Out of focus more than in, this video starts out with Close Encounters tones and then proceeds to circle around video pixelated images, reflections of faces, obscured shadows, and disfigured animation of the members of PVT nee Pivot. Quite a good tune with convulsive percussive fits and pointed low-end sine wave propelling a song that’s the kind of hard-edged synth-driven pop music that all but disappeared from this culture after the crash and burn of industrial at the end of the previous millenium. PVT are releasing a digital remix EP for the track with versions by Nathan Fake, Seekae, Dorian Concept, and Danimals.
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There’s always a very real possibility that a band like Matrix Metals are just television score muzak made palatable by Ariel Pink’s economical use of home recording in the former half of the previous decade. At least the TV Carnage psychedlia of the videos provides a visual argument that this was indeed some of the weirdest music that had ever been produced.
It’s been a tale of two princes in English theatre this year, with Rory Kinnear’s take on the Dane at London’s National vying for first place with John Simm’s interpretation at Sheffield’s newly revamped Crucible. Simm’s angry, witty, spiky Hamlet has received mixed reviews, but he and a strong supporting cast succeed in bringing out the rich humour in what is undoubtedly one of the most psychologically complex of Shakespeare’s plays. Eminently quotable and reworkable, too—I counted at least five film titles in there…
Crying snake eyes. Skeleton Wallpaper. Crocodiles juxtaposed to mandalas. There’s a sort of screen-saverish/tour backdrop quality to Avey Tare’s video for his first single off as-yet-unreleased album Down There, which was directed by his sister Abby Portner. Yet, any excuse to listen closer to the song with its Dan Deacon-esque programmed tweaks and lachrymose lyrics, is probably a good thing. If this is any indicator, Avey Tare may have finally found a project that can compete with the solo work of his Animal Collective comrade Panda Bear.
UK duo Blood Red Shoes, which consists of Laura-Mary Carter and Steven Ansell, is setting out on a North American tour to support their sophomore album Fire Like This. They start in Vancouver on October 12 and end in Chicago fourteen days later on October 29.