How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Written by on September 18, 2013

The Festival season is over (thank you Olympia Experimental Music Festival and NOFEST for a great one!) The rain is back but there are great new experimental music releases to defend yourself with.

Kim Gordon and Bill Nace tear it apart in Coming Apart by Body/Head with 9 guitar driven highly original noise rock improvisations. Some parts of the pieces recall Gordon’s Sonic Youth contributions to Kill Your Idols and Confusion Is Sex, at least vocally. Definitely one of the best records of 2013. I have yet to play it on What’s This Called? and am chomping at the bit to do so this coming Saturday!

Similarly, I’m very excited to get to spin the newest from Iceland’s amazing Sigur Ros, Kveikur. This release is a bit more “noise pop” than previous forays from this ever recontextualizing band. None of the nine songs build up in the slower epic side of early Sigur Ros releases, but nore is this a straight up experimental album ala 2005’s Takk. These songs weave in and out of noisy and melodic in the span of a few short minutes. This creates an interestingly disjointing but still highly pleasurable listening experience.

Tomorrow’s Harvest by Boards of Canada has been out for a while, and I’ve been playing it plenty this summer. However, I haven’t written about it in my KPSU blog yet, and it deserves mention as one of the finer records of 2013 so far. The enigmatic Scottish duo produce a slew of pretty atmospheric songs with open-ended themes for the listener to make their own. I’m sure it will be one I continue to return to and bring into the What’s This Called? mix.

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