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Keep reading for 10 songs to camp out and stargaze to, courtesy of Gerald Hammill and Other Music—a New York City-based record shop specializing in underground, rare and experimental music.
New York record store Other Music (15 E 4th St, NYC) is curating a selection of new releases this week at the GQ & Nordstrom Men’s Shop. Hear more of Other Music’s favorite records here and here.
WILD NOTHING, Nocturne (Captured Tracks) “Wild Nothing’s 2010 debut, Gemini, was able to break loose from the boutique-label holding pen because the textures and scope of Jack Tatum’s songwriting had ‘major league’ written all over it, but that album was recorded quickly and cheaply on laptop computers. For his follow-up, Tatum trades up to a proper recording studio (for at least some of the tracking), and the result is a sound that is warm and dusky.
“Singles like ‘Shadow’ and ‘Nocturne’ are more sparsely orchestrated than anything on Gemini, and Tatum achieves lush textures without hundreds of synth or guitar overdubs. For guitar tones, he raids the road cases of ’80s arena rockers, with echo and chorus pedals cranked all the way up to replicate The Edge and pretty much every song ever recorded by The Church
“Each tune fades in and fades out, entering and exiting gracefully—the technique recalling the waxing and waning of the moon, an image that is evoked on the album’s cover. Wild Nothing’s songs champion romanticism in sound as well as aesthetic, and the marriage of the two on Nocturne is just about perfect. Tatum is the king of the paisley new-wave pack.”
—Michael Stasiak for Other Music
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New York record store Other Music (15 E 4th St, NYC) is curating a selection of new releases this week at the GQ & Nordstrom Men’s Shop. Check back soon for more notes on Other Music’s favorite records.
SHINTARO SAKAMOTO, How to Live with a Phantom (Other Music Recording Co) “Following the demise of his powerhouse Tokyo psych-rock combo Yura Yura Teikoku (a band who had worked their way up from underground cult status to chart-topping festival headliners in Japan) comes the solo debut from Shintaro Sakamoto, released on Other Music’s new record imprint.
“On How to Live with a Phantom, Sakamoto channels an era and sound from 1970s Japan that’s often referred to as ‘city pop’—a sophisticated, cosmopolitan blend that fuses loping, stoned grooves straight out of a Meters or Little Feat album with a hint of country soul, glazed with a hearty helping of sun-soaked breeze that nods to everything from Van Dyke Parks and Buffalo Springfield to Ned Doheny and Steely Dan.
“As sunny and groovy as the album sounds in vibe, the song topics are a whole other ballgame, with Sakamoto’s dark-hued lyrics (full English translation included) dealing with death and despair, but more so in learning how to reconcile those emotions and struggles. It is, quite simply, a hugely impressive debut outing for Sakamoto as a solo artist, and one which proves his skills as a songwriter, arranger, and producer.”
—Mikey IQ Jones for Other Music
Buy How to Live with a Phantom by Shintaro Sakamoto at OtherMusic.com— and sign up for Other Music’s weekly email update, featuring the staff’s favorite new releases and reissues, concert-ticket giveaways and more.
New York record store Other Music (15 E 4th St, NYC) is curating a selection of new releases this week at the GQ & Nordstrom Men’s Shop. We’ll be posting notes on Other Music’s favorite records right here, all week long. Check back soon for more.
NUDE BEACH, II (Other Music Recording Co) “Brooklyn-by-way-of-Long-Island trio Nude Beach plays rootsy pub-rock with precision and ferocity. The records they’ve listened to and love bleed through the speakers, with chords and words that wink and nod toward the last 50 years of pop-minded rock music, and a deep affection for artists like Elvis Costello & the Attractions, Big Star, Bruce Springsteen, the Replacements, Tom Petty and the couldn’t-care-less-itude of the Exploding Hearts.
“What all of these artists have in common is that they make truly great rock-and-roll music, which is actually pretty tough to do. One difficulty comes from two opposing forces that the audience expects: You have to both mean it (sincerity), and you have to not give a damn (attitude). Most rock bands can only muster one or the other, so when both forces meet and explode, it makes for something unique and powerful. II is both heartfelt and full of piss and vinegar, and damn if it doesn’t feel like something really special. Obviously—I mean, we released it on the Other Music Recording Co label.”
—Michael Stasiak for Other Music
Buy II by Nude Beach at OtherMusic.com—and sign up for Other Music’s weekly email update, featuring the staff’s favorite new releases and reissues, concert-ticket giveaways and more.