Albums are frequently things of palatable serenity. We sit ignorant in undulating waves of fluffy swirling sound, while subtle aural flavours drift unregistered, become bland and painlessly benumbing. If you’re predisposed to this practice of passive listening then you’ll hate Hidden, the second offering from Southend-on-Sea foursome, These New Puritans.
Let’s get down to brass tacks, I love Deerhoof. I love Deerhoof only ever-so-slightly more than Joy Division. I fully understand the gravity that Joy Division’s 1979 album Unknown Pleasures bears, so imagine my surprise when I heard that the San Franciscans were to team up with weird new pop warblers Xiu Xiu to cover the album live in its entirety. I was a little more than agog.
Xiu Xiu have the dark stones to pull it off, and probably do a bloody good job. Deerhoof though? There’s snippets of darkness in there, but I can’t envisage it. I probably wont envisage it, being that said event is due to take place April 29 in Krems, Austria at Donaufestival. Saying that, with a lin-up that boasts Panda Bear, Dan Deacon, Rufus Wainwright, Fuck Buttons, Wolf Parade, Peaches, and Alec Empire and the Ex, who knows. European festivals are the way forwad.
Looky what we have here. The Newsom love is building to near frenzy. I must say, having heard what little there is, I’m getting very excited. I’m like a child in fact. Not least because thus far she’s done no wrong. You can stream track ’81′ from Have One On Me here (Top left). Having been raised on a lot of crazy folk, anyone else getting Pentangle vibes here? Must…hold…on. I’m gonna be off radar for March.
I’m tired and I want to go to bed but earlier this evening, MIA posted the following video on her Twitter. I’m gonna go out on a near solid limb here and speculate that it’s material from a forthcoming album. What’s certain is that it’s incredible, albeit shitty quality. My guess is that she got bored, recorded the video while the song played from lappy speakers and posted. That said, MIA has a delightfully fresh and capacious binary sound scape going on. The kind of music that sounds like it belongs in the future. Enjoy ‘There’s Space For Ol Dat I See’ or ‘Space Odyssey’.