Nedelle Torisi – “Double Horizon”
This is a great song that needs no introduction, but it has an interesting one anyway — singer/songwriter Torisi, who’s also played with Sufjan Stevens and Chris Cohen’s Cryptacize, was living with Kenny Gilmore of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafiti. They could hear each other working on their individual music through the walls and eventually ended up working together. The result is sort of a beautiful, bleary digital polka, with the sorts of synths you’d find in an Ariel record and Torisi’s beautifully yearning vocals, which call to mind Neko Case a bit. Anyway, enough with the name-dropping — just listen and you’ll be digging for more from Torisi. Her self-titled, self-released album is due Sept. 3.
Ras G & the Afrikan Space Program – “All Is Well...”
Beautiful, brain-frying stuff from L.A. producer Ras G, who put out a cassette on Leaving already this year and has a new album due Aug. 13 on Brainfeeder called “Back on the Planet.” Nice electronic Sun Ra vibes on this one.
Chelsea Wolfe – “The Warden”
Whoa, what’s going on with Chelsea Wolfe? The L.A. artist of paganny doom-folk dropped the electricity for last year’s excellent Unknown Rooms record. Now she's largely done away with guitars for the pulsating track “The Warden,” from her upcoming album Pain is Beauty, due Sept. 3 on Sargent House. Wolfe’s haunting coo translates quite naturally to electro-pop. Can’t wait to hear what the rest of Pain is Beauty will sound like. Read my interview with Wolfe here, and watch her performance last year at Amoeba here.
The Mantles – “Hello” video
I’m a big fan of the Bay Area’s The Mantles and their recently released, excellent Long Enough to Leave, which brings substantial Flying Nun jangle vibes to our shores. Now they’ve got a cute video for the opening track to that album, “Hello.” I want to lay in a hammock like that guy in the video. In fact, I think I will!
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