Shō – First Snow
Berlin musique concrète artist Shō‘s new album, Infinity Plus One, is out today on Antwerp’s Audio Visuals Atmosphere label. The track “First Snow” features gleaming ambient textures that recall both the austerity and the opalescence of Harold Budd and Brian Eno’s The Pearl. Listen and hope for some snow in our unseasonably warm times.
Nađa – Nod To Prufrock
Where T.S. Eliot’s J. Alfred Prufrock saw “women coming and going/Talking of Michelangelo,” Serbia’s Nađa sees “girls staring/Talking only of Keith Haring” on the appropriately-named “Nod To Prufrock,” the closer from her new album Pretty Bone. I guess the artsiness of youth never changes, only the artists in question. Nađa relays her Prufrockian tale overtop a spare, disorienting chord progression. An unusual indie pop gem that draws you right into its little world.
The Daisy Heaves – Oubliette
Chicago’s The Daisy Heaves bring the placid-to-tempestuous vibes with “Oubliette,” a moody slice of slowgaze from the band’s new album, The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters. Ryan Dahl’s guitars unspool slowly for most of the song, before exploding into a storm of shrieks and wails near the end. Get your catharsis here.