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High Violets at Big Takeover

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Witching Waves at Big Takeover

London’s Witching Waves return with a second full-length of dark post-punk excellence sure to expand the trio’s fanbase beyond the confines of their home country.

Crystal Cafe establishes Witching Waves as Live Skull for a new millennium. ALuxembourg Signal-like ethereal quality pervades the songs, allowing catchy choruses to waft in the shadowy atmosphere. Meanwhile, intricate, yet memorable, guitar licks push the songs beyond their early Cure sensibilities into a spiraling black hole orbit. Instrumental interludes allow emotions to pour solely from instruments without the necessity for words. There’s someBreeders and a little Wire, too, but, mostly, this is three people from London making astounding music that deserves to be heard.

New releases come and go, with very few falling into the category of “must have.” Skip lunch, save money, do what you have to do to buy this album. It’s worth it.

 

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Great Lakes at The Big Takeover

Great Lakes formed in 1996 in Athens, Georgia, initially aligned with that city’s Elephant 6 collective, but has been based in Brooklyn since 2002.

The band’s fifth album, Wild Vision, comes this Friday on the band’s own label, Loose Trucks. For this new album, founding singer-songwriter-guitarist Ben Crum reconvened the same lineup of musicians who helped him make its predecessor, Ways of Escape: vocalist Suzanne Nienaber, drummer Kevin Shea (Mostly Other People Do the Killing), bassist David Lerner (Ted Leo and the Pharmacists), and keyboardist Joe McGinty(The Psychedelic Furs).

While Great Lakes’ early records traded in a whimsical, light-hearted psychedelia, with their third and fourth albums, 2006’s Diamond Times and 2010’s Ways of Escape, the band gradually gravitated toward more personal songs, with a darker tone. That pattern continues with Wild Vision, a masterfully executed collection of modern country-noir. “Wild Again” is a highlight, with Philip Sterk’s wailing pedal steel circling Crum’s guitar as the song builds to a breathtaking conclusion. At the opposite spectrum, “I Stay, You Go” is an understated, melancholy country ballad graced by a wonderfully weary vocal duet from Crum and Nienaber. “Bird Flying,” “Beauties Of The Way”, and the closer “Shot And MIssed” thrill with howling, minor-key rock jams.

Such pleasures abound on Wild Vision. We could not be more pleased to bring you this exclusive stream today!

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Antlered Aunt Lord at Big Takeover

As Antlered Aunt Lord, Tunabunnydrummer, Jesse Stinnard, serves up his solo debut of odd, incongruent lo-fi recordings that somehow make sense as an album.

Ostensibly Formerly Stunted (and on fire)exists as the audio diary of one who sees the world entirely through their own goggles. Shades of the gritty 1990s Los Angeles Poop Alley Studios sound merge with traces of slop pop pioneers Crayon. Fuzzy synths shoot laser beams over jangly guitars, while snotty indie rock vocals give way to Beach Boys harmonies. Sounds emerge and become something else, taking the songs into unexpected territories without ever losing their catchy charm. It’s Robert Pollard doing Talking Heads while on an earlyDevo trip.

Apparently Antlered Aunt Lord has a backlog of several hundred songs. Let’s hope this is only volume one.

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Mark Van Hoen at Big Takeover

This London-based ambient electronica artist, AKA Locust, has covered a lot of stylistic ground in his career. This time he’s made a synth-heavy valentine to the spacier side of Krautrock (explicitly on “Froese Requiem I &II,” for Tangerine Dream mastermind Edgar Froese, who died earlier this year). Slowly swooshing melodies intertwine with percolating patterns, occasional drum-machine beats, and a few cosmic spoken bits. It’s not so much a throwback as a gentle modernization of a much-loved style by including little bits of IDM.

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Noon:30 at Big Takeover

On one of those damn days I dismissed dozens of submissions for being unremarkable, I had to laugh when I tried Noon:30 next. I’m not sure what they are, but it’s sure the opposite! Two profane Detroit girls gone to DC, Aissa and Blue try on styles like clashing flashions on these four tracks (three of them remixed on side two), and they’re pretty hardcore, whatever. First they‘re so creepy horror movie ambient I see psycho slashers in ski masks; second they’re a capella folk; third they’re industrial-strength, ultra-abrasive, in your face hip-hop (if Ministry tried it?), forging a scowling feminist “kiss my ass” update to Salt-n-Pepa’s 1988 #19 smash, “Push It” of 2014’s Geico commercials; fourth, they’re minimal art/noise turned electroclash. My word, but I asked for a challenge. They “found release,” in both senses.

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Stutter Steps at Big Takeover

Wistful, jangling, quietly anthemic, “Set Radio Clock” is the second single off Stutter Steps’ self-titled debut on Wild KIndness Records. The Pittsburgh-based band, formed by vocalist and guitarist Ben Harrison with local musicians including Jeff Baron of The Essex Green and Ladybug Transistor (the current line up includes drummer Sean Finn,David Horn on bass, guitarist Phil Jacoby, and Cindy Yogmas on vocals and keyboards), embraces “the Velvet Underground’s third album…the New Zealand jangle of The Bats and The Clean [and] the bittersweet wistfulness of Polaris“ as inspiration. Indie-pop nerds and record-store clerks, pay heed!

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Antlered Aunt Lord at Big Takeover

As Antlered Aunt Lord, Tunabunny drummer, Jesse Stinnard, serves up his solo debut of odd, incongruent lo-fi recordings that somehow make sense as an album.

Ostensibly Formerly Stunted (and on fire)exists as the audio diary of one who sees the world entirely through their own goggles. Shades of the gritty 1990s Los Angeles Poop Alley Studios sound merge with traces of slop pop pioneers Crayon. Fuzzy synths shoot laser beams over jangly guitars, while snotty indie rock vocals give way to Beach Boys harmonies. Sounds emerge and become something else, taking the songs into unexpected territories without ever losing their catchy charm. It’s Robert Pollard doing Talking Heads while on an earlyDevo trip.

Apparently Antlered Aunt Lord has a backlog of several hundred songs. Let’s hope this is only volume one.

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Mark Van Hoen at Big Takeover

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Mark Van Hoen at Big Takeover

Los Angeles-based composer, Mark Van Hoen, has delved into electronic music for nearly thirty-five years with records running the spectrum from Berlin school pulses to throbbing EDM, all of which influence his latest ethereal synth-driven release.

Nightvision ranges from pastoralHarmonia-like krautrock to the darkness of Italian horror movie soundtracks byClaudio Simonetti and Fabio Frizzi. Haunting electrified voices waft over lounging industrial beats while Eno-esque drones merge with a cloud of Vangelis haze. Elsewhere,Olekranon’s carefully constructed noise flirts with Tangerine Dream’s heady mind expansion, and cosmic Klaus Schulze hyperdrive dances to Autechre glitch. It’s simultaneously soothing and unsettling, that uneasy feeling of watching the sun come up while ghosts of the night before lurk in the shadows of memory.

Though a veteran, Mark Van Hoen shows no signs of the cynicism or laziness that come with the title. Step into his surreal space and float away for awhile.

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