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"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

Three Love Songs - Ricky Eat Acid

We’ve been waiting on this album for a while. With Three Love Songs coming out on Tuesday via Orchid Tapes and every 12” and b-sides cassette long sold out, the album was finally streaming over at Noisey on Friday (Xlr8r also posted a new song on Thursday with a nice little write-up, but when the whole album is available, well…). 

It’s one in the morning on the east coast as I write this. We’ll be discussing the album in much more measured detail here site next week. For now, we’re content to spend a few hours of the night luxuriating in the supremely fascinating place where this album resides.

The hours of deepest night and earliest morning are when the mind - at least my mind - is at its least gated. Defenses are shuttered with little fanfare or notice, and we open ourselves like some fucked up, night-blooming flower with just enough brain to emote. Fist-pumping, roof-raising pop or punk on a sun-drenched afternoon may be the most overtly exhilarating listen, but it’s the subtle sounds at the loneliest and least busy times that can worm their way into your very being.

Three Love Songs is an album for these times. It’s stupidly good at any time, but it seems already to excel at odd hours like this. We’ll be critical later. For now we listen, and we write sappy, stupid things about feelings and stuff.

Update: Repress in the works

- Tyler Hanan

"The Changing Lights" - Broken Bells

Bit by tasteful bit, Broken Bells have been teasing February 4’s After the Disco. We were given the album preview, the first single, part two of the AtD short film, and the title track. Now, via La Blogotheque's “Take Away Show,” we've been given another track off the ever-encroaching album. 

Filmed in a Parisian piano store, this version of “The Changing Lights” is solely acoustic guitar and piano. After hearing the results, it’ll be interesting to see which version is actually the prettier one. 

Besides the album track, Broken Bells also treated us to a live take on their standout track “October.” Please, for your own sake, click through to listen to that piece of emotional terrorism delightful confection. 

- Tyler Hanan

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