Fielded, Ninety Thirty Thirty preview
Longtime local fans of sharp, experimental pop music may recall the oft-nomadic Lindsay Powell from her days as Cake Bake Betty. Or from her work with Festival, or Skyblazer, or a number of other projects (the woman is a fountain of creativity, it would seem). Anyhow, Powell — who now releases her solo material under the name Fielded — is back in Nashville at least for the time being, and her forthcoming album Ninety Thirty Thirty is due out April 23 via Captcha Records. You can preview three songs — "Chapel of Lies," "Eternal Hour" and "Eve of a New Moon" — from Ninety above or via Captcha Records' Bandcamp page. The full-voiced Powell wraps her rich vocals in post-rock and synth-pop instrumentation, making soundscapes that are simultaneously complex and avant-garde as well as melodically enchanting. I'd recommend it for fans of Bjork, CocoRosie, Grizzly Bear, Radiohead and fellow locals Courtney Tidwell and Tristen. Anyway, dig that sexy sax on "Moon."
Plastic Visions (formerly Sex Bombs), "Little String"
The Sex Bombs are dead! Long live Plastic Visions! That's right, the local rock 'n' rollers once known as Sex Bombs have renamed themselves Plastic Visions and debuted a snarling pop-rock number called "Little String." Recorded at Battle Tapes, the chorus of "String" reminds me of the heyday of fuzzy '90s power-pop and alt rock — like, perhaps Superdrag or a touch of Dandy Warhols? Still trying to place it. Anyhow, stream "Little String" above or at their Soundcloud page, or watch the strobed-out video here (unless you're epileptic).
Fantasy Violence, Frangments
Christopher Davis of Battle Path and Most Amazing Century of Science has teamed up with his Alabaman pal Jeff McLeod for an experimental electronic project called Fantasy Violence, and they have a brand-new eight-song release by the name of Frangments. Like fellow locals Financier and Makeup and Vanity Set, Fantasy Violence manipulates synthetic sounds to create strange and intoxicating alien landscapes — not only that, but they have a song called "I See Laura Palmer." Twin Peaks references will get you everywhere, gentlemen. Stream all of Frangments above, or download it for any price you like at Fantasy Violence's Bandcamp page.
Shane Tutmarc, "Portions for Foxes (Rilo Kiley cover)"
Last we saw of local dude Shane Tutmarc, he was covering a Lana Del Rey song. Well, he's at the covers thing again, only this time his subject is a less unlikely (or more likely, I suppose I should say) songstress: Jenny Lewis and her Rilo Kiley. Tutmarc and a couple of his pals covered RK's "Portions for Foxes," and I'd say they did a nice job of it. Hear that above or at Tutmarc's Soundcloud page.
Penguoala (feat. Ryan Donnells, Amber Lynn Nicol and Black Cat Sylvester), "Teardrop Kisses"
Penguoala (half-penguin, half-koala ... do you get it?) is the project of Alex Sanchez, and he has a brand-new tune called "Teardrop Kisses" that was recorded with some help from Ryan Donnells, Amber Lynn Nicol and Black Cat Sylvester. There are a lot of ideas going on here, and it winds up sounding a bit like, well, I suppose you'd call it experimental R&B soul-rock, of sorts. The speak-singing vocal-delivery style isn't something that I'm particularly accustomed to or have an affinity for, but I like rich, mellow instrumentation and big horn blasts — and there's plenty of that going on. Give it a listen above or at Penguoala's Soundcloud page and see what you think.