eric wells’ output as sayth is becoming more refined, more sobering; his collaborative ep with north house, body pillow, is often a bummer in tone yet beautiful to listen to and digest. “maybe god is afraid of us?” is an especially listless cut about a fracturing relationship and its aftermath, sentiments explored in detail throughout its brand new music video. wells’ brother spencer again helms the director’s chair for the clip and pieces together a melancholy montage of coping mechanisms that culminate in a scene that’s simultaneously tranquil and jarring. check out the video below.
dan forke’s output as wealthy relative has always meandered towards the philosophical, experimental side of hip-hop, a calling card that allows his latest ep, a four-track collection entitled post-clarity, to function in a profoundly introspective environment. on “bad things (our body),” forke wanders through the track’s hook before settling in on a mantra of “i don’t know what feels right / but i know what feels good,” one that feels particularly paramount to his present headspace. you can stream and download post-clarity in its entirety here; take a listen to “bad things (our body)” below.
between the title of his forthcoming album and the stark nature of its artwork, it’s apparent that rory ferreira is hyper-aware of mortality in present-day america. but on “zen scientist,” the first single culled from so the flies don’t come, he seems confident and pragmatic in dealing with the situation. recording again as milo, ferreira raps plainly that “the soul is fly / i’m in my new zone / i have decided my point of view” with help from myka 9 over kenny segal’s downtrodden production; there are no frills, non-sequiturs are trimmed to a minimum, and milo’s analogies refer less to his pop-culture prowess and instead hone in on key figures he views as progenitors to his current mentality. so the flies don’t come arrives september 25th via ruby yacht. let your soul fly.
rory ferreira has made considerable headway as milo, a multi-faceted, philosophical art-rap persona responsible for 2013’s cavalcade and last fall’s a toothpaste suburb. ferreira has mostly outsourced production duties to artists like iglooghost and riley lake for each milo release, but in his other project, scallops hotel, ferreira is in complete control of all aspects. a new scallops hotel album called plain speaking is due out may 5th via ferreira’s own ruby yacht label, and we got our first taste of his new material earlier this week.
“lavender chunk” exists simply, a few different synthesizer melodies layered on top of an incessant drum loop. hemlock ernst – the alter ego of future islands frontman samuel herring – handles the first verse before ferreira hops on to finish things off. the song’s hook arrives late, and the seemingly endless repetition of “brothers like me don’t live too long / that’s why i have to write so many rap songs” only becomes more chilling with each utterance. take a listen to “lavender chunk” below.
with a handful of acclaimed mixtapes and a pair of similarly lauded eps under his belt, milo’s debut full-length album is sure to be nothing short of a spectacle. the rapper will release a toothpaste suburb on tuesday via hellfyre club, but he’s generously shared a new track to tide over his audience until the album’s arrival. “objectifying rabbits” is the missing piece in a triptych of songs, bookended by earlier singles “you are go(o)d to me” and “argyle sox,” and finds milo rapping figuratively about bench-pressing hedonists and london’s trafalgar square before his compatriot open mike eagle guides the song away with a sweet falsetto. the track premiered yesterday on bandcamp’s weekly radio show and now you can stream it, courtesy of hellfyre club’s soundcloud page, below.
still riding the buzz off of his past two singles, “eating alone” and “rare candy,” eau claire art rapper sayth has wasted little time in delivering his next cohesive project. bad habitat is a five-track collection featuring the aforementioned singles along with three new songs, and finds sayth working again with frequent collaborator wealthy relative. take note, however, that fellow eau claire artist north house is also given production credits (those appear to be his signature beats on opener “with the crocodiles”), suggesting that sayth is becoming even more invested in his hometown music scene. you can stream bad habitat below and grab a download at a pay-what-you-want rate; a limited run of cds are also available through sayth’s bandcamp. check it out.
good things come to those that wait, right? does this phrase even really apply to this situation? probably not. it may be a bit delayed, but my albums of the year list is finally done. i’ve written long-form essays on my favorite fifteen records of 2013 over at playground misnomer; you should definitely head over there and check it out, along with lists from the other contributors to that site. if you don’t feel like reading, below are some quick and simple pictures of my top five albums of 2013. enjoy.
5. milo – cavalcade
4. chvrches – the bones of what you believe
3. daughter – if you leave
2. caroline smith – half about being a woman
1. majical cloudz – impersonator