The great singer and songwriter Jes Hudak (moonlighting as her alter-ego, Ponymane) has released a new single from the latest of her fascinating side projects, Neon Void. “Numb To Love” is a grand, dramatic track featuring the flourishes of Hudak’s arpeggiated piano under both her own vocal hook as well as the rapid fire verses of Neon Void’s other half, rapper Know One (aka Roan Smith). “Numb To Love” is available on iTunes now.
Available last week to their PledgeMusic campaign supporters only, the new one from Late Cambrian is finally out worldwide. Sweet Cambrian High Vol. I & II is the first new collection from the Brooklyn band since 2015, and it reflects the metamorphosis of Late Cambrian into purveyors of tight, sophisticated electro/alternative pop. Sweet Cambrian High fulfills the promise of the handful of irresistible singles and intriguing videos released during the extended production of the album (and while Late Cambrian songwriter and singer John Wlaysewski produced Tracy Bonham‘s Modern Burdens, recently named one of the 50 best albums of 2017 by Rolling Stone). It’s their strongest set yet, reflecting a confident and original new direction, and you can get it here.
We are reveling in all the fresh music for 2018, after a long, year-end lull. Witness “Don’t Take It Personal,” the chillest of new jams from TJ Crisp (aka TJ The Unknown). Revolving on simple piano figure, “Don’t Take It Personal” is a slow burn, growing increasingly unsettling as it evolves. TJ’s flow gets more rapid, the pitch shifts into subtly wobbly territory, and the lines begin to repeat in an almost obsessive cycle. The beat abandons him and he’s left to fade out, “I just be doin’ my thing / I just be doin’ my thing…” Very cool (and probably NSFW):
Our favorite Australian rock and rollers (well, just this side of You Am I, that is), Royal Chant are back with a new album and a new video. The album, Pride & Poverty, won’t be here until Friday, but we’ve got a great DIY clip for the opener, “Power Pose.” Hard hitting drums (despite what you might see in the video), thick and crunchy guitars, and a killer melody typical of Royal Chant make this a promising lead for the LP. BONUS: A second clip, below, for the delightfully Guided By Voices-y “Cargo Cults.” Enjoy:
One of Atlanta’s very best hip-hop artists, Se’von is back with a new full length album, Stadium of Hearts. It’s truly a tour de force, with Se’von not just declaring his supremacy, but also proving it on a barrage of assertive anthems. He builds a modern pop masterwork upon the foundation of classic rap and hip-hop. Look no further than the opener, “Bang Bang,” in which he traces a lineage from LL Cool J to Kanye before shouting out, nationwide, his own booming voice. Se’von has good-sized clips of every song on the LP here. and you can listen to some full tracks below.
The closest analog we could think of while enjoying the new album from Beecher’s Fault, The Easiest Drug To Sell, was Talking Heads. Immediately, the mechanized groove of the opening track, “Moneymouth,” mirrors that of the Heads’ classic “Once In A Lifetime.” The rest of the song and album (at seven songs and just over 26 minutes, it’s technically an EP) is wholly original, but Beecher’s Fault’s meshing of electronic and precisely processed sounds with natural instrumentation, warm lead vocals and tight male-female harmonies (from vocalists Ben Taylor and Lauren Hunt) follows a blueprint created by that seminal NYC art rock band. The Easiest Drug To Sell feels carefully sequenced to invite in the listener, from that somewhat clinical intro through a flat-out rocking and gospel-tinged closer, “Life In This Light” (and doesn’t that title also just evoke the Talking Heads?), which we wrote about when it was released last summer. The lyrics match this flow, beginning with the despairing “Moneymouth” to that final song’s grand zen-like acceptance, via some ebb and flow anxiety and uncertainty on tracks like “Last Disaster.” You can hear the entire record at the Soundcloud link at the bottom: