I’ve been tired lately. Not from lack of sleep, just a distinct need for relaxation. That means my musical thoughts are unfocused and I enjoy music that complements indecision when I’m feeling that. So here’s a few bands that have been dominating my ears lately.
Paul Gregory, of Lanterns on the Lake, has been making some of the finest throwback electronic music I’ve heard in recent years. Under his pseudonym, Experiments With Machines, he’s been quietly surpassing many of his contemporaries without a label, a capitalist profit scheme, or even anyone else in the band. “Owls” sounds both refreshingly new and bizarrely classic that I’m torn as to my motivations for liking it – a war between likes, really. It scratches two itches at once and you should go download the entire EP for free to get the same feeling.
I can go on and on about Three Trapped Tigers, but I won’t. Suffice it to say that they have a new EP out, they’re playing in Poland with Prefuse 73 and Autechre, and all is right with the world.
And finally, a band from quite near me, Casual Curious. Strong melodies, scattered structure, and a fuzzed out motif make them the pop analogue to the above and they certainly don’t suffer for the comparison. They’ve got this rather impressive live video of “Florida” and I have a feeling I’ll be gassing up the car to see them perform in the near future.