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I first caught the Gravity Drive on the soundtrack to a TV show about six months back, when the chorus of their “Cherry Ripe” track got stuck in my head. After which, nifty googling revealed them to be a duo previously picked up by BBC 6 Music, that British bastion of original new music, and starting point for breaking acts these days.
Coming on like the Beautiful South meets the Monkees, the Gravity Drive’s latest, “Push Your Luck”, is yet another infectious three-minute wonder to haunt your waking moments. Lyrically, at least, it’s a sly and sarcastic, bittersweet barb about lovers pushing each other to the edge. Yet, as an overall track, “Push Your Luck” is a wonderfully loopy, up, dizzy and dancing three-minute pop joy.
On September 25, Wye Oak vocalist Jenn Wasner will release “Curtain”, a 7-inch under the name Flock of Dimes, on Merge Records. Buoyed by thin, sweeping synth pads and crackling distortion, the track offers ample excuse for Wasner’s most swelling Elizabeth Fraser impression. According to Wasner, the song “documents the thoughtless, obsessed joy of new love.” Either way, it’s a far cry from the vocalist’s more understated work with Wye Oak.
Never thought you’d see ‘Shellac’ and ‘a cappella’ in the same sentence? Neither did we. Thanks to the magic of the A.V. Club‘s Undercover series, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, leader of black metal outfit Liturgy, has put his own spin on “Prayers to God”, Shellac’s classic scorned-lover-turned-murderer temper tantrum. The twist? Hunt-Hendrix’s deconstruction is entirely a cappella, replacing Albini’s homicidal vocal yelps (“Kill him already, kill him!”) with an eerie, chant-like tapestry of multiplying voice loops. It’s nothing like the original’s piercing guitar stabs, but it’s fascinating just the same.
San Francisco singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero is deeply embedded within the San Francisco arts scene and she has a strong intellectual bent as well, serving as a Senior TED Fellow. Hadero’s music is known for blending elements of traditional Ethiopian folk with American folk forms and jazz. On her new album Meklit & Quinn, she teams with Quinn DeVeaux for a series of intriguing covers, including the lead-off track which is their interpretation of Arcade Fire’s “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)’. We have the pleasure of premiering the video today and you can read more about the filmmaker—also involved with TED—after the jump.
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