July 16, 2013

Sound Bites: Beck, Male Bonding and No Age

Beck's "I Won't Be Long (Extended)" (feat. Kim Gordon)

A few weeks back, Beck premiered the second half in a set of one-off singles slated for their respective 12" releases this summer in the guitar pop dreamscaper "I Won't Be Long." Like the first single "Defriended," the track boasts a 14-minute-long remix on its flip-side, but we didn't know at the time is that the remix in question (via 107.7 The End) is actually an extended play of the original featuring a spoken word contribution from Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon during its washed out mid-section (I'm guessing she got the enigmatic songwriter during the divorce settlement?) You can purchase both "I Won't Be Long" and "Defriended" at Beck's storefronts for the releases, and catch him on the east coast for a brief tour which includes a headlining set at the Newport Folk Festival. He also plans on releasing two new albums, including an acoustic effort, later this year.

Beck - "I Won't Be Long (Extended)" (feat. Kim Gordon)

Male Bonding's "The Itch" / "That's Your Lot"

Since debuting the angular new track "It's Called Structure" earlier this month, UK indie slushers Male Bonding went from being abnormally quiet to going on a barrage of releasing new tunes on a weekly basis. We now have two new listens to get ourselves reacquainted with the trio's brand of brash American-flavored noise-pop in the form of snot rocket "The Itch" and the wave-scaling surf-punk jam "That's Your Lot," all which are leading up to something that's set to be released on the band's own label Paradise Vendors Inc. Based on the volume at which Male Bonding are pushing the new material out, AwkwardSound is going to go with its gut instinct that these will comprise a full-length or EP follow-up to 2011's grunge revisionist sophomore effort Endless Now, but the wide spectrum of styles these tracks cover alongside the absence of any support from their longtime U.S. label at Sub Pop leave a lot of details unanswered.

Male Bonding - "The Itch"

Male Bonding - "That's Your Lot"

No Age's "An Impression"

An Object, the highly anticipated follow-up to No Age’s 2010’s list-topping effort here on AwkwardSound, Everything In Between, has already made its presence felt with its early Recommended listens “C’mon, Stimmung” and “No Ground,” but where both saw the experimental punk duo canvas the core ethos of hardcore minimalism with their incomparable brush strokes, the LP’s newest preview colors with an entirely different shade of noise. “An Impression” is a wandering listen coated with a saccharine haze, minimalistic guitar loops and even a sharp electric violin that offers a tranquilizing alternative to its predecessors. An Object will be released on August 20th through Sub Pop, and Dean Spunt and Randy Randall will take their new material out on tour from one side of the States to the other beginning that same week.

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