The Listener has no goofs to open with today and will be diving straight into the tracks. We have some lovely new tunes for you today. Enjoy!
Merchandise - "Anxiety's Door:" Mixing grinding industrial instrumentals with clear, crooning, vocals, Merchandise's new song brings to mind a slightly less theatrical early to mid 80's Sisters of Mercy.
Verity Susman - "To Make You Afraid:" Susman is the former lead singer of Electrelane. "To Make You Afraid" is a bouncy, frigid, glistening song that centers around Susman's distant voice and a bright beat and synth. At one point, everything drops away to underscore Susman's voice as it rises to a high pitched howl. A great song for the chipper goth in all of us (or is that just me?).
Foxygen - "No Destruction:" On a completely different note, Foxygen have released another song off of their upcoming We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic. Really quickly, have I ever mentioned how much I don't like long album titles? It just seems kind of obnoxious. I mean you try having a conversation about music and have to discuss a longer album title. Anyway, Foxygen directly channel the jaunty later Velvet Underground with Bob Dylan's vocals on "Positively 4th Street," without managing to sound too derivative. I mean, it is a little derivative, but fun nonetheless.
The Men - "Electric:" Earlier this week, The Men announced that they would be releasing a new album in March, their 3rd in as many years. "Electric" is the first single and further streamlines the group's sound. This is a long way from the cacaphony of Leave Home, and is fast paced and stirring.
Generationals - "Spinoza:" Textbook but good indie pop from New Orleans band, Generationals. Nothing groundbreaking but I am enjoying it all the same. For better or worse, I am partial to this sound, so I am forcing it upon you this week (probably most weeks).
If you are wondering why I had nothing to say for the intro, please watch the following video, the comprehension of which is taking up all of my mental energy. If this makes sense to any of you, please write a brief report to firstname.lastname@example.org.