Seth Sutton has yet to produce a bad song in my opinion, and I’ve been completely and utterly hooked since first listening to Zulu on cassette. He also visited my one horse town and played a secret show at this old Italian restaurant, and it was fucking epic. Dude is so chill. Support him, and buy every release of his you can get your hands on. I may own all fourteen of his 7”s, in addition to four full lengths. He’s a busy guy.
There are few music videos that I literally cannot tear my eyes away from. I tend to start one playing, watch for a bit, then shrink it down and keep it afloat while I continue on other computer tasks.
But not with Blossom. This rapid fire barrage of gorgeous imagery had my complete attention, with the video on full screen. I never watch videos on full screen.
I was counting maybe 3-4 images per second, multiplied by 227s in the video, is 600-800 images flashed in under 4min. While those are impressive numbers, its only magnified by the cohesion and care to order, because clearly this wasn’t just dumped together, it was curated.
While the video is an extremely ambitious debut, equally excellent is their music accompanying it. I honestly had to test listening to the music without the video to make sure I wasn’t blinded by the video’s shear awesomeness, and I was actually even more into it without the pretty visuals to distract me. Its got a very 90s garage feel to it, with just the right amount of fuzzy guitars, but still remains definitively pop. I’m always a big fan of dual male/female vocals, as it adds a great dynamic, and in particular it really shines through when they reverse the lead and backup around the 2:37 mark. On a first impression, Blossom reminds me a little of the first s/t Yuck album from 2011, and I say that with the utmost complements.
Definitely on edge and looking forward to more from these kids. Hopefully Regeneration receives a proper 7” vinyl release, because an anthem that good deserves it.
Enjoy some of the great images from their video below.
Tennis have seriously become the masters of the music video in a very short time. Their recent self proclaimed lychian/twin peaks inspired video for Bad Girls was simple, but excruciatingly beautifully shot. With I’m Callin’ they have taken the production up eleven notches to match the masterful production of Ritual in Repeat, which is fast on track to be my top album of 2014. The narrative and subtle attention to detail here is just astounding. If you haven’t already picked up Ritual in Repeat on vinyl, do yourself a favor.
Alex Hungtai aka Dirty Beaches, is pretty much always recording and releasing new music. I have a great amount of respect for the musician that never stops recording, while always managing to produce excellent and varied material. Despite my following his releases with zeal, its always a little exciting to find a new EP or 7” dropped, occasionally months after he’s released it. He’s also got an instrumental album called Stateless, due out on Zoo Music in November. You can pre-order that now from Midheaven, but it you’re hardcore Dirty Beaches, I’d wait to hear from the Zoo Music email list to see if they’re doing a limited subscriber pressing, as they tend to do.
Here are 3 previously unreleased tracks written roughly around 2006-2012. These are all tracks written with Taiwan in mind…Musically speaking these are all b-sides that never made the cut on “night city”, “badlands”, double feature” etc, but after a recent visit to Taiwan rekindled the idea of this forgotten, outdated “imaginary homeland” as I got deeper into reading on the topic of Diaspora. As a result, I decided to self-release this compilation of music on the last 2014 Asia tour as a CDR in hopes of connecting with the listeners from Asia, and Taiwan especially.
Tracks like “neon gods & funeral strippers” and “廟街” were previously released on Clandestine Records and Spacebridge (Russia tour tape). But they are all apart of this collection that sprung from childhood memories, folklores (about the haunted Xinhai tunnel) and fictional characters in “廟街” that were a tribute to teenage delinquents in 80’s/90’s Taiwan/Hong Kong blockbuster gangster films that I grew up watching. Damn those movies were good…
Dedicated to the lost memories of youth and Taiwan.
For these recordings, we’ve taken some cues from our favorite shoegaze and jangly pop hits (Cocteau Twins, Slowdive, Should, Cleaners from Venus, Flying Nun records generally), and filtered them through our love of 60s surfbeat and K Records’ off-kilter production. Our songs tend to become a pretty dense kaleidoscope of wispy reverb, multi-tracked vocals, and swirly guitar leads.