Calla - Swagger - Brooklyn's Calla have come a long way. They've signed to Beggars Group recently, and with their new album, Collisions, seem poised to finally outshine their oft mentioned siamese twin of a band, the Walkmen. It's "Swagger" that does it really. The bass stomps, high hats in all the right places, not there for the disco set, but for mood - it's dynamics eerily recall earlier Walkmen hit "The Rat", but in all the right ways, and none of the wrong ones. It lacks "The Rat"'s almost whining tone, and maintains the furious momentum and to make the obvious pun, swagger. The song rolls over, but then it pulls you down and proceeds to punch you in the face with drums and hums.
[Collisions drops on September 27th. Pre-order it today from Insound.com!]
The Mobius Band - Twilight - Xylophones ring out and shne over a kraftwerk computerscape as an extremely normal sounding man sings about very normal troubles like shitty jobs and smoking dope and banality and age. The song is gentle, like Casiotone, or the Mountain Goats, but prettier and with more string sounds. But there are drums. Thunderous drums. And electric guitars. Serious Kevin Shields style shit. This is too aggressive to be compared to the likes of Casiotone. The Mobius Band have, after 3 years of hotly tipped singles splitting the difference between heavy electronica, and raw garage rock, moved beyond the titular 'one-sided' pun to put together The Loving Sounds of Static, a debut LP on Ghostly International simply overloaded with songs like this. Songs both gentle and demanding. Songs worth a listen.
[The Loving Sounds of Static is due out in a week on August 9th. You can preorder now from Insound and have it on release day!]