Unknown Pleasures #72 ft. Exclusive: Desert Mountain Tribe, Vitamin Wig C, Mara Simpson

Desert Mountain Tribe (Photo: Jo Wells)

Desert Mountain Tribe (Photo: Jo Wells)

An exclusive debut for the ear-blowing opener to Desert Mountain Tribe’s new album, Californian outsider electronica and some nomadic blues all feature in Getintothis’ Patrick Clarke‘s weekly new music column.

The first of this week’s Unknown Pleasures is an exclusive. Fancy that. And what an exclusive, the ferocious, bristling, psych-rock mugging of an opener that is the first track from Desert Mountain Tribe‘s debut album Either That Or The Moon, out tomorrow.

A hungry, ferocious seven minutes of hyperdriven rock ‘n’ roll, the track, Feel The Light, is a monolith of formidable noise, guitars squalling to the edge of chaos while athletic drums pump with abandon, vocal howls skating above the cacophony to grab you by the throat. After an opening assault the Croydon trio descend into a deafening sludge rock freakout that must simply be heard to be believed.

The track streams exclusively with this column just below, while in our regular weekly playlist at the very end is the similarly savage Runaway. The rest of the album, mark my words, has all the same knife-edge ferocity.

The two tracks posted this week by Californian artist Robbie Hansen under pseudonym Vitamin Wig C, meanwhile, are a headfuck of entirely different proportions, an atypically charming pair of lo-fi freakouts cut from a forthcoming full length release.

The first, Get Off My Train is a brief, lo-fi sojourn of weird, disjointed jabs of woozy synth, metronomic beats and vocals jabs resting somewhere between Zappa and Ariel Pink at their most madcap, while the more substantial Thieving scatters disparate samples about a wonky instrumental that jumps from one delightfully off-centre groove to another.

We’re on firmer ground, finally, with nomadic singer-songwriter Mara Simpson‘s new single Keep Holding On, cut from her upcoming album Our Good Sides, out this May. Rooted in a tradition of superior blues and folk, the track simmers with baleful attitude without ever overdoing it, Simpson‘s rich, sonorous vocal poised with ease atop a swelling, dauntless instrumental.




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