They say when it rains, it pours, and while it's been raining ice here in cold Chicago more than water, this week brings us a barrel full of great new music from some established acts. While we like maintaining a mix of new material from some of our favorite bands as well as new music by under-appreciated / little-heard / up-and-coming artists, there are certain weeks where the onslaught of awesome music released by well-known artists simply cannot be ignored. So for this week, we are highlighting some excellent new music from bands which have spent years developing their reputations. Of course, we couldn't resist including at least one 'new' artist to the list, the highly recommended, hype inducing Bearcubs. Before we get to them, though, let's give up the floor to some stalwarts of modern day music:
Four Tet: 0181
Kieran Hebden is a prolific musician. Beyond making some of the most heralded electronic albums like Rounds and Everything Is Ecstatic as Four Tet, Hebden has made four records under his own name with avant garde behemoth Steve Reid and performed with seminal post-rock band Fridge. It was during these days, with Fridge, as well as the earliest Four Tet period that Kieran Hebden recorded the pieces which comprise 0181. Assembled together in 2012, Hebden first posted this piece to his Soundcloud account two weeks ago.
It is a sparkling constellation of pieces, stitched together by Hebden's own graceful collaging. Potentially unassuming at first, 0181 grows with each listen into a beautifully crafted soundpainting. Word is this will be pressed to wax, although it is unclear when it will be released or if Domino or Hebden's own Text Records will be the label. No matter, listen hear-and-now.
Cult of Luna: Vertikal
Back with their 6th studio album, Cult of Luna provide us Vertikal. The Sweedish lads are up to more of their doom-metal/post-metal or whatever it is people are calling the Isis/Neruosis/Mogwai ilk. The conceptualness of this album seems less heavy-handed than some of their past releases - which is good - but we shall see for sure when the record is released (Jan 25 in Europe, the 29th here in the States) on Earache which you can preorder here. Brooklyn Vegan is streaming the whole thing on their soundcloud.
Gold Panda: Trust EP
In the same realm as Kieran Hebden of Four Tet, Gold Panda produces dance music with soul aka 'Intelligent Dance Music' as some have dubbed the genre. Although Gold Panda has a slew of 12"s to his credit, Lucky Shiner from 2009 is his only proper release. Thankfully, on March 4, 2013 his new EP Trust will be available from NOTOWN and Ghostly in the USA as a vinyl 12". While only 4 tracks, they're all top-rate, particularly "Trust" and "Burnt Out Car in a Forest." Dig.
Jacques Greene: "Quicksand"
Moving onto the up-and-comers of our article, Jacques Greene has quickly risen to one of the hottest producers in the game. After the Montreal native curated a mix for internet lifestyle mag FADER, he hosted an untitled track of his featured in the mix to his Soundcloud as "Quicksand." Currently there is no word when the up-beat groove will get its proper release. Until then, enjoy Mr. Greene's wonderful offering.
Julian Lynch: "Carlos Kellyi I"
Julian Lynch has been floating around on our radar for awhile now - mostly as the quiet, weird one you can't afford to take your eyes off of, kind of in the Julia Holter way. Now that Julia Holter has made some waves with last years Ekstasis, I can see Julian Lynch having a similar year with his new record Lines due out on Underwater Peoples on the 26th of March. The lead track off it is "Carlos Kellyi I," a song that is all over the place, but fantastic for each one of those globe-spinning seconds. Mark my words, watch out for this young man and his new album Lines.
Bearcubs: Honest EP
Sometimes, you'll know it as soon as you hear it. That's how it was with Bearcubs. Just one listen and that's all it takes to become hopelessly hooked. Their new EP Honest is a concise collection of modern bedroom pop. Despite Honest being a debut for Bearcubs, it has a sophisticated feel - mature and fine-tuned. Cadence has the EP available for download on their bandcamp. Here it is streaming: