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Medicine – Move Along – Down the Road (Stream)

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Another day, another string of great releases to cover before moving on to the day’s main event. Among them: a full stream of the sublime split 12″ from Joanna Gruesome and Trust Fund,  a full stream of Terry Malts’ hard-charging Insides EP, and a characteristically incendiary performance from White Lung that also doubles as the official video for Deep Fantasy highlight “I Believe You“. Even with all of those being more than worthy of their own individual features, there was one song that surfaced today which managed to make a surprisingly large impression: Medicine’s “Move Along – Down the Road”.

Ever since Medicine’s surprise comeback record last year, To the Happy Few, they’ve been forcing their audience to re-adjust their expectations. Not that this is a bad thing; they’ve blown nearly all of those expectations out of the water. That trend looks like it’ll continue with their upcoming record Home Everywhere. After the multi-color swirl of lead-off single “Turning” suggested the band might be indulging their more psychedelic impulses, their most recent look at Home Everywhere confirms that with an even greater authority. “Move Along – Down the Road” is a near-claustrophobic cacophony that plays like a pissed-off, alternate world version of Andorra-era Caribou. In short: it’s a thrilling, fascinating, whirlwind of a song that hints towards Home Everywhere becoming one of 2014’s most widely celebrated releases. Medicine seems to be emphasizing their more cinematic sensibilities this time around and it suits their left-field shoegaze to tailored perfection.

Listen to “Move Along – Down the Road” below and pre-order Home Everywhere from iTunes here (all pre-orders will including the accompanying soundtrack to shoegaze documentary “Beautiful Noise“).

Cloud Nothings – I’m Not Part of Me (Stream)

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Only a short while ago, this song elicited a wave of excitement for Cloud Nothings’ upcoming follow-up to their early best-of-decade candidate Attack on Memory. Back when that live recording was posted, though, details on the upcoming record were scant. Today the band over-corrected that detail in stunning fashion, sharing that it’d be named Here and Nowhere Else, while also announcing that it would be released on April 1, 2014 via new label Mom + Pop records- and by sharing what looks to be one of the records many highlights. While second guitarist Joe Boyer has been forced to leave the band due to some legal troubles that preclude him from touring, the band seems to have found ways to fine-tune their sound into something that doesn’t call too much attention to his absence. It’s a sound that matches their strengths as well as possible while suggesting a few new influences that should make this record one of 2014’s more interesting releases. “I’m Not Part of Me” also boasts a chorus section that will immediately get lodged in the brain of anyone who’s paying attention. Cloud Nothings come across as particularly committed in “I’m Not Part of Me” and continue to heighten the growing interest in Here and Nowhere Else. Listen to “I’m Not Part of Me” (and then listen to it a few more times) below.

Cloud Nothings Preview New Record in Brooklyn

“This is the best song they’ve ever written. This song right here? So fucking good.” That quote comes from an anonymous concertgoer right before Cloud Nothings kick into “I’m Not Part of Me” capping off an 8-song run of entirely new songs at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn. From the (admittedly muffled) sounds of “I’m Not Part of Me”, whoever said that just might be onto something. The song is one of the band’s most dynamic and melodic, as scorching as anything on Attack On Memory while blending in a sense of new-found freedom that elevates it into wide-lens majesty. While the four songs from Attack On Memory that follow it sound as extraordinary as ever, the seven songs that precede “I’m Not Part of Me” sit comfortably alongside the final stretch.

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this yet-to-be-named record is the fact that it seems to comfortably marry their newer darker tendencies with the undeniable pop sensibilities of frontman Dylan Baldi’s earlier Cloud Nothings work back when it was a solo venture. Both sides of the band seem to have been maximized to make a deeper impact- and it works. Everything on display here feels like a band that’s coming into their own, finding unparalleled success in the pursuit of evolving their voice. This is absolute must-listen material across the board. When the record finally does arrive, there’s little to no doubt that it’ll make a strong, bruising case for year-end honors. Consequence of Sound is hosting the exclusive Soundcloud stream of the set, which can be accessed here.

UPDATE: The stream has unfortunately been taken down for the foreseeable future. Apologies for any raised hopes. Salute anyone that’s holding out for the string of miracles that would be necessary to bring the stream back. Join them in their impassioned rain dances, just for the hell of it. Who knows, could end up doing the trick. In any case, those raised hopes previously mentioned? Absolutely warranted. Expect a monster of a record. This won’t be the last post about this record in this space. Guaranteed.