So, January has finally wrapped its ugly face in a shawl and taken a blind leap into a crevasse. Don’t feel too relieved about it though; February witnessed the whole thing and is already well under way with its 28 days of mourning – at least it’s not a leap year.
There’s a certain air of melancholy surrounding this week’s 5 tracks. This is a
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Mac DeMarco – This Old Dog
The Mac Attack is back, this time with two acoustic guitar driven tracks, taken from his upcoming third studio album, This Old Dog, the title track of which just edges it as my favourite so far, although I would also advise you to check out My Old Man and decide for yourself. Following on from 2015’s Salad Days, it sounds like we’ll be hearing an even more laid-back Mac DeMarco on this album, if you can imagine such a thing. I can hear elements of Randy Newman’s work in these first two tracks, which, coupled with Mac’s knack for songwriting, can only be interpreted as a good sign for the full release. This Old Dog is due on May 5th via Captured Tracks.
Father John Misty – Ballad of the Dying Man
In true fashion, amidst the insanity the rest of us call life, Father John Misty is ready and waiting to nourish anyone who will listen with some level-headed poetry. He has currently released three tracks from his third upcoming studio album, Pure Comedy, and it sounds like it will pick up where 2015’s I Love You, Honeybear left off. Expect new-age Elton John meets the kind younger man who lives next door and occasionally gives your mum exotic flower bulbs. Album out April 7th via Bella Union and Sub Pop.
Toro y Moi – Omaha
Chaz and the gang are the latest contributors to ongoing compilation album, Our First 100 Days. The album sees a number of artists banding together to release a song every day, for the first 100 days of President Trump’s term in office. As mentioned on the album’s Bandcamp page, “All profits raised from Our First 100 Days will go directly to organizations working on the front lines of climate, women’s rights, immigration and fairness.” Toro y Moi paint a dreamy picture with Omaha, blending light guitar and synth textures with a strong bassline. You can keep up with the album’s development here.
Julia Holter – Horns Surrounding Me
Domino have announced a new imprint named Documents – the idea behind the series is for their artists to release an album’s worth of live reworked tracks, recorded over one or two days, chosen from their discography. The first official release is to be Julia Holter’s In The Same Room, named after a song from her 2012 album Ekstasis. This week Holter released an ethereal live reworking of Loud City Song’s (Domino, 2013) Horns Surrounding Me. In reference to the inspiration for this project, Domino have said that the live studio recordings are designed to “…capture the ever-evolving arrangements of our artists and their bands in high fidelity.” In The Same Room will be released on March 31st.
Divine Council – Dirtbags In Distress
Following the release of their debut EP, Council World, and their single P. Sherman (PS42WW$) peaking at number 1 on the Billboard Spotify Viral 50 chart last year, Divine Council have been making all the right moves. Signed to Epic Records, the group combine a tongue-in-cheek style with slick rick-esque storytelling, perhaps best seen on Decemba feat. André 3000. They’re due another good year, although, as $ilkmoney suggests on the hook of Dirtbags In Distress, they’ve spent their whole damn advance on some fucking weed. If you’re all about that snitch lifestyle, you can tell L.A. Reid about it on Twitter by clicking here: What’s really left for me in this life?