In my previous Deerhunter post, I mentioned the prolific output (and constant generosity) of Bradford Cox. For more than a year he’s been making lyrics, videos, a series of “micromixes”, demos, outtakes, new tracks, and “virtual 7-inches” available for free over at the Deerhunter/Atlas Sound blog. The overwhelming majority of the new music was recorded solo under Cox’s Atlas Sound moniker and much of it certainly falls somewhere near the ambient bedroom-pop sound that defined his excellent Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel. But, within that scope he manages to approach his music from a variety of perspectives and forges out a gamut of pretty cool tracks. Here are some highlights:
First, I should mention that 4AD just announced a chance to win one (of 100 copies) of Deerhunter’s On Platts Eyott Island session cassette tapes (an additional 100 were given away at Deerhunter’s Halloween concert in Atlanta). Recorded by Cox as a kind of faux-John Peel session using vintage equipment on a small nature reserve island off the Thames, he burns through an improv intro, a Cryptograms track (“Spring Hall Convert”), an alternate version of “Backspace Century” from Weird Era Cont., and a handful of songs from Microcastle. Reworked into a continuous, stripped-down acoustic jam, these tracks still prove their strengths without the monumental support of their original production. You can stream the whole session and submit your name and e-mail for a chance to win over at the 4AD website.
Download: Deerhunter – Microcastle (Platts Eyott Session)
Buy: Pick up Deerhunter’s Microcastle / Weird Era Cont. from Kranky Records (U.S.), 4AD (U.K.), or Insound.
Check out more free music after the jump.
WAVVES is the project of local San Diego noise maker Nathan Williams (pictured here reppin’ pretty hard), who induces pleasure (and a little pain) with his lo-fi, punked-out, feedback-pop. Self-described as “beach punk”, the music of WAVVES finds the surf-pop tendencies of the Beach Boys in a head-on collision with Nirvana and Sonic Youth riffage, guitars noisy enough for even the grittiest of shoegazers, and a production aesthetic that recalls the worn-out tape deck feel of Ariel Pink. Fitting then that the self-titled WAVVES debut would have been released only on cassette through Fuckittapes. It’ll get re-released by their Woodsist imprint on 12″ Vinyl and CD in 2009 (out now!), which is certainly good news for distribution, but I can’t imagine that other mediums do those recordings justice.
WAVVES also has a second self-titled full-length coming out next year on De Stijl and what I’ve heard from it so far is seriously off the chain… even better than his past work. Cacophonous and catchy, abrasive and hook-laden, “No Hope Kids” and “So Bored” are detached anthems of anomie and apathy that ring especially true for someone who grew up in the nonthreatening vacuum of San Diego suburbs.
And be sure to check out the upcoming Beach Demon/Weed Demon 7″, which just came out on Tic Tac Totally! Records and was recently made available as a free download (high-quality AIF’s) on the WAVVES blog. If you need immediacy, you can stream both of these awesome tracks over at WAVVES’ myspace. While you’re there, you fellow Southern Californians can peep his two upcoming tour dates. See you at the Che Cafe?
Download: WAVVES – No Hope Kids
Download: WAVVES – So Bored
Buy: Check the De Stijl page for news on the latest WAVVES album or hit up Tic Tac Totally! and pick up the Beach Demon/Weed Demon 7″.
Also, I’m really diggin’ WAVVES’ album art. Check it out after the jump.
Recently, I began writing for Amplifier Magazine, an online publication that specializes in concise (~200 word), substance-focused reviews of independent music. I’ll be posting some of my reviews here, especially those that are overwhelmingly positive. Check out my (somewhat brief) thoughts on White Denim’s excellent Exposion, along with a couple of mp3s, after the jump.