Last I heard from Walrus, they were making delightfully out of tune indie-rock on their Sisters EP. Walrus have made some fidelity improvements to their sound and more importantly upped their experimentation and ambition as well with these new tracks off a split cassette with Sheepman. Walrus’ contribution to the cassette includes the psych-rocker “Sleep” that grows from acoustic strumming to a climactic guitar solo finale and the John Lennon-channeling “Space Tigers”. It’s awesome to see that Walrus are rising to the potential that I thought I heard from their earlier music.
When Terence managed to stumble upon the music of Jean Sebastien Audet (seriously how’d you find that? you’re my hero, Terence) I was most intrigued by the lo-fi rap project Zouk Fuck. Although my first introduction to Zouk Fuck was an incredibly unique and distinctive track, I wasn’t sure how Audet would continue to grow and evolve the project. Not surprisingly, his newest track (and collection of singles so far) demonstrate that Audet handles Zouk Fuck with the same kind of effortless, oddball genius that makes his other projects so great. ”Cheech Chong” finds Audet rapping with no effects or pitch-shifting putting the focus on his interesting and wit heavy flows over a beat sampling Toro y Moi’s “You Hid”. Have I included enough links in this post?
Last night I stumbled across one of the most exciting artists I’ve found in a while. The You Are Minez are an awesome garage pop band that are great alone, but that isn’t what has me so excited. The You Are Minez is the project of Canadian teen Jean Sebastien Audet who is one of the most prolific song writers you will come across. As well as The You Are Minez, Audet is also the mastermind behind experimental pop band Faux Fur and blown-out garage project Darren Wantz, as well as producing and rapping under his moniker Zouk Fuck. As far as I can tell, recording music is simply a way of life for Audet. He even had a project this summer wherein if you emailed him asking for it, he would record an entire album for you and send it to you on a tape in the mail. All of this would mean nothing though, if the music he was making wasn’t really good. The You Are Minez have some of the catchiest riffs you will hear out of all of the similar projects across bandcamp, Faux Fur executes a post-punk style with ease, and Zouk Fuck has some of the craziest and most original beats you will hear anywhere. You can stream my favorite track from Craft Singles below and the whole EP after the jump.
A while back I stumbled upon the orchestral, indie-pop gem “Promethean Eyes” from The Breezes, and in celebration of their newly released record the group has put out a video for the single. Despite the carefree and sunny attitude of the track, the video takes a darker, more leathery turn. The video will definitely have you wondering if there is something a bit more sinister behind “Promethean Eyes”… but let’s be honest this is pure, feel-good indie pop done right.