In our latest podcast we head straight into the danger zone…of completely blown expectations. The gang takes on Neuroplasticity, the latest from “doom soul” purveyor Cold Specks, and the results aren’t quite what Kevin expected. PLUS! All of the Sturgill Simpson gushing this week isn’t over, as Kevin and Adam recall Simpson’s barn-burning performance at the legendary Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria, VA. All of this and brand new way to get in touch with us to reward those who stick with us to the end of Episode 78 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast.
SOUNDS LIKE: Lord Huron, John Vanderslice, and, obviously, José Gonzalez
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: The band’s 2010 release, Fields, was an acoustic/chillwave masterpiece
Odds are good you’ve heard José Gonzalez’s fantastic tenor and perfectly plucked nylon strings at some point, whether you know it or not. Whether covering The Knife in a commercial for Sony, contributing that same acoustic skill to British Duo Zero 7, or even while you were crossing the border into Mexico in Red Dead Redemption, Gonzalez’s music seems to pop up everywhere, and that’s a good thing. The Swedish-Argentine Gonzalez has reassembled the trio Junip, which he recently described as “somewhere between a German jazz band and an African pop band,” for a self-titled follow-up to the spectacular Fields. The band has released the first single from the record, “Line of Fire,” in which Gonzalez’s quiet guitar is eventually overpowered by an orchestral wall of sound. It portends great things for the full album, which will be released this spring.
SOUNDS LIKE: Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Brian Eno, Wink
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: The truth is these Liars are no joke in their latest electronic exploration
Although it didn’t really take off the way skeptics thought it may at the beginning of the millennium, electronic music is still rather fluent in the indie world. After making two albums of more straightforward, guitar driven songs, Liars decided to cleanse their palette. The result was this summer’s WIXIW, an album full of songs with Kid A mannerisms that were a fresh breath of air to the ears of music fans everywhere.
Off the heels of WIXIW, Liars contributed a brand new song to the annual Adult Swim Singles Program. “Pistols” is a song full of hyperactive elements: an intense loop holds the listener entranced as the other pieces of this puzzle fade in one by one. By the time it’s all together on the table, it’s the stabs of a dog’s bark penetrating its way through. Angus Andrew’s vocals, still as murky and buried as ever, droll on but it’s all about the music. The beats, all club fueled and trip ladened, is some of the finest this band has yet to produce giving hope that Liars will stay on this electronic course for the years to come.