mp3: Passion Pusher – Sansex

Satan Mating is like a long night out drinking.  The beginning is all energy, blown out and impossible to grasp the next day without blurring everything together.  Then around 4AM or so, everything changes.  The world gets all slow and all the lights and all the people are tired from wasting away.  It’s beautiful in an ugly sort of way.  ”Sansex” is the end of that night, when the hangover hasn’t quite hit but the drunk has been exhausted.  It’s a weird kind of twilight hour.  One that Passion Pusher paints orange and red with his guitar noodling and droning voice.  Listen to his entire Satan Mating EP here.

-PK

EP: acab rocky – sara

After dropping their new single a few weeks back, we’ve finally had the pleasure of listening through acab rocky’s newest sara.  As the album art suggests, sara is a dark, gothic tinged ride through the home recordings of acab rocky who possess a maturity in song writing well beyond their years while remaining an album that could have only been produced by musicians their age.  ”delusions” is probably one of the best punk songs that will be put out all year and on tracks like “intermission” and “interlude” they demonstrate that they have an ear for composition that reaches beyond their lo-fi aesthetic.  Sam Wells also shows off just how adept of a  singer and lyricist he is, pushing into lower registers on the emotionally charged “mother” (I can’t get the lyric “she never learned not to breath in smoke” out of my head).  I honestly didn’t expect how fully developed acab rocky would sound on sara.  The way they effortlessly blow through thrashing punk tracks to orchestrally adorned lo-fi puts them leagues above several of their emo-revivalist peers.  Stream two of my favorite tracks below and the entire EP after the jump.

-PK

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mp3 Premiere: Acab Rocky – Sara pt. 1

sara art

Acab Rocky first drew our attention and won our praise with their disgusting EP late last year and they are starting 2014 strong with a new jam that they were kind enough to let us premiere.  ”Sara pt. 1″ is a noticeably bold and ambitious track for the young group in the same vein as lo-fi/folk classics such as “The King of Carrot Flowers pts. 2 & 3″.  Things start slow, minimal and calm.  Singer Sam Wells absolutely commands the mic with just a few plucks of his guitar behind him.  By the second minute Wells conjures up a storm, “Sara, you know who I am”.  It’s the last remaining moments of calm before Acab Rocky erupts into a full band frenzy.  When the last distortion fades following the epic conclusion you’ll have a hard time forgetting about this band.

-PK

mp3: FFNORDZZ – IT’S A HIT!

It will probably take about 30 seconds for this song to get stuck in your head, that’s a money back guarantee.  Hit me up on myspace or snapchat if you don’t like this song.  That’s how much of a guarantee it is.  Although FFNORDZZ is talking about another song being a hit in this track “IT’S A HIT!” definitely is an instant scuzz-punk, jangle-rock, garage hit and I really can’t get enough of it.  FFNORDZZ should make a video for this song because that’d be very #meta.  I don’t know what else to say about this track.  It’s catchy, fun, has some serious guitar riffage and most definitely isn’t the last we’ll hear of FFNORDZZ.

-PK

EP: Passion Pusher – My Least Favourite book

Passion Pusher first caught our attention with a heavily distorted and delightfully catchy single ”Your Favorite Coast” and now we have the extremely pretty Your Least Favorite Book.  Your Least Favorite Book isn’t a full and proper release to be honest but more of a house warming party to celebrate the newly established Benzo Records with some nice and appealing jams.  That doesn’t mean that this EP is something to snooze on though; Passion Pusher delivers 11 gorgeous guitar instrumentals that recall the hazy-tape days of Ducktails.  Maybe read a book to this, or maybe hook up with someone to this if you are enough of a sociable hipster, I don’t know you.  It’s all good though.

-PK

mp3: Passion Pusher – Your My Favorite Coast

On the outside, Passion Pusher’s “Your My Favorite Coast” is four minutes of blown out fuzz.  And for the most part that’s all “Your My Favorite Coast” is, an impenetrable wall of fuzz, distortion and melody-less noise.  But there is something else there underneath all that fuzz that is barely even discernible but affecting.  It’s something that shakes around like No Age and moans like Modest Mouse.  It’s just enough of something to let us know that Passion Pusher have some sort of method to their madness.  Or maybe they’re just really good at writing music while drunk.

-PK

EP: euphoria again – euphoria again

Although euphoria again may initially appear to be another lo-fi/emo/singer-songwriter you may notice if you listen to his self-titled EP that he’s really not that emo and really not even that lo-fi either.  euphoria again was produced by the Elvis Depressedly/Coma Cinema mastermind Mat Cothran and is actually a really nice sounding listen.  Tracks like “mama says (void in time)” and “backwards” bloom with studio touches of synth and percussion that complement the simple pop songs without drowning them out.  The production expertise also pays off tremendously with the guitar and vocals piece “Fairy Forrest”.  While “Fairy Forrest” may sound a bit Tolkien-esque it serves as an emotive penultimate track for euphoria again‘s cathartically bummed out mood.  ”I’ll trudge on,” goes the non-fantastical refrain and it’s hard to be floored by the shrugged off sentiment.  Listening through euphoria again makes it all the more clear how much more I care about good songwriting than genre-bending.

-PK

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