Dustin Ragucos: Aside from being great music to set up a trailer for a new Grand Theft Auto game, “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” will allow one to remember Kanye West’s great “Good Life” and then almost immediately forget about its existence. The vocals and electronics are so attached to each other that stripping one of those factors will rip the life force from the track. The song gets dirty, but listeners will feel their grimy lives cleansed by the Persuasions samples. [9/10]
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When they decided to tweak their sound on their second EP, Rochester, New York duo Roses & Revolutions had to have known they were on to something awfully good. Rooted in confessional singer-songwriter fare, guitarist Matt Merritt and singer Alyssa Coco have ventured further into pop on Torch, the sound broad enough to appeal to fans of alternative, mainstream country, and even R&B. Well-rounded and bolstered by tremendous hooks from start to finish, this is a record that deserves to be noticed.
“Aileen,” calls out Nick Broomfield near the end of Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer, “I’m sorry.” At that moment, she’s being led away by two prison guards, following her final interview with the filmmaker. Apparently furious that the questions have veered toward the murders for which she’s on Florida’s death row, Wuornos has cut off the meeting, exercising the only control she has over her experience at that moment. She turns back to the camera one last time and raises her middle finger.
The critically lauded Emmaar was released this year, its song “Arhegh Danagh” being an excellent showcase for Tinariwen’s ability to create hypnotic song structures which still retain traces of founder Ibrahim Ag Alhabib’s pop influences.
This month sees Tinariwen embarking on a US tour beginning in Pomona, California for the Moon Block Party Festival and culminating in November with an appearance at the Daniel Lanois-curated event “Anti-thesis” at Brooklyn, New York’s Masonic Temple, a bill that features such quality acts as Lonnie Holley, the Antlers, and Lanois himself. The video for “Arhegh Danagh”, premiering below, should give ticket holders a keen idea of what to expect from Tinariwen’s North American jaunt.
Additionally, an EP entitled Inside / Outside: Joshua Tree Acoustic Sessions, is out today and features five acoustic songs recorded in tandem with Emmaar.
That set-up is unmistakable. From there, though, the similarities break down, giving way to a merrily profane repurposing. This is the Last Supper as a Brooklyn bacchanalia, complete with ecstatic dancing, a saxophone bong, food fights, and a guest list that includes Santigold, Sky Ferreira, Hamilton Leithauser of the Walkmen and other indie notables. There’s also a mystery dude in a balaclava at the center of everything. (Who knows?) It’s a wild and romping video for a wild and romping song.