After the relative jolt of ‘Everything Now’, Arcade Fire get less dreamy and a bit dirtier with ‘Creature Comforts’ which kicks off like an electro-clash single from 2002 before the AF ‘vista’ comes in to play. Vocally though, both Win and Regine are addled new territory and it reinforces the track’s synth-waving arrangement. The lyrics about self-image, self-esteem and suicide counteract the sonics with a pure heaviness. “She dreams about dying all the time / She told me she came so close / Filled up the bathtub and put on our first record.”
Melodrama is a great followup record for the New Zealand Onion Ring-loving musician. After two full listens, it’s clear that with the album’s deft production details (coproduced with Bleachers lead singer Jack Antonoff), the vocal adlibs and the songwriting is top class. ‘Writer In The Dark’ is an immediate highlight, cemented when Lorde does her best Kate Bush reach on the line ” am my mother’s child, I’ll love you ’til my breathing stops / I’ll love you ’til you call the cops on me.” I’m also loving ‘Sober’ in particular but the entire album is high class Melodrama.
Washed Out – ‘Hard To Say Goodbye’
Ernest Greene is truly back. This is a light house-inspired electronic song that recalls summer vistas and afternoons by the beach.
Laoise – ‘Shooting’
Laoise’s Halfway EP dropped on Friday and ‘Shooting’ is the only song from it we hasn’t really heard from the Galway electronic pop artist.
“Shooting is probably my favourite track off the EP. In comparison to the other songs, it’s quite bare and raw. When writing it, I feel I got to delve into new territories and emotions, which is echoed in the song’s lyrics. I wrote this song with a friend of mine, and we were both going through similar experiences where no matter what we did, we felt we couldn’t grasp and take hold of the things we wanted – be it a relationship or a career path. ‘Shooting with no ammo’ explains the effort you go to finally reach something, only to realise you messed up on the first step, and starting again doesn’t always feel worth it. It’s that moment when you feel so trapped and lost, going around in circles over and over and wondering if you’ll ever break the cycle.”
Ernest Greene’s Washed Out project began by taking samples of minor ’80s hits from VIP Connection, Change and Gary Low on his 2009 debut EP Life Of Leisure and making balmy synth-pop. It birthed the chillwave sound. It was also never matched. His music grew increasingly layered and less urgent.
Today, Greene returned with his first song as Washed Out on Stones Throw Records in four years and it’s certainly got a bit more energy and strut in its rhythm – a blurred disco-synth track that’s just ripe for summer.
An easy catch-up guide to new gigs announced in the past week.
Washed Out plays Button Factory on Sunday 27th October 2013. Doors are at Midnight and tickets are €20 plus fees available from Ticketmaster and usual outlets.
James Vincent McMorrow announced one National Concert Hall gig for next February after revealing details of his new album Post Tropical. Surprise! There’s another gig on Feb 5th on sale now. Tickets €30 from the NCH site. Album trailer. All gigs …→
The story of Washed Out really begins with 2009’s Life Of Leisure EP. A collection of balmy synthesizer pop that cemented a signifier, a subgenre: chillwave, glo-fi, hypnagogic pop, whatever you called it. Aural escapism that blatantly plundered older disco samples almost wholesale. In Ernest Greene’s case: Gary Low, Change, Revelation and VIP Connection. Life Of Leisure was nostalgia repackaged for a new audience through glittering synths and beats. Full review & stream…. →
Washed Out’s debut album Within And Without was largely an overcooked and overproduced wish-wash of noise that didn’t grab or kick or punch but literally washed over you (sorry). This pulsing arpegiatted song, from the upcoming Amor Fati 12″ is more like the stuff from the earlier EPs that got me so into him in the first place. It’s out on November 14th on Domino with remixes from Clams Casino and Au Revoir Simone.
A list of recommended events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin. All times are 7.30pm/8pm unless stated. Feel free to recommend gigs in the comments as this post gets a lot of hits every week.
Another new song download from Ernest Greene aka Washed Out’s Within and Without album (out July 8th on Sub Pop) after ‘Eyes Be Closed’. Having heard the album I can say that ‘Amor Fati’ is probably the closest track in soundalike to the Life Of Leisure EP and High Times EP. If you pre-order the album now, the first 500 get a free 7″ with the songs ‘Belong’ and ‘Phone Call’ for the first time. It’s early days yet for me with the album but I can’t help escape the feeling thus far that with proper production, the songs have lost some ‘ooomph’. Time and more listens will tell.
Get a new track from Washed Out’s forthcoming album Within and Without due in July through Sub Pop & Weird World. ‘Eyes Be Closed’ is a five-minute slow and evocative reverbed synth tune and is the album’s opener. Washed Out’s Life Of Leisure is up there with my favourite EPs of the last few years, easily.
For this month’s artwork, I gave Stephen Graham aka Left Overs a list of possible song titles. One of which was Chromeo’s ‘Hot Mess’ which inspired this beautiful work of art: ” Lindsay Lohan as a survivor of a Beverly Hills future apocalyptic cataclysm – a Hot Mess if you will.” Right Click Radio 2XM’s Aoife Mc is our podcast host as ever. Tracklisting and links after the jump…
Finally a new podcast to wrap your ears around. Compiling the podcast is one of my favourite things to do and this month we have an extra dimension with some original artwork from Stephen Graham aka Left Overs from Belfast who provided us with the above illustration (click to enlarge). He said it was inspired by a metal-loving taxi driver he had recently. You can also check his blog. Aoife Mc is your podcast host as always – check out her food blog – I Can Has Cook? and her radio show Right Click Radio on RTE 2XM. The latest episode can be heard here.
On with the program, this month we’ve got great tracks from new and recent release in a straight up MP3 format or Soundcloud. All Nialler9-approved. Enjoy! Tracklisting below.
Kitsuné Maison compilations are always worth a listen considering previous compilations have debuted tracks from La Roux, We Have Band, Memory Tapes, MEN, The Drums, The Golden Filter and Two Door Cinema Club.
Number 9 in the series is out on the 26th of April and features tracks from Penguin Prison, Washed Out, yesterday’s just-introduced Jamaica, Crookers, Holy Ghost!, Monarchy, Hurts, Silver Column and more. Future music in the true sense of the word. Here’s a minimix by Jbag to give you an idea of what’s on it (The Holy Ghost! track sounds awesome).
Our beloved podcast is back from its unplanned summer diversion and while we were away, we received a nom for Best Podcast in the Irish Web Awards which is nice! It’s up against The Comic Cast, last year’s winner Playlist Mix and the national broadcaster RTE amongst others. Awards are on the 10th.
This month all of the songs are AMAZING so just download it and listen alright? Thanks. Comments appreciated as always.