I had heard the band would be getting back together to perform at Coachella, but I was unaware that they were performing anymore dates than the two scheduled out in Indio for the festival. Apparently they performed last night in Austin as part of a three show Texas warm up for their festival dates here and abroad throughout the summer. It’s really hard to pick a favorite from their masterpiece album Relationship of Command, but I always really loved “Invalid Litter Dept.”. It’s not as aggressive as most of the rest of the album, but it’s just as heavy and dark as any other song, and definitely foreshadowed the direction The Mars Volta would take after the split up of At The Drive-In. It was definitely the missing link between the more punk driven sound of ATDI and the more progressive, Pink Floyd influenced sound singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala and lead guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez hoped to achieve with The Mars Volta. You can read and watch a synopsis of last night’s show here, courtesy of Consequence Of Sound.
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Sorry I’ve been absent for the last 5 days. To continue from last week’s theme and begin a transition towards a related style, today’s video comes from Baths. The 22 year old LA artist produces a heady mix of ambient layered electronic music propelled by choppy, hip-hop beats. I find him to be the link between chillwave artists and the beat music made popular by Low End Theory parties in the LA underground. Watch the haunting video for “Lovely Bloodflow” below, it’s from Baths’ debut album Cerulean which was released in the summer of 2010 on LA based indie label Anticon. From here, we’ll touch upon a few artists in the Brainfeeder crew, also from LA, that are pushing a similar aesthetic coming from a more overtly hip-hop influenced background.
Neon Indian is often cited as another leader in the glo-fi/chillwave movement. He’s taken his second full length album, Era Extrana, in a more dance pop direction. To his credit the new material retains the trippy essence that linked his debut album, Psychic Chasms, with fellow luminaries Washed Out and Toro Y Moi. Watch the cyber themed video for “Polish Girl” below.
Here is a follow up to Thursday’s post. This song from Darker My Love at first listen seems morose compared to the fuzzy, sun-drenched “Summer Is Here”, but it is embedded with a subtle dose of optimism that really connects. Watch “Two Ways Out” below. Thanks to SXSW for not disabling the ‘Embed’ function.