Young bucks squeezing out some feelings, old ducks luring us into the cold caves of despair, with stop-offs in the three most significant cultural capitals of the music world — Copenhagen, Chippendale and Compton.
APES - Strange Tastes
The last time we checked in with APES we commented that the Melbourne band were "right on the edge". Consider this the one that pushes them over that cliff-top extremity. Continuing with that weak metaphorical connection, "Strange Tastes" is a track that both aggressively flaps it's wings and glides effortlessly, complimenting every choked moment of angst with a harmonious sway. Two very different attack methods, but both equally effective, combining to create a track that sounds both unpredictably free and yet powered by unwavering determination.
Iceage - How Many
Danish punks, Iceage, recently tore through Australia on a quickfire publicity tour, leaving ears throbbing and jaws displaced in a few small clubs across the country. "How Many" is the latest preview from their forthcoming new album, Plowing Into the Field of Love, and while on the surface it might seem to exhibit a more controlled state with the injection of piano keys and bluntly delivery lyrics, these act merely as evolutionary extras to their core sound which, thankfully, continues to be anchored by it's "brutal punk" origins. Plowing Into the Field of Love is out locally next Friday (October 3) via Matador/Remote Control.
And - U Know Me
And is the new solo monikor of Dave Rennick, aka Dappled Dave from Sydney band Dappled Cities (Fly). Whilst Dappled are still very much a thing — currently working on album number five — Rennick has begun releasing his own synth-loaded side-tracks, considerably more forthright offerings than his band's most recent output. Debuting with the playful, strobe-loaded sing-a-long, "Boys", we now have the follow-up "U Know Me", a track that oscillates between effortlessly silky 80s disco and proudly triumphant pop, taking it's lead from the master of such moves, Donny Benet, who provides the track's magnificent wailing key solos. "U Know Me" is available now via iTunes.
Kendrick Lamar - i
The jury is still out on the positivity shift showcased on this new Kendrick track — his first in the lead-role since 2012 — but his lyrical prowess remains prominent and even in "full jiggy" mode (or however you choose to label this) he still casually drops linguistic lines that few others could do without becoming terribly tongue-tied — "they wanna say there's a war outside and a bomb in the street, And a gun in the hood and a mob of police, And a rock on the corner and a line full of fiends, And a bottle full of lean and a model on the scene". Lamar's new album, still untitled, is scheduled for release "before 2015".
Marianne Faithfull - Late Victorian Holocaust
Each sentence here is elongated, acting as the perfect entryway lure into the track's captivating soul. With lyrics penned by Nick Cave, this beautifully haunting song is the first offering from the legendary British singer's new album Give My Love To London, due out in early November.
And (Dave Rennick) photo by Daniel Boud.