Radiohead is causing quite the commotion. As if releasing the new song “Harry Patch” or stating they may never release another LP wasn’t enough to keep kids up at night, another new song has now been leaked from an unknown source tentatively titled “These Are My Twisted Words”. Two or three guitars play dissonant half step patterns and arpeggiated chords of every color to create a sprawling polyrhythmic progression which sustains for nearly three minutes without vocals. You can’t fully appreciate the subtle details of this introduction without a good and focused ear as it’s easy to slip passively into their reverberated world of echo, delay, and washed out synth. Something tells me, though, that the song may have been prematurely leaked as it ends abruptly without much thought (unless, of couse, that was the thought). Even so, “Twisted Words” is worth a listen as is “Harry Patch”. Enjoy.
Radiohead – Twisted Words
Radiohead – Harry Patch (In Memory Of)
Muse is an extraordinary band who have the potential to become historic to our generation. “Absolution” shot-gunned them into that conversation and their follow-up “Black Holes and Revelations” proved they were here to stay. And so comes “The Resistance”, their 5th LP to be released September 14th. Two tracks have just been thrown to the internet blog-hounds and are at this very moment being scrutinized, praised, pissed on, and written off.
The first single, “Uprising”, features a Theremin synth, pattened arpeggios, and the usual rebel-anthem lyrics. What makes this song unique from their previous work is the back-beat, which is a swingy, unwavering bass-drum drive not unlike, dare I say, a Marilyn Manson track (which isn’t necessarily bad). Even the verse vocal melody has a kind of Manson-like darkness to it. And as hard as it is to say, I don’t particularly like this song.
The second song is entitled “United States of Eurasia (+Collateral Damage)” and starts with a beautiful chord progression, a beautiful string arrangement, a beautiful vocal melody. I mean, seriously, it’s really good. Then comes a very blatant, very talked about Queen-esque transition which catapults the song from ballad to anthem in a matter of seconds. It’s actually very cool but literally sounds just like Queen and ultimately becomes more distracting than anything. The song ends with a climatic, harmonized shout of “Eurasia” and suddenly decays into Chopin’s infamous Nocturne in E flat with additional string arrangements. It’s a very good and effective idea (though adding anything to such a beloved piece is borderline blasphemous).
In any case, the songs are definitely worth a listen or twelve. Grab em here:
Muse – Uprising
Muse – United States of Eurasia
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Presenting Ghostly International‘s latest signee Choir of Young Believers. The Danish orchestral-pop collective was started by Jannis Noya Makrigiannis. After the breakup of his first band in 2006 he moved to the Samos Island in Greece and began to develop his own solo work. Jannis later returned to Copenhagen and gathered talented musicians and friends to form Choir of Young Believers. Their music is marked by magisterial melodies, dark lyrical concerns, and a healthy dose of cathedral-grade reverb~ghostly. In the video below The band takes their first trip to New York City. Jannis and his cellist companion, Ceciele Trier, appearing in their own world as they trail through the city to perform at an intimate evening gig. The song in the clip is “Wintertime Love,” a time-stopping track from their first full-length album, This is for the White in Your Eyes, which is going to be released August 18th here in the US.
The songs on Choir of Young Believers’ debut album This Is for the White in Your Eyes mix modest folk arrangements with ambitious, grandiose indie pop, cooled with a stoic Nordic distance and glowing with an inner light. Musical nods to Roy Orbison, The Beach Boys, Pixies, and Hank Williams abound, but Jannis and his Choir Of Young Believers have forged their own neck-tinglingly singular sound. Live, the Choir takes many different shapes and sizes. Jannis often performs as a duo with a guitar or a piano and cello; other times, up to eight people fill the stage, playing everything from strings and horns to percussion and bells. The one constant is Jannis’ voice: clear, mournful, stretching to the heavens.~ ghostly international
Listen to Choir of Young Believers—”Next Summer“
Download it here.
find out more about them at ghostly.com
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