Wake up to new music on your Monday morning. Your task for this week: add these songs to your playlist.
Les Rallizes Dénudés are easily the most far-out band I’ve come across in recent memory. While their legacy will most likely remain largely obscure, this Japanese band’s influence on anything related to art rock, noise rock, even psychedelic rock in whole, cannot be ignored. Nor can the sheer noise of their music.
I’ve only stuck a foot into the bizarre world of Les Rallizes Dénudés and have already felt like I need ear plugs. To listen to music. While many people might regard their songs, especially the more challenging ones, as noise and nothing more, I hear daring experimentation through the manipulation of feedback and cacophonous instrumentation. ‘Enter the Mirror,’ believe it or not, is a tamer piece, with uncharacteristic gentleness to start, that rises gradually in noise and emotion, and the result is nothing but broken beauty.
The soundtrack of my life right now appears to be anything that will drown out the sound of my cat, Roxy, meowing about how no one ever feeds her or plays with her or provides live mice for her to torture. All lies. Except for the live mouse bit. I don’t do that. So, it’s very convenient timing that Franz Ferdinand has recently released their (very) long awaited fourth album. After the Scottish band’s third album, ‘Tonight: Franz Ferdinand,’ the band seemed to have lost their urgent, tongue in cheek spark that made their first two albums so lovable.
Now back for the first time in four years, Franz Ferdinand seems to have rekindled their dark fun sound. My favorite track from the new album ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action,’ shows that Franz Ferdinand can still produce pop songs that, unlike most of Top 40 hits, have substance.
Swedish/Australian twins Elektra and Miranda of Say Lou Lou are joined on this dreamy track by Australian singer Chet Faker (yes, a stage name homage to Chet Baker.) Like so many of the best songs from the world’s northern neighbors, the track vacillates between sweet, meditative lulls and beats nearly strong enough to take to the dance floor. The result is a beautiful song that you can loop for an entire night without ever tiring of it.