A name like Meadows may sound like a nice river or pond, or it might bring in visions of flowers and free flowing streams. But Meadows, in this case, are a loud ass 4-piece from England that bring together brutal metal and punk and blend it with a vengeance that at times sounds like getting lost in a dog kennel, and someone just threw in freshly cut steaks. Their 4-song EP (self-titled) packs in a lot of content, moving from songs that may have a massive grungy wallop to others that will make you want to rip your mind out for fun. There are elements of sludge, doom, and stoner metal, but when they get into punk mode, they may remind fans of some of the best bands who combined different elements of these songs without remaining in their for too long. Imagine bursts of The Accused, Superconductor, Eyehategod, Aspirin Feast, and Crowbar, and then having these sounds pulled out of your eye socket. You feel enraged just listening to it, but it’s exciting to hear, especially as layers of feedback lead you to places you never thought you wanted to me. When they grind, they grind well. When they speed up their attack, there’s no place to hide.
Sweden meets Georgia in this new track by Teddybears, who bring on Cee-Lo Green and The B-52′s in this song about something that’s not quite explored in the video. It’s one of those great non-sensible things that is sure to make a lot of people on YouTube go “WTF is this?” Perfect.
Pregnant‘s bio for his Life Hard: I Try (Mush) album says the music was “written and recorded during a time of impending fatherhood and the start of his family”, which almost sounds like he was the one giving birth. Of course this cannot be true, as Daniel Trudeau is not Billy Crystal from the movie Rabbit Test, but what you do hear is music of discovery, wonderment, and inner beauty meant to be a mirror of the world viewed by someone about to go through some changes. The album is a mixture of vocalized treasures and instrumental ditties, and they could be anything from folk tales made by cooler-than-folk people or electronic sounds without Moby‘s assumed egos. It sounds homemade and highly concentrated like a can of soup, but within this can is a nice assortment of ingredients that might make you say “if I created electronic soundscapes, this is what I’d like for my mind to sound like while open.” It’s quirky at times, there are moments where you wonder if the sound of amplified water drips mixing up with angelic harps should make people create figure 8′s with their hips.
By calling himself Pregnant, does Trudeau want to create music that sounds like “creation in progress”? If so, I love what he’s able to do in his mental womb and it comes off as a place that you never want to leave. Life Hard: I Try is something worth listening to from start to finish, a perfect example of not only solid sound organization, but how to do it in long play form.
(Life Hard : I Try will be released on September 6th. You can preview some of the songs by clicking the Bandcamp player below.)
People are buzzing about Paul White, with one critic saying he’s the 21st century DJ Shadow, a bold statement considering we’re only 10 years into this decade. Why the praise? Listen to this track with Guilty Simpson. Maybe not quite Shadow-esque, but I can hear why the comparisons are being made. Nice song, cool video.