Hank May was formerly Rock Dove. His Paper Boat EP got Best New Music here at Dingus accompanied by high praise for the song-writer. Last month he released a single, now titled under the singer/guitarist’s birth name, called ‘newsong‘. It’s back to brilliance for the lush layered folk tracks that take what, to my dispair, most would call a “Bon Iver” sound and bring out power and strength. Though the track is acoustic and though the vocals capture an airy softness, the tectonic play between harmonic parts creates an unshakable foundation to which beauty and sadness, at the same time, unfold. @Dingusonmusic
Nico, Ju. Where are you, Paris this week? What’s your new band name this month? You can run but you can’t hide. Your sound is etched into my memory and like an antenna, I can find you. Redefine, reinvent, try all you want. I will find you, eyes closed, ears open, drool running down my cheek as my brain stutters along guitar lines that pulse in a chase scene dynamic. Like I’m hooked in. Like I’m locked, trapped. And forever, you will be Il Abanico. Now let me here ALL of your new tracks. @Dingusonmusic
Tiny Hazard in a budding flower. Perhaps the most honorable quality of this EP is it’s unrelenting ability to push and push its own music theory further into the abysse, ultimately climaxing in the great choral “Won’t somebody take me home tonight!/Oh, what is it haunting you tonight!”. The band delivers a creative blend of orchestral elements that continue rearranging themself showing the road to perfection. Tiny Hazard takes the risk of stripping itself down to the core, creating a window into the soul of the groups more epic moments. This reveal is, ultimately, what makes the album so epic but there are structural qualities not to be overlooked along side. Unlike the structural monotony of Youth Lagoons first LP, tracks like ‘Mountain Song’ completely reinvent the conventional epic build up, sometimes reversing the order in entirety. And it is this dynamic play that keeps the listener glued. @Dingusonmusic
Respect + Reverence by Mothers & Fathers (Dublin) *
Originally brought to me via the video below, Mothers & Fathers immediately drew my attention. It’s about a minute and thirty seconds into this album, with a positive attraction, that the cordial invitation is presented and you realize that Respect + Reverence is going to bring you plenty of beautiful moments. ’Mark of Cain’ retracts the gesture only to whip the attitude back out, with trip hop drums, in a bipolar dance that remains the crux of the piece. Gentle yet erratic, the album is a testament to the creative process that cross examines the duality of our species, back and forth and back and forth. ’Prodigal Son’ lives up to its name, and things get serious. Relax and take your time with this. It’s smart, sophisticated and most important of all- completely heartfelt. I’d compare it to Youth Lagoon, but it’s not quite that formulaic. [Free Download] @Dingusonmusic
Digging up Emiliano Ortiz as a person reveals a far more interesting phenomena, that inevitably pours its way into his music. Emiliano is part of a modern breed of freelance designer/jack-of-all-trades workforce that struggles to find support in a corporate landscape. His website, like many alike him, shows true passion and natural talent for art as a spherical lifestyle. And it’s from this constant immersion that Eugenia, a beautiful Sufjan-like, but not at all, record emerges in symphonic splendor. Love is clearly the topic, in all its ups and downs (or maybe just its downs) and he wears it on his sleeve. Paired with a structural stance so rigorous, you could call it formal, Emiliano Ortiz deserves more than this little blog can offer. Dingus
Sporadic and elusive, Ava Luna’s latest release blends two characteristics that make me second guess my linguistic abilities entirely. Ice Level is one of the most challenging records I’ve heard this year, constantly shifting rhythmic patterns and rarely settling into a groove. Ice Level is also one of the most easily enjoyed albums I’ve heard this year, full of hooks and completely infectious; it’s wildly entertaining and fully dynamic. Best in vinyl, the record is available through their Bandcamp. Paradoxical in aesthetic facade, the album also feels like an emotional loop, twisting serious moments into tangibly playful ones only furthering the schizophrenic motif. Dingus
‘Get Thee Gone’ by Ghost Pal (November 28, 2011) *
It’s no secret that Ghost Pal has been in hiding while they record their upcoming EP release, Nathan Jones is Dead. Now, from those sessions, we get a single that will not appear on the CD. ’Get Thee Gone’ takes me back to the first time I heard Ghost Pal, the track: ‘Space Race‘. With immediate sustainability within the attack/release dynamic, this latest offering from Oliver Ignatius’ crew sprints in slow motion, pitting cheerfully violent chorus’ against clear conscious verses. The perfect song for a million movie scenes, we can’t express how pleased we are.
Absolutely, the most interesting record I’ve seen out of Russia since we started, five months ago. This, cleverly volatile assortment of instrumental-pop experiments, proves more adventurous and open minded than most. While maintaining a sort of Ratatat-electronic tightness, СВ Хутор’s Шиллинг constantly evolves, going through phases that could be associated with M83 and others more along the lines of Gogol Bordello. Believe me, I’m tempted to call it all out, right down to the Brand New influenced guitar solo. You wont be disappointed, how could you be, it’s free.
Tim Fitz’ latest October release, Beforetime, is a complex work of interweaving guitar, piano and percussion lines that (although unrecognizable at first) unwind to reveal a beautifully patterned EP. What’s more amazing, is that the kid’s doing this all on his own. No band, just loop pedal. Not afraid to use some traditionally pop melodies and dynamics, Beforetime bridges the canyon between intricate indie and pop in the same way Bird of Stevens do. The album is a ride, the whole way through providing solid ups and even more solid ups, track after track. And unlike so many today, Fitz isn’t afraid to take a solo.
One Body by Sons of an Illustrious Father (November 9, 2011) *
For a long time, I’ve been wondering who the girls from Sons of an Illustrious Father remind me of. The reason it’s taken so long to drum up this comparison is because it’s being made so far out of context that I don’t really blame myself for not seeing it clearly before. Take CocoRosie, give them a real band, a more traditional understanding of music and an Arcade Fire type of confidence (provided mostly by the male leads); you’ve got the Sons. Their newest LP, set to release November 9th and titled One Body shows the group growing as a family. Like some of the greatest acts of our time, the Sons strength isn’t in a catchy hook (although there are plenty), it isn’t in some mind boggling synth sound (there are none) and it certainly isn’t in some pop culture reference that makes you feel adult. The Sons latest work, and most of their discography, is a living, breathing testament to what electronic music will NEVER do for you. Bravo.
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