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by John Bohannon

13 Aug 2009


Jesu
Opiate Sun
(Caldo Verde)
Releasing: 27 October (US)

With bands like the Angelic Process, Alcest, and now Phil Elverum (aka Mount Eerie), a whole new world has opened up for heavy music, large in part because of Jesu mastermind Justin Broadrick’s tireless effort to not settle for the conventional sounds of metal. The effort has become to make this loud, abrasive music become melodic and sentimental—something Jesu’s latest track, “Deflated” is somewhat the pinnacle of. Its drop-tuned doom riffage is buried into a swarm of melodic guitar melodies and quite possibly one of the best vocal performances of Broadrick’s career. The track builds beautifully behind slightly atonal sustained chords into a stoner shoegaze haze while Broadrick chants, “You give me reason.” How’s that for hardcore.

Oddly enough, it somehow makes sense that Opiate Sun, the EP on which this track is contained, will be released on Caldo Verde Records, Red House Painters/Sun Kil Moon songsmith Mark Kozelek’s imprint. Hands down, this is the heaviest thing Kozelek has ever released (and he is doing so after being duly impressed by a Jesu show in 2007), but he is no stranger to spastic guitar passages –- something he experimented with earlier in his career. Opiate Sun is due out October 27th, and info on what formats it will be released on is TBD.

SONG LIST
01 Losing Streak
02 Opiate Sun
03 Deflated
04 Morning Light

Jesu
“Deflated” [MP3]
     

by Sarah Zupko

13 Aug 2009


Guy Clark
Somedays the Song Writes You
(Dualtone)
Releasing: 22 September (US)

Guy Clark has long been one of those artists greatly beloved by other respected artists. Bob Dylan recently told the Huffington Post that Clark is one of his favorite songwriters. He’s not alone. Clark has been a pillar in the Nashville songwriting community for more than 30 years, penning classic songs, many of which have become hits for other artists including George Strait and Rodney Crowell. Clark brings a new set of modern classics Somedays the Song Writes You on September 22.

CONTEST: Dualtone is running a contest to win a co-writing session with Guy Clark. The winner will get flown to Nashville to work with Clark on a song in his home writing workshop. You have until 15 September to enter.

SONG LIST
01 Somedays You Write the Song
02 The Guitar
03 Hemingway’s Whiskey
04 The Coat
05 All She Wants Is You
06 If I Needed You
07 Hollywood
08 Eamon
09 Wrong Side of the Tracks
10 One Way Ticket Down
11 Maybe I Can Paint Over That

Guy Clark
“The Guitar” [Stream]

by PopMatters Staff

12 Aug 2009


Volcano Choir
Unmap
(Jagjaguwar)
Releasing: 22 September (US)

Justin Vernon aka Bon Iver teams with Collections of Colonies of Bees for a collaboration known as Volcano Choir. Their debut work releases next month.

SONG LIST
01 Husks and Shells
02 Seeplymouth
03 Island, IS
04 Dote
05 And Gather
06 Mbira in the Morass
07 Cool Knowledge
08 Still
09 Youlogy

Volcano Choir
“Island, IS” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

11 Aug 2009


Etienne Jaumet
Night Music
(Domino)
Releasing: 6 October (US)

Etienne Jaumet of Zombie Zombie fame releases his new Carl Craig-produced record this fall. Jaumet has a long resume in both electronic and indie circles, having worked with the likes of Lou Barlow, the Moldy Peaches, Herman Dune and other notables. His discography also includes six albums with the bands Flop and the Married Monk.

SONG LIST
01 For Falling Asleep
02 Mental Vortex
03 Entropy
04 Through the Strata
05 At the Crack of Dawn

Etienne Jaumet
“Entropy” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

11 Aug 2009


Malcolm Middleton
Waxing Gibbous
(Full Time Hobby)
Releasing: 11 August (US)

SONG LIST
01 Red Travellin’ Socks
02 Kiss at the Station
03 Carry Me
04 Zero
05 Stop Doing Be Good
06 Don’t Want to Sleep Tonight
07 Shadow
08 Ballad of Fuck All
09 Box and Knife
10 Made Up Your Mind

Malcolm Middleton
“Carry Me” [MP3]
     

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