Kindred is out on 21 April via Columbia.
As countless weather reports and Buzzfeed listicles can attest, the Northeast region of America had a tough winter this year. No better time, then, for the new tune by the Northampton, Massachusetts band Colorway, called “Come Back July”. Written between 9PM 31 July and midnight 1 August of 2014, this simple yet catchy rock number is an honest plea for a time where one doesn’t have to take a Himalayan trek to get outside of one’s own home. For lead vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter F. Alex Johnson, this is “the time of the year when my little slice of the world feels the most alive—before it leaves us all for another twelve months.”
“Come Back July” is featured on Colorway’s upcoming studio LP, The Black Sky Sequined.
As Autre Ne Veut did with his mind-blowing sophomore outing Anxiety in 2013, Reptar have a way of taking dozens of seemingly disparate sounds, throwing them together, and coming up with some wildly inventive and fun pop tunes. Such is especially the case with Lurid Glow, Reptar’s second studio LP, which is described as “indie-electro-guitar-pop-weirdness” in its press materials. That description isn’t far off. There’s a definite goofiness to this music—after all, a band doesn’t name themselves after a Rugrats character without a bit of tongue in cheek—but it’s that very goofiness that gives a little levity to the at times tricky experimentation. On paper, a track like “Cable” appears nothing more than ‘80s pastiche; filtered through the personality of Reptar, “Cable” becomes something best described as ‘80s workout video music from hell—in a good way, of course. With a Zappa-esque approach to pop music and its possibilities, Lurid Glow stands out amidst the early year crop of releases.
Mat Shoare doesn’t sound like a murderer. Paradoxically, that’s what makes “Murder”, a track off his forthcoming Right as Rain LP, all the more creepy. With its tense, staccato 4/4 guitar riff, the tune is designed to crawl its way slowly up your spine as Shoare spins his malevolent yarn. The chiaroscuro music video to “Murder”, which you can view exclusively below, enhances this bleakness to an even greater degree.
The Glasgow musician and DJ Hudson Mohawke is set to drop his newest LP, Lantern this summer. This release will follow what has been a productive spring for him, which included appearances at the just-concluded South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.
Below you can stream “Very First Breath”, where Hudson Mohawke is joined by French vocalist Irfane.