EP: Hate Music Last Time Delete
Genre: Synth-Pop/Art Rock/Post-Punk/Glam Rock
Music fans have unfortunately been subjected to this ridiculous idea that “Rock is dead” from many music publications. Of course, that is completely absurd. The countless “Indie Rock” bands, “Post-Punk” bands, “Metal” bands, and “Garage Rock” bands all continue to breathe life into a vague term like “Rock.” An emerging scene that is completely enthralling and continues to disprove “Rock” naysayers is the South London scene. A scene that consists of up and coming bands such as “Goat Girl,” “Sorry,” “Hotel Lux,” the already revered “Shame,” and a unique as Hell band that goes by the name of “HMLTD.” What separates this band from their contemporaries is their huge ambition to incorporate elements of just about any damn genre that resonates with them, and like many of the greats, this leads to the band being impossible to categorize. This 6 piece band have been at it for a few years now, releasing ambitious single after ambitious single. The band have garnered a huge following of music fans who yearn to hear something new and innovative, but one question remains, and that question is “When the Hell are they going to release a full-length album?!” Well, we still don’t have a full-length, but we have been gifted a new E.P. by the band titled Hate Music Last Time Delete to satisfy our hunger. This E.P. opens with without a doubt the band’s most accessible song yet. Incorporating modern production that leans toward a “Trap” flavor, “Pictures Of You” might sound trendy on the surface with it’s catchiness and dramatic building up of the chorus, but the subject matter is far from friendly. It’s dark, but it is completely relatable in this Internet age we live in that is driven by social media. Lead singer Henry Spychalski sings from the point of view of someone addicted to pleasuring himself to photos of others on social media, and as much as this is a detailing of one’s shameful addiction, it’s also an important commentary on the loss of privacy thanks to everyone’s willingness to post photos of themselves online. Oh yeah, and if this isn’t dark enough for you, there’s also an even more disturbing music video to reflect this dark reality. The following track “Proxy Love” finds the band getting weirder but their attention to “Pop” structure keeps the band from going off into the deep end. This track is zany, it’s odd, it’s glamorous, and it features everything we’ve grown to love about the band from their previous singles. As bizarre as this track is, the “Synth-Pop” dominance and catchy vocal structures present to us how “Pop” music can have substance, and that’s one of the many reasons why this band is brilliant, their attention to catchiness. Their fearlessness to create a catchy chorus even after their descent into musical madness is immensely impressive. The following tracks “Mannequin” and “Apple of My Eye” carry a similar vibe, but this four track E.P. is far from being one-dimensional. The guitar riffs are very reflective of “Post-Punk.” The synth lines are laden with 80’s Glam, and the vocals heavily reflect “Goth” acts such as “Christian Death” or “Virgin Prunes.” The lyrical content doesn’t bombard the listener with hard to decipher metaphors, instead it’s blatantly obvious that these songs deal with self-love, addiction, and even the feeling of being in love with a mannequin and wishing it could do the things a living being can do (I hope Frank Zito was an inspiration.) Just four tracks in length, this E.P. proves that “HMLTD” are without a doubt the most intriguing band at the moment, and this is only the beginning of what may be a fruitful legacy.
Written By: Steven Sandoval
UK band “HMLTD” will release their debut E.P. Hate Music Last Time Delete on July 6th, and following their stunning lead single “Pictures of You,” the band have released another track off the E.P. titled “Proxy Love.” The dance ready “Synth-Pop” heavy track is an infectious anthem about loving yourself, and it is addictive. There is also a fantastic music video to accompany it. You can watch the video below:
Gorillaz will release their new album The Now Now next week, and the animated band have dropped quite a bit of singles promoting the album. Now they have released yet another track off the upcoming album, and this one features Snoop Dogg and “House” producer Jamie Principle. You can watch the video for the new track “Hollywood” below:
It was announced last week that Gorillaz will release a new album titled The Now Now on June 29th. Following their previously released tracks “Humility” and “Lake Zurich,” the band have released another new track off the album titled “Sorcererz.” You can listen to the track below:
Baltimore’s own serpentwithfeet will release his debut album soil this week, and it’s looking like this album may be the most innovative “R&B” album in years. Following the hauntingly beautiful single “cherubim,” serpentwithfeet has released another new track off the album titled “seedless.” You can listen to it below:
After a string of incredible singles that pushed the boundaries of Post-Punk, Art Rock, Experimental Music, Pop, Art Pop, Electronic Music, and whatever the Hell else they feel like making, South London band “HMLTD” have garnered quite the following, a following of fans who have patiently waited for a full-length album. Well, we won’t be getting a full-length just yet, but the band will release a five track E.P. titled Hate Music Last Time Delete on July 6th. The band have also released a new track off the upcoming E.P. titled “Pictures Of You,” and it’s also got a pretty disturbing music video to accompany it. You can watch the video below:
Artist: of Montreal
Album: White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood
Genre: Electronic/Synthpop/Experimental Pop
The very prolific Kevin Barnes and his extensive discography under his “of Montreal” project is a lot to digest. This body of work is rich in eclecticism and it draws from numerous genres, but the most prominent influence has always been “Psychedelic Pop” very reminiscent of the 60’s. There’s even a bit of Syd Barrett worship at times, and though this may be a bit of a distraction, the intrigue of where Barnes will go next has never waned. Once again on the band’s 15th studio album White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood, their sound has shifted into another unexpected direction. Inspired by 1980’s-style extended dance mixes this album goes in a very synth-heavy and danceable direction with four to the floor beats, groovy funk-filled basslines, and layers on top of layers of confusing and at times discombobulating sound textures. Oh yeah, there’s a lot going on, and Barnes and co. truly sound like they’re having fun. Especially Barnes who sounds a bit too happy to be singing about themes such as misanthropy, body dysmorphia, and being a loyal pervert, but nonetheless the band is having fun. The thing is, more often than not these songs feel too cluttered and a bit too reliant on production techniques, which takes a lot away from the enjoyability of this album. There’s enough proof that the band can succeed at the sound they’re going for but the damaging factors that make themselves front and center such as the clutter and Barnes’ goofy vocal delivery make this album insufferable for the most part, but when this album works, it’s a whole lot of fun. “Paranoiac Intervals/Body Dysmorphia” is a fun “House” dominated track with a catchy as Hell chorus with plenty of sing-a-long-able “Fuck fuck fucks!” The track “Writing the Circles/Orgone Tropics” is drony and hypnotic but with infectious percussion that will have you moving while you trip, and one of the main reasons why this track works so well is that the vocals aren’t as obnoxious as they are on the rest of the album, and that is another damaging factor. Yes there is a lot of great music that is obnoxious, but this album obnoxiously flaunts it’s massive amounts of cringe, and the majority of this cringe lies in the lyrics. With words like “Every person is a pussy, every pussy is a star,” or “Fucked in your driveway, in your driveway,” one can’t help but want to turn the shit off. An album from a band this inspired shouldn’t have those moments, but unfortunately it does, but this album isn’t a complete failure. The band knows how to make “Electronic” music quite well, and if they continue to go down this path but improve on this album’s misfires then we could witness a successful reinvention of “of Montreal.” One thing is for sure, that intrigue still hasn’t died.
Written By: Steven Sandoval