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A Sunny Day in Glasgow Release Dust-Kickin' Video for One-Minute "Double Dutch"

Posted by Billy Gil, September 23, 2014 10:29am | Post a Comment

A Sunny Day in Glasgow's Jen Goma wanted "Double Dutch" to be a single from the band's extraordinary new album, Sea When Absent.

"I wanted it to be a single but, everyone said we couldn't have a one minute single," she says in a press release. "So now we have a single, one minute video instead."

The video for "Double Dutch," as you might guess, features some fancy footwork as Keds kick up dust and things go in and out of focus. It feels like a dream you have after waking up and trying to fall back asleep. The clip was directed by Goma and bandmate Luisa Conlon, who also made the documentary series "The Working Life," says Pitchfork.

See the clip below:

 

The Best Albums of 2014 So Far

Posted by Billy Gil, June 27, 2014 04:54pm | Post a Comment

It is now almost exactly halfway through 2014! It’s time to look back on the last six months and see what’s it’s had to offer music-wise. There’s already been a bunch of great records released this year, including a couple of excellent ones released just this week. If you haven’t checked these out, they’re all worth getting—pick ’em all up and catch up on what you’ve been missing.

Sun Kil Moon Benji

Some people write memoirs. Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek write songs crammed with details, from a brutal story about a distant cousin’s death by a freak fire to mundane details about Panera bread and sports bar shit on the walls, that somehow come together to form something called a life. Just when you feel like the songs are too stuffed to keep up, Kozelek will let his breathy “sadcore” folk open up and focus on a seemingly trivial line like “blue crab cakes” in the song “Ben's My Friend,” and in doing so perfectly captures the weird things that stick out in our heads when we reflect. Simply put, listening is like attending a master class in songwriting.

 

Swans To Be Kind

Let’s just say Swans’ To Be Kind isn’t an album you put on while you’re working. It’s an album where you light some candles, lower the lights, stop what you're doing and put it on in order to fully experience the moving madness Michael Gira and co. have created on the two-hour album. You’d do the same for a great film. Besides being a remarkable, if occasionally difficult and harrowing album, To Be Kind hearkens back to a time when albums were treated as events, things to be fully absorbed rather than sampled and tossed like so many records. We can thank them for reminding us of that. And don’t be afraid—To Be Kind has an oft-overlooked, David Lynch-style black humor that makes its orchestral calamity more palatable.

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Album Picks: A Sunny Day in Glasgow, How to Dress Well, Kitten, Robyn & Royksopp, The Cleaners From Venus, Slint

Posted by Billy Gil, June 24, 2014 10:36am | Post a Comment

A Sunny Day in GlasgowSea When Absent (LP, CD)

One of my favorite bands of the past few years makes their “breakthrough” record, moving the vocals to the forefront, dialing back some of the dairy farm’s worth of milky reverb and cutting some of the more atmospheric pieces in favor of straight dream pop, though newcomers to the band may still feel plenty disoriented. This is dream pop in the truest sense, moving in unexpected and imaginatibe directions, with only the minimally required regard to typical pop song structure. On songs like “Byebye, Big Ocean (The End)” and “In Love With the Useless (The Timeless Geometry in the Tradition of Passing),” ASDIG mastermind Ben Daniels builds towers of seafoam guitars and Annie Fredrickson and Jen Goma’s strung-together vocals, ebbing and flowing and wafting into the background before surrounding and overwhelming you once again. It’s a wonderful experience getting lost in the album’s twists and turns—you come away half-remembering melodies and bits of guitar like some amazing dream you can’t describe, though this time the songs themselves are more concrete, easing new listeners’ entry into the band’s strange soundworld. It’s their strongest album yet, and surely one of the year’s best.

 

How to Dress Well“What Is This Heart?” (CD)

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