Posts Tagged ‘Noise Pop’

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Zola Jesus has a new album called “Taiga” out , and from everything we’re hearing, it continues her move away from operatic noise-goth and toward a glossy sort of darkness. The album’s first single was the grand, triumphant  track called Dangerous Days.” She’s now followed it up with “Go (Blank Sea),” a glimmering, heavy piece of synthy pop melody that sounds closer to the Weeknd than I ever imagined Zola Jesus would come. But there’s a pulsing heart at the center of the song, and that’s been a part of Nika Roza Danilova’s sound since the beginning.

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The seeds of Ava Luna’s latest album “Infinite-house” came about when the band was holed up in the unincorporated town of Benton, Miss. they happened upon an abandoned residence in the middle of the woods, which served a potent image throughout their writing process. It’s an appropriately spooky beginning for the Brooklyn quintet, whose handful of releases since their 2009 inception have tended toward the spectral and metaphysical—misremembered echoes of a delicate swirl of R&B,plus the ritualistic ecstasy of krautrock. But despite the album’s unsettling origins and the band’s otherworldly history, the lyrical interests of “Billz”, their first single from the record, are overwhelmingly practical.

“Who’s gonna pay my bills?” singer/guitarist Carlos Hernandez repeatedly cries amid a clatter of guitars and cymbals. The familiar question comes at the center of what’s otherwise a relatively straightforward love song, a surprisingly cynical meditation on the most utilitarian of concerns. The band’s instrumental attack, built around a couple of contorted guitar leads and buoyant keyboard lines, remains idiosyncratic, but it strips back a fair amount of the sonic clutter to foreground Hernandez’ vocal and the practicality of his message.

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Baltimore noise pop foursome Roomrunner delivered yet another slab of crusty pop with Separate. It contains Roomrunner’s signature guitar fuzz and jarring drums, but it’s obvious Denny Bowen and company amped up the pop and decided to showcase their more melodically-charged side. Bowen’s voice is more exposed and forthright compared to past releases where it was buried beneath noise, but it’s a change for the better.

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with so much written about this band especially over their performances at this years SXSW festival in Austin Texas,  more known for their blasts of Noise Punk Pop this is a little more melodic  and shown a little reverance to one of Bruce Springsteens songs from the Darkness On The Edge Of Town album track, still lots of feedback but wth a little more restraint.