Hatred of Music
Song - Artist - Album
Lines - Julian Lynch - Lines
Bombino – Amidinine
The band Bombino has an extremely interesting story behind them. Founded by guitarist Omara Moctar in Niger in the mid 2000’s. Moctar sings in the native language of the Taureg population of Niger, Tamashek and plays his guitar in a dry picking style, giving it a really interesting sound compared to other groups. In 2007, a Taureg rebellion formed and the guitar was banned from the Taureg as it was seen as a symbol of rebellion. After two of his band members were executed, he was forced to flee the country in exile. His music challenges the geographical concerns of the country while being super groovy and moving. Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys produced the album this is off of, so it has a pretty dense Black Keys influence on it, but the riff will be stuck in your head for days.
Daft Punk – Get Lucky (ft. Pharrell Williams)
What can I say that hasn’t been said about this track? You’ve probably all heard it before, you’ve heard Daft Punk before, and you’ve probably heard Pharrell before. Man, but this song is great. Clear-cut pop sweetness. Sure the lyrics are cheesy at points, but it’s catchy as hell and the vocoder at the end makes it all worth it, am I right?
Dan Friel – Ulysses
This track may not be the newest of the year, but boy is it one of the most assaulting. Dan Friel is a member of the experimental/noise rock group Parts and Labor, and this new album of his is definitely leaning towards the noise description of his previous band. This song is almost 13 minutes long and it starts off with an unsettling, distorted churning synth that sounds like a decaying machine chugging along, destroying everything in its path, including itself. The churning is constant throughout the song and is accompanied by candy-coated synths backing it, almost like little fairies of encouragement for this death machine. This song is a journey: following the destruction and final moments of this machine, much like the character from the epic poem from the Odyssey. The closest artistic comparison I could give this would be when Dan Deacon is at his most abrasive. It’s a listen like I’ve never had before; I’m highly recommending it.
Jai Paul – Genevieve
Jai Paul, prior to this year, has only officially released two songs, one of which is a demo. The first was in 2011, the second in 2012. Both of these songs were in my favorites of each year and are still continuously listened to by me. On April 12th, someone unofficially leaked an album’s worth of demos that Paul had been allegedly working on, creating a shitstorm on the internet over it. This collection of songs are rough in patches, but still mind-blowingly original and fresh. Paul’s sound can be described as futuristic pop, with spacey RnB instrumentals much like a James Blake or Frank Ocean. This song is one of the many highlights on this collection and features a rapid beat, manic guitar lines, and star-studded synths blasting out from the spaceship that this song is. The levels are a little off, but that doesn’t even matter when the song is this good. There are little bursts of guitars, synths, the chorus is great, I really cannot say anything bad about this track.
Laura Cortese – Life Is Good Blues
Probably the most folk/country/Americana flavored thing I’ll ever post here, it’s also one of my all time favorite songs of this year. Laura Cortese is a Boston resident and plays one mean fiddle. She has an album out this year entitled Into the Dark, and boy is it a doozy. Perhaps I’m biased to like this due to my years of fiddling with folks that fiddle with Cortese, but nevertheless this girl has got some chops. This song is a Laura Veirs cover, and is full of chops, sweet violin licks, and all the stuff that bluegrass/fiddle nerds love in a great song. Cortese’s voice is sweet like honey and it effortlessly slides all over the instrumental, and all the levels are great. CHECK THIS OUT.
Lauren Bousfield – Cascading Retail Spaces
Lauren Bousfield, AKA Brock Bousfield, AKA Nero’s Day at Disneyland, is known for making slightly obtuse electronic music, specializing in noise while adding elements of breakcore, IDM, and other strange themes into his music. This song is a track off of his new album, Avalon Vales, which doesn’t really follow the model of this track most of the time. At times it reminds me of a Crystal Castles instrumental, with ghostly choirs in the background, decaying synth squeaks, rave tendencies and a repetitive RnB sample throughout. What gets me about this song the most though is that RnB sample, it’s chopped up so finely that the message is barely unintelligible, but the meaning is there. Check this track out if you dig Crystal Castles or other strange sounding electronic escapades!
Milk Music – I’ve Got A Wild Feeling
Milk Music is a group out of Seattle, WA that is bringing a taste of grunge-esque rock n roll back into the scene of punk. This song, in my opinion, showcases the band’s skill to its highest potential. There are noodly guitar lines, crunchy slide guitar moments, guitar harmonies, and vocals full of abandon. I think it’s a really fun and worthwhile listen. Contains lots of guitar tones similar to Dinosaur Jr, and The Men.
Slow Warm Death – Sleep
The first track off of emo/blues/punk group Slow Warm Death’s self-titled debut starts off with delicately strummed acoustic guitar and fragile, almost whispering vocals. Then, it explodes into a cacophonous mess of distorted guitars and the fragile vocals reveal themselves as the classic pipes from the old lead singer of Snowing, John Galm. First off, it’s great to hear him performing in another group after Snowing. It’s also great knowing that this song is fucking great. When the guitars come in and Galm’s voice starts getting intense, this song punches you right in the gut. Then that guitar solo at the end. Woah. The whole album is fantastic, but this song kicks it off with such a punch, it’s hard to leave the takeoff point that is this song.
The Underachievers – Gold Soul Theory
The Underachievers are another group associated with the Beast Coast movement of rappers in NYC that also includes Joey Bada$$/Pro Era, A$AP Mob, Flatbush Zombies, and other NYC based collectives. Their mixtape they released this year, Indigoism, revolves around the concept of higher understanding through psychedelics and living as an “Indigo” which deals with people that are destined to change the world for the better. Their style is definitely druggy and psychedelic and it backed by psychedelic electronic producer Flying Lotus, so that makes sense. This song combines all the elements of the Indigo lifestyle as well as repping of Beast Coast. It’s a pretty sweet song!