Whe(a)ther or not you felt those polar invasions and arctic outbreaks to their full levels of intensity, you most definitely just experienced one of the coldest weeks in US history. These winter winds have come way too early and I for one am not mentally prepared. Solution? Music to soothe the soul! And for that, all you need is a little dose of Freeloader Friday – here you go.
First of all, take a chill pill with Nels Cline (yep, your fave Wilco guitarist and one of Rolling Stone’s Guitar Gods) & Julian Lage (just your average, run of the mill Grammy Award-winning guitarist virtuoso), who’ve teamed up for a state of the art Jazz Guitar instrumental album. Once you’ve streamed that one in full, try out the latest from Two Inch Astronaut: it’s an album full of Emo clangers & bangers with a 90s Rock throwback every now and then. Those should keep you occupied for a few hours.
What’s up next? The tracks. This first one is in a league of its own, though. Faith No More is back & ready for action. They’ve just released their first studio recording since 1998 and it. Is. Wicked. The title alone is enough. Beyond that, prepare yourself for a rumbling battle cry of Alt-Metal. Also taking the stage this week is Australia’s Nite Fields with a Shoegaze Pop jangle and the broodingly lovely Alma Elste, who’s got a surge of Pop Electronica that will melt the snow in some parts of the country.
Now, for the always doubly entertaining music videos. Catey Shaw is out with yet another visual delight: part 1 of a short story, this time depicting two ladies on the run with a kind of Bonnie & Clyde twist. Next up, check out Yaarrohs’ haunting vocals up against a piece of perfectly minimalistic B&W ballet choreography. And last, but most definitely not least, catch the L.A. Witch lady trio in another B&W clip, but one that leans towards a creepily psychedelic tone.
That should keep you busy, folks, while we wait for this no good, very bad weather sitch to pass. Happy Friday!
Nels Cline and Julian Lage: Full album stream via The New York Times
Room out November 24 on Mack Avenue Records
Two Inch Astronaut: Full album stream via NPR First Listen
Foulbrood out November 25 on Exploding in Sound Records
Faith No More: “Motherfucker” track premiere via Rolling Stone
Motherfucker – Single out December 9 on Reclamation Recordings
Nite Fields: “You I Never Knew” track premiere via Stereogum
Depersonalisation out now on felte
Alma Elste: “Heart Melter” track premiere via Noisey
Heart Melter – Single out now on Hand In Hive
Catey Shaw: “Night Go Slow” official music video premiere via Stereogum
The Brooklyn EP out now on Complex/Left Hook
Yaarrohs: “Wrestle” official music video premiere via Death and Taxes
Flesh & Blood out now on Glass Air
L.A. Witch: “Heart of Darkness” official music video premiere via Wondering Sound
L.A. Witch out now on Manimal Vinyl Records