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Brooklyn punks the Men will release their fourth studio album, New Moon, via Sacred Bones on March 4, which falls almost exactly a year after eclectic 2012 breakthrough Open Your Heart. For the recording process, the quartet ditched Brooklyn for a house in upstate Big Indian, New York. “Entering with only the most skeletal sketches, the house was selected as an incubator for its technical limitations, 32-hour orbit and predisposal to celestial intervention,” notes the band. The album also includes “piano, mandolin, harmonica, four-part vocal harmonies and even no-input harsh noise.”
The Men’s new single, the aptly titled “Electric”, contains little hint of piano or mandolin. It’s a fuzz-driven, brash rocker of a track that hearkens back to the one-two punch of Open Your Heart‘s opening tracks, “Turn It Around” and “Animal”.
“Electric” will be released as a single on January 22 via 7” vinyl. Stream the track below.
Vienna’s Tosca has already released two streams for the upcoming Odeon project and has just given us a third in “What If”, which features Belgian singer Sarah Carlier.
Tosca’s Rupert Huber says of the new song: “‘What If’ was the first track that we finished for Odeon. The song’s basic idea—”what if this was not the case”—can serve as a layout for the whole album: what if noise was a song? What if the sound of the sea was a symphony? What if the ears could listen? The vocals of Belgian singer Sarah Carlier are an instrument like any other instrument on the track, as we always like to do. Every Tosca track is an architecture of sound, and the time of the clock turning into groove-time; Tosca-time. Music is the place where we like to be, where everything is possible, where anything can happen; what if the world was music?”
// Notes from the Road
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