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Blanck Mass - "Odd Scene" / "Shit Luck"

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Blanck Mass is the solo project of Benjamin John Power, a founding member of the British experimental electronic duo Fuck Buttons. On previous Blanck Mass projects Power has experimented with dark, droning electronic music that contrasts with the often colorful sound of Fuck Buttons.

Surprisingly, Power all but abandons electronica in favor of black metal on the newest Blanck Mass singles, “Odd Scene” and “Shit Luck.” The sudden shift in genre is shocking only to a degree; the songs still fit the grim, heavy aesthetic of Blanck Mass’s previous work.

“Odd Scene” and “Shit Luck” were released on a 12” for Record Store Day and follow up the remix EP World Eater Re-Voxed from earlier this year.

-Owen Murray

Wavves - "All Star Goth"

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Wavves frontman Nathan Williams is re-releasing the band's self-titled debut for Record Store Day in honor of the album’s 10th anniversary. This previously unreleased track, “All Star Goth,” will be included on the reissue.

“All Star Goth” would be among the noisiest tracks on the exceptionally noisy Wavves. The heavily distorted guitars create a wall of sound that is suspended underneath echoing vocal harmonies. The song sounds like a combination of Car Seat Headrest’s Twin Fantasy (which it predates by 3 years) and the Beach Boys-esque vocals of Panda Bear’s "Comfy in Nautica."

The Wavves re-release will be available tomorrow on colored vinyl.

-Owen Murray

Father John Misty - “Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All” / “Just Dumb Enough to Try”

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Father John Misty makes his official return to love songs with his new singles “Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All” and “Just Dumb Enough to Try.” On these songs, Tillman takes a sarcastic but charming tone similar to that of I Love You, Honeybear. The new singles are self-aware and self-deprecating, with Tillman singing about love while at the same time acknowledging his inability to speak on the subject. In addition to the new singles, Father John Misty announced his next album God’s Favorite Customer, which will officially be released on June 1 via Sub Pop.

Shortly after these singles dropped, Father John Misty hit his Facebook followers with another dose of self-aware humor in the form of an image macro reading “When your album leaks a month early” over Tillman’s exasperated expression. Our hearts go out to him; this isn't his first rodeo with this sort of thing. At least he had the foresight to make his album cover the perfect template for the situation.

Father John Misty’s last album was 2017’s Pure Comedy, Anthony's album of the year.

-Owen Murray