I must admit that when I first began playing this single, the ghostly counting of “1, 2, 3…1, 2” threw me off. I wasn’t sure how I felt about this one. In fact, I had relegated the email announcing the release of the video for “Heaven I Know” to the trash bin. Well, curiosity began to get the better of me and I went back, fished it out, played it again and then once more and I was hooked.
24 year old Sophie Payten, a/k/a Gordi, soaks the songs on her forthcoming album, Reservoir, August 25th on Jagjaguwar, with as much sadness and loss as one can handle. She, however, does so with such craftsmanship and precision that one is given no choice but to listen and admire the work.
Gordi will tour North American in August. Go to her website at https://gordi.bandcamp.com/
Those interested in music inspired by the 1970’s should check out the 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Black Mountain’s highly acclaimed self-titled debut, which will see release June 23rd on Jagjaguwar. The 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is a double-LP including 8 bonus tracks on limited edition colored vinyl, using foil-print on the first pressing of the litho-wrap gatefold packaging. The records themselves are limited-edition color matched grey double vinyl, as well as standard black vinyl and double disc CD, which are also available with limited edition foil-printing. It includes the original classic album paired with the Druganaut 12″ plus 4 previously unreleased tracks.
Check out a trailer for the new release.
The band will also be on tour supporting this reissue. Here are the dates:
BLACK MOUNTAIN TOUR DATES
5/30 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
6/04 Bellingham, WA – The Shakedown w/ Elephant Stone
6/06 Vancouver, BC- Levitation Vancouver – Malkin Bowl
6/10 London, UK – 100 Club
6/11 Paris, FR – Maroquinerie
6/12 Brussels, BE – Botanique
6/13 Luzern, CH – B-Sides Festival
6/14 Vienna, AT – Arena
6/15 Zagreb, HR – KSET
6/16 Ljubljana, SI – Menzi Pri Koritu
6/17 Milano, IT – Magnolia Summer Festival
6/19 Vitoria-Gasteiz, ES – Azkena Rock Festival
6/21 Hilvarenbeek, NL – Best Kept Secret
7/15 Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Blues fest
Having started so late, I want to take some space to write about bands you may have missed. Let’s start with Foxygen from the Jagjaguwar label.
In October, 2014, Foxygen released their third album “…And Star Power” to somewhat mixed reviews. Still, they can be found on many publications top albums of 2014 lists. This particular song, “How Can You Really” is a slice of 60’s bubble gum that borrows heavily from Todd Rundgren’s “I Saw The Light.” Still, it has that same infectious quality that will have you up and dancing.
Here’s what some have said about this release:
PITCHFORK: “This is an album you get lost inside—you don’t so much listen to its four-sided sprawl as free-fall into its increasingly deranged depths.”
PASTE MAGAZINE: “Songs are allowed to fall apart, tones are empowered to free themselves of any continuity song-to-song, revealing vignettes of sometimes profoundly earnest song tidbits, and sometimes simply random rummagings of sounds.”
EXCLAIM (Canada): Foxygen have the heart of the Rolling Stones in the bodies of millennials.