We’re drowning in Drake! Possibly as a result this week’s New Releases come a little classic heavy. Is it a reaction? Listen to these stunners from Deaf Wish, Dilly Dally, Rejoicer, MEZKO, Something Something Explosion, Jessica Says, Buffalo Springfield 'n' Led Zeppelin and let us know.
DEAF WISH – THE RAT IS BACK (SUB POP)
Muddy riffs and an entropic mix. The subject is a malicious spectre, half-sketched and half-slurred. “The rat is back.”
DILLY DALLY – I FEEL FREE (POD/INERTIA)
Toronto’s Dilly Dally called it quits a few years back, but it seems like death didn’t suite them. They return with new record Heaven. Listening to ‘With I Feel Free’ the colour drains. This music leaves only a gothic pallor. That and a squalling mess of guitar.
JESSICA SAYS – BRAND NEW THING (CHAPTER)
‘Brand New Thing’ plays to a similar tune as something from Aldous Harding’s Party. But this comparison may be of little use when considering that this Melbourne songwriter has always come at the world possessed by her own unique vision. Here she pours it on, ‘Brand’ bleeds several shades of heart wrenched suffering.
REJOICER – DOUBLE ASTRAL MOVE (STONES THROW/INERTIA)
Blissful psych-tinted electronics from Tel-Aviv. ‘Double Astral’ kicks off a journey into Yuvi Havkin’s new album, itself conceived from visions of lucid dreaming. “I wanted to create an atmosphere of freedom; of walking in unfamiliar territories while still feeling at home and at ease,” Havkin shares in his press release. “There’s a huge music world in my head that I hadn’t expressed or explained, and I decided to try tap into that world of sounds.” Energy Dreams drops Aug 31.
MEZKO – THEY LIKE. WE LIKE. (INERTIA)
‘They Like’ celebrates trash, B-movies like ‘Susuperia’ and acid house. This duo is still trying to establish their calling card, but there’s so much ambition and attitude boiling away here it feels like they’re long overdue.
SOMETHING SOMETHING EXPLOSION – MOTOR MOUTH (INDEPENDENT)
Hardcore punk to the sharpened point.
BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD - OUT OF MY MIND (REMASTERED) (RHINO)
What’s That Sound? re-releases the albums of the Buffalo Springfield, a ‘60s outfit which brushed with fame before launching Neil Young and Crosby Stills & Nash. If the expressive guitar play and slow burning surrealism weren’t enough of a cue this track is a Young composition. At the heights of Flower Power Neil sings with weariness and disconnect, enveloped in a dark paranoia clawing at the underside of the whole ‘60s trip.
LED ZEPPELIN – BLACK DOG (WARNER)
The Song Remains the Same is what many would regard to be Zeppelin’s greatest folly. It certainly captured them at their most indulgent. None the less, live-or-not, it’s crashed headlong into the band’s legend. It's headed for re-release Sept 7.
Words by Riley Fitzgerald