In celebration of Oakland, California’s independent music scene OIM Records released OIM: Vol. 1, a compilation featuring 13 of the area’s finest, not to mention underrated artists. Chamber pop band Foxtails Brigade contributed the haunting, Jon Brion-meets-cabaret tune “Far Away and Long Ago”, and now have released a stunning new video for the track, which we’re premiering at PopMatters. Shot on a single take, the effect is fluid, dreamlike, and only enhances the song’s unsettling feeling.
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Citing such bands as Neutral Milk Hotel and the Mountain Goats as major influences, Brooklyn quintet Three Thousand Rivers taps into Americana, funk, jazz, and African music on their forthcoming EP Body Aha. Listening to the track “Gut”, which we’re glad to premiere, you might wonder just how big an XTC influence looms over this band, because the similarity is uncanny on this ebullient song.
And you think that love is only
For the lucky and the strong
Just remember in the winter
Far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed that with the sun’s love
In the spring becomes the rose
The third episode of True Detective “Maybe Tomorrow” opens with an Elvis impersonator bathed in blue light covering Bette Midler’s The Rose, 1979. The song foreshadows the entire episode, which centers on the four main characters’ romantic dysfunction. It also establishes that new director Janus Metz Pedersen and writer Nic Pizzolatto are endeared to foreshadowing.
“I mean, Kill the Lights, it’s pretty depressing sometimes, I think.”
—Brian Girgus, Skyscraper, Summer 1999
”Girl you’re a king”
After six unsparing tracks, Kill the Lights theoretically could have ended in any number of ways: perhaps with a short ending piece to ease the listener back into a more emotionally stable place, or even something with a bit of uplift to offer a sliver of hope at the close of such a draining song cycle. What lowercase went with, of course, was an exorcism even longer and more violent than the one that came just before it (“Rare Anger”); one so idiosyncratic and genuinely messed up that it can even be a little bit frightening.
Vancouver band Twin River should remind many of such bands as Lush and Swervedriver, who not only delved deeply into the hazy, psychedelic, pedal-heavy guitar sounds of the shoegaze movement, but were also mindful that they were also rock ‘n’ roll bands. An element of garage rock, post-punk, and goth creeps into their second album Should the Light Go Out, and on the highlight “Secret in a Séance” the shadows of both Lush and the Cure loom very large. The band has just finished a video for the track, which were more than happy to premiere at PopMatters.