June 25, 2013

Sound Bites: Delorean, Washed Out and Zola Jesus

Delorean's "Spirit"

It’s been three years since euphoric Mediterranean-pop-makers Delorean broke through with their endless summer soundtrack Subiza, and while their fourth full-length Apar won’t arrive until the season’s tail end (September 10th on True Panther Sounds,) its initial listen “Spirit” contains wide-lensed filters that could very easily extend the Barcelona quartet’s warm weather memories beyond its end point. Frontman Ekhi Lopeteg is referring to Apar as their “big production album,” where instrumentation has been brought down to a minimalist level for maximum effect, vocal samples have been replaced by studio singers (the track "Unhold" features Chairlift's Caroline Polachek) and their serene sound expands beyond its undercurrent breakup theme. A North American tour is imminent, but so far, only an appearance at this year's FYF Fest is confirmed.

Delorean - "Spirit"

Washed Out's "Don't Give Up"

Ernest Greene and his synth-pop amalgamation Washed Out are looking to break free from chillwave’s chains once and for all when his fantasy-based sophomore effort Paracosm arrives on August 13th via Sup Pop. We’ve already heard its first preview in “It All Feels Right,” and the Georgian electro-pop producer is giving listeners another glance into the album’s imaginary world with “Don’t Give Up.” Like its LP predecessor, Green’s latest evolution continues to find itself sailing upon psychedelic waves along blurry coastlines befitting of this week’s heat-and-humidity onslaught. Washed Out will be touring across the States this fall in support of the effort, which -- like Delorean -- also includes an appearance at this August’s FYF Fest.

Washed Out - "Don't Give Up"

Zola Jesus' "Avalance (Slow)"

Zola Jesus’ 2011 listmaking effort Conatus marked a cohesive peak for the transformative dark-pop chanteuse, and if you’re wondering which way the Los Angeles singer-songwriter will evolve next, you’re going to have to reassess her past work for the answers as Nika Danilova’s next project is Versions, a collaborative LP with industrial innovator JG Thirlwell a.k.a. Foetus that features reworkings of material off her back catalog. Its first listen, “Avalanche (Slow),” includes a skeletal arrangement of strings and Danilova’s characteristically overpowering vocals understated with restrained beauty – Something she recently told Pitchfork’s Ryan Dombal she discovered works in her favor in her work with Thirlwell and plans on executing for her next proper full-length. Versions will be released August 20th on Sacred Bones.

Zola Jesus - "Avalanche (Slow)"

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