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April 29, 2013 | by  | in Arts Music | [ssba]

The Downlow

Hello! Welcome back to another six weeks amongst ‘the best’ (rabbit-quotes intentional)! The forthcoming half-trimester offers not only a chance for you to drastically overhaul your study habits and increase productivity by 110 per cent—there is also a plethora of musical goodness heading your way soon. Here at Salient, we felt it was our duty to make you aware of the most notable of these releases so you too can remain on the button, and enter the upper echelons of music snobbery.

Deerhunter – Monomania

Well technically it’s already leaked, ahem. Not that I’d know anything about that, mind you! In any event, the manic group fronted by the marvellous Bradford Cox (more like Bradford Rox!) promise an album full of ‘very avant-garde nocturnal garage’. If I’d heard it ahead of time I would make the claim that this is a very astute self-assessment. UPDATE: AS OF 25/04/2013 MONOMANIA IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR LEGAL STREAMING THAT’S HOW I HEARD IT I SWEAR.

Savages – Silence Yourself

100 per cent female-made post-punk straight from the grubby slums of London, bruv. Think Siouxsie Sioux and the Banshees.

Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

Preview tracks ‘Diane Young’ and ‘Step’ have justifiably generated buzz for the third album by these indie stalwarts. Fingers crossed for a suite of songs that explain the correct use of a semicolon.

The National – Trouble Will Find Me

Three years after being carried to Ohio by a swarm of bees, The National are making a graceful return to the spotlight with a much-anticipated new album. Not completely related, but they’re also playing their track ‘Sorrow’ for six hours straight at MoMA on 5 May, possibly in an attempt to prove the old adage ‘what doesn’t emotionally cripple you forever makes you stronger’. A question this reporter has: what if one of them wants a coffee or needs the bathroom or something? Hard-hitting journalism. Having heard the two officially released preview tracks (‘Demons’ and ‘Don’t Swallow the Cap’) as well as the handful that have been played live, if this isn’t in my top three albums of the year I will eat not just my hat but every fedora that the Science students at Vic own. That’s a lot of polyester.

Queens of the Stone Age  …Like Clockwork

About fucking time, Homme. Also features Dave Grohl in his rightful place behind the kit instead of the mic (Nirvana > Foo Fighters 4eva).

Sigur Rós – Kveikur

The acclaimed post-rock band may be terrible interviewees (type ‘Sigur Rós awkward’ into YouTube) but they’re damn fine musicians.

Little Boots – Nocturnes

The NME darling who has been favourably compared to Florence + the Machine and Lady Gaga intersperses electronic, synth-laden influences with some funkadelic vocals.

Latinaotearoa – Sondido

Fresh off the presses! This New Zealand trio dabbles in ‘Latin-funk, soul, hip-hop and jazz’ and their palpable eclecticism makes for endlessly refreshing listening. Plus you’ll get to feign cultural awareness through its runtime.

Oren Ambarchi, Keiji Hanio and Jim O’Rourke – Now While It’s Still Warm Let Us Pour All the Mystery

A follow-up to last years’ Imikuzushi, a twisted psychological experiment which recorded the effects of locking up two deranged Noise guitarists and a free-jazz drummer in the same room for three days. Shit will probably get abrasive, but for those of you who favour the unusual and the esoteric this is one to nab.


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