Best known for his work with Nine Inch Nails, Robin Finck explores many more artistic media than just rock guitar. One of his latest ventures has been creating the soundtrack for the upcoming game NOCT alongside musician Pedro “Worldclock” Pimentel. Being the soundtrack to a dystopian survival horror game, you bet it’s going to sound ominous, and as the track “TCAS”, the duo have come through in a big way. Think an industrial-tinged John Carpenter.
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Best known for touring alongside (and often backing up) twee titans She and Him, Los Angeles duo the Chapin Sisters have amassed a formidable body of work on their own. Their latest album Today’s Not Yesterday is a terrific showcase of just how versatile they are, as Abigail and Lily Chapin veer gracefully from folk, to country, to grittier Americana, to psychedelic rock, to 1970s mainstream pop, from the Carpenters to Fleetwood Mac. One of the most remarkable aspects of this record is how such a diverse record retains such consistency, which is where the beauty and charm of the sisters’ voices comes in.
Two years after releasing her this album Careira in her native Brazil and touring the globe in support of it, singer-songwriter Tamy has her sights set on America, as the album will be released there on 30 October via Zip Records. A lithe, seductive, rich mix of reggae, samba, bossa nova, côco, forró, marcha, and rancho, the album at once laid back and cosmopolitan, beautifully exemplified by the gorgeous “Dava Pra Ver”, which if my Portuguese translation is correct, means “I can see”.
California duo Yellow Red Sparks will be releasing their new EP New Fangs Old Pangs tomorrow, but why wait until then when we’ve got the entire thing to listen to right now? Combining gentle folk pop with warm, rustic Americana, Joshua Hanson and Sara Lynn Nishikawa bring lush vocal harmonies and an overall genial atmosphere to the already endearing arrangements. It’s a joy.
It’s no big secret that Satan’s Satyrs love Blue Cheer. The Virginia trio are so enamoured with the legendary 1960s heavy rock progenitors that they played a special set at the 2013 Roadburn Festival consisting of nothing but Blue Cheer covers. Their excellent new album Don’t Deliver Us will be released on 30 October, and the track “Creepy Teens” is the Blue Cheeriest of their many Blue Cheer homages. Built around a wicked lead riff, it rampages for an exciting six minutes, bassist Clayton Burgess sneering away in his distinctly petulant voice.