New this week / Singles in review

Iceage - Forever

From their upcoming album Plowing Into The Field of Love, “Forever” is the second single from Copenhagen based band Iceage. With their previous release, You're Nothing, the group boasted a dense, post-punk, sonic splendour. Judging from what we've heard of their new material, they seem to have dropped that. Instead, they appear to have adopted a gothic, country influence and blended it with their brooding, visceral approach.

“Forever” is built on a sense of restrained ferocity, a slow build-up of mutilated passion and lust. “If I could dive into another, I would lose myself forever,” moans Elias Bender Rønnenfelt. The track features what seems to be an army of paranoid violins and disjointed horns. Something The Birthday Party, The Bad Seeds or Rowland S. Howard, even, would be proud of.

Aphex Twin - Minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]

“minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]” is the lead single to Aphex Twin's upcoming album, Syro. Built on an off-kilter, glassy drumbeat and an ominous space age bass line, the track transitions across a multitude of sonic visions. The analogue synths are rich whilst feathery as they glide across his otherworldly soundscape. With his vocals – affected, distorted and distant – it's almost like he's calling out at us from the future.

It's crazy to think that it's been 13 years since Richard D. James released his last Aphex Twin record. The English electronic musician has apparently finished 10 or so albums. So that's kind of insane. That's also a lot to look forward to.

Flying Lotus - Never Catch Me [ft. Kendrick Lamar]

Flying Lotus is an electronic/ R&B/ Hip-hop producer based in Los Angeles, California. “Never Catch Me” is the latest track to drop from his upcoming studio album, You're Dead! Featuring the talents of Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar, the duo creates a spastic, blast of digital wackness, syphoned through a maze of jazzy piano, synth and off-kilter beats.

It's amazing that anyone could actually fit a verse or two over Flying Lotus's intricate musical wall. There is enough going on to keep us engaged, yet what Kendrick is able to spit out makes the track something else altogether. A blitzkrieg of musical information, coming at us all at once.

Cult Of Youth - Empty Faction

Centred on the songwriting of Sean Rogan, Cult Of Youth is an acoustic, experimental, punk band based in Brooklyn, New York. Taken from their upcoming album, Final Days, “Empty Faction” is an inferno of angst and rage.

From the machine gun drum beat to the heavy acoustic stabs. The track is a bleeding, violent mess. With the addition of new guitarist Christian Kount, the band is able to add more musical density to what would otherwise be pure chaos. Which, actually, wouldn't be too bad either.

Dads - Chewing Ghosts

Dads are an emo punk rock band based in New Jersey. “Chewing Ghosts” comes from the band's upcoming record, I'll Be The Tornado. The track is an ode to growing up and facing the regrets of your youth, possibly a punk rocker's worst nightmare.

“We could be unhappy together, we could be drunk together. We could be punk together, we could be friends again” sings John Bradley. The track features a catchy chorus and just enough genuine angst to be relatable to any generation's disillusioned youth and those that used to be.
This article first appeared in Issue 23, 2014.
Posted 4:38pm Sunday 14th September 2014 by Adrian Ng.