2013 may not be starting off with much musical gusto, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some interesting new releases to be found in stores this week. Among a small handful is the latest release from Broadcast. No, it’s not exactly a new album but rather a soundtrack begun before the untimely death of vocalist Trish Keenan in 2011. Written for the film Berberian Sound Studio, the fictional story of British sound recordist who mentally cracks up while working on an Italian horror flick, Broadcast’s soundtrack is full of brief darkly atmospheric instrumental pieces, many less than a minute in duration, which don’t typically make for good radio listening but when taken together tell a fascinating story of their own.
Also out this week is the latest from Wooden Wand, a.k.a. prolific singer-songwriter James Jackson Toth & co., whose Blood Oaths of the New Blues is, according to our Music Director, Don Yates, “a potent set of bluesy psych-folk, featuring sprawling, beautifully crafted songs with a spacious, mournful sound combining atmospheric guitars, organ, harmonium, stark percussion, ethereal harmonies and haunting lyrics.” And the also extraordinarily prolific, but much longer lived, “avant-garage” rockers Pere Ubu return with Lady From Shanghai, their 17th studio album in the 35 years since their debut, The Modern Dance. Look for these plus the soundtrack to the first season of the HBO Original Series Girls stores today.
Broadcast – The Equestrian Vortex
from Berberian Sound Studio on Warp
Berberian Sound Studio – Gilderoy & Monica
Broadcast – Berberian Sound Studio trailer
Pere Ubu – Free White (MP3)
from Lady From Shangai on Fire Records
Alex Vans – Good Enough (MP3)
from DJ Booth (self-released)
Wooden Wand – Southern Colorado Song (MP3)
from Blood Oaths Of The New Blues on Fire Records