Huerco S is kinda genius in the internets world that Bad Vibes inhabits. Why? He applies old school Detroit science via Kansas City and makes tracks that sound as if you are stuck in the most pivotal John Carpenter scene ever. We are getting addicted to his soundcloud as he keeps on throwing down absolutely spectral and essential tracks like Apheleia''s Theme, that make you wonder exactly why he hasn't recieved complete dominance over this planet as of yet. We had no choice but to get him in for this week's Questions of Doom.
Kinda think Autre Ne Veut's self titled album on Olde English Spelling Bee is a perfect pop album. It just is. Hey! If you were expecting a dour foray into pop, think again - Autre Ne Veut aesthetic has a slight sense of irony and bizarre humor (check his cover of Lindsay Lohan's 'Bossy') to keep it on the right side of pop art pop. Earlier this summer, he released 'Body', another pop masterpiece juxtaposing club and bedsit anthems that balance effortlessly on the tightrope between artful experimentation and mainstream pop. 'Body' is just not a 'taster' for more work,or tied into an album campaign; it is almost like an imperious, standalone work in its own right. We had to get in Autre Ne Veut for this week's Questions of Doom.
Have you ever had your brain metled by music? Have you listened to music so intense that it brings on audio hallucinations? You should seriously check into Hotel Purling Hiss. Purling Hiss maintain such a high level of intensity with their music, it kinda of makes you feel that electric guitars are important again. Purling Hiss' righteous electric destruction noise makes you feel as if the electric guitar has just been born. It will make you believe in electric guitar music again. You need Purling Hiss in your life. And you need their new record 'Lounge Lizards' - don't believe us? Download the Hoodoo
We got hooked on Black to Comm's Earth a few months back. There is something polymorphous in his work that draws you repeatedly to the music. Earth is a soundtrack to the Nyeun film, yet - you don't need the film as a guide and if asked, he'll answer - . My albums are composed like films or books and in that regard they should hopefully be able to stand on their own. And that they do...
Something's happening in Philly. Something kinda odd and spooky. It's like music got good again, or something. Weyes Blood are straight outta philly. My god. I'm just listening to their Not Not Fun debut (gotta say, I don't hoard music, and only buy 'the good stuff'), and its unsettling music - lead by the tone of Natalie, against a Harry Partch-work southern gothic machination, it combines together to make something unearthly, new and yet grounded music. In this day and age of empty headed trends and 'pretty good mp3s', the fact Weyes Blood has unleashed a perfect authentic album is, in itself, startling...
Kinda super pleased to Mike Simonetti of Italians Do It Better for this week's Questions of Doom. His record label kinda was inspirational and more importantly continues to be, I've never encountered a contemporary record label that was so tight - focusing on music and art as it intertwines, almost until its indistinguishable. We had no choice but to discuss the label, the recent soundtrack of Drive, and the aesthetics and manifestos of Italians Do It Better.
Tropa Macaca offer something a bit more intriguing than the usual context of 'ambient' music, it feels as if their use of music is more surreal, guided by a slow burn of the unconscious, almost as if they are intent on untracking, and then retracking, their ghostly lives and put it forth in music. With a new 12" coming out on Software, we had no choice but to get them in for this week's Questions of Doom.
Finally tracked down Piper from Puro Instinct, shortly after the band were featured in Strip Steve's new song 'Astral Projection', and then dropped the new Puro track Dream Lover, and it seems as if Puro removed the gauze of their debut and instead brought some future pop into the equation, the only way these two Hollywood urchin sister could bring it.... shit's changed up and things just got better. We had no choice but to get Puro Instinct in for this week's Questions of Doom.
Blouse have always been on the Bad Vibes hit list for a Questions of Doom. I mean ... have you heard 'Time Travel'? It's that easy sorta electronic pop that sounds so effortless and easy, and yet - man ... so rushing and urgent, as if they really did come from the future or something. In fact, there is something so perfected with Blouse, you'll find yourself creeped out on how great they truly are. Kinda like 'whew, let's have a cigarette and play that again to make sure that really happened' kinda vibe.
Kinda came late to the Dolphins into the Future party. I'll admit it. When I heard his Giallo-like sounds, and almost experimental Morricone moves, I knew I had to track him down for a few minutes, and on the Questions of Doom tip. His debut album for Underwater Peoples has completed inducted me into his cult, and I needed to know more (the more you know ...) so imagine the shock when he called out the end of Dolphins into the Future at the end of the interview? Why?
Lawrence Arabia's debut for Bella Union is kinda great. 'Chant Darling' was a witty and full of Jonathan Richman whimsy. Kinda can't stop listening to the follow-up 'The Sparrow', is a darker affair - full of Scott Walker soul and Serge string symphonies, as he espouses dark tomes for London. Read our Questions of Doom - we had no choice...