Friday Night Noise: Hearts of Animals' She-Stew, Telecult Powers' Buzz 'n' Chirp, Ascites Update
Last week FNN took on "Soft Adult Contemporary" from Ascites' Incisional Drainage album, all the while bemoaning a dearth of background and label information. Well, turns out that Ascites read the post; members Nathan Golub and Matt Coffey reached out to FNN via email, filling in some blanks. So here's some stuff you should know about Ascites:
- They're from Dallas! Besides Golub and Coffey, the members are Alex C. and Randa Golub, who is Nathan's wife.
- They're playing Super Happy Fun Land October 9 with Rosemary Malign, Last Rape, Zahava, Murex, and other ne'erdowells. So clear your schedule, mark your calendars, and start Googling Napalm recipes.
- They aren't signed to a label just yet, though they're working on that now. If you wanna buy their albums, write to Nathan at email@example.com.
- They know people in Sweden. Do you?
Hearts of Animals, "Maybe": Hearts of Animals is the dreamcore/dreampop/dreamnoise project of Houston's Mlee Suprean. FNN is a sucker for this kind of filtered-to-Siberia she-stew, so "Maybe" has been racking up the plays since we found it online earlier this week; this shit is like haunted-house nirvana, like you wandered into the Olde Mitchell Mansion down the street on a dare, expecting Jason Voorhees or animated skeletons or rabid corpses to knock over the furniture to devour you. But instead, the sole occupant is a comely-if-slightly mad ghost who would like, very much, to serenade you with wavelength-smushed keyboard and vocal scales that echo like hallucinations as they drift upstairs, then downstairs, then upstairs again, glowing red, then cotton-candy pink, then blood-red again, forever. Will you make it out alive? Will you even wanna leave? That's a chance you'll have to take.
Telecult Powers, "The Tushita Heaven": Spend enough time writing about music for a not-quite-living and it'll start to seem as though everything worth keeping up with is happening somewhere in or near the greater New York City metropolitan area. Forgive us, but in a lot of ways, that's kinda true. Telecult Powers - a.k.a. Mister Matthews and Witchbeam; why not? - hail from Brooklyn and make eerily arresting electronic buzz 'n' chirp using a homemade gear setup that allegedly includes synths and effects pedals. "The Tushita Heaven" plays out over 26 extra-dimensional minutes, a heaving, slow-mo ocean of digital tbbbhpt, cyborg birdsong and cicada-wing flap that generally fluxuates between two very close-set poles but sometimes ascends to a mightily distorted boil before quickly turning tail and rushing back down. This track is part of a free live set, but the Powers (not to be confused with the long-dead Marvel comic Power Pack) have plenty of limited-edition swag out there for sale that's probably equally as spiritual an experience. You know what? We miss Double Leopards and their subdermal, all-sources-feed-into-the-astral-beyond drone as much as anyone else, but this sort of third-eyes a'flutter business is definitely helping me get over it. Got some hot Texas noise tips - or, hell, any noise tips - for us? Hit FNN up with MP3s or Web site links - but not MySpace links, seriously, because we can't access those at work and at home every spare moment is spoken for - at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene with music features, additional online music listings and show picks. We'll also send special ticket offers and music promotions available only to our Music Newsletter subscribers.