, in other words, sleep, because as nice guys as they are, they could take you in any way, mental, physical, animal, vegetable, mineral." — Charlie Robin Jones, Dummy From Like An Animal, out October 8 via Tough Love."The upbeat number recalls a laid back summer night spent drinking Budweiser Sprite with friends without a care in the world, even as the lyrics acknowledge the more bittersweet side of a budding relationship." — Emily Wheeler, Ad Hoc From the Work It Out 7 inch, out October 23 via Underwater Peoples/Chapter Music.