Arum Rae (formerly known as White Dress) is set to release her new EP, entitled Waving Wild, following a year of waiting for its release while she was being courted by a major label. Recorded at Public Hi-Fi in Austin (the studio of Spoon drummer Jim Eno) and remixed/mastered by John Congleton (notable for his recent production credit on Swans’ To Be Kind), Waving Wild EP is a long-awaited solo release from an artist who has made a significant splash as a collaborator. Most memorably, she collaborated with John Paul White (of the Civil Wars fame) in writing “If I Didn’t Know Better”, the season one theme song for the smash hit program Nashville.
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Memotone & Soosh, comprised of William Yates (Memotone) and Soroosh Khavari (Soosh), is definitely one of the most fascinating collaborations of 2014. The duo’s reflective and melancholy sound is informed in large part by its diverse range of instruments. Memoosh, the duo’s new album, was made using “a mixture of live instrumentation (guitars, piano, cello, zither, drums, clarinet, synths and numerous others) coupled with effect boxes, samplers, vocals and field recordings, influenced by everything from random static and buzz, to a beautiful early morning rain or the bass thud of a closing door.”
Anyone nostalgic for the days when watching a movie or old home footage consisted of putting a VHS tape into a player and hoping the thing still worked ought to check out the latest video by the Dallas rock group Oil Boom, “The Sneak Tip”. The song’s rockabilly-esque guitar pairs perfectly with the vintage flair to the visuals, which anyone from the ‘80s or ‘90s will no doubt remember (somewhat) fondly.
“The Sneak Tip” is a track off of Oil Boom’s forthcoming studio LP, Red Metal, which was produced by Jordan Richardson.
Following their 2012 self-titled debut, bassist Colin Edwin (of Porcupine Tree fame) and guitarist Jon Durant have teamed up once again as the progressive jazz duo called Burnt Belief. “Précis”, a track off of the duo’s forthcoming Etymology LP, is an inviting and knotty instrumental that displays a keen ear for melody and, most importantly, a nuanced understanding of groove and rhythm. A nocturnal, electro-jazzy number, “Précis” is an ideal taste of what’s to come on Etymology.
At the start of September, the Finnish doom titans in Ghost Brigade announced the forthcoming release of their new studio LP, IV - One With the Storm. This record follows two stellar releases, 2009’s Isolation Songs and 2011’s Until Fear No Longer Defines Us, both of which cemented the group’s status at the forefront of doom. Fans of Katatonia and Swallow the Sun should find themselves at home in the heavy, emotionally charged compositions of this impressive band.