As if we weren’t psyched enough for Panda Bear‘s set in Dallas tonight, today we are #blessed with the first seemingly official Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper-related thing to be released so far, via the new PB vs. GR site: a new mixtape, I think? Pretty sure it’s a mixtape, with short previews from the new album hidden in the mix. Panda Bear headlines GvsB IV tonight at the Granada Theater, with SOPHIE, Ejecta, Doss & Blues Control. See you there!
Here’s a nice welcome change of pace from the stuff we’ve been posting around here lately: “After Dawn” is an achingly pretty folk gem from NY’s Kayla Cohen, aka Itasca, taken from her warm and beautiful new LP of home recordings, Unmoored By The Wind. Don’t let Vogue‘s Lana Del Rey comparison throw you off; Unmoored is more reminiscent of one of the most haunting and intimate records ever, Sibylle Baier‘s lost early ’70s bedroom folk masterpiece Colour Green. Between this and the new Grouper record, our “pensive autumn evenings 2014″ soundtrack is pretty much all set (a new Jessica Pratt album would also be accepted). Unmoored By The Wind is out October 14 on Matt Mondanile‘s New Images label.
[taken from Mr. Twin Sister, out September 23]
“Recorded pretty simply, with a portable 4-track, Sony stereo mic and an upright piano. When I wasnʼt recording songs I was hiking several miles to the beach. The path wound through the ruins of several old estates and a small village.
The album is a document. A nod to that daily walk. Failed structures. Living in the remains of love. I left the songs the way they came (microwave beep from when power went out after a storm); I hope that the album bears some resemblance to the place that I was in.” — Liz Harris on Ruins
After listening to the new Grouper album in the dark 4 times in a row, it’s apparent that Liz Harris recording on an upright piano during a storm in Portugal is about as devastating as it gets. Ruins is out on Halloween 2014 via Kranky, with an edition of 500 self-released, letterpressed LPs coming on Harris’ own Yellow Electric. Listen to the yearning, lovesick “Call Across Rooms“:
Our heroine EJECTA stars in the lovely, Emir Eralp-directed visuals for gorgeous Dominae highlight “Silver“, which happens to be the first song Leanne Macomber & Joel Ford ever worked on together. In other news, some dude is attempting to force the group to stop using the EJECTA name; help her choose a new one, then catch the artist formerly known as EJECTA this Friday night in Dallas at GvsB IV with Panda Bear, SOPHIE, Doss, and Blues Control.
Psyched to premiere the latest from one of our favorite new bands, Madrid’s DEERS, taken from the now four-piece group’s forthcoming 7″ single. The slinky “Castigadas en el granero” — which looks like it goes off live — officially makes DEERS 3 for 3, and further highlights the supernatural chemistry between Carlotta Cosials and Ana Garcia Perrote, as well as their seemingly effortless knack for crafting charming, infectiously ramshackle (but always deceptively tight) garage pop jams. The BARN 7″ is out on November 3 via Lucky Number / Mom + Pop: