Friday, October 25, 2013

The Week in Fresh Tracks [The Lees of Memory, Makeup and Vanity Set, Jonathan Stone Phillips, Brian Siskind, Chelsea Lankes, More]

Posted By on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 8:30 AM

All right, happy Friday! For starters, you can hear all of Diarrhea Planet's recent set at Brooklyn's Shea Stadium right here, so dig into that if you like bootlegged party punk. Follow me below to hear new tunes from power-pop outfit The Lees of Memory, electronic experimentalists Makeup and Vanity Set and Brian Siskind, lo-fi rock 'n' roller Jonathan Stone Phillips, and gleaming electro-popstress Chelsea Lankes. As always, visit past weeks in fresh tracks here, and if you've got something for us, email cream[at]nashvillescene[dot]com.

The Lees of Memory, "We Are Siamese" b/w "Open Your Arms"

Fans of '90s power-pop of course know John Davis and Brandon Fisher as the guitarmen behind noted alt-rock outfit Superdrag. Well, the Nashville residents are still at it, and they've teamed up with producer Nick Raskulinecz and drummer Nick Slack (the latter of whom also plays with Davis in hardcore-punk act Epic Ditch) to form The Lees of Memory. The Lees are releasing their debut single today via Velocity of Sound (purchase here), and you can stream both tracks above or via the VOS Soundcloud page. Both songs sport the pop melodicism Davis and his cohorts have long been known for, but here the vocals are backed by thick, droning walls of guitar. I think I'll call it "sludge pop." Dig in.

Makeup and Vanity Set, Manifold

Also out today is Makeup and Vanity Set's five-track release Manifold. MAVS is of course the experimental electronic project of longtime local Matthew Pusti, and Manifold is actually the soundtrack to a coming short film of the same name. Indeed, MAVS' Manifold is dark, ominous stuff, complete with alien sounds and weird landscapes. Stream above or purchase (digital or cassette) via Bandcamp. Pusti will also soon announce a big reissue, so stay tuned for that.

Jonathan Stone Phillips, "How Heavy Was His Hand" and "Stop Spying on Me"

Who here listens to local lo-fi psych rockers Faux Ferocious? I do. FF member Jonathan Stone Phillips sometimes makes music all by his lonesome, and he's got a pair of brand-new tracks — "How Heavy Was His Hand" and "Stop Spying on Me" — that you can stream above or buy for a buck via his Bandcamp page. Fuzzy, stoner-y bedroom blues that, in Phillips' words, is "about $$$ and relaxin and being paranoid." We've all been there.

Brian Siskind, Niterói, Water That Hides

We've talked to you before about the solo work of Brian Siskind (who also happens to be Ponychase's drummer and sometimes uses the moniker Fognode). Siskind currently has a sound composition on display at the Frist that accompanies Ana Maria Tavares' Airshaft (to Piranesi) video installation. Siskind's 25-minute piece, titled Niterói, Water That Hides, is described as a "sonic collage [that] brings together mid-century/post-war orchestral vinyl, re-contextualized into a dark, deep and teeming sound environment." The exhibit ends Jan. 12, but you can stream Niterói above or purchase it via Bandcamp.

Chelsea Lankes, "Ghost"

Hey, sparkly electro-pop, why not. If you're a fan of songstresses like, say, Ellie Goulding and Little Boots, maybe you'll dig the output of local lass Chelsea Lankes. Her tune "Ghost" is a pulsing, tuneful sliver of sentimental, glossy studio pop, and you can hear it above or via Lankes' Soundcloud page.

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