I love this time of year. All the bigger kids come back down to the content farm, pushing the smaller kids off the swings with their announcements, readying themselves for the release of their late Q1/early Q2 albums in time for the upcoming festival moneyball season. You can't beat it, you should taste the steam that rises from the yellow snow in my inbox, it smells glorious. Here are your singles of the week:
Krrum - 'Evil Twin'
Crank this. I don't give a fuck where you are. Play it louder than your ears can take. This kid is 20 years old and it's his first 12" - credit where credit is due, this is the shit.
Three Trapped Tigers - 'Silent Earthling'
This plays games with my head and my heart. These guys do not fuck around and I for one am delighted that they are back. 'Silent Earthling' is the title track from the album Silent Earthling released in April with the title Silent Earthling. I don't think they're from space but who can tell?
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - 'Nobody Dies'
This is the first song from Thao Nguyen's new album A Man Alive, which is out in March, it's produced by Merrill Garbus from Tune-Yards who has added an extra layer of fun on top of the already ridiculously good mixture of sounds that they've had going on for the last nearly ten years. Play it loud because the chorus is worth it.
Suuns - 'Translate'
Suuns are back with 'Translate' and yet again they've managed to mix throbbing electronica with intricate guitar music better than almost anyone. This insistent, pounding, total banger is full of cerebral joy. It's the kind of song I want to be playing whilst I'm being sick in the club toilets, if you know what I mean.
Operators - 'Cold Light'
Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs fame can pretty much do what he likes and it sounds good, this is proof, I guess it's luck that what he likes is to make pumping indie disco music which makes me grin and lose my shit.
Hawk - 'Once Told'
This song is about Ireland's draconian abortion laws.
John Congleton and the Nighty Nite - 'Until It Goes'
It depresses me that someone who wrote some of the bleakest and beautiful music of the post-millenial emo era could be referred to as somebody else's producer, yes he has produced a metric fuckwad of great records every year since he broke up The Paper Chase, but jesus fingering christ are we just memoryless emoticons now? The song is great by the way.
Odd Nosdam - 'Burrow'
Odd Nosdam isn't going to make you double take with this song, from his forthcoming album Sisters, it's exactly what you'd expect. Which is a deep hip-hop break drenched in total fucking vibes. Probably would be better with Yoni and Dose rapping over it, but what wouldn't.
Children Of Bodom - 'Horns'
I'm leaving you with this because I wanted to share with you something I've known for a long while. Lyric videos for metal songs are the best thing in the entire world.
I think that's quite enough. I promise to give this column all of the care and attention that something that is outdated and overlooked in a couple of days deserves. You can submit your music to The 405 by using your initiative and clicking around the site, although I will unsubscribe from your mailing list. Have a great day.