While Mount Wittenberg Orca was quietly self-released in digital format in 2010, the EP finally received a CD and vinyl release this week, through Domino Records. Last year, the musical partnership between Björk and Dirty Projectors was something no one really expected. But it just makes sense. They both create unconventional music with unique vocals that pushes boundaries. Take Björk’s Medulla, and Dirty Projectors’ The Getty Address for example. You won’t hear anything like them. Put the two together and you get something truly special. Perhaps because of its official label release, Mount Wittenberg Orca will draw more attention this time around.
Check out “On and Ever Onward” from Mount Wittenberg Orca.
Chairlift is a synth-pop act based in Brooklyn, New York. In recent years, they’ve been featured in an iPod commercial, and were nominated for an MTV Video Music Award, yet they still remain fairly unknown in the music world. The duo, made up of Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly, are set to release their second album Something in late January. After a brief tour with James Blake, Chairlift have revealed their latest single “Sidewalk Safari.” It’s set to open their upcoming album. Check it out below.
In 2010, the band’s future was unclear after original member Aaron Pfenning left in order to pursue a solo career. But Polacheck and Wimberly decided to go on without him, and returned in the summer to release their single “Amanaemonesia.” Chairlift have been on a roll ever since.
In UFO folklore, a Big Black Delta is a massive triangular aircraft. There have been sightings of these mysterious ships since the 1980’s, even by Dan Akroyd himself. Yes, Ray the Ghostbuster. It’s true. Recently, a certain Big Black Delta has been seen in LA night clubs. This one isn’t from outer space, but it makes music that’s been considered “otherworldly” to those California club goers.
In this case, “it” is the drum and synth heavy project from Jonathan Bates, perhaps better known as the bassist and vocalist of Mellowdrone. While Bates caters to a lofi indie-rock crowd with Mellowdrone, his solo project gives him the opportunity to experiment with a darker electronic sound. Big Black Delta’s latest single “Betamax” is the perfect representation of his new venture. Check it out below.
In a live setting, Bates moves around the stage like a young Iggy Pop, and is accompanied by two female drummers. Big Black Delta’s music has been appropriately compared to electronic acts like The Knife and M83. The latter even worked with him on the “Fall” remix, featured on Daft Punk’s Tron Legacy R3CONF1GUR3D. BBDLP1, the aptly titled debut album of Bate’s goth solo project was released last month, and can be downloaded here. The LP’s stand out track, “Huggin And Kissin”, can be streamed below.