Weekly Roundup: Julia Holter, Wand, Gardens & Villa, Cold Beat, Jessie Jones, Talk in Tongues

Posted by Billy Gil, July 9, 2015 09:33am | Post a Comment

Julia Holter - "Feel You"

L.A. experimental singer/songwriter Julia Holter has announced a new album called Have You in My Wilderness, due Sept. 25 on Domino. It's the follow-up to 2013's excellent Loud City Song. The first track is called "Feel You," debuting a sound that's a bit warmer and more open for Holter, though there's still plenty going on beneath the surface—a layering of sunlit strings and harpsichord make the bed for a syncopated beat and Holter's clipped observations and spoken-word bits to skip through. It's just as expressive and sweet as that little dog's face in the video for the song, directed by Jose Wolff, that premiered today on Pitchfork.


Wand – “Stolen Footsteps”

One of our favorite garage-rock bands, Wand, already put out an excellent album this year called Golem, but they’re back at it again with a new album called 1000 Days, which will be released Sept. 25 and will be their Drag City debut. From the sound of “Stolen Footsteps,” the L.A./S.F. band has made some major overhauls to their sound, eschewing the huge distortion of previous albums in favor of floral analog synth runs and gently psychedelic melodies, coming off like The Kinks jamming with Berlin-era Bowie.


Gardens & Villa – “Fixations” video

You know that if Andy Warhol’s Factory existed today, there would be selfie sticks at that shit. That’s the hard truth poised by Gardens & Villa’s new video. Look for Foxygen’s Sam France as the Warholian figure segwaying around the party. The catchy, whimsical psych-pop of “Fixations” is the best thing we’ve heard from the band at this point, speaking highly of the band’s upcoming new album, Music for Dogs, due Aug. 21 on Secretly Canadian. You can preorder it now on LP and CD.


Cold Beat – “Cracks”

Hanna Lew’s Cold Beat project is ready to release its second album, Into the Air, on Sept. 4 via Lew’s Crime on the Moon label. The first album was an excellent post-punk entry, and the crisp electricity of “Cracks” promises more synths and krautrock/coldwave vibes. No word on if Lew’s other band, Grass Widow, is still around, but either way, we’re fans of Lew’s work.


Jessie Jones – “Lady La De Da”

Singer/songwriter Jessie Jones has released another song off her upcoming self-titled debut, which is out July 24 on Burger. The former Feeding People/current Death Valley Girls member becomes a Venus in furs on “Lady La De Da,” letting her countrified voice sing into a heady, Arabic-inspired drone.


Talk in Tongues – “While Everyone Was Waiting” video

L.A.’s Talk in Tongues have revealed an appropriately trippy performance video for their psych-funk jam “While Everyone Was Waiting,” taken from their great new album, Alone With a Friend, which is out now. They’re at S.F.’s Slims July 10 and L.A.’s El Rey July 11, both shows opening for Veruca Salt, who play Amoeba Hollywood July 13.


Shows This Weekend

Friday: Trans Am, L.A. Takedown and Wet & Reckless at the Satellite ($15)

Saturday: Amoeba will be on hand for Dumpstaphunk at the California Plaza (Free)

Sunday: Chrome, High-Functioning Flesh and Terminal A at the Echo ($15)

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