Into the Gothy Darkness of Zola Jesus’ “Night”

Strong, haunting female vocals over a lush synthscape slowly percolating toward an epic finale. LA darksider Zola Jesus lays bare the cold feeling of isolation alongside the explosive power of a passion reaching critical mass.

Zola Jesus
“Night” (download mp3)
from “Stridulum – EP”
(Sacred Bones Records)
Night (play)

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And on the 13th Chime, you’ll know it’s time

13th Chime – “Two As A Couple” mp3

I posted 13th Chime‘s wonderful “Sarah’s Got A Chainsaw” last year and have purty much been in love with this long disbanded band of gothy Brits since. Behold the late 70’s mile long guitar reverb. Revel in the smudged eyeshadow sexy talky part. Gyrate to the rude pounding drum craziness but most of all, soak up the ever-so-English vocal dreaminess. Swooning in black lace as I return to “The Lost Album.”

13th Chime
“Two As A Couple” (mp3)
from “The Lost Album”
(Sacred Bones Records)

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Vermillion Sands – “Miss My Gun”

Not sure how to describe this incredible MP3, “Miss My Gun” from those Italian rockers, Vermillion Sands. It’s just gr8, and totally deserves a listen. It starts a little retro, but it ends with a modern flair.

Vermillion Sands
“Miss My Gun” (mp3)
from “Miss My Gun – EP”
(Sacred Bones Records)
Vermillion Sands – “Miss My Gun”
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Effi Briest spreads like Rhizomes in teh Interweb

Effi Briest – “Rhizomes” mp3

The beautiful and ethereal strains of Brooklyn’s Effi Briest waft through my house on this lazy Sunday morning, stretching and aspiring and taking root. “Rhizomes” is a patient work, sprawling over five and a half minutes like one of those movie sequences where the weather changing is sped up, shadows of clouds race up skyscrapers and mountains, and an old grandfather clocks spins the hours by in seconds. Taking their name from Theodor Fontane’s realist novel of social angst in 19th century Germany, this all female band is bound to have an intellectual take, but I’m glad to report that they also rock. The drum, bass, guitar and vocal performances are precise, thoughtful and passionate. Who writes songs about plant roots spreading and converging underground, sensually and gracefully? Effi Briest, my dears.

Effi Briest
“Rhizomes” (mp3)
from “Rhizomes”
(Sacred Bones Records)

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Vermillion Sands – “Miss My Gun” (mp3)

Vermillion Sands – Miss My Gun (play)

This must have been written by my long lost sister!!! I love it. Straight outta.. Treviso, Italy?? Why yes, Dorothy. Treviso’s Vermillion Sands rocks a sort of Americana death trip power pop. The guitar work is blistering, and the vocal is some bad kitteh business so mind your paws. I like how some of the best “American” music these days is coming from overseas. From their “Miss My Gun EP” on Sacred Bones Records, here is “Miss My Gun.” Hot.

Vermillion Sands
“Miss My Gun” (mp3)
from “Miss My Gun – EP”
(Sacred Bones Records)

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Rockin’ Out on Vermillion Sands

Vermillion Sands – “Miss My Gun” mp3

This must have been written by my long lost sister!!! I love it. Straight outta.. Treviso, Italy?? Why yes, Dorothy. Treviso’s Vermillion Sands rocks a sort of Americana death trip power pop. The guitar work is blistering, and the vocal is some bad kitteh business so mind your paws. I like how some of the best “American” music these days is coming from overseas. From their “Miss My Gun EP” on Sacred Bones Records, here is “Miss My Gun.” Hot.

Vermillion Sands
“Miss My Gun” (mp3)
from “Miss My Gun – EP”
(Sacred Bones Records)

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Exploring 13th Chime’s shimmering darkness

13th Chime – Sarah’s Got A Chainsaw

Enter at your own risk, “The Lost Album” by 13th Chime on Sacred Bones Records. “Sarah’s Got a Chainsaw” is not so much the bloodbath the title might suggest, but instead a raucous and beautifully recorded note from the grave from this driving goth-esq Texas band. Gr8 80’s flavored reverb’d out vocals bounce around on an urgent guitar bass and drum bed that hints of Joy Division, Gang Of Four and The Cramps. Superb.

13th Chime
“Sarah’s Got A Chainsaw” (mp3)
from “The Lost Album”
(Sacred Bones Records)

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