Taking a peek at all the interesting new music released in December. Compiled via MarcissistNR, account run by Marc Masters.
Label: Opal Tapes
Release Date: December 25
“Getting Ready for Christmas” is a darkly comic collection of losercore in the vein of some of Twisted Village releases (Luxurious Bags, Major Stars) or maybe Sentridoh but charged with a painful pathos of loneliness and destitution and a dense heaviness. Released approximately in 1996 (Dom can’t be sure exactly) these first four “Untitled” tracks are met on the flip with a pure wall, representative of Sloth’s current output. A flipped switch and erasing of everything that precedes it.
Label: Not Not Fun
Release Date: December 7
Reading: Tiny Mix Tapes
Nearly a decade after their original assembly, two crucial early volumes of Texan ranger Joe Knight’s voyaging kaleidoscope kitchen sink-psych have been dusted off and dressed up for a new generation of suburban tourists. Europe On TV collects the entirety of both 2009 outings on freeform Pittsburgh imprint As Above So Below, totaling 110 twisted minutes of miasmic guitar heroics, sci-fi city surf, face-melt glam, no-fi jangle, art rock squall, and nebulous new wave, pocked with 4-track feedback bramble and cathode-blasted voices.
The Bevis Frond
Docking alongside the Mothership Frond, with its insignia emblazoned with the legend ‘We’re Your Friends, Man’, you can hear a smattering of Hendrixonian guitar wafting through the cavernous recess of this vessel. You can hear a Love-like strum, a melancholy verse/chorus; you can hear proper songs with uplifting guitar salvos releasing the pressure on the thinking man’s pontifications on growing old, putting things in order and the sense of wonder of how we all got here… so much vinyl, so little time.
Label: Scissor Tail Records
Release Date: December 7
On the follow-up to his lauded album, Blue Rider Songs, Hirsch starts out strong tapping into a sunset country mix of mellow strums, buttery pedal steel and the tight-laced punch of horns. This time around Hirsch has enlisted members of Wilco alongside Edward Sharpe and M. Ward’s touring players and the results sound as well-oiled as that lineup would suggest.
Raven Sings the Blues
Small Life Form
Label: Silber Records
Release Date: December 14
Glockenspiels & reverb sounds like it would be some kind of new age release, but somehow Small Life Form makes it sound aggressive & menacing, just like Christmas.
VHS Midnight Style
Release Date: December 21
Continuing with VHS’s unique style of dreamy beats influenced by the likes of 90’s rave and trip-hop music, Cure for Pharma shows a departure from their more ambient works and into a new ethereal experience that is sure to impress listeners.
On a Different Note:
- New Music Releases – November 2018
- Listening Room – Christmas 2018 Edition
- Blog Summary – December 2018
- New Music Releases – Growing – PUMPS!
- Best New Music From Boston and New England of 2017 – Songs 71-87