This is going to be the first in a series of posts promoting new not-quite-up-and-coming-but-definitely-getting-there bands that I think deserve your recognition. This week’s pack comes straight to you from Brazil, which means five bucks to anyone who gets the title reference.
Number one on our list is Top Surprise. After just trashing the current state of DIY in the Captured Tracks post, I figure it’d be best to at least try and show the upside of things. So for all you poptimists out there, here’s Top Surprise. Top Surprise is everything you’ve ever wanted from a noise pop band and more. It’s three guys and a girl from Brazil that understand not all DIY has to be an afterthought of mid-nineties noise and lo-fi. Everything Must Go goes waaaay back to late-sixties, early-seventies protopunk movements. The Stooges-esque riffs on “Home”, the brilliantly nonsensical (I don’t speak Portuguese) John Cale ramblings of “Legarto Drugs”, and of course the album’s Jonathan-Richman-meets-Tornados centerpiece, “I Shoot the Devil”. Everything from the shitgaze production quality down to the self-started record label screams what DIY once was and it what it should be.
Everything Must Go is out now on Pug Records.
Next up we have Wools. I want you all to stop and take note. Six months down the line, when Wools takes over Sleigh Bells’ title as the most-blogged about nextbigthing, I want you to remember that you heard it here first. With love. From me to you.
I have a knack for new genres. With all the indie, DIY and revivalist movements that dominated the past two decades I think it’s incredible when a band can still come up with something entirely new when everything’s been done already. This is part of the reason why I got into Oneohtrix Point Never, part of the reason why I jumped on the chillwave bandwagon last year, part of the reason why Crunk Rock had been my most anticipated album of the year. Chillwave was fun while it lasted but it was a pretty static genre all together. It’s peak was premature and what remained was just a glimmer in Alan Palomo and Ernest Greene’s eyes.
But apparently I was wrong, or at least Hugo Alfredo Gomes thinks so. When there was no way left of going up, Mr. Gomes decided to go ambient. What we’re talking about is an entirely new genre all together. It’s chillwave, glitch, ambient and drone all rolled up into a neat little package. And now that package seems like it’s bursting at the seams. Going Home Now? is almost too big for it’s own good, though not necessarily in a bid way. Considering it was created on a modest desktop PC, I’m admittedly kinda baffled as to how Wools was able to pull off a recording this rich, textured and original. Props to them and props to Editions Mego for signing them in a few months (I’m calling that one too).
Go Home Now? is out now on Mimi.