Introducing: Boy Harsher

Northampton, MA duo Boy Harsher have just dropped a heady new dark disco track. Taken from their new EP which comes out on Ascetic House on Oct 27th, “Motion” is all vast, industrial beats, arpeggiated synths and haunting vocals. Cinematic & evocative, intoxicating and absolutely dancefloor-ready.

UUUU – Verlagerung, Verlagerung, Verlagerung

I’ve fallen in love with some more weird noise, courtesy of Wire’s Graham Lewis (I was banging on about one of his projects from the 80s the other day here). Now he, Matthew Simms (Wire, It Hugs Back), Valentina Magaletti (Tomaga, The Oscillation) and Thighpaulsandra (Coil, Spiritualized) and have made some really glorious ambient meanderings under the name UUUU, which are to be released in October on Editions Mego.

They posted this track online yesterday and I think I’ve listened to it about 8 times already. Cool.

 

Anna von Hausswolff x Wolves in the Throne Room

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Anna von Hausswolff is a true artist. She’s one of those musicians who is always creating, always doing things, and whose output is almost impossible to keep track of. Over the last couple of years, her creations have included a side-project with film composer Matti Bye under the name Hydras Dream, singing live for the Swedish National Opera‘s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, contributing to a book of children’s stories alongside Nick Cave & Tom Waits, putting out other people’s music on her label Pomperipossa Records, curating stages at festivals… That’s before we get onto her own music… her most recent album The Miraculous was closely followed by a whole new set written for her tour with Swans, not to mention various one-off pipe-organ compositions for special events.

Now, a brief break, some Instagram pictures of her in the studio with Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), Boris etc) and now THIS…. A vocal appearance on the epic new track from Wolves in the Throne Room.

 

Not really sure what to expect next, but I’m damn well looking forward to it.

Nadia Tehran – Life is Cheap, Death is Free

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Over the last couple of months, I’ve been completely addicted to Nadia Tehran’s EP ‘Life is Cheap, Death Is Free’. It came out last year so I’m a bit late to the party, but she just put out a new video which means I’m still allowed to talk about it like it’s new, right? Either way, this Swedish-Iranian’s debut is an important statement – it’s gutsy in a way that feels so needed right now.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how important music has always been in terms of communicating ideas/bridging divides away from government politics – especially throughout the last 100 years. I went to see a photography exhibition about the misrepresentation of Arabic women a few months back and it made a really strong impression on me, because it’s true – under the name of negatively interpreted “cultural differences” we are so casually fed this Imperial image of the passive Muslim woman, veiled and a victim. There are so many huge, huge problems with this. I’ll spare you the lecture, but the point is that Nadia Tehran is here to set us straight on a few things. I’m all for pop stars with stuff to say, bags of attitude and of course some damn tunes, and there looks to be no shortage of any of that here.

Listen to the full ‘Life Is Cheap, Death Is Free’ EP here.

Dälek – Echoes Of…

Dälek!!! I forgot about Dälek! I was totally obsessed with that record Gutter Tactics way back whenever, and Wiki tells me they’ve released 2 more since then which, I gotta be honest, I had no idea about. Pretty excited about rediscovering them today cos they combine some of my favourite influences – industrial/EBM, stoner metal, psych, shoegaze etc – with hip hop. Anyway, they just shared this new track and it is positively MURKY (and I mean that as a compliment):