- A Grape Dope – ‘Puppet Clubbing’
Remember John Herndon’s drumming in the experimental rock band Tortoise? Herdon’s releasing his first LP under the solo guise of A Grape Dope later this spring: ‘Arthur King Presents A Grape Dope: Backyard Bangers‘.
His latest single ‘Puppet Clubbing‘ proves the album title is well-equipped to get the fireworks going in that backyard of yours, with a collage of glitching electronica, unexpected change-ups, and genre molding noises.
- Jesse Draxler & Dylan Walker – ‘Time reign cemenT’
Full of Hell vocalist Dylan Walker is one of the many guests on polydimensional artist Jesse Draxler’s new audiovisual album entitled, ‘Reigning Cement‘, which also features Chelsea Wolfe, Trentemøller, and Greg Puciato of The Dillinger Escape Plan among others.
Dylan Walker’s track ‘Time reign cemenT‘ is as weird and jarring as one could hope. Walker has stated that he felt “right at home with the jackhammers and crashing stone and cement,” Draxler had as field recordings to experiment with. It’s likely the best instrumental track of the year thus far (according to this writer). Be sure to watch the accompanying video as well, directed by Draxler and edited by Rizz of the death-pop band Vowws, it’s bonkers.
- Tiz McNamara – ‘April Fool’
We feel that your mind and perhaps ears, should clear up a bit after the first two selections of this week’s Mixtape. The most ideal song for this is the latest gem ‘April Fool‘ by Irish folk singer-songwriter Tiz McNamara. McNamara’s beautiful, distinctive, fragile vocals associate ideally with the delicate indie folk tapestry, and should mention that Tiz dedicated this stunningly emotional piece of music to his father and brother who passed away before his 1st birthday in a boating accident and is the title track from his debut EP ‘April Fool‘.
- Tangled Headphones – ‘With All the Grace of a Junkyard Dog’
This band is not for the faint-hearted. Their name is Tangled Headphones and for this week’s Mixtape their ‘With All the Grace of a Junkyard Dog‘ was chosen! Why? Cause these chaps from Indiana, unleash an almost surreal sonic blend of spoken word, far out psychedelia, abyssic drone, “grounded” noise rock and proto-goth. Reading their bio, they have a spirit, and that’s what keeps them going, even through all the haunted mansions, spooky spaceships, and dreadful spiderwebs!
A brand new dimension in experimental noise rock, that even living legend Thurston Moore might have chased those heaps to get them signed on his defunct, seminal label Ecstatic Peace!.
- Angie Hosh – ‘Electric Violence’
Last but not least, we have a dark synth banger by Sioux Falls post-punk act, Angie Hosh, ‘Electric Violence‘. This is a vigorous, ‘industrial-ised’, dark synth, 160-second track, with stunning production and sound, that may arouse you from your quarantine.
Creatures of the night, unite! This is Angie Hosh.
Compiled by Sarah Medeiros & Christos Doukakis