Two new vinyl releases this week available at Backbeat Books and Music.
Middle Class Rut – Pick Up Your Head
Double gatefold vinyl includes two exclusive tracks and digital download card of the album. Pick Up Your Head is the second full-length from Zack Lopez and Sean Stockham, self recorded and self produced in their hometown of Sacramento and then mixed by the legendary Dave Sardy (LCD Soundsystem, Oasis, Wolfmother). Middle Class Rut is the explosive alternative rock duo behind 2010’s No Name No Color, which featured hit singles ‘New Low’, ‘Busy Bein’ Born’ and ‘Are You On Your Way’. Also available on CD with alternate cover art.
Montag – Phases
Phases compiles the A-sides of Montag’s 12-month singles project of the same name. 2012 saw Montreal’s Montag, a.k.a. Antoine Bédard, writing a new song (or two) for digital release each month of the year. Bédard chose this unique and innovative release method to experience songwriting and producing in a new, challenging way. The songs showcase a range of styles while sharing elements from the electronic pop of Montag’s previous work. “Sun Fat Explosion” is Bédard’s noisy go at krautrock, an improvised jam taken from a “one-night-band” session with fellow Montreal musicians. Erika Spring of Au Revoir Simone lends her lovely voice to “Memori,” a synth-pop gem with a bittersweet melody, built on chords written by Spring. “New Found Land,” features Bédard’s lyrics about a land untouched by human hands, the “one place where we belong.” The track begins with a Kate Bush-like sweep of sustaining synth sounds before becoming a louder, M83-style tune. Includes MP3 download!