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"Feral Love" - Chelsea Wolfe

Alright, follow me carefully here. This is a music video for “Feral Love,” but it’s also a teaser to get you to watch another Chelsea Wolfe thing - you know, if you’re into dark topics and weird imagery and stuff. Any dialogue is solely made up of Pain Is Beauty lyrics. I was going to make fun of that, but after looking at the lyrics, it could actually be interesting. I should probably mention that I was a big fan of Pain Is Beauty.

Wolfe has co-written a film, Lone, with veteran music video man Mark Pellington (commercials you’ve probably seen, music videos from bands you’ve definitely heard of, films you likely haven’t even heard of), who also directed the feature. 

Lone is a sight and sound exploration into the themes of nature, sexuality, memory, mortality, forgiveness, love, innocence, fragility, violence and beauty.

So said Pellington. We all enjoy some of those things, so tune it.

The release will not only be a stream, but also one of those nifty USB-releases that are that are probably way more practical than the similarly hip cassette releases. The flash drives will probably be shaped like a canine tooth or be the color of blood or something else weird and maybe cool.  

This is either going to be really awesome or entirely too silly. I’ll be watching every second, probably. At least Wolfe they’re trying to do something interesting with Wolfe’s stellar songs. 

Now seems like an opportune time to remind you of the Game of Thrones trailer. Also the fact that Game of Thrones is coming back soon. Dragons. Daenerys. Dinklage. Feelings. 

- Tyler Hanan

"The Tower" - Wye Oak

Baltimore must be having a blast, everyone. Wye Oak recently announced Shriek, the follow-up to 2011’s superb Civilian, and fellow Baltimore band Future Islands announced Singles, their follow-up to their excellent 2011 release On The Water. Also, the bands are playing with one another on a few dates on their respective new tours. That’s a lot of Baltimore synergy to go around.

Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner and Andy Stacks made it very clear that their next record would no longer follow the duo’s soft-loud-soft indie-rock dynamic, something we might’ve seen coming from the band’s Adult Swim contribution a year ago, but “The Tower” isn’t too drastic of a break. The spine of the songwriting is still very much guitar-based, but a litany of glittering synths and stark keyboard work joins Wasner’s warbles. The best part may be that Wye Oak’s new window dressing didn’t damage the most potent bit of the duo’s routine: that slow, emotional crawl through Wasner’s voice as the music tiptoes to a close. Some of Civilian's best songs unraveled at a deliberate pace, and Shriek seems keen on building a brand new sound around a familiar pace. 

- Kyle Minton

"American Horror" - Speedy Ortiz

Speedy Ortiz are as buzzy as could be after last year’s debut Major ArcanaThe tuneful grit remains on “Everything’s Bigger" and "American Horror." The latter squeals and writhes like angst made into monstrous flesh, fitting for an album Sadie Dupuis is selling as introspective. "American Horror" is cathartically noisy, gleefully grimy, and functionally familiar, a specific combination that retroactively makes the band’s buzz seem a foregone conclusion.

The track is the second off of the band’s upcoming EP Real Hair. It’s due February 11 from Carpark Records. Preorder the four-track release digitally or on wax here

- Tyler Hanan

"Chorus" - Holly Herndon

Holly Herndon received a fair amount of acclaim for 2012’s Movement, a fascinating album that helped vault her to a much wider audience (including us!). It was abstract and somewhat askew. Full of disarming, subversive compositions that were as much food for thought as they were for ears, it was somehow physical, visceral, and viscously tangible.

This continues, somewhat evolved, on new single “Chorus.” It feels like a wormhole or fluid space in a fifth or sixth dimension, bringing to mind comparisons to Oneohtrix Point Never’s R Plus Seven even before seeing that Pitchfork did just that

Herndon “sampled her daily browsing experience, channeling YouTube, Skype and other audio sources across the web for data that freely forms atop a bumping beat.” (via RVNG). Again, Herndon fascinates with her playing with form.

The video for “Chorus” (a title one could write a mini think piece on) plays around with the subject just as “Movement" did. YouTube, Skype, communication. Our computers, the cluttered desks they stand on, the things we see when we communicate with each other in these ways. It’s arresting as it cycles through these still lifes, even if the meaning each of us derives is different. 

The video was directed by Akihoko Taniguchi, and the single is available as a 12” and mp3 from RVNG. The 12” is backed with “Solo Voice,” which was tracked in a single take. 

- Tyler Hanan

"Entity" - Inventions

We were introduced to the idea that Eluvium and Mark T. Smith collaborating would be more than a one-time thing two weeks ago with the release of the Inventions trailer. We now have confirmation that the album will be as surpassingly, celestially gorgeous as such a union would suggest. 

