After the hi-fi pop leanings of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ 2009 album It’s Blitz – a release marked by the fact that guitarist Nick Zinner barely picked up his chosen instrument – lead singer Karen O promised fans a scrappier, more rough-and-ready followup, similar in tone to their debut, Fever to Tell. “It’s extremely lo-fi,” Karen O told Pitchfork last month of the band’s latest effort, Mosquito. “We had a shitty drum machine, a shitty sampled keyboard, tons of delay on the vocals.” And so what makes Sacrilege, the album’s first single, such a curveball is that it opens in a fairly muted style, with Karen O’s multitracked vocals weaving eerily in and out of a fuzzy bassline and Zinner’s distant guitar scratches. Like Gold Lion, which quietly opened the campaign for second album Show Your Bones, it’s a slow-burn success that builds confidently, taking the listener along for the ride as opposed to giving away its treats immediately. Just as it seems to be settling into its own skin, however, a 24-piece gospel choir starts to bubble up from beneath the surface. Seemingly lifted from Madonna’s Like a Prayer and plonked into the song’s final minute, it’s a brilliantly unexpected addition, and as Karen O and the choir chant “sacrilege, sacrilege, sacrilege you say” during the song’s final 10 seconds, all that talk about lo-fi recordings using a tin can and a bit of string seems a bit nonsensical. [Source]
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds will release new album Push the Sky Away on February 15 next year, but fans can get a taste of the band’s 15th album when opening track We No Who U R becomes available via download on December 3. Coming four years after he recorded Dig Lazarus Dig!!! and eight years since the Bad Seed’s 2 CD release Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus, Push the Sky Away “just seems new, you know, but new in an old-school kind of way,” according to Cave. The Bad Seeds line-up has changed dramatically since forming in 1983, but Cave has again recorded with Warren Ellis (Dirty Three), Jim Sclavunos, Martyn Casey and Thomas Wydler with Conway Savage also providing vocals on the new album. “I enter the studio with a handful of ideas … it’s the Bad Seeds that transform them into things of wonder,” Cave says. “Ask anyone who has seen them at work. They are unlike any other band on earth for pure, instinctive inventiveness.” Produced by Nick Launay (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire, Grinderman, The Living End), the album was recorded at La Fabrique – a studio based in a 19th Century mansion in the South of France. Songs on this album, including Wide Lovely Eyes, Water’s Edge, Jubilee Street and the closing title track, were written and recorded over the course of almost a year. [Source]
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Swans’ new album The Seer is out August 28 via Young God. The record features contributions from Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O, Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker of Low, members of Akron/Family, Ben Frost, Grasshopper from Mercury Rev, and former Swans member Jarboe. Here is a ten-minute edit of the closing track “The Apostate”, which, in its full form, runs 23 minutes.
David Lynch is releasing his first full-length musical endeavor next month, and it’s one to certainly be interested in, if not tentatively exited. Early reports of the album have made a big deal about how Lynch uses his voice across Crazy Clown Time‘s 70 minutes, but the first voice that you hear on the record is actually not that of Lynch but of Yeah Yeah Yeahs front woman Karen O. [Source]
A hypnotic instrumental drone featuring moaning electric guitars, tinkling chimes, and other cool ambient effects. Don’t expect the rest of their music to sound as haunting and laid-back. Back in May, Reznor and Ross’ collaboration with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O hit the web. The tune, a wild cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song,” was included in a trailer for Tattoo. [Source]