Make your way to the dance floor – Dungeonesse announce their self-titled, debut album! Set for release on May 14, Dungeonesse is comprised of ten bumping tracks, perfectly selected to give the listener just what they want (need); a surefire for getting your body up and moving. We’re envisioning late night/early morning, summer dance parties with this record on repeat. You can stream the latest single “Shucks”above or at Pitchfork! On it, Wasner’s Ciara-like breathy coo comes to the fore over Ehrens’ gigantic production – Top 40 with a connoisseur’s touch. Album artwork featured below, with the track listing at the end of the post!
You’ll remember that Dungeonesse is the newly minted pop project of Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak, Flock of Dimes) and Jon Ehrens (White Life). We shared the first taste back in November with the “Drive You Crazy” video.
Dungeonesse Track Listing
2. Drive You Crazy
3. Show You
4. Private Party
6. This Could Be Home (Featuring TT The Artist)
7. Wake Me Up
8. Cadillac (Featuring DDm)
9. Anywhere You Are
We are so, so excited to tell you that a new Damien Jurado record is going to be released on February 21st! It’s called Maraqopa, and we are sharing the first song with you, “Nothing is the News,” today.
About a year ago, Richard Swift horrifically fractured his left ring finger. For a moment his nimble guitar and piano work flashed before his eyes. Doctors were saying things like “movement and feeling could eventually return,” etc, etc. Certainly, not even a little blip on the sadness radar of humanity, but a massive bummer for a fellow who has carved out a niche as one of independent music’s sought after session players and producers – and especially in relation to the astounding Richard Swift solo output we all know and love.
So, it’s with a great, collective sigh of relief that he’s back to churning out new material like “Whitman.” It’s chugging, chiming and triumphant, featuring Swift’s always-endearing falsetto and casual call-and-response lyricism. “I’ve got my own Whitman…Farewell, farewell/I hope it did you good/To say the things/My father never could,” Swift pines. The song is a cryptic salute to Walt Whitman, whose American lineage of primal, urgent art can be traced to include Kerouac and Dylan, Bo Diddley and Beefheart – right on through to modern outsider-pop wunderkinds like Swift. And according to Swift, “Whitman” is a nice taste of what we can expect from his next longform recording.
The same can be said for the remainder of the Walt Wolfman EP. Conceived in the same spirit that gave us 2008’s cult favorite Ground Trouble Jaw EP, these blown-out, basement R&B rippers are not for the faint of heart. They require movement and sweat, dancing with a cocktail glass in your grip until your shoes are soaked in booze. Highlight of the set, “MG 333,” is a raw and ghostly trance, a blast of kinetic energy and jazz cigarette smoke. Meanwhile, the neu-vintage jive of “Drakula (Hey Man)” and “Zombie Boogie” pack a timelessness that transcends their seasonal titles. And yeah, that’s Swift himself on rapid-fire drums across the whole damn set. Shit, he might have been fine without that measly finger after all.
Richard Swift is performing as a touring member of The Shins this fall.
Walt Wolfman EP will be released by Secretly Canadian on October 18th, 2011 in digital and vinyl formats.
1. Whitmanbr>2. MG 333
3. Laugh It Up
4. Zombie Boogie
5. Out & About
6. Drakula (Hey Man!)
7. St. Michael