More tracks are sure to come between now and the April 1 release on Temporary Residence Ltd. Until then, impatient listeners will have to suffice with submersing themselves into the still tranquility of this track on repeat. There is no solace to be had in preordering yet, as that still isn’t a thing you can do.

- Tyler Hanan

"Food For the Beast" - Nina Persson

Nina Persson has kept busy, but it’s been a few years since her most well-known projects have done anything. The most recent releases from The Cardigans and A Camp were in 2005 and 2009, respectively, making the news of her first solo album even more notable. 

"Food For the Beast" is the second single off Animal Heart, following up the title track (embedded after the jump below). The album is due out on February 11 on The End Records, with preorder packages available. 

Persson wrote the albumwith husband and filmmaker Nathan Larson (also an A Camp contributor), as well as Eric D. Johnson of The Fruit Bats.

Animal Heart tracklist:

01. Animal Heart
02. Burning Bridges For Fuel
03. Dreaming Of Houses
04. Clip Your Wings
05. Jungle
06. Food For The Beast
07. Digestiv
08. Forgot To Tell You
09. Catch Me Cryin
10. The Grand Destruction Game
11. Silver Like The Moon
12. This Is Heavy Metal

- Tyler Hanan

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"F For You" (feat. Mary J. Blige) - Disclosure 

One of the most important singer-songwriters joins one of the most promising electronic outfits to sing a delightfully funky track off the latter’s wildly successful debut. If it sounds too good to be true, allow this video’s glorious rehash of Disclosure’s “F For You” to prove you wrong, complete with the addition of Mary J. Blige.

If you’re interested in contrasting this with the original, head here and take a gander at how empty the throbbing beats sound without Blige’s enthusiasm. It’s a striking transformation. Deepest apologies to all you cool bloggers who are undoubtedly sick of Disclosure coverage. Hopefully Blige’s addition to the song will ease your wounds. 

- Kyle Minton

"Satellites" - EMA

Oversized headgear and mustard yellow fingerless gloves - that’s what “Satellites” was about, obviously. 

We’ve been given a official video for the electric EMA single “Satellites” from December, which previously only had some disturbing imagery of a flickering television and house plant to accompany the single that rather outsized it. 

It’s more imagery than narrative, but the disturbing lo-fi imagery conveys the single’s paranoia and tension with aplomb. Erika M. Anderson appears and seems quite troubled by the world around her, but it’s the intermittent images of a cat toying with, and then devouring, a small bird that leave viewers the most unhinged. 

The Future’s Void is set to receive rave reviews (probably) and blow the hinges off your consciousness (definitely) on April 8 via Matador, with City Slang distributing the day before in Europe. The album will even be on cassette. Preorder it here.

1. Satellites
2. So Blonde
3. 3Jane
4. Cthulu
5. Smoulder
6. Neuromancer
7. When She Comes
8. 100 Years
9. Solace
10. Dead Celebrity

- Tyler Hanan

"Feel" - The Soft Moon

The Soft Moon's Zeros took me by surprise in 2012, a riveting slice of ominous post punk. This new single, independent of any news of a new album, follows suit. It actually reminds me of the new EMA single which, although it’s not as good as that, can only ever be a favorable comparison. The video is even similar with it’s flickering, minimal Lynchian imagery. As literally every other music blogger has pointed out, this is actually quite melodic for a Soft Moon track. 

The single, with B-side “Hunger,” is available digitally now. Cassettes and 7”s to be released on February 3 are available for preorder

- Tyler Hanan

"Last Time" - Moderat

The third single off II, the 2013 album from Moderat (Apparat + Modeselektor), has been given a video treatment. 

The video for “Last Time” is a nostalgia trip bathed in the flattering filter of retrospection. It’s impossibly sleek with an unattainable cool, regardless of whether the lens is trained on expressionless, varsity jacket-toting teenagers smoking at a gas station or on a lone, darkly clad cyclist wending through truly gorgeous autumnal scenery. 

The imagery is impeccable, filtered through that lens of memory. Nobody is that cool except in their memories. That trail, beautiful as it was, will bloom brighter upon reminiscence. Especially if, as the title may suggest, it was the last time we, they, were able to do these things.

We can view it through that filter due to the magic of movie making, though. We even have that soothing, sensual Moderat beat to color it further. What we see may not be real, but what it makes us feel certainly is. 

The single is available for preorder as a 2x10 vinyl from Monkeytown Records. Besides the original, the single will also supply an instrumental version, an alternate version, and, most enticingly, a Jon Hopkins remix. 

- Tyler Hanan