Brooklyn’s Victoire have high musical ambitions, defining themselves as a chamber rock quintet, an obvious nod to the complexity and richness of classical music. They live up to the moniker, merging electro glitch, pop, haunting vocals, and classical violin and clarinet amongst a plethora of instruments into a unified whole. Earlier this week PopMatters’ Maria Scurr said of Victoire’s new release Cathedral City, “[this] is a sturdily crafted work. While it is easy to meet an album full of dense instrumentation with indifference, Cathedral City is just as much an exhilarating excursion as it is a welcome release from the speed of life.”
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As your attorney, I advise you to watch this video on the biggest screen you can find. However, no narcotics are necessary to enjoy the insane animation talents of Anthony Francisco Schepperd, as his post-apocalyptic triptych transcends the title instrumental lifted from Blockhead’s mature Ninja Tune release The Music Scene to bring all who view it to another realm of musical and artistic experience. Seriously.
This cartoon band created by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewitt in 2001 is embarking on a tour with performers in front of a screen showing the cast of characters—last tour it had them playing behind it to keep the guise going. The David Letterman Show hosted the group on the eve of its gig at Madison Square Garden for the “Live on Letterman” series Friday, October 8th as a lucky audience witnessed one incredible dress rehearsal. The camera goes back and form from cartoons (loved the children’s choir) to musicians while they dug into the playlist. The first song, “Kids with Guns” off of Demon Days got the funky groove going before the band lashed into newer tunes off of the new CD Plastic Beach. Some weird feedback had Albarn apologizing but who could complain? By the time the hits were rolled out for the closing, “Feel Good Inc.” and “Clint Eastwood” almost half the audience was on stage—since it was practically on crowd level things were just too tempting not to start a dance party. The non-dancers stayed in their seats hardly moving, making for an interesting juxtaposition indeed.
With the assistance of David Guetta and Jean Baptiste, Kelis went full on technopop with her latest album. And if that’s not enough zeitgeist for you, her latest video is in flipping 3-D. I’ll let all the cult studies folks out there rip apart the too-easy targets of the jiggling three-dimensional boobs and the chains. In the meantime, this is meant to be out there to be consumed as spectacle, so let’s put it in the world and get the thought pieces lined up in queue.
Though the lead singer looks terminally bored in this video, this is truly gorgeous stuff. Translated from granular distortion and marble-mouthed vocals into something discernible, even terrestrial, Memoryhouse’s cover of My Blood Valentine’s “When You Sleep” still feels synchronal to the original. Like the Scissor Sisters’ disco take on 1979 pop-prog, Memoryhouse supplant shoegaze for something that could of floated out of some liminal space between the K Records and Red House Painters axis. Actually, there’s something about the piano line too that suggests this cut could have been the perfect addition to Jon Brion’s soundtrack for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Memoryhouse have dissected the bittersweet dynamics of MBV’s harsh sound and extracted just the sweet, but it turns out that the sweet’s pretty delectable all on its own.
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