Weekly Roundup: Kelela, Thee Oh Sees, Crocodiles, Bouquet

Posted by Billy Gil, March 6, 2015 11:36am | Post a Comment

Kelela – “A Message” video

kelelaL.A. electro-soul singer Kelela put out a mesmerizing mixtape in 2013 called Cut 4 Me that ended up on many year-end lists. Now not only is Cut 4 Me getting a physical release (due April 7 on Fade to Mind), she’s announced a new EP called HALLUCINOGEN, out May 5, as well as an official debut album in the fall. HALLUCINOGEN is produced by Arca, who you may recall also co-produced Bjork’s Vulnicura and FKA Twigs' LP1, and whose otherworldly stamp can be heard on “A Message,” on which Kelela sounds like a bizzaro world Janet Jackson, navigating romantic complications amid a jagged landscape of icy electronics and sudden space. “A Message’s” Japanese animation-style video is directed by Daniel Sannwald. HALLUCINOGEN also includes “The High,” a track she unveiled last year.


Thee Oh Sees – “Web”

thee oh sees mutilator defeated lpOnce upon a time, Thee Oh Sees were breaking up and we were sad. But you can’t keep a good band down, and John Dwyer has a new lineup (Tim Hellman, Nick Murray, Chris Woodhouse and Brigid Dawson) and new album, Mutilator Defeated At Last, due May 18 on Castle Face. “Web” builds from a creeping shuffle into a wiry menace of trebly guitars twisting over each other like overgrown roots. Listen over at Pitchfork.








Crocodiles – “Crybaby Demon” video

The video for “Crybaby Demon” from Crocodiles upcoming new album, Boys, due May 12 on Zoo Music, evokes a sort of warehouse-party debauchery with its psychedelic swirl. We’re excited to hear more of how Mexico City, where Boys was recorded, seeps into Crocodiles seedy noise-pop.


Bouquet – “Come to Your House”

L.A. minimal electronic duo Bouquet has unveiled another song from its upcoming debut EP, In a Dream, now due March 31 on Ulrike/Folktale. It’s a daydreamy track with bright, rich guitars and synths, while Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs’ vocals call to mind Broadcast’s late Trish Keenan as she invites herself over to go through your things and caress your figurines. Romantic obsession rarely sounds this refined. Bouquet had previously debuted the song “Stacks on Stacks.”


Shows This Weekend:

Friday: Viet Cong at the Echoplex ($12)

Saturday: The Herms, The Noogies, Los Dharma Bums, Feeling Feelings and Cheesecake Factory at Los Globos ($5)

Sunday: Michael Vidal at the Smell ($5)

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