2012 it may be, but The KidsTM are still out there busy releasing records (or if not records, then at least their none-dimensional electronic counterparts) at considerable velocity. It’s almost as if there’s a soon-to-be-realised Mayan end-time prophecy – such is the exuberance that exotically coiffured hoards of young’uns are footing it fleetly down to recording studios or garden sheds, desperate to unload the fruits of their collective muses upon a populace holding out for the forthcoming zombie apocalypse like it’s some late bus.
Indeed, checking the coming soon lists, it’s very much looking like we’re going to be spoiled over the next couple of months. Which should be lovely, as it’s pretty much nailed on that we’ll all be fried alive in primordial Mayan demon blood during the latter part of the year.
So without further ado, some random slices of 2012 releases currently piquing my interest…
North Atlantic Oscillation / Savage With Barometer
This is brand new. As in, long-time Lazer Guided Melody favourites North Atlantic Oscillation only smuggled this past the barricades and into the outside world yesterday. No idea if this will be featured on forthcoming album Fog Electric, due in the final week of April, but as a harbinger of the few months recently spent in the studio, the band’s familiar depth and evocation feels not only intact, but raring to go.
Human Don’t Be Angry / HDBA Theme
From Arab Strap to solo troubadour to cerebral, guitar-based ambient, Malcolm Middleton isn’t afraid to fraternise in unfamiliar musical territory – even if personally he sites boredom and a lack of motivation for reasons behind scuttling one musical career, only to pop up unexpectedly elsewhere for another.
Hence Human Don’t Be Angry, the banner beneath which MM has been touring over the last year or so, and whose début long-player is also out in April (on iconic Glasgow label Chemikal Underground, natch). This is very different to the solo Malcolm aesthetic that I all-too-frequently rave about elsewhere on this blog; a textured form of abrasion, lush in places, coy in others, all of it very much labelled interesting.
After Crash / All My Flowers
I’ve held off writing another Solar System Shoegaze post for a few weeks. Call it a concession to eclecticism. Or maybe a result of 700 awful words all about the Oort Cloud that I’ve never had the heart to publish. Or maybe because this particular track isn’t something I’d file under shoegaze, but rather discovered on one of those blogs that harp on about shoegaze even more than this particular one.
This is actually the type of track that pulls influence and inflexion from a wide range of sources, from introspective delicate fret-work to all-out dancefloor during a disco biscuit free-for-all. Somewhat reminiscent of Metronomy, if Metronomy were any good and didn’t spend their free time hanging around the art school bop trying to look too cool; a grower.
Tindersticks / Frozen
New Tindersticks! New Tindersticks! There should be a siren for this kind of thing, flashing lights, a Wayne Gretzky one-timer into the net kind of affair (if that’s appropriate for a new Tindersticks LP; The Something Rain is out next week in the UK. This isn’t something I’m going to write about at length for now – a fact from we which can probably surmise there’s large Tindersticks scribbles scheduled to be appearing on a music blog near you soon – but in the meantime, we can agree that this is utterly fantastic).