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Young Jesus – Grow/Decompose (Album Teaser Premiere)

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Back in September, the newly-relocated Young Jesus teased their forthcoming record with a punchy tune called “G”, which earned quite a few kind words from this site. It was a riveting look at what the band had in store after their last full-length, which is one of the finest records to have come out of the upper Midwest in the last several years (and a record I have no problem calling a masterpiece). Home was Young Jesus’ first major statement and it wound up doubling as a victory lap for their time in Chicago. Now based in Los Angeles, the band’s fine-tuned their sound and there’s a staggering maturity that’s present in Grow/Decompose, which is due out May 13 via Hellhole Supermarket. A few days ago, the band uncovered a little more of Grow/Decompose by unveiling the record’s opening track, a fragile acoustic-driven number that builds in intensity entitled “E.M.P.“. It’s a telling glimpse at what will undoubtedly stand as one of this year’s many great releases.

Today, it’s my honor to present the album teaser for Grow/Decompose, which stays in keeping with the band’s DIY ethos while simultaneously emphasizing their growing ambitions. Set to the melancholic instrumental “Father Son”, the teaser was animated and shot by guitarist/vocalist John Rossiter, whose unique artistic vision is on full display. As calming landscapes and swirls of colors fly by, a message begins to appear: WE ALL DISSOLVE TO THICKER DIRT THAN WE HAVE EVER KNOWN AND IN THE DIRT THERE GROWS A VINE GOD LABELED HOLY GHOST. It’s an arresting message that comes with a twinge of a more foreboding nature as “Father Son” begins to dissolve into an increasingly atonal warning. Mesmerizing, surreal, and deeply intriguing, the teaser’s a fine match for the record it’s promoting. Unyielding in its artistry and set in its convictions, it’s everything that makes Young Jesus one of the most exciting bands out there- and it’s just part of what will make Grow/Decompose a record that will be remembered fondly for years to come.

Watch the teaser for Grow/Decompose below and keep an eye on this site for more updates on the record.

Thee Oh Sees – The Lens (Music Video)

Thee Oh Sees may be on an indefinite hiatus but that hasn’t stopped them from releasing new music. “The Lens” was the first song the band released to tease next month’s The Drop, their last release for the foreseeable future. It’s a weird psych-heavy slow-burner from a band more prone to ferociously energetic freakouts and now “The Lens” has a video to further its weirdness. Managing to work in a visual aesthetic that appears to be some sort of halfway point between Terry Gilliam’s animation work and The Beatles’ visual psychedelia, the song’s queasiness eventually takes full effect as the animation lets one hallucinatory image gently ease into another. It’s as bizarrely hypnotic as the song itself and vaguely NSFW, so watch it with caution. “The Lens” can be seen below and The Drop is due out on 4/19 via Castle Face Records. Keep an eye out.