As March comes to an end, we’d like to wrap up the month with five excellent tunes before the prankful chaos of April Fool’s day ensues. Check out these great new singles:
5. Tenement – The Block Is Safe Again
The Midwestern punks are known to be particularly sporadic with their music releases, but following last year’s much acclaimed Predatory Headlights we can expect some more great tunes from the group. The Appleton, Wisconsin-based trio are releasing a collection of singles, Bruised Music Vol. 2, in a few weeks.
This cut from the collection has both a DIY, lo-fi edge to it and an insatiably catchy riff. Not even a minute and a half long, this indelible song will be stuck in your head for days with its addictive refrain. The gamut of the band’s sound is present in this collection, and this track is already one of its highlights.
4. Ash Koosha – Biutiful
Iranian polymath Ash Koosha is coming out with a new record this week, I AKA I, and you should be excited. Koosha’s beat-centric music is incredible no matter where you start with it, his arrangements are this perfect duality of next level beatwork and meticulous motifs of organic sounds. “Biutiful” is a shimmering cut from his new record, which opens with haunting strings but transmutes into this, as the name suggests, beautiful dance tune that has his deftly constructed beat working at maximum power against wonderful synth flourishes.
Whether he makes hard-hitting tunes like the recent single “Mudafossil” that amalgamates punishing electronics and Eastern-inspired instrumentation into impossible harmony or mesmerizing works like this one, Ash Koosha is one of the most inventive names in electronic music and he demands your attention.
3. – White Heat
Every little glimpse I get from Dave Harrington’s forthcoming solo debut, Become Alive, has been phenomenal. “White Heat,” continues the trend as a gorgeous soundscape that feels like plunging into a sea of otherworldly sounds. Harrington, formerly of the duo DARKSIDE, culled an incredible swath of players for this record, and this song is further proof of that.
Whether you’re listening to this through your headphones or in the Walt Disney Concert Hall, this song overflows the space it’s given with its size. From the squalls of noise to the textural, ethereal rhodes piano delivering a subdued melody that peeks through, this seven-minute composition is a brilliant and abstract work that transcends the speakers it’s playing through and becomes something beyond words.
2. Nothing – Eaten By Worms
The Philly shoegazers have come back with yet another awesome new single, a taste of their forthcoming album Tired Of Tomorrow. Last month’s addictive “Vertigo Flowers” was one of my favorites of the month of February, now with “Eaten By Worms,” the Philadelphia-based band has totally sold me on their new LP.
The loud track, and it’s stark visual, builds tension impossibly high with a salvo of crunchy, distorted guitars and all the chilling moments of quiet in between. The lyrics here are focused on the pangs of existential pain and the subsequent realization that we have to eventually let go and surrender ourselves to whatever lies ahead, a truly thought-provoking, evocative tune that packs some serious punch with its MBV-minded guitar work.
1. Wire – Internal Exile
No one has proven to be as constantly ahead of the curve as the legendary post-punks Wire. The seminal brit outfit garnered a lot of praise with last year’s eponymous album and shown that they are sharp as ever and belong in the coffee-fueled conversations about great new music as much as their younger contemporaries.
Calling their progression as artists reinvention would be a disservice, rather, the band continues to evolve and avoid the stagnancy many long time artists may succumb to. This month, the punk veterans are coming back with a new mini-album, Nocturnal Koreans, which builds on the work of their last album and takes it in a new direction. This single from the forthcoming release is a stunning, swaying waltz that feels perfect for any late night drive home.
The synth underlying the song recalls the band’s 80’s sound but an added, subdued trumpet in the refrain may come as a surprise to long-time fans. While they remain the true progenitors of UK post/art punk, the long-running band are still very much full of surprises.