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Thursday, Aug 13, 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]
     



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Thursday, Aug 13, 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]


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Wednesday, Aug 12, 2009

Lubezki is one of the finest working cameramen in the business. He has worked with the reclusive Malick previously on The New World, one of the most beautiful films to just look at in recent memory, and is also responsible for the auteur’s upcoming The Tree of Life, which is rumored to be coming out this year (but we’ll just have to wait and see…).



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Wednesday, Aug 12, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

We’re huge fans of Florence and the Machine’s debut Lungs, dropping a 9 on the album last month. The U.S. release is coming this October, but there’s plenty of video action in the meantime, including this new one that our own Emily Tartanella said has a “haunting menace” about it.



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Wednesday, Aug 12, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

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]
     



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