Friday New Music 2018-07-13

I’m not sure where Apples went, so I’m just going to post this. Unfortunately, I don’t know where Apples gets the new release list, so I’m just going to tell you what I’ve been listening to today.

First off is:

Marker – Roadwork 1 / Roadwork 2 / Homework 1. Technically this isn’t ‘out’ until the 16th (which is weird), but Marker has it on their tour, so it’s a new release to me. Marker is a Ken Vandermark free jazz outfit, though I think that label is misleading. A lot of their material focuses on grooves that run through a surprisingly large portion of their, quite long, pieces. Vandermark yesterday mentioned that, for one piece in particular, he was trying to somewhat emulate Afrobeat, and I can definitely see that influence. It’s potentially important to note the age make-up of this band: Vandermark is an elder statesmen of free jazz and free improvisation. He’s certainly not old enough to be apart of the original movement in the 60s, or the refinements of it in the 70s, so elder statesman may not be entirely accurate, but he’s so prolific and has worked with so many musicians, it’s hard to downplay his influence. For this project, he seems to have intentionally recruited Chicago players in their late 20s, which is unusual. I think he wanted to attempt to bring a different energy to this project, and it sure has. There was a moment in the concert last night where Vandermark, stopped playing his sax, and looked over with pride at the rest of the bands two guitars, drums and keyboard as they just fucking tore the house down. I really recommend this band if you’re interested in something. This is their older album, because the new one isn’t up yet.

Deafheaven – Ordinary Corrupt Human Love. Deafheaven is a post rock band that takes elements from black and death metal to form a fairly atmospheric and brighter version of those genres. That seems absurd to say, but it’s important to make a distinction between what Deafheaven is doing and what they’re not doing. At anyrate, I didn’t really pay them any mind up to now, but I listened to a few tracks of this this morning, and really liked it.

Cruel Diagonals – Disambiguation. I had never heard of this band until today, but was struck by the title of the album, because that’s an important concern in metadata work, so its a term I use quite often. Anyway, this doesn’t have anything to do with libraries. It’s pretty good though. It’s a sort of atmospheric drone with wordless female vocals thing.

Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch (header image) –Époques. Besides the Marker, this might be my favorite release of the week. It’s classified as a classical release, though that’s pretty misleading. It’s still somewhat in the pop realm, in terms of the approach, though the instrumentation and sound could be construed as classical. Regardless, it’s a beautiful collection of varied sounds. Warm and stunning. The label hasn’t released this on its bandcamp page for some reason. So I’m just going to include the bandcamp link and not embed it (because I can’t). I’m listening on Google Play, but I’ll embedd a Spotify link: