It is a couple of years since the US alt-rock outfit Parquet Courts last featured.
Towards the end of last month Parquet Courts released their latest LP, the nine track Monastic Living.
As is their inimitable style, songs on the album range from forty five seconds to four hundred and seventy nine. The opener – No, No, No! runs for seventy one seconds of self parody. Uniquely, this is the only track, on Monastic Living with vocal as the LP finds Parquet Courts in a more experimental mood in a release that features few rock structures though plenty of expansive drone.
When introduced in January 2014 the Canadian indie-rock band The Maysides were a trio – now a quartet with the addition of Kenny Holt (Guitar).
Last month The Maysides released the six track LP Loved And Lost, the penultimate of which is Bucket List.
Bucket List is an intriguing number as the opening refrain is indie rock based before quick stepping into a moonstomp Ska, prior to reverting back to indie rock. Given the disparity one may feel this would sound disjointed, however the ska element emerges as an elaborate and for me particularly enjoyable bridge, which of course I would have preferred to have lasted longer, but The Maysides are not a Ska band, they are however very good at what they do – high octane indie-rock.
Schizo Fun Addict and The Bordellos – both from the underground rock the former from USA the latter England – released the split LP Kassette on the 24th of November.
Schizo Fun Addict / The Bordellos
For those of longer stay, in what is in danger of becoming an annual event, the alt-rock band Schizo Fun Addict and the agit-rock trio The Bordellos have put together another split release. On this occasion the twenty two track album – Kassette.
The shortest track by Schizo Fun Addict on the album – The Pale Horse – running at precisely sixty seconds is a thumper of a number as it collapses into its own galloping pace.
By The Bordellos – Temperature Drop resonates of the escarpment of consternations in their angular perspective of the world.
Cross Record is the US ethereal rock project centred around Emily Cross who are due to release the LP – Wabi-Sabi on the 29th of January 2016.
Cross Record – Wabi-Sabi – artwork
The fourth of the nine tracks – High Rise – splinters into the room in fragmentation before reforming to a forlorn minimalist shape that slowly circumnavigates the listener in a chilling hue of guitars and synthetics whilst the percussion stamps out a path of circumspection over which an almost mythical vocal shimmers above the circling outline. The track only lasts for one hundred and eighty seconds, but life stands stock still for the duration and extracts much from the subconscious in such a brief number of ticks of the second-hand.
Not music to play just before planning a restful nights sleep, but most certainly to add the playlist for contemplative mood.
Luka Fisher is a US primitive-drone creator and better known as a video and visual art creator.
Luka Fisher – Black Hair – on Seditionart
As part of the Silber Records five in five series Luka released his début EP Sleep Gallery (which is available on bandcamp).
For those not of longer stay, Silber Records is a label who feature regularly and the five in five series are five track EPs forming five minutes of music, split between tracks as the creator deems appropriate and demanding the musician pare everything to basics to fit the exacting running time of the release.
The fourth of the five tracks is As You Slip Away – a piece resonating of the wildest nightmares.