Beyond the upcoming Deerhunter EP, Rainwater Cassette Exchange, Bradford Cox has been quietly releasing more free music over at the Deerhunter / Atlas Sound / Lotus Plaza blog, including two new entries in his series of Atlas Sound Virtual 7-inches. These latest releases, No.’s 6 and 7, are no doubt two of his finest.
“Solo, Or ‘The Square'” / “Memorial Corridor” (No. 6) provides a double dose of off-kilter pop. The A-side, driven by an obtuse keyboard bounce, drones along in a subtle build up as Cox’s vocals meander and fade into the track’s murky ambience, while “Memorial Corridor” features an extended intro of synth swirls and hiccups before he blows it wide open with a steady helping of head nod-inducing guitar strums and fuzzed-out vocals. No. 7 is a more subdued affair, the breezy “Springtime Instrumental” combines laidback melodies, cool guitar swagger, and solid beats before it gracefully gives way to the title-track “Time Warp”, a dreamy meditation on using wormholes to escape the demoralizing wasteland of suburbia.
Download: Atlas Sound – Solo, or ‘The Square’
Download: Atlas Sound – Springtime Instrumental
In other free mp3 news, Clipse unveiled their first single from the upcoming Till the Casket Drops over at the Re-Up Gang Records blog on Monday. Joined by Kanye West, whose verse is admittedly underwhelming, Pusha and Malice do how they do and bring it like they mean it — urgent, grimy, charismatic. There’s no question that Hell Hath No Fury, which made Clipse kinda like a big deal, is gonna be a tough record to follow. But, as far as singles go, this track is pretty sweet.