Internet-based, Canadian-born producer Ryan Hemsworth and local rapper Starlito have teamed up for a new song, courtesy of Yours Truly’s “Songs From Scratch” artist collaboration series. “Can’t Get Over You” thoughtfully pairs the best of both artists’ universes. Hemsworth’s lo-fi cloud vibes are matched with ‘Lito’s solemn, croaking vocals for a tragically lonely affair. Angelic bells and harps solidify the mourning of Starlito’s lyrics. Despite its dark and raw feel, “Can’t Get Over You” features very clean production.
Trap music, electronic production and the Internet couldn’t have all found each other at a more opportune time. “Can’t Get Over You” offers a glimpse into what the glorious marriage of trap and the Internet can conceive at its finest.
Check out the track below, and watch a video detailing the collaboration above.
"In the Cold, Cold Night" stands out in the Stripes' catalog not only because of the unusual Meg White vocal, but also because of the spare accompaniment and unsettling, ambiguous sentiment — is it a come-on directed at a stalker, or an expression of a love that has to remain secret because it's socially unacceptable, and it sounds menacing because the singer is resentful? There's no shortage of covers, including an up-tempo, retro-electro version that English songstress Tracey Thorn put on her Christmas album last year. Wanda and Shooter's take is a little closer to the original's determined creepiness, replacing the slinky guitar with a piano and adding in some subtly industrial brass and percussion accents, spooky detuned vocal doubling and some sweet, fat organ licks.
The other 13 tracks cover the Stripes, The Raconteurs and White's solo work, with contributors spanning from early R&B and rockabilly pros like Gary U.S. Bonds and Johnny Powers to contemporary luminaries like Los Straitjackets and J.D. Wilkes and The Dirt Daubers. One especially eyebrow-raising contribution is R&B sax hero Big Jay McNeely and Hawkwind sax man Nik Turner performing "I'm Shakin'" as featured on Blunderbuss (side note: this is actually a Little Willie John cover itself; John also did the original "Fever," coincidentally a pretty strong influence on "Cold, Cold Night").
Anyone who’s been around the Nashville rock scene the past decade or so can tell you that singer-guitarist Doug Lehmann and drummer Stephanie Brush didn’t so much cut their teeth as bare their fangs during their time as two-fourths of The Clutters, a band beloved both near and far for its frayed garage-rock rumble. On a new full-length as Mystery Twins, the duo both builds on and strips down the foundations of their erstwhile project. Most of the songs on Ghost in the Ground have a distinctly ’60s feel — especially on sugary gems like “Your Heart Won’t Let You Down” and “Mary” — built on tough, lovely, searching vocal harmonies that soar above Lehmann’s sharp guitar work and Brush’s urgent drumming. Melodic-rocking local youngbloods Bully open the show alongside avant-folk veteran Wooden Wand.
We are introduced to “The Most Exciting Stars in Music Today.”
Luke Bryan sings a song in a sequined shirt and baseball cap. “This is a CMA kind of night!” he says. I don’t recognize his face but I recognize his name.
Then two guys come up to the stage. I don’t know who they are. Taylor Swift knows because she stands up to sing. I think the song is called “Trying to Get Our Buzz On,” and I wonder if I could drink a whole box of wine on a school night.
Oh Dang Lo Mein, Ween EP
Back when locals Oh Dang Lo Mein released their OMEN, I noted that the record combined "traditional gospel music, doo-wop, neo-soul and R&B, and true-blue American rock ’n’ roll." Well, the soul-rock-pop alchemists are back with a Halloween EP by the name of Ween. It's 25 minutes of playful but tuneful soul- and hip-hop-inflected grooves featuring contributions from Joel McAnulty, Richard Harper, Jota Ese and Ricardo Alessio. "It's sort of like a reverse remix album," says Harper. Good shit. Stream it above or download it for any price you like via ODLM's Bandcamp page.
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.
Sleek local pop-rock outfit Kink Ador — who describe themselves as "intensely sexy rock music" — kicked the summer off with their appropriately timed video for "Sunshine" and the promise that their Free World LP would be released at some point this year. Well, even though "Sunshine" states that "summer's never over," we're all adults here and can admit that summer is indeed over. But look on the bright side: Today, Kink Ador releases their Free World (as a six-song EP rather than an LP), which you can stream after the jump or via KA's Soundcloud page.
Frontwoman Sharon Koltick & Co. also have a brand-new video for the Free World track "Road to Hell," and you can watch that above. The video, which was directed by sometime Cream contributor Seth Graves, is of a sci-fi bent, complete with a Gatorade spaceship, laser eyes, security breaches and more. Give it a look. Kink Ador will celebrate the release of their Free World EP this Saturday, Oct. 26, at The Basement. Also performing will be fellow local pop songsters Kyle Andrews and Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes. There's a flier after the jump.
Those of you who combed through the recent Best of Nashville 2013 issue of the Scene will recall that local electronic/hip-hop artist Black Cat Sylvester tied for "Best Musical Invention" in our writers' choices thanks to his SynthTable. The SynthTable — which Sylvester unveiled this summer — places, according to the man himself, "the soul of a synthesizer in the body of a turntable."
Well, BCS has a brand-new video for a track created with the SynthTable — it's called "Elated Bacon," and you can see the Craig Hill-shot video above, or hear the track below or via Soundcloud. The video matches the tripped-out, stoner-hop vibe of the song, with plenty of goofy costumery and apartment chillin'. You may see some familiar faces in the video (Maurice "247" Barrett and Jonah Hill lookalike Raw Russ among them); visit the YouTube link for a full list of credits. Anyway, "Bacon" is a catchy track with an infectious groove and an affable video. Basically just what a Monday afternoon needs. Dig in.
When Rosenblatt visited Tennessee near the end of his trip, he played Trash Mountain in Murfreesboro, home to members of Meth Dad, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt and others. He wrote and recorded this bittersweet ditty that puts the experience of wide-eyed independent musicians everywhere in a nutshell:
Tell my mom you like my songs
And it's not a passing fad
It might take my whole life to make a profit
And pay off my debt to my dad
But I'm not as stressed
And I'm feelin' blessed
'Cause of the people I have met
If it doesn't work out
At least I tried it
And look back with no regrets.
Stream it below, and check out the rest on Netherfriends' sweet interactive map, which also includes short blurbs on each place he stayed.
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