Tom Krell is the mastermind behind pop-R&B hybrid project How To Dress Well. He’s been a mainstay in the “bedroom artist” scene for the past few years, but this new song, “Words I Don’t Remember,” seems a little more on the “hi-fi,” clean side of things than his past work. His crystal-clear vocals glide over the fractured, ghostly production that has become his trademark; it truly sounds better than ever, especially when the song erupts into a lush jam right around the 5:10 mark.
I’m not sure if this is just a one-off single or if it’s a sign an album is on the way, but considering Total Loss came out back in 2012, keep your fingers crossed that it’s the latter. You can pick up “Words I Don’t Remember” on iTunes today.
If you didn’t believe me when I said The Range is one of the most intriguing producers in electronic music right now, maybe “Washingtons” can back me up. While his songs generally stick to a formula that involves the same general tones, sprawling feel, and use of samples, they’re all given unique voices that tell a fresh and exciting story. On “Washingtons,” his samples occasionally rise to the forefront, but they don’t really drive the song this time around. Instead, he lets restless staccato synths, arpeggios, and shapeshifting percussion lead the charge, and the outro relaxes a bit as it settles into some throbbing beeps. The Range truly has a knack for creating fascinating electronic environments.
One of my favorite songs of the year so far just got the video treatment. Avery Tare’s Slasher Flicks have really developed a cool aesthetic for their work – creepy and utterly bizarre, yet with a fuzzy charm to it that undoubtedly lightens the mood. The video stars a vampire cat puppet as he cruises around town and heads to a carnival, while talking heads, floating teeth, and other nightmarish projections haunt him and belt out the tune. It’s very much something out of the dark corners of Jim Henson’s mind (Little Fang himself was actually created by the Creature Shop), and it’s exactly what I envisioned this video to be like.
At the end of last month, Swedish artist Lykke Li announced her upcoming third album, I Never Learn. Now she’s beginning to roll it out, and today we get a new, official video for a ballad called “Love Me Like I’m Not Made Of Stone.” It’s a simple song that takes Lykke Li’s already-excellent ability to convey emotion and heartbreak to a new level.
You can read the lyrics to the song here. I Never Learn is out May 6 in North America.
Aether is the alias of Diego Chavez, a producer who makes spaced-out, sample-driven music. After more than five years since his proper debut Artifacts was released, he finally put out its successor about two weeks ago. Solace is a very dense album, looping synths, piano melodies, and layered vocals over syncopated beats. It can be a little more rhythmically intense than what you might hear from other ambient artists, but a lot of the same sentiments are in Aether’s sound.
On “Untouched,” in particular, there’s an audible sway to it that is absolutely enthralling. It hits a sweet spot that’ll have you actively bobbing your head while also getting completely lost and engrossed in it. The rest of Solace is much of the same way, and if “Untouched” hypnotized you, you should definitely check it out.
You can stream the album below, and pick up the 21 tracks on Bandcamp for $7.
Faded Arrow’s mix for February.
01. Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – Little Fang 0:00
02. Fear of Men – Waterfall 4:10
03. FKA x inc. – 7:58
04. P. Morris – Affairs 11:44
05. Saint Pepsi – Baby 13:56
06. Mas Ysa – Shame 16:57
07. World Tour – Surreal 21:27
08. The Range – Slow Build 25:15
09. CFCF – Lorraine 28:50
It’s been a long three years since her last album, Wounded Rhymes, but Lykke Li is ready to put a close on her “trilogy” with I Never Learn. It’s out May 5, and she’s given us a trailer / track to tide us over in the meantime. It’s a glimpse of what’s to come, overflowing with sweeping strings and emotion. I’d say it’s much grander and more dramatic than her past work, but then again it’s just a small sample. I do think we’ll see a lot of growth from her on this album, based on her expressed desire to be seen as more of a singer-songwriter than a popstar.
Good to have you back, Lykke!
Yesterday, Los Angeles’ P. Morris released Debut, a simply- and appropriately-titled mixtape that offers nearly 30 minutes of rich, intertwining, eerie tunes. Standouts include “Turtle Lounge,” “Submission,” and “Affairs,” which actually surfaced as a demo back in 2011 and is probably my favorite on here.
You can download this over on the Bear Club Music Group Bandcamp page, or stream the entire thing in mix form below. Alternatively, you can listen to Debut as part of a fascinating interactive experience put together by one of the coolest creative agencies around, OKFocus.
Brighton’s Fear of Men have been busy prepping their debut album Loom. They’ve already shared the excellent opener, “Alta / Waterfall,” and today they’re back with more. “Luna” is haunting dream-pop of the highest order, a delicately textured and pensive track that hits its stride early and doesn’t let up. Much of the song’s beauty can be attributed to singer Jessica Weiss’ charming delivery.
Loom will be released by Kanine Records on April 22, and it’s shaping up to be a great album. “Luna” and its B-side “Outrun Me” will get a limited run as a “flexizine,” courtesy of Art is Hard. You can preorder it ahead of its release date, April 7.