Yesterday on Click Track we talked about five upcoming fall releases that may fly under the radar with so many big names set to release new music. The thought of being inundated with autumn albums is even more intimidating since we’re still playing catch-up with music from the last few months. So consider this a game of under-the-radar catch up before the stars take over your playlists.
Total Control, “Henge Beat”
An Australian supergroup of sorts that features members of Eddy Current Suppression Ring and the UV Race, Total Control leaves those bands’ somewhat ragged and garagey sounds behind for something much more rigid. This is straight-line music, songs that bleat on, sometimes for two minutes with harsh synthesizers, sometimes for seven minutes with stinging guitar. The music isn’t so much dark as incredibly determined and efficient, honing in on a sound and squeezing every last drop of vitality from it.
Spaceghostpurrp, “Blvcklvnd Rvdix 66.6 (1991)”
I’ll be honest — I have no idea what’s going on for large portions of this album by this babyfaced rap weirdo out of Miami. That’s a large part of the charm, sort of like the cult-favorite cartoon show from which he takes his name. This mixtape is extremely disorienting (especially when you listen to it on Metro at rush hour), with beats that are distorted, twisted and dragged through large amounts of cosmic slop. He’s got a ways to go in terms if finding a lyrical viewpoint — right now he’s a little too obsessed with one specific part of his own body. Purrp could go further out into his own galaxy or get more conventional, but this tape ensures we’ll be paying attention.
Fair Ohs, “Everything Is Dancing”
The Vampire Weekend comparisons are inevitable, and just. This U.K. trio plays the same brand of plucky pop that’s heavy on rolling polyrhythms. But Fair Ohs are actually heavy on occasion, putting some oomph into their appealing romps. That’s the only remaining hint of their not-so-distant hardcore past, but it’s enough to keep things interesting throughout — always jumpy if not necessarily jarring.
Oddisee, “Rock Creek Park”
Remember “The National Mall,” the location-specific album by local experimental-electronic duo Bluebrain? Local rap producer Oddisee’s “Rock Creek Park” doesn’t use the technology of Bluebrain’s app-album but is a more traditional soundtrack to a specific location. Inspired by local ’70s funk act the Blackbyrds, the album is Oddisee’s tribute to the local park. With songs such as “Clara Barton,” “Beach Dr.” and “The Carter Barron” it’s possible to time your journey to hear each instrumental song — all breezy, lushly produced and sweetly soulful — as you get near its namesake.
The Men, “Leave Home”
A burly, brutal and sometimes terrifying album. This full-contact rock-and-roll that can leave you bruised, mentally and physically. While a few tracks contain hints of Sonic Youth’s more sinister side and drone kings Spacemen 3 (the track “()” is half a Spacemen 3 cover, in fact), the album’s defining song is “L.A.D.O.C.H.,” on which singer Chris Hansell violently expels vocals like he’s undergoing an especially complicated exorcism while the rhythm section crashes and lurches like a monster destroying some unfortunate metropolis.