Matmos, “Very Large Green Triangles” (Schwarz Mix)
The concept behind electronic weirdos’ Matmos’ forthcoming The Ganzfeld EP, I’m told here in convenient and easily digestible email form, is “telepathy,” which checks out, because this track sounds like it’s inside my brain rustling around, all elbows and knees. That’s not necessarily a good thing though. Other things that could be inside your brain right now and you don’t even know: spiders, a misplaced crayon, poison, a second, heretofore undetected other brain slowly digesting your real brain over the years, plotting a personality take over. This song is better than all of those things, I can tell you that much. Other than that it mostly sounds like something you’d do depressing pushups to before picking out your choicest tank top before the outdoor EDM festival.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, “Jeremy” (Magnetic Fields cover)
Covering the Magnetic Fields is a super pro move for any band. To start off, most of Stephin Merritt’s songs are so exquisite that you’d have to be a real fucking turd to screw them up. And, depending on which one you cover, you already have the added bonus of automatically being a more appealing vocalist than Croaky McCroackerson over there. Picking something obvious off of 69 Long Songs seems kind of entry level, however, so The Pains of Being Pure at Heart dug way back into the vault for this track off of 1992 album The Wayward Bus. They add a harder guitar edge and a more upbeat approach than the original’s hangdog charm, but still maintain the beauty of the hook. Stream it here.
Young Unknowns “Far Enough”
There’s a little vocal affectations that the singer here does on the line “further, further” that wreaks of a bit too much Sade easy-listening damage for me to fully get on board. It’s a nice song, pretty enough, I don’t know, I’m not mad at it. If the song reached out over g-chat and asked me why we hadn’t hung out in a while I would just play it off like I’d been super busy with work and you know how it is, and maybe we can hook up next week or something, but I wouldn’t necessarily make a firm plan.