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Monday, October 21, 2013

Music Monday! The Maliblue Moons, Anne, Melville & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Miss Misery, it's Music Monday.

Let's start things on a romantically wistful note: Here is the Maliblue Moons, a band that sort of does not actually exist, sort of. It's actually Eric D. Johnson of the Fruit Bats and Oregon-based producer extraordinaire Richard Swift tumbling backward through time and space by way of the recording studio. The vintage-sounding track is a contribution to the soundtrack for the short film It's Not You, It's Me, directed by Matt Spicer and starring Gillian Jacobs and Rob Huebel. Check out another ghostly Maliblue Moons jam here.

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Anne has a new EP titled Jerusalem out later this month on Run for Cover Records, and here's the closing track, the disorienting but danceable "Blonde Men." With hard electronic beats and a synthesized patina, it's the sound of Anne going further into goth-dance-electronic territory, and farther away from the ribbons of shoegazey guitar that characterized their earlier work. According to their Facebook page, Anne apparently has some shows scheduled in Switzerland, but no local hometown shows posted right now.
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Melville's fine new six-song EP Maquette comes out this week, and here's a track from it (check out the previously posted "Forked Tongue" here). This is a growling heartland rocker with an overcast mood; its raw theme of "pictures are lies" will break the heart of many an Instagrammer. Melville play a release show for Maquette this Thursday, October 24 at Mississippi Studios.

More Music Monday after the jump, including Nick Delffs, Lord Dying, Those Willows, Wild Ones remixed by DoublePlusGood, and Shy Girls remixed by Elysian Field!

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A new track from Nick Delffs (Death Songs, Tiburones) popped up recently, and it's a tuneful, golden-hued number with hints of gospel and a percussion track that reminds me of the beginning of Simon and Garfunkel's "Cecilia." Characteristic of Delffs, it's a raw but majestically compelling track, despite not having a name (yet). It comes from an EP of home-recorded songs; here more at Post-Consumer Records' Bandcamp page.
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The bonus track from Lord Dying's new album Summon the Faithless can be heard on Noisey (and here, as well). There's a quick Q&A over there which is pretty funny, in which the band's Chris Evans namedrops Yes' lumbering "The Gates of Delirium" as the best makeout jam of all time. (The album it comes from, 1974's Relayer, is the greatest Yes album of all time and I can fight you if you believe otherwise.)
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Not trying to give you stylistic whiplash, but here's the polar opposite of what you just heard. It's the lovely closing track from Those Willows' new Existential Folks EP. "I Feel Younger" is a breezy, calm, comely track—also perhaps making the most of a "Cecilia"-style percussion backdrop—and showcases the winning vocals of Melissa Tarter and Jack Wells. They perform a CD release show this Wednesday at Kelly's Olympian.
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This inventive remix of Wild Ones' "From Nothing" comes from DoublePlusGood, turning the sunny track into something Vangelis-like, a contemplative, widescreen track with twinges of nostalgia. Over on Impose, DoublePlusGood's Erik Carlson says of the remix, "I wanted to make the mix feel like it was in slow motion, kind of a sort of '80s movie slow fantasy scene, soft lens and smoke, so I could make the hook feel even longer. I got the idea to record the mix at double the speed and pitch, slow it down, and then lay Danielle’s vocals back on top of it. I really liked the effect, super ethereal and dreamy."
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We'll end today with another remix: Elysian Field takes on Shy Girls' "Still Not Falling," a rework of a track from the upcoming Shy Girls EP Timeshare. Elysian Field—AKA Scott Magee—has fleshed out the track's stark, melancholy sound with a brighter energy, while still leaving the pleasing elements of Shy Girls' original track in full definition. Shy Girls play a release show this Thursday, October 24, at Holocene.

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