Five Songs, 3/16/2018
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Five Songs, 3/16/2018

And the beat goes on!

Terrace Martin Presents The Pollyseeds, "Wake Up"

From Sounds of Crenshaw, Vol. 1, this album is from producer Terrace Martin, who is best known for his work with Kendrick Lamar. On this album, he also has other folks in the Lamar orbit, such as Kamasi Washington (whose playing on the sax you're listening to). A mix of R&B and jazz, it's a very interesting album, and absolutely worthy of further exploration, although don't expect anything as banging as, say, "LOYALTY."

The Austerity Program, "Song 19"

Noise rock duo The Austerity Program have been around for a while, although their level of output hasn't exactly been high. Just a couple of EPs and albums. Thanks to a drum machine (no word on what they've named it) and a similar attack, Big Black is the most obvious point of comparison. And there's nothing wrong with that at all. I also admire their refusal to name any of their songs properly.

Looper, "Puddle Monkey"

Stuart David, one of the original members of Belle & Sebastian left the band and Looper became his main project. Basically a pop act with heavy doses of electronics, Looper hasn't ever really grabbed me. No B&S side acts have, really. I guess, fundamentally, what I really like is Stuart Murdoch's songwriting.

Vampire Weekend, "Hannah Hunt"

This song comes from the third Vampire Weekend album, Modern Vampires of the City, which was a return to form after the relative disappointment of Contra.

Kayo Dot, "Vision Adjustment to Another Wavelength"

Avant garde metal weirdos Kayo Dot are out here trying to confuse the masses. The masses, of course, will never get anywhere near any of this. We here at Five Songs go in pretty big for noise and chaos, so this is appealing, even if at times it sounds like several different songs being played at the same time.

Joshua Buergel
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