ALBUM OF THE DAY: The Classical -- "The Classical"
At long last, The Classical (AKA CC's very own Juliet E. Gordon) has released her eponymous first LP, which is now available for download on bandcamp. A truly impressive work of melancholic beauty and muted grandiosity, this album swells, sinks, ebbs, and flows with a certain smoldering, magmatic momentum. You'll tap your feet. You'll sway your hips. You'll want a drink. It will seep into the forgotten nooks and dusty crannies of your soul, and will probably get stuck in your head too. Produced by the illustrious Maxime Robillard, and featuring guest appearances by several CC musicians, this is more local than the kale in Rastall. You know you want a taste.
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SONG OF THE DAY: Rhye -- "Open"
Straight out of The Odyssey, the singer for Rhye will melt your heart like a Siren. Not much is known about Rhye; they released an EP about a month ago and are keeping their identities covered for now. All that's known is that the group consists of two people who are both in other bands. Until they release more info or music, we're stuck not knowing. But when her voice is this amazing, I'm alright with that.
SONG OF THE DAY: Zola Jesus -- "In Your Nature (David Lynch Remix)"
Protean genius David Lynch can't help but be better than everybody at everything. The dark lord of all things strange and sublime, his appreciation for the uncanny power of subtle surreality infuses all of his work, imbuing it--and, by extension, the scenes of middle American banality typically depicted therein--with a kind of ill-begotten, paranoid profundity. While Lynch's remix of Zola Jesus' "In Your Nature" surely doesn't ascend to the magical heights of, say, Blue Velvet, it nevertheless bears traces of his enigmatic aesthetic. Shimmering guitars, plodding drums, and an ominous grinding sound lend a certain hypnotic momentum to Nika Danilova's powerful vocal performance that the original utterly lacks. This is one of those rare instances when the remix wins.