Sufjan "Subaru" Stevens comes through with an incredibly sad, personal, and subtle record with Carrie & Lowell.
It isn’t all the time that a My Brightest Diamond song begins with a steady, groovy bass-and-drum pattern. But so be it, because it sounds great! Shara Worden and company are following the great first single “Pressure” which the slightly more subdued but no less exciting “Lover Killer.” The multi-tracked Sharas work wonders while the eventual horns add a funky splash of head-bobbing swagger. Shara, of course, still shows off her incredible voice, but everything is more reigned in and direct, and less esoteric, than on previous MBD releases, and the climax hits a little harder because of it. If this and “Pressure” are any indication, their new LP is going to find the group on a lovely new path.
This is My Hand is out September 16, via Asthmatic Kitty.
In an idea curated by the record label Asthmatic Kitty--which I stumbled upon looking for info on the new Julianna Barwick record--Prefuse 73 and the drummer from Yeasayer are let loose in the back catalog of AK artist Epstein for some intensive remixing.
The result is 13 tracks of various sounds and moods. Also, it costs no more than one dollar via Epstein's bandcamp page.
Epstein's latest album is When Man is Full He Falls Asleep. Yeasayer's drummer is billed as "Jaytram." Stream the remix album below: