Friday, August 14, 2015

Fiver XIII - The Search For Spork

"Live long and stay in school."
Well. Haven't done one of these in a while.

Seeing how these Fiver music recommendations are one the hottest and more clamored-for features here on the good ol' Rocket Science Alliance weblog (and because I have nothing better to litter this space with), why not make this month's entry one of those?


That wish you didn't ask for is my command...

1. Beach House "Sparks"
From the album Depression Cherry
Sub Pop, 2015

The Baltimore spellgaze duo return with their new album, Depression Cherry, which will be out by the end of this month. While doing press, I'm sure some music journalist or another will latch onto these guys as if they too were in the band. Years later these sycophantic leaches will regale anyone who will listen at about that one time they chummed around with Victoria Legrand, getting drunk and belting out an impromptu version of  "Waterfalls" all over her. Fuckin' delusional music journalists!

2. Teen Daze "Morning World"
From the album Morning World
Paper Bag, 2015

As good as this languid and lush first single is, I can't help but wondering what all those little beep and boops at the start of this song sounded like before dazed teen mastermind (and he of the single name-having) Jameson diced 'em up, painted each individual grain different colors and scattered them all over the floor. I mean, what did that beautiful noodling at the beginning of this song sound like in its raw form? Pah! Like it's my place to ask (I can't take me anywhere). You do you, Teen Jamze. You do you.

3. Summer Twins "Demons"
From the album Limbo
Burger, 2015

So, I'm pretty sweet on Burger Records. Their Devil-may-care attitude, overflowing cassette output, and love/support of lo-fi goodness like Summer Twins here means this little record label that did has secured a permanent place in my heart. I mean, listen to this song. How fuckin' catching is this stuff? Really fuckin' catchy, if, so impressed are you, that words of praise have escaped you. And Burger has loads of this stuff waiting for you back at their place. What are you waiting for?!?

4. Swervedriver "Setting Sun"
From the album I Wasn't Born To Lose You
Cobraside, 2015

Long a staple of the 90's English shoegaze scene (whether they cared for that association or not), Swervedriver holds a special spot in my heart reserved for the crunchier, more controlled chaos brand of dreampop. So, I'm still scratching my head as to why I passed on seeing this them play the Doug Fir here in Portland when they glided through town. Maybe I thought the 16 years between their last release and this wouldn't find the Swervedriver I knew and loved in too good of shape. One listen to this record months after that show, however, and I realized exactly the sort of ignorant fool I indeed am.

5. Tame Impala "Let It Happen"
From the album Currents
Interscope, 2015

So, this band seems incapable of releasing a bad song...