Thursday, November 22, 2012

Quick Notes: Buke & Gase, Jimi Hendrix, Nothing, Beck, Deftones + Waterbodies

*[] On their forthcoming album, General Dome, Hudson-based duo Buke and Gase have gone deeper and darker lyrically than we've heard from them before, dealing in twisted images that are rarely what they seem. The record's nervy, aggressive title track begins with Arone Dyer ominously describing how she "[carries] a crest of weight chest dense with general doom/ I awoke to find this as my vital sense." She goes on to declare herself, "Not the last pawn with a gun," and "a force to be decreed," but it's a given that there's more to her message than crude violence.

It makes perfect sense that Dyer and her bandmate, Aron Sanchez, chose to unveil the record's artwork with "General Dome"-- a piece inspired by a Sol LeWitt exhibition that Dyer caught at New York's Dia Beacon gallery, in which the two have created a new graphical, coded alphabet with which to create cryptic messages. Obviously, it's no basic A-Z; the band will post the key to uncode the messages on their website closer to the record's release. [General Dome is released on January 29 via Brassland]

*[] The upcoming biopic starring AndrĂ© 3000 isn’t the only thing fans of Jimi Hendrix can look forward to. As Rolling Stone reports, a new album from the legendary musician entitled People, Hell and Angels is set for release next spring.

Featuring 12 previously unreleased songs recorded between 1968 and 1969, the album finds Hendrix away from his band, The Experience, experimenting with new sounds as a solo artist. Reportedly, these songs were under consideration for use on First Rays of the New Rising Sun, what became Hendrix’s posthumous 1997 album. The new sound is said to venture into “horns, keyboards, percussion and a second guitar.”

Fans will be able to experience this never-before-revealed side of the late guitar master when People, Hell and Angels is released on March 5th. Stay tuned for more as it’s announced.

*[] An eerie coming of age takes place in the video for shoegaze outfit Nothing’s new single “Downward Years To Come,” a track that’s part of a forthcoming EP of the same name. Watch it below.

MP3 DOWNLOAD: Nothing – “Downward Years To Come”

The Suns And Lovers EP is out now. Downward Years To Come is out soon on A389 Recordings.

*[] Good news for those fans of Beck who can’t read music and/or prefer not to listen to their new Beck album as performed by a magazine staff. In an interview with Australia’s triple j radio, Mr. Hansen confirmed that he’s working on a new album, which will be released in a “pretty much standard format.”

Beck explained, “I started a record, largely recorded in 2008, so I’m trying to carve out some time from all the production work I’m doing to finish those songs before they become records from a lost era. It’s going on a half decade at this point.”

In the meantime, Beck will release his album of sheet music, Beck Hansen’s Song Reader, on December 7th through McSweeney’s. In the same interview with triple j, Beck said that he recorded demo versions of the sheet music, but it seems unlikely that he’ll release them.

*[] The latest Deftones album, Koi No Yokan, sold roughly 65,000 in its first week, good enough to debut at #11 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The band's previous album, Diamond Eyes, debuted at #6 with first-week sales of 62,000.

*[press release] Waterbodies' debut album "The Evil We Know" naturally traverses through an eclectic collection of songs that are undoubtedly their own. Contagious, spirited and undeniably human, The Evil We Know is an album that can truly be described as one of a kind. The record will see a digital release on November 30th through all major retailers.

From the offset, the album is melody rich, with a rigid backbone and a dark underbelly – an honest account of Waterbodies’ own brand of alt-rock with pop-sensibility. Attributing much of Waterbodies’ success to their high-energy performances, tracks like the ironically, unrelenting, “A Glasgow Kiss” and upcoming, love/hate single “How to Burn Bridges,” capture the energetic onslaught and transport the audience to a musical battleground. At the same time, the lulling, waterlogged sound of tracks like “The Life Anomic,” offer a tasteful change in dynamic, without compromising the seamless flow of the album.

Their sound is truly the collective effort of all four members. Mike McGean, Dylan Turner, Shane Turner and newest addition Roxy, are the minds behind Waterbodies’ engaging, emotional and cerebral music. The Evil We Know, produced by engineer/producer Dean Malton, draws influence from Waterbodies artist community, while conveying the experiences of their individual lives.


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