Ought – Room Inside The World (post punk, art rock)
Ought’s latest album manages to be thrilling and repetitious at the same time. Room Inside The World incorporates more synths than Ought’s previous work without taking focus away from the unique guitar lines and idiosyncratic vocals.
Favorite Tracks: Disgraced In America, Take Everything, These 3 Things
Ezra Furman – Transangelic Exodus // psychedelic rock, musical novel
This album is really intense and wonderfully unique conceptually. The entire thing tells a story in which Ezra is “in love with an angel, and a government is after [them], and [they] have to leave home because angels are illegal, as is harboring angels”. The angels are “Transangelic” because “they have an operation, and they’re transformed [into angels]… and it causes panic”. Pretty intense stuff. The music really reflects the urgency of this story with its mixture of strings, synths, and distorted guitars. Ezra’s voice is haunting and seeping with emotion and just perfect for the role. You’ll be on the edge of your seat with every track.
Math rock for people who hate math rock. Palm uses repetition and a cutting pop melodic sense to paint emotional pictures within the tropes of a genre that is too often devoid of feeling. Rock Island is one of the freshest sounding rock records of the past few years.
Favorite Tracks: Composite, (Didn’t What You Want) Happen, Dog Milk, Pearly
Brazilian Girls – Let’s Make Love “Pirates” [Single] // alternative dance
Right from the start, “Pirates” slaps you in the face with heavy synths, and a bass line you won’t be able to get out of your head. This single just makes you want to move your shoulders and learn the lyrics. Sabina Sciubba’s percussive vocals bring you into her story, and when she switches into her higher register, you’re instantly hooked to their sound. Fun fact: none of the members are actually from Brazil!
I got a chance to sit down with Erin Birgy, the mastermind behind avant-garde pop band Mega Bog, before their show at the Sinclair with Destroyer. Here are some of her thoughts on music, Star Trek and pierogies:
Ruben: Is there a motif or concept that tends to drive your music?
Erin: Suffering (laughs). I think there’s a lot to be said. Actually one of my favorite writers passed away yesterday, Ursula Le Guin. In one of her books she talks about how the whole purpose of human, or what it is to be human, is to share and absorb other people’s suffering and make it less of a burden on one person. To like actually take that pain into yourself so you will feel bad but you will be helping somebody else feel less bad. I think that’s a lot of what it’s about and lot of where writing and songs come from. Continue reading “Interview: Erin Birgy of Mega Bog”