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Like the downer b-side to a party that never happened – Afterglow (Best New Music)

a3543968137_10Afterglow by Treehaus   (New York, New York)

Like the downer b-side to a party that never happened,”Clouds,” the teaser track from Treehaus’ new album Afterglow, swells and stutters. unsure what to make of the sleepy dark side streets he walked alone home from a club he never went to. Maybe the music was too loud and she didn’t hear me say I was leaving, he pines from the bed he never left about the girl he never met. Start and stop drums rattlesnake like a nervous tic. The walls of the track warble. His fragile psyche pitch bends unbalanced. Where did it go wrong? Did anyone even notice? @hiv_aidz

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Vandana Jain to Play Live at Highline Ballroom + Offers Free Download

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Having released her extraordinary debut full-length album “Anti Venus” this past November, electronic sound architect and vocalist Vandana Jain offers a free download of her lead single “Ecstatic.”  as a thank you to her fans.  The most efficient way to access the track is to Like her Facebook Page.  There you will find a speedy download app.

That track is a revelation, as it emphasizes distant percussive mechanical clicks and whirrs recreating sci-fi atmospheres first touched on in the mid 1970’s via Pink Floyd’s “Welcome To The Machine.”  Dark foreboding (yet warm) analog synth notes pulse and rise from distant ethereal mists. Recorded at Jain’s home studio, inspiration came in part by delving into Henry Miller’s classic novel “Tropic of Cancer,” and its embrace of “the grip of delirium.”  “You freak – you make me ecstatic” becomes the central single line vocal hook. All semblance of repetitive listener fatigue is non-existent, however by virtue of varied intonated emphasis throughout each recitation.

Additional Anti Venus tracks like “Claw” are less instrumentally dense, allowing more space for expressive vocals.  With a style reminiscent of Kate Bush’s penultimate work combined with the modern deeper vocal textures of British pop vocalist Sophie Ellis Bextor, Ms. Jain’s voice becomes an instantly appealing force.   While “Mask” is recurrently stark and minimal in places, the overall effect sounds incredibly big.  Her seductive vocal delivery (and placement) makes for a delightful headphone listening experience.  The subject matter focuses on the “mask” we all put on every day to function.  Molded to each of our points of view – which are often deceptive.  Frequently presenting a “wicked smile” that can be “crooked and sideways” or “misleading.” Ultimately the mask will come off when looking in the mirror (because only you are there to see).  This allows for an unguarded conversation with one’s own thoughts.

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The live set features analog driven electronic instruments with band members Yusuke Yamamoto and Ryan CaseyVandana Jain will be performing live on July 30 at the Highline Ballroom as part of Den Entertainment’s 2-Year Anniversary showcase called SHE.  Also appearing will be Arooj Aftab, Lily Virginia, Janelle Kroll, and between set DJ SoDabu.  Tickets can be purchased here

@davecromwell

Force Publique still has all the marks of an Aural Sects releases while pushing for an organization rarely seen amongst its peers (Best New Music)

a1761711949_10Pure EP by Force Publique   (Denver, Colorado) *

Among all my favorite Aural Sects releases, the Pure EP by Force Publique comes with a unique organization that is often lacking on the labels releases. Not to say that this organization is a plus or minus, rather that it stands apart from the chaotic atmosphere that usually comes rolling off the pages of Aural Sects.  Now, this might, at first, seem like a contradiction away from the progressive nature of the netlabel; remember that a return to form never signified a lack of experimentation. And for every melody sitting at the front, there is a backbone that’s twisting in all the same sick ways. (Free Download@Dingusonmusic

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4Knots Live – Radkey

This past Saturday (July 12) was about as perfect a day for an outdoor music festival as you can get. Although there were a number of events happening on this day, you’d be hard pressed to find a better one than the 4Knots Fest at South Street Seaport.

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In addition to monstrous headliners Dinosaur Jr, a number of emerging artists just beginning to make a name for themselves appeared early on that afternoon.

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One such band to impress was the three piece brother act from St. Joseph, Missouri called Radkey.

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Dee, Isaiah, and Solomon are all self-taught musicians who are still teenagers.

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They point towards bands like the Misfits (who’s Danzig-like vocals very much reflect their own) as well as classic punk and rock bands like the Ramones and Who as inspiration.

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Check out their song ‘Cat and Mouse’

@davecromwell

 

If you Disagree with the Dissonance in Fist of the First Man, Get Back to your Rave (Best New Music)

a1010755229_10Fist of the First Man by Fist of the First Man   (United Kingdom) *

This is the reason you read Dingus. I’m just letting you know right now before we get started. Fist of the First Man might or might not be a Game of Thrones reference. Doesn’t matter.

Fist of the First Man embodies everything lost in modern music that once made music so… human. So much of it recalls old Four Tet, like the drums that might first seem to sloppy to place themselves but ultimately end up driving the track home. In a music culture where “the album is dead and the playlist is the future” (to quote a blog who’s name I cant, or maybe refuse, to remember) the self titled release from FoftheFM captures the imagination by allowing the natural ebb of the music to guide the transaction rather than forcing the “hook”, ultimately giving life to its melody through the album, which apparently is dead. If you don’t hear this music saying “fuck the hook” than you’re not listening hard enough and once again Dingus is ahead of you so catch up. If you aren’t patient enough to wait for the payoff than just click to the next post anyway you ameba. If you disagree with the slight dissonance that ultimately puts these tracks above anything else I’ve heard in weeks, you are beyond redemption, get back to your rave. @Dingusonmusic 

 

I wish that I was Wendy – Small Wonder is a band I thought I’d never hear from again and now Crawford is making me Cry (Best New Music)

a3556908290_10Wendy by Small Wonder   (New York, New York) *

If you sleep for 23 hours and fifty three minutes today, only waking to do one thing, make sure you listen to ‘Until I Open My Wings’.

