Weekly Roundup: Chelsea Wolfe, De Lux, Cayucas, Crocodiles, Talk in Tongues, Foxygen

Posted by Billy Gil, May 1, 2015 11:59am | Post a Comment

Chelsea Wolfe – “Iron Moon”

Chelsea Wolfe has talked of the influence of black metal on her music, but until now, that was more in spirit than in sound. “Iron Moon,” the first single from her new album, Abyss (due Aug. 7 on Sargent House), lives up to its metallic name with crushing chourses of heavy detuned guitar, while the song’s verses are sparely orchestrated and ethereal. As to those extreme dynamics, Wolfe told Rolling Stone the record is supposed to evoke “the feeling of when you're dreaming, and you briefly wake up, but then fall back asleep into the same dream, diving quickly into your own subconscious.” You can see live Amoeba videos with Wolfe here and read an interview I did with her here.


De Lux – “Someday Now”

De Lux released an awesome debut album called Voyage that stood apart from other disco-leaning rock bands with its dense layering of ideas and expert execution by its two young but extremely talented players. Now the duo, who’ve been compared to LCD Soundsystem and Talking Heads, have a new one on the way called Generation, due June 22 on Innovative Leisure. Like previous De Lux songs, the gleaming electro-pop of “Someday Now” skimps neither on hooks nor the sheer amount of them stuffed into one song, yet it all sounds smooth and goes down easy, thanks to some warm, analog-friendly production. Listen via Line of Best Fit. Check out a video of De Lux live at Amoeba here.


Cayucas – “Moody Eyed Walrus”

L.A.-based Cayucas make the kind of music that’s perfect for summer, the kind of thing you want to hear on rotation at the Ace or blasting from a BBQ. “Moody Eyed Walrus” has a fittingly nautical vibe and natural imagery, but also loose, surrealist verses that help balance the whole thing out. It’s the first thing we’ve heard from the band’s next album, Dancing at the Blue Lagoon, due June 23 on Secretly Canadian. They’re at Santa Ana’s Constellation Room July 15, L.A.’s El Rey Aug. 14 and S.F.’s Independent Aug. 17.


Crocodiles – “Peroxide Hearts”

San Diego’s Crocodiles have been dropping new songs and videos left and right from their upcoming Boys LP (out May 12 on Zoo Music), and they’ve all been great. While the album was recorded in Mexico City, the region’s music seeping into Crocodiles’ noise-pop sound, “Peroxide Hearts” sounds more like old Crocodiles, all candy-coated melodies and mangled Velvet Underground guitars. A little bit of this, a little bit of that—we’re down. Listen via Brooklyn Vegan.



Talk in Tongues – “Always All the Time”

L.A. psych-gazers Talk in Tongues have a new record coming out called Alone With a Friend, due May 19 on Fairfax. “Always All the Time” feels processional, almost regal underneath the vat of fried distortion that pours over the whole thing, leading to an intriguing dichotomy that keeps you listening. They’ll be at L.A.’s Bootleg Theater tonight and S.F.’s Chapel May 3. Listen via Flood.


Foxygen – “24 Hour Lover Man”

Just released this morning, Foxygen have a new song out to coincide with what’s billed as the final tour from the band, who’ve put out brilliant releases of reconfigured throwback rock ‘n’ roll (the most recent of which being And Star Power) but who’ve seemed embattled for much of their tenure. Amid the noise-rock collage and stream-of-consciousness lyrics about listening to Black Dice on ecstasy are some funny lines like “I’m on some post-Ezra Koenig fuckin’ North Face bullshit boyfriend.”

Shows This Weekend:

Friday: Sleater-Kinney, Body/Head and Ian Rubbish at the Palladium ($35)

Saturday: Roses, Moaning, Dunes and Michael Vidal at Non Plus Ultra ($5)

Sunday: King Woman, Shana Falana and Blood Candy at the Echo ($10)


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