Even when “on hiatus” and working on a side project, John Dwyer and his band of misfits managed to pull off another solid product made special for Record Store Day. Drop has less of the psychedelic raveups we have come to expect from Thee Oh Sees. Instead, look for touches of Baroque and British Invasion infiltrating the sonic mess as the album plays to a sweetened finish.
The post-rock wave may be reach another high point with this new outfit working out of Brooklyn. The reference bands like Slint and June Of 44 while adding some ambient synth to keep the sound fresh and singular.
It has taken a 10 year career of singles and remixes to finally inspire a full length album for this Scandinavian prince of deep house. On It’s Album Time he covers many shades of influence from the smoothest of lounge to the slickest of techno. It would be a hot mess of ADHD if he did not bring it all together so well.
Protomartyr - Under Color of Official Right Out Now
Detroit has long been one of the birthplaces of punk, but it is a rare place to find an outfit as strongly influenced by post-punk as Protomartyr. There are the tight angles of early Wire combined with the low croon of Echo and The Bunnymen. Look to later in the year for more complete tour dates as this album beings to get the attention it deserves.
The brooding ache found on Timber Timbre’s third album for Arts & Crafts envelopes like fog, suffocating the will to breathe fresh air. Every track has a smoky and seedy tone, like a David Lynch film fronted by Nick Cave. The songs from this Toronto-based band grab you in a loving stranglehold, seducing as it wrestles you to submission.