Four great bands, two great labels and two continents meet on this stellar mini-LP. Frequent collaborators Slumberland Records and Fortuna POP! team up to bring you ‘Continental Drift,’ a smashing eight song sampler of some of the finest pop out there in 2016.
Philadelphia’s Mercury Girls are one of the most talked-about new bands in ages. Featuring members of Literature, Little Big League and Pet Milk, Mercury Girls have a gorgeous, layered sound that combines post-punk dynamics with soaring/jangling guitars, fantastic melodies and expertly-arranged tunes. Their recent single “Ariana” turned a lot of heads, and their two contributions contained herein should make us all quite excited for their in-progress debut album. Listen to an advance stream of their latest single “Holly,” streaming over at The Fader. Be sure to catch them on tour in October/November with Balance & Composure and Foxing, full list of tour dates below.
Baltimore’s Wildhoney have been making music together since 2011, forging a fresh sound from raw materials of shoegaze, punk and good old indiepop. 2015 saw the release of their debut LP and follow-up EP, and now we’ve snagged two top-quality exclusive tunes for this compilation.
From down the end of Los Angeles, the barebones gravepunk duo Band Aparte strips down and combines elements of gothic rock, synthpunk, and beachy lo-fi as macabre appreciation simmers in the gut of the city. Vocalist Brian Mendoza effortlessly channels Joy Division and Nick Cave, crooning into a death bouquet with his shirt unbuttoned. But he’s not doing it to imitate Morrissey’s aesthetic — Band Aparte’s shows are fast and fierce, and the crowd works up a sweat at every venue they play.
It’s a dangerous mixture that has crushed nights alongside such bands as Cruelty Code, Roses, Ghost Noise, and Terminal A.
Danish composer Amalie Bruun, better known as MYRKUR, has reimagined Bathory’s “Song To Hall Up High”. This version was recorded live in the historic Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum in Oslo, Norway alongside eight other beautifully dramatic and stripped-down acoustic reinventions of songs from her critically-acclaimed, masterful debut full-length M.
Mausoleum was captured in a cold, dimly-lit tomb covered in morbid frescos that depict the circle of human life from conception til death all with the accompaniment of the storied Norwegian Girls Choir and Håvard (ex-Ulver) on guitar. Mausoleum is an incredible showcase of MYRKUR’s sublime yet haunting voice in a truly chilling, unrivaled atmosphere.
Moon Queen is the first single from the bands third studio album 100% Sunshine. This follows up from last years record Burnt Black Cars, the record which helped propel the bands career forward and gained support from Q Magazine, Noisey & Clash Magazine to name a few drawing comparisons to Slowdive, Toy and My Bloody Valentine for their blend of shoegaze and stoner rock.
Last Projects gallery and curators Reversible Eye have come together to present Excesstential Style 2.0 a wearable art / performance art exhibit featuring artists Karim Shuquem (Los Angeles) and Jonathan Johnson (Hamburg, Germany).Excessential Style 2.0 has been curated by Reversible Eye to showcase jewelry artist Jonathan Johnson’s new line of “Seven Deadly Sins” themed jackets created with Italian actress, singer, model, and director Asia Argento. In addition, Jonathan will be showing a jacket created with the Tom of Finland estate as well as jewelry created with actress, model, dominatrix Snow Mercy.
Karim Shuquem, who performs in groups The Phantom Limbs, the BoyScouts of Annihilation, and Loto Ball and has been described by Jello Biafra as “one of the most talented and demented front-creatures in all of underground rock”, has a history of finding unusual ways to worm himself bodily into questions of the human condition, agency, ability, and fate. His latest work is a series of “Crime Jackets” utilizing jail suicide / casualty imagery and punk/metal decoration.
On the one year anniversary of her critically-acclaimed, masterful debut full-length,
M, Danish black metal artist MYRKUR unveils a captivating live recording from the historic Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum in Oslo, Norway. Aptly titled Mausoleum, the album features beautifully dramatic and stripped-down acoustic reinventions of seven songs from M plus one brand new song and a Bathory cover; all with the accompaniment of the storied Norwegian Girls Choir.
Captured in a cold, dimly-lit tomb covered in morbid frescos that depict the circle of human life from conception til death, Mausoleum is an incredible showcase of MYRKUR’s sublime yet haunting voice in a truly chilling, unrivaled atmosphere.
Alienist includes two original tracks: the haunting yet emotional “I’m Looking For You”; an epic, multi-layered, metaphysical exploration in the form of a conversation between Genesis and “Lucifer”, who is in hiding after his failed rebellion is over, and the title track “Alienist”which is a delightful fusion of dance grooves harking back to PTV’s Acid House days and the group’s current love of heavy psychedelic rock.
On a European tour in 2009, Genesis proposed the band perform the classic “Maggot Brain” by Funkadelic as a musical interlude. After the tour, the band went into the studio to give a try at a recorded interpretation of the song. The result was astounding and the band set forth on a series of 12″ records, yearly interpreting a rock classic and then offering a new song on the B side. Mostly chosen by drummer and co-producer Edley ODowd, songs have previously included “Silver Machine” by Hawkwind, “Mother Sky” by Can and “Dropout Boogie” by Captain Beefheart.
Omaha’s electronic pop trio Icky Blossoms are excited to share their virtual reality video for their song “Phantasmagoria” today via AV Club. Created by 2DArray, the music video is a full virtual reality experience. Watch it on your phone to explore every corner of the animation on YouTube. (It’s also available for download on the Oculus Rift.) The song can be found on Icky Blossoms’ album Mask, out now via Saddle Creek.