I never cry because I’m a man and my dad told me once that men don’t cry. But now I’m crying because Wendy by Small Wonder is so goddamn heart wrenching. I’m not sure who Wendy is, but I’ll pretend to be her today so I can pretend that this music was written for me. Every Whichways is Upwards was fantastic, but this, this is unapologetic. This is Magnanimous with a capital M. It’s music that a sad king might listen to when he realizes that all his crowns and jewels and hooker slaves are not making him happy. Because happiness comes from inside and I think that maybe is what Wendy is trying to say. But you want to talk music: this is something. It’s like all the traditional elements of music dropped acid; but not in that “yo you’re nuts” kind of acid tripping, more like the “omg we’re just ants on a rock floating in space around a big ball of fire and significance is all about perception” kind of acid trip. @Dingusonmusic

 

Well Distant Cousin is some of the Best New Music I’ve heard lately (Best New Music)

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What originally started out by making me think of A Crow Left of the Murder turned into something SO MUCH BETTER (and that Incubus album is pretty fire – I aint afraid to admit it to you punks). Distant Cousin is, like, so good bb. SO GOOD BB. It’s stutter music BB. it’s like on that next level. It’s like, so good that it’s probably over your head and you wont even get it, so good, so good (only I get it). Do I sound smart yet? It’s actually easily one of my favorite things to ever get submitted to this little humble blog (the greatest blog in the world). If you listen to nothing else this week, listen to EP (great name guys) by Distant Cousins. Because this shit’s like, progressive maaaaaannnn. Its layers compound to create space between moments that define a sonic landscape that provides both an atmosphere and a melody at the same time delivering divine nostalgia in waves that crash thanks to a repetitive pattern that allows the brain to openly conceive and predict the next move. And you thought I wasn’t going to actually say anything worth while. Shame on you. Deep… Buttsex. @Dingusonmusic

Don’t Even. No really, Don’t Even. Very Few Dancers / Strange Home (Best New Music)

10406539_10152465964989349_829308045863761476_n‘Very Few Dancers / Strange Home’ by Sons of an Illustrious Father   (New York, New York)

Sons of an Illustrious Father is Everything. Sons of an Illustrious Father is Life. Sons of an Illustrious Father is Death. Sons of an Illustrious Father is Nothing. Forget everything. Praise Satan. Word to your mother. Through Jesus all things are possible. Kill em all. 5 major sources of vitamins. Will reduce your chances of heart attack. Does not play well with others. “Fitter. Happier. More Productive.” Nobody likes you, John. Aliens. “This is the end of the world as we know it. And I feel fine.” Burn out. Die Young. Do Drugs. Never surrender. Fornicate Often. Forget Everything. Peel the skin from your sunburn. Bro. Bruh. Bruv. Pitchfork you slackin. @Dingusonmusic

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WoodzSTHLM is a Slut (Best New Music)

artworks-000081241265-pzeuol-t500x500Yearwalk EP by WoodzSTHLM   (Malmö, Sweden) *

So is WoodzSTHLM really Woodz? I’m so confused, but I’m pretty sure it is ;). You all confuse me. It’s too early for this. All I know is that my headphones are now loud enough to piss off my sleeping roommates. Let’s describe this as slutcore. It sounds like some sloppy head. If porn was ever set to music like this it would be epic. I have a favorite track but I’m not going to tell you which one it is. Every track is like a slow motion golden shower. The EP takes some of the most obnoxious EDM sounds and removes them from the club context into something compositionally stronger and more affordable for the brain. It’s the smoothest stabbing I’ve ever listened to. Fake Recordings FTW dude. O’Doyle Rules. [Free Download@Dingusonmusic

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If You Don’t Like Kate Faust than We Can’t be Friends (Best New Music)

a3539635767_10Crucial Companion EP by Kate Faust   (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

I’m pretty sure that Kate Faust is Tracy Thorn in disguise. Between her EP, Crucial Companion and her latest release, a reimagined version of ‘I Only Have Eyes for You’, the singer has demonstrated one thing if not many, she can sing. Like, really sing. Like, sing well. Not like, Oh hey I’m trying to sing and I’m going to use a ton of Logic effects to bend my voice exactly as I imagine it should be, but like, shit dude I can sing. You know what I mean? I think you do.

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Whatever though. Her vocal lines bend to her own will, taking turns that would seem unexpected. These turns, though, fit into the deeper pocket created by the music and ultimately create a linear experience that truly is “about the journey” (that’s an annoying phrase). Her voice is soft and sensual (that’s an annoying word). And she isn’t afraid to be the star of her own video as seen in ‘Heatbeat’. If you don’t like Kate Faust than we aren’t friends. Because I’m pretty sure I have a crush. @Dingusonmusic

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