New this week / Singles in review

Quirke - Break a Mirrored Leg

“Break a Mirrored Leg” is the lead single from the British producer’s debut EP Acid Beth. A swirling mish-mash of sounds, like machine parts. The track blends driving rhythm with well-executed dynamics. The result is a cold, dark soundscape which is equally uncomforting as it is immersive.

Shabazz Palaces - They Come In Gold Afraid

Shabazz Palaces is a Seattle hip-hop enigma, who in 2011 released one of the year’s most talked about albums in Black Up. “They Come In Gold” is the first single from the group’s sophomore album Lese Majesty. A dark, mid-tempo track, coloured by glistening synth flourishes.

Tobacco - Streaker

“Streaker” is from Tobacco’s upcoming album Ultimata II Massage. A project of Black Moth Super Rainbow’s Thomas Fec, Tobacco is the darker, more schizophrenic of the two. “Streaker” is a straight-up mind trip, and in quite a perverse way. Its heavy distorted grooves are brutal, especially combined with Fec’s de-octaved vocals. You kind of feel violated. But for some reason, it’s also really good.

Sia - Chandelier

Australian pop artist Sia Furler bursts into the alternative and commercial charts with “Chandelier.” Featuring a breath-taking vocal performance, the song seems specifically written to be an international hit; sounding one part Rihanna, and no part Australian. However, it’s definitely one of the best pop songs of the year so far, for sure.

Little Big League - Year of the Sunhorse

Little Big League is Michelle Zauner, who creates wonderfully fun, nineties guitar pop, reminscent of Sebadoh, Liz Phair and Speedy Ortiz. “Year of the Sunhouse” is an infectious track which touches on the awful situation of dealing with an ex-flame. “You look so good like you’re mocking me.”
This article first appeared in Issue 12, 2014.
Posted 4:32pm Sunday 18th May 2014 by Adrian Ng.