Six years is what it’s taken them but FINALLY L.A. shoegazers Autolux will follow up their 2004 debut Future Perfect with their ridiculously long-awaited second album. Transit Transit will see the light of day on August 3rd thanks to TBD Recordings. The album is described as a “deep and profound world in which to immerse yourself.”
Klaxons haven’t kept us waiting as long as Autolux, but it has been four years since they dropped the Mercury Prize-winning Myths of the Near Future and it’s felt like an eternity. Well, the band (now an official quartet) have given us a taste of what to expect over at their official site. “Flashover” doesn’t sound too drastically different, but you can definitely hear the guitars a lot more, thanks to nu-metal guru Ross Robinson’s production. Check it out.
If a new EP by psychedelic blues man Kurt Vile is exciting news to you, well, Matador Records is now giving it away for free until tomorrow. That’s right, grab your complimentary download of his Square Shells EP over here.
Speaking of freebies, you can also get a new FACT-commissioned mixtape by the one and only Ariel Pink, not to mention his crew in the Haunted Graffiti. Grab the link and the tracklisting of all the wonderfully weird tunes here.
Nick Cave’s other band, Grinderman, put out a wicked self-titled album back in 2007 and now they’re coming back to give us more of that “pussy blues” of theirs. Anti- will release the band’s second album, simply titled, Grinderman 2, on September 14th. Get ready…
Last year I stumbled upon an album of home recordings called Constant Hitmaker by some long hair from Philly named Kurt Vile. Up until just recently he was also a guitarist in the droning folk band The War On Drugs, but then left after his solo thing (which often features his backing band The Violators, which consists of members from The War On Drugs, oddly enough) began to overshadow the band.
Releasing the limited vinyl-only God Is Saying This to You LP back in the spring on Mexican Summer, Vile has now signed to Matador and readied his first proper album amusingly titled Childish Prodigy.
Where his prior records used more of a shoestring budget, Vile’s Matador debut almost sounds opulent by comparison. Fortunately, it doesn’t stray from the psychedelic and bluesy garage that helped him get this far, but at the same time Vile pushes himself to take the songs even further out there.
“Hunchback” is a fuzzy, narcotic-driven garage tune that swings like it was written for The Warlocks, and then transitions into the much more natural vibe of “Dead Alive”, which has Vile spewing a Dylanesque rant flooded in reverb.
With its pounding drum machine pattern and the passionate declaration of Americana, “Freak Train” goes off the rails and somehow finds middle ground between Springsteen and Suicide, only to have its edge curbed by the sublime “Blackberry Song”, a gorgeously textured folk song.
“Heart Attack” cooks up the same kind of hallucinatory tricks as Animal Collective with some heavy yet controlled use of echo and delay. “Inside Lookin’ Out” builds a wall of harmonica-laden noise that uses backwards masking to complement Vile’s lyrical tirade.
Childish Prodigy is a drifter, an album floating in and out of dreamlike jams and classic-rockin’ barnburners that engrosses you with such an inimitable, singular vision.
Artist: Kurt Vile
Album: Childish Prodigy
Release Date: October 6, 2009
Label: Matador Records
Author: Cam Lindsay
First Spin Live Until: October 13, 2009