Red Lights: Alpha

0 Posted by - 03/14/2013 - Red Lights

I’ve noticed in our remodeling that there is a void in my inbox where some tracks don’t quite fit the Shorthanded Goals mold, yet they don’t quite require or elicit a full feature. Basically, they are great tracks – I just can’t find the words to praise and describe.

I’ve thought about this and I figured why not post up a little segment where I can quickly run through the tracks that caught my ear but didn’t quite catch my tongue…Red Lights to make you slow and stop what you’re doing to listen.

Gospel Gossip has eternal love from Sirens of Decay. Next week they are releasing a self-titled LP and this is your last primer before that. Haven’t heard the gossip about GG yet? Read and listen to “Except You” and “Atlantic Blue”, jam out, come back next Tuesday for the full album treatment.

Seriously, you better be back here Tuesday.

Skizzy Mars first came to my attention due to G-Eazy, as well as having a track named “Sirens”. He’s back with “15” which is the first track off his debut LP “Phases”…early on he references Donald Glover/Childish Gambino, and I have to say that’s my initial impression of where this track lies. Maybe a little less expansive wordplay, sure, but the voice is fairly similar.

What’s odd is that I never really noticed it on the other handful of tracks by Skizzy I’ve listened to. Still, well worth your time. Phases out on 3/26.

Father Sculptor wowed us last year with their track “Aristide”. They’ve released “Sault” now in preparation for Faith & Violence which is dropping on April 15th.

“Sault” finds the band’s signature 80’s style still intact, replete with it’s own exuberance and melancholy.

Seductive and soulful, “Loving You Down” by Bells Atlas is an earworm of a track that I overlooked near the end of February. Eager to correct that mistake, I wanted to throw it in this first roundup feature for your perusal.

I’m honestly not sure how to describe the track, so here’s what the press release said; “From the get-go, it’s a detonative track, yet as the song progresses it becomes more and more seductive in nature. Avoiding typical pop song structure, the subtleties in arrangement and texture are highlighted by in-your-face rhythmic looping, hypnotic vocal layering, and colorful percussion.”

I’ll take two.

I wanted to close this one out with something a little heavier, so Down and Outlaws from San Francisco is gonna take us out on a more menacing note. We can’t all be pop snowflakes, you see!

My immediate reaction to listening to “Backwards from the Dead” was that it sounded like if Rob Zombie dropped the macabre and made real music, except with someone else doing the vox…which means it wouldn’t be Rob Zombie, I guess. You can see why I didn’t feature this on it’s own – my words, they fail me!

Down and Outlaws arrived with a blurb that said they are best classified as “unadulterated rock and roll made with absolutely no traces of “indie” or lo-fi”. The company they follow makes this dichotomy all the more interesting, don’t you think? If you’re into something a little heavier or darker, they’ll find their way to your heart.

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