Have A Nap Hotel EP
Hot on the heels of their debut Mexican Summer long-player, The Bitters - consisting of Aerin Fogel and the ever-prolific Ben Cook (Roommates, Young Governor, Fucked Up) - bring us their Have a Nap Hotel EP. This Toronto-based duo have built a name for themselves forging their self-coined "cave pop" genre, which merges elements of 50s melodies and dark post-punk instrumentals with just a hint of flannel. Their debut 12" EP Wooden Glove was released last spring on Captured Tracks and sold out shortly thereafter, having been instantly well-received among tough critics and keen listeners alike. Cook's jangly guitars stay back in the cut and let Fogel's vocals (and the occasional fuzzy lead, saxophone, synth line, and handclap) wash over the tunes. Their collaborative work appears live with the help of drummer Jonah Falco (Fucked Up, Career Suicide) and a rotation of starry guest bassists.
Murder Dull Mind EP
Recorded while Damon McMahon was living as an expatriate in China, Amen Dunes presents seven new stunning works of sunlit haziness. During the two years he lived abroad, he lived most of the time in an apartment on the north end of Beijing. He tracked these songs one summer in that apartment. With the exception of "Diane" and "Murder Dull Mind," all of these songs were recorded in one take and are completely improvisational; on repeated listens though, there is a pop-ness amidst the improvisation. The title track in particular, a melodic mantra-like work could certainly function on its own as a single. Although the songs have a bit less pre-written structure than Amen Dunes' previous work on the Locust label, they are still every bit as miraculous. The geographical influence on his work central to both writing and recording conditions is evident here as these songs are way more open, and generally more free than his debut Dia (recorded in 2006 in a Catskills cabin) was. A bit less psych freak out and a bit more dark folk vibe throughout.
Look for these new entries into Sacred Bones' EP series plus new 7"s from Electric Bunnies and Mac Blackout out on July 27th. More info HERE