May 15, 2013

Sound Bites: Mirage, oOoOO and Zola Jesus

Mirage's "Let's Kiss"

As we experienced with last year's release of Chromatics' superb Kill for Love, Johnny Jewel is the master of giving little notice and vague timelines as to when we can expect anything new from the Italians Do It Better catalog, and that goes for the label's forthcoming compilation After Dark 2, whose release Jewel has been flirting with as early as March when he teased us with its first listen by his other band, Glass Candy. Mirage is the newest cut to trickle its way onto the Internet thanks to the fashionable synth-pop producer, a 9-minute-long helping of sexy vocoder pop journey which Jewel wrote back in 2008 after meeting "the" love of his life, according to the SoundCloud description. And oh yeah -- After Dark 2 arrives this Friday...

oOoOO' "Mouchette"

Witchhouse original Chris Dexter Greenspan and his blacklit experimental electronic project oOoOO will be releasing its full-length debut Without Your Love on June 24th through his very own Nihjgt Feelings label. In early April, the BUZZSound alum teased the LP with first preview “Stay Here,” and now he’s offering up another to the synthscape alter with “Mouchette.” Unlike the vapory first listen, the latest is a haunted beat-leaning trajectory within Greenspan's long reach of phosphorescent ambiance that always separates his study apart from the rest of his shrouded scene counterparts.

Zola Jesus' "Trust Me" (Live band version)

Dark-pop chanteuse Zola Jesus has been suspiciously quiet since support of 2011's excellent debut sophomore effort Conatus concluded, and while we can assume the Sacred Bones songstress is in the midst of writing its follow-up, she has taken the chance to revisit and rearrange an early favorite for listeners as a pleasantly unexpected hold-me-over. “Trust Me” originally appeared on Nika Danilova’s breakthrough Stridulum EP, but it’s been performed live with the help of her band mates Kim Free, Nick Turco and Alex Degroot in a fleshed out form over the years to include percussion, organ and violin, with the four humanizing its synthetic soundscape to equally remarkable results.

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