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Nothing Soundscast: Malcom Lacey Edition

We (Tyler and Kyle) had a chat with Malcom Lacey of Arrange to talk about his new album Blood Dust, exhaustion with music production, and how weird Channing Tatum looks.

It features two snippets from “The Family Inheritance,” a track off Blood Dust.

If you’re curious about how you can get on skype and yap with us about your music, email nothingsounds@gmail.com with “podcast” in the title.

Thanks for listening.

- Kyle Minton

"The Way He Looks At Me" - Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

As little as I’ve listened to Nine Inch Nails, I eat up Trent Reznor’s creepy, clinical soundtrack work. The Reznor/Ross/David Fincher union is not only profitable for those behind the films, but also for us viewers. Reznor and Ross’ productions, all sharp clicks and ominous static, pairs fantastically with the sharp and colorless shots of Fincher’s shadow-filled films, whether it be in gloomy offices, snowed-in European manses, or Ben Affleck’s abode.

Their latest work will be on Fincher’s upcoming film Gone Girl. Perhaps you’ve seen something about this film, everywhere. It’s due on October 3. Its soundtrack is due the Tuesday before that, which is also next Tuesday, September 30. Four songs are available here. Regardless of your take on the film, I have no doubt this will enhance it. Maybe I’ll even get around to listening to Hesitation Marks.

- Tyler Hanan

"Go (Blank Sea)" - Zola Jesus

Nika Roza Danilova continues her foray into her poppiest work yet, with “Go (Blank Sea)” continuing on the path blazed by “Dangerous Days.” The progression is a natural one, but, as remarked on by numerous other blogs, never before has it been so evident.

Danilova clearly has the pipes for it. We’re just used to slapping a “goth pop queen”-type label on her. Clearly we should’ve read more into that Rihanna cover from a few years ago.

Scrapping the snark, this is magnificent. With the electronics scaled back so they’re no longer crashing down around us (perhaps like an, ahem, "avalanche”), Danilova’s rich, probably omnipotent voice booms out unimpeded. The ever-present operatic scope still marks it and has, if anything, been broadened, creating a brilliant space to explore.

Additionally, the music of Zola Jesus is so perfectly paired with the recent white spaces of her album and single covers. It’s white in the classic sense, an absence of color underlining what spots of color there are. It’s a gorgeous union.

"Go (Blank Sea)" is the second single off Taiga, which is due from Danilova’s new home Mute on October 7. Preorder it through Amazon. Would that her tour had more American dates - see all of them below. 

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"Tiger Tempo" - Arms and Sleepers

The day I expressed my adoration for the previous Arms and Sleepers single, a new one premiered on Xlr8r.  

This new song, ”Tiger Tempo,” has a tinge of the exotic to it. Taking the tiger imagery much to far, it’s a sound of sauntering through lush underbrush, a few especially beautiful moments empty save for mind-expanding positivity. 

In that way, it shares much with it’s predecessor. They’re all things bright and beautiful, a step outside of life to appreciate the good and joyous. Swim Team is out October 28 from Fake Chapter, and looks to be an array of brightness in what will be, for many, the onset of winter’s doldrums. 

- Tyler Hanan

"Call Across Rooms" - Grouper

Bless the cosmos: there’s a new Grouper record arriving this Halloween. Vogue recently shared the above track from Ruins, the new record Liz Harris recorded entirely on a 4-track Sony microphone and an upright piano, according to Pitchfork. Last year Harris released another, eerily similar, bare-bones track titled “Living Room,” which echoes the pacing and mood of “Call Across Rooms.” The former is one of Grouper’s strongest songs, so an entire album’s worth of similar material is promising.

