dispatches from the soundcloud

Dispatches From the Soundcloud: Dragged Into Sunlight's Widowmaker

   A Movement In Three Parts

   Prosthetic Records released Dragged Into Sunlight's new record Widowmaker last month and since then has been quickly spreading throughout the blogosphere. Unfortunately, there Soundcloud has no music up to the public, but a few sites seem to have been granted access to it, and sites from all over are linking to them. As much as I dislike it when I can't share the content on my own site, and thus increase to the neverending chain of links that propels us aimlessly foward on the internet, I feel that out of respect to the band and their music that it should be shared anyway.

   Dragged Into Sunlight have been Black  Metal's version of Godspeed You! Black Emperor since 2009. Widowmaker is almost classical in its most beautiful moments and unfiltered Doom Metal though Parts II and II. The album is marred from time-to-time with ill chosen movie quotes or science fiction samples, but the whole is so much greater than the parts, these drawbacks can only hinder one's enjoyment so much. So take a listen over at terrorizer, Dragged Into Sunlight seem like they could be on the verge of some really cool things, and have made a great album in Widowmaker. If you really dig it, head on over to Prothsetic and pick yourself up a copy too.

Dispatches From the Soundcloud: Turkey Music

   Here's some holiday music for everyone! Both of these are pulled off of Smithsonian Folkways Soundcloud stream. They have some incredible tunes, all Creative Commons. Both of these selections are actually pretty avante garde, especially Jim Nollman's "3 Flute Players and 300 Turkeys," but you probably could have guessed that just by reading the title. I've got to wonder where in the world they find this stuff. Maybe I should ask someone and find out. Probably a good guy to know.

   The other, "My Mom's Thanksgiving Dinner" is a silly song á la "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth." It's brainless, cute, and a nice little number for Turkey Day; gobble, gobble!

Dispatches from the Soundcloud: Balam Acab remix Lana Del Rey

   More and more these days I've been hearing about Balam Acab. The 20 year old Alec Koone has been producing hyptnotic spells, which some unfortunately like to call Witch House, since his See Birds EP from August 2010.

   Lots of interest has been leveled on Balam Acab's newest release Wander / Wonder that came out in August and whose cover you're seeing to the side. While I have yet to acquire the album in its entirety, everything I've heard has piqued my interest. Really, I've just been waiting for his bleeps to sound louder on my radar.

   Until now. Hanging out on Soundcloud I came upon Balam Acab's remix of another up-and-coming artist who is garnering a lot of plays these days in the interworld: Lana Del Rey. This is her song "Video Games" given the Witch House treatment.


   Her smokey vocals, sung barely above speaking, permeate Balam Acab's world like cigarettes in a film noir. The opening lines, "Sweating in the backyard/ pull up in your fast car/ whispering my name/ You open up a beer/ say, "get over here"/ play your video games/ In your favorite sundress/ watching me get undressed/ take your body downtown/ honey," which have made "Video Games" the internet sensation it's become, stretch out to their most sensual supported by the track's intimate electronica. Balam Acab frees Lana Del Rey from her own nostalgia and brings this talented songstress fully to the modern era, and the song "Video Games" to one of the best tracks of the year.

Video Games (BALAM ACAB Remix) - Lana Del Rey by BALAM ACAB