This Week in the Mercury

Monday, February 3, 2014

Music Monday! Ghost to Falco, Aan, Towers & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 6:29 PM

It's never too late for Music Monday*!

*Well, unless it's Tuesday. Tuesday would be too late for Music Monday.

It's been a while since we've heard from Ghost to Falco and their splendid 2010 album Exotic Believers. The great news is that a new Ghost to Falco album is nigh, with Soft Shield due out April 10. Savvy Bandcampers, however, will note that the album is already available for streaming in full (go to Bandcamp to listen and pre-order). You can hear "Born to Win" right here, a jabby, firebrand rocker with frontman Eric Crespo backed by Aan's Reese Lawhon on bass and Bud Wilson sliding into the drum throne. (Aan fans take note: Lawhon and Wilson are all over Soft Shield.) Ghost to Falco play an album release show on April 11 at Bunk Bar with Aan and Sun Angle. That one's going to be huge.

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Hey, speaking of Aan—if you missed their killer record-release show on Saturday night at Mississippi Studios, it's time to get on the Amor Ad Nauseum wagon. Here to help is the Portland band's latest single, "Bubble Bath Bop," one of many highlights from their debut album (the aforementioned Amor Ad Nauseum), which comes out tomorrow on Party Damage. This song—which premiered on Impose along with an interview with Bud Wilson—displays a breezier side of the band, as well as their aptitude for creating sonic worlds worth exploring. Aan kick off their tour this week with stops at San Francisco's Noise Pop, Austin's South by Southwest, and Boise's Treefort festivals.
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From Aan to Anne, with the new track "Terms" from Anne's forthcoming album Pulling Chain. Here, Anne mastermind David Lindell explores the dark corners of the dancehall, with darkwave shade drawn over the ticking electronic beats and bulky synth lines. Once again, Anne's Pulling Chain comes out March 4 on Run for Cover.

Click the jump for more new music from Towers, Kevin Leigh Robinson, and the Memories!

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It doesn't take an army synths and guitars to get fully disoriented. Portland duo Towers do it with the simple, potent concoction of bass and drums, and their second album, II, is about to rumble roughshod over unsuspecting listeners. Here's the opening track, the fittingly titled "Hell"; it runs for 11:34, which was deliberate—look at that timing upside down. From a nightmarish "Shaft" 16th-note vamp to its continually collapsing, soot-choked smokestacks of sound, it's a ride that goes down to the very bottom, then keeps descending. II comes out digitally and on vinyl via the mighty Eolian Empire next week, on February 11. Towers perform a record release show this Friday night, February 7, at East End with Order of the Gash and Left Blank.
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Kevin Leigh Robinson—formerly of Viva Voce and Blue Giant, currently of Electric Ill and King Tarahumara—released his first solo single under his own name, the paranoid, funky bumper "Won't Let Me Sleep." This one has summer-heat insomnia all over it (despite it being the dead of winter in these parts): twisted and sweaty bedsheets, zooming racing thoughts, that buzzing light down the street that never goes out. Robinson recorded this breakup song on cassette 4-track and "water pump," performing all the parts himself.
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The Memories aren't really a Portland band anymore—at least, not 100 percent. The Gnar Tapes stalwart's rhythm section is still here, but Rikky Gage and Kyle Handley (also of White Fang) have gone south to California. Perhaps as a sort of farewell, or at least a "to be continued" card until the Memories' next episode, the group dropped a 7-inch last week, and here's the A-side, the lovely, harmony-laden, super quick "Into the Heat of the Night." Keep listening for "Johnson Creek," another gentle, nostalgic strummer and a fond goodbye.

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