Pre-order Ruins via Kranky

- Kyle Minton

Fuckin’ Hillbillies at Hopscotch 2014: Walk, Don’t Talk

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Mark Kozelek is not an asshole. I wasn’t at King’s Barcade when Kozelek performed as Sun Kil Moon, called his crowd hillbillies and told them to shut the fuck up, but I didn’t need to be there to know the reality of the situation. There was plenty of chatting at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) of Raleigh, the venue I stuck around the entirety of the festival for. Even if you’ve never attended a music festival, there’s a great chance that you know how difficult it is to keep a crowd focused on the artist, or at least get them to not try to hold a conversation at a decibel level higher than the speakers. Any attempt to erase all distractions in the age of during a show is a herculean task, and Kozelek’s type of outburst certainly sounds severe, but going to great lengths to criticize or applaud Kozelek for his actions misses a better and more sensible talk about unhappy, distracted patrons at a show. 

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"Swim Team" - Arms and Sleepers

Lilting and cool, the peppy ambiance of Arms and Sleepers is one of the most relaxing sounds nestled in my overflowing inbox. The trip-hop track has an active serenity, washing in over our feet, our knees, our hips with the lightest, coolest touch. 

"Swim Team" has all the aqueous amour that once lured me in to the work of Balam Acab years ago. There, I felt I was diving into a deeply submerged cavern, one empty save for water and dank stone. Here, I’m on the beach, taking in the sunset and surrounded by life. It is peace - perfect peace. This song is impeccably put together to bring out every bit of shimmering beauty and radiant positivity. 

The album of the same name will be out October 28 from Fake Chapter Records.

- Tyler Hanan

"Hatchets" - Devereaux

"Hatchets" is the second single off of Devereuax’s upcoming album Pineapple Flex, following “Rendezvous" and a fun little trailer full of elevator intrigue. 

Like seductive suspense given a retro strut, “Hatchets” is the sound of winding your way through a packed club at peak mania. It isn’t the sound of partying - its the sound of being surrounded by the party. There’s the tiniest bit of distance, of separation. I wouldn’t say its sinister, but there are seeds of unease strewn throughout.

Pineapple Flex will be out in two short weeks on September 23 from Post-Echo

- Tyler Hanan

"sebastopol." - The Mineral Girls

Look, Mineral Girls, I’ve been hurt before. Sure, “sebastopol” reeks of the lo-fi, embarrassingly honest emo Bandcamp material I’ve heard of and loved before, but how genuine are they? Two boys from Charlotte, North Carolina singing about the insecurities of present in adolescent romance doesn’t seem like it’d sound triumphant, but “sebastopol.” pushes The Mineral Girls to sound almost hopeful in their romantic pleading.

Sure, they’re appropriately sloppy and frank with their declarations, but there’s no denying they can be cheeky, too. “im sorry it has to be this way, but we have to put an end to all of this mindless spending,” their first song on their 2014 record something forever, suggests that Jesus forewent saving lives to rob banks, so there’s always the possibility they’re poking fun at people who get off on these sad songs. The people singing along may not be in on the joke, but at least The Mineral Girls sound great while they play us all. 

- Kyle Minton

"Psykick Espionage" - Joanna Gruesome

A sensible split between Joanna Gruesome and Perfect Pussy has been announced, due out in the fall from Captured Tracks, Slumberland, and Fortuna Pop (Joanna Gruesome also has a split with Trustfund available). Though I’m not sure how many new fans the release will bring to either band - both are lo-fi punk bands that became buzzy in similar circles around the same time - this will definitely delight those who are already fans. I’m delighted, so I can’t rightly do anything but endorse it.

Even more fun is the 24-page comic book to be released with the split. It is written by both band’s and illustrated by MAD contributor Phil McAndrew, and the comic will, according to McAndrew, lampoon “classic super hero comics” while still being “weird and silly.” We get a piece of that with the cover, in which a woman is beset by Rush Limbaughs mutant Republicans. It definitely looks fun and silly, and will doubtlessly delight the demo (which, again, includes us). If bands releasing comic books becomes more and more of a thing, I’ll gladly continue throwing money at it.

Back to the split, it will feature an original and a cover from both bands. Above is Joanna Gruesome’s throwback original track, all forward momentum and flailing limbs, and you can hear Perfect Pussy’s Sugarcubes cover here. Find this all at a show (after the jump with the tracklist) or in stores in the fall.

- Tyler Hanan

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