April 18, 2021 | 2:05pm ET
Song of the Week breaks down and talks concerning the music we simply can’t get out of our head every week. Discover these songs and extra on our Spotify Top Songs playlist. For our favourite new songs from rising artists, try our Spotify New Sounds playlist. This week, Montreal psych rockers TEKE::TEKE unleash a prankish spirit on an unsuspecting city within the wild, raucous “Barbara”.
Let’s not get forward of ourselves.
Irrespective of how low an infection charges have dropped in some (not all) states or what number of vaccinations have been jabbed into individuals’s arms, that appears to be the mantra that well being officers are sticking to: Let’s not get forward of ourselves. It’s sound recommendation — backed by the kind of science and knowledge that saves lives — nevertheless it’s warning that’s turning into increasingly troublesome to abide by now that the climate has damaged, summer season’s calling, and, most temptingly, our favourite artists are starting to announce their first tour dates, generally, in effectively over a yr. Fortunately, these artists — together with Consequence favorites like Julien Baker, Waxahatchee with Katy Kirby, and Lucy Dacus, to not point out enormous reunions by headliners like My Chemical Romance and Rage Against the Machine — have introduced or rescheduled dates for fall and even early 2022.
In different phrases, they’re forcing us to not get forward of ourselves … for not less than a short time longer.
However now that we will start to see that proverbial mild on the finish of the pandemic tunnel and tour dates begin to populate artist web sites once more, it’s more and more troublesome to not think about new releases, like TEKE::TEKE’s “Barbara”, blaring from the sound system of a sweaty membership or drifting a number of hundred yards from a competition stage, luring the curious who occur to catch a faint pay attention. In the event you had been fortunate sufficient to catch our Protect Live Music livestream, which benefited NIVA, you noticed simply how wild these seven Montreal psych rockers are when given a candid viewers. They’re a kinetic onslaught of lights, sounds (from guitars to flutes), trend (from hoodies to kimonos), and theater that nearly defies description and most undoubtedly calls for consideration.
Our personal Ben Kaye not too long ago sat down with the band for our popular Origins series to search out out the place precisely “Barbara” got here from. Because it seems, the germ of the thought got here from an odd case of mistaken id at a subway station, the place the band’s rhythm guitarist, Hidetaka Yoneyama, encountered an older man come as much as him calling out: “Barbara, Barbara, is it you? Barbara, it’s you, isn’t it?…Barbara!…” That could be sufficient inspiration for a unusual rock music in and of itself, however vocalist/visible artist Maya Kuroki then had the thought of mixing the anecdote with Japanese folklore. Therefore, the music about an odd run-in grew to become about what may occur ought to the Zashiki-Warashi — an impish, childlike spirit who pranks individuals — be loosed in town.
As Kaye writes, “To soundtrack this playful mayhem, the band whips up a becoming carnival of punk sounds. As trombones march down the streets, flutes spin the Zashiki-Warashi right into a frenzy of scarred pigeons and wasabi toothpaste. It’s a wild journey with a call-and-response refrain and the band’s unparalleled power in all its surf-psych glory.”
And it’s too good — too wild, too intense, too all the things — to not be seen on a stage quickly. And therein lies the rub. We’re getting forward of ourselves once more. We’re buying tickets, planning, and pretending it’s a standard summer season and fall and even 2022 quick approaching. However are you able to blame us? With surf guitars, call-and-responses, and pesky spirit pranksters awaiting us, it’s laborious to not get not less than a bit forward of ourselves.
Honorable Point out
Conway the Machine – “Scatter Mind” (feat. Ludacris and J.I.D)
Conway the Machine dropped his newest undertaking, La Maquina, on Friday. As a preview, he shared a brand new music, “Scatter Mind” that includes J.I.D and Ludacris. The posse lower is produced by Don Cannon and is constructed round a pattern of youngsters singing. It finds Conway opening with traces about being profitable within the streets regardless of not discovering industrial success. J.I.D follows up with some gun discuss, rapping traces like, “I acquired no resistance with a Colt .45/ Gold version, I’m a dope magician/ N-ggas disappearin’ if I hear ’em dissin’.” Ludacris continues the theme whereas dropping references to Creed II and Rick James. –Eddie Fu
Islands – “Set the Fairlight”
Final month, Islands introduced that they had been returning with their first album in 5 years, Islomania, later in June. They already shared the album’s dancey lead single, “(We Like To) Do It with the Lights On”, and now the indie-rock band led by Nick Thorburn have shared one other music from the file referred to as “Set the Fairlight”. Whereas that earlier monitor had a knowingly goofy club-pop demeanor, “Set the Fairlight” feels rather less winkingly chaotic. It nonetheless has a motorik pulse to it that might be best-served in a giddy crowd of concertgoers, however its chipper sound recollects late-aughts bands like Surfer Blood and Wolf Parade greater than straight-up disco acts. “This was the final music made for the album, written and recorded in the course of the pandemic,” Thorburn stated in a press release. “I suppose it’s vaguely concerning the feeling of tension and concern introduced on by COVID. There’s separation (by a cemetery wall – grim!), isolation and the need to achieve out and contact somebody.” –Eli Enis
Lucy Dacus – “Scorching & Heavy”
Lucy Dacus has introduced her new album, Residence Video, out June twenty fifth on Matador. Following the early single “Thumbs”, which we subsequently named our Song of the Week, Dacus has let unfastened a music referred to as “Scorching & Heavy” as a second preview of the album. Addressing self-growth, it’s accompanied by a self-directed video shot in Richmond’s historic Byrd Theatre. Over guitar-driven instrumentation evoking the nostalgia of fondly remembering childhood, Dacus compares her present and previous selves. “You was once so candy,” she sings. “Now you’re a firecracker on a crowded road/ Couldn’t look away even when I wished/ Attempt to stroll away however I come again to the beginning.” –Eddie Fu
Uwade – “The Man Who Sees Tomorrow”
Nigerian-American folks singer Uwade launched a surprising new music this week, “The Man Who Sees Tomorrow”, alongside a canopy of Edo singer Sir Victor Uwaifo’s “Lodarore”. “The Man Who Sees Tomorrow” is a stirring ode devoted to her late father, Dr. James I. Akhere, and options heartbreaking lyrics delivered in Uwade’s heat, wealthy tone. “If time is all we’ve,” she sings. “I promise to not waste it/ And all the things you’re/ I do know I can’t exchange/ However I’ll see you on the opposite facet.”
“After I misplaced my father in August of 2020 I used to be devastated. Grief was like lead in my blood,” Uwade recalled in a press release. “It made all the things gray and boring and meaningless. It made life really feel too lengthy.” She added, “My dad is part of me in a really possible way and ‘The Man Who Sees Tomorrow’ is my ode to him; my promise to proceed to cherish him, even in loss of life.” –Eddie Fu
Wu-Lu – “Instances”
South London multi-instrumentalist and producer Wu-Lu, aka Miles Romans-Hopcraft, has unveiled a simmering new music titled “Instances”. Wu-Lu self-produced the monitor, which options drumming by Morgan Simpson of black midi. It quietly rages beneath the floor like turn-of-the-century various rock, however by no means reaches the beating crescendo of his earlier single, “South”. As he defined in a press assertion, the music is about self-discovery and coming of age in these turbulent instances. He stated, “It’s of understanding that with time comes knowledge. Dwelling life teaches us all the things we will to bounce again, we’re fabricated from greater than what society needs to inform us. The world weighs heavy on all of our shoulders in several methods. It’s necessary that we glance out for one another in instances of progress.” –Eddie Fu
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