Top 10 MP3s of the Week (4/26)


    cassettes Top 10 MP3s of the Week (4/26)

    The top mp3s have gone through many incarnations since the beginning of Consequence of Sound in 2007. What used to be an exhaustive roundup of all the singles, remixes, covers, and undiscovered gems emailed to us any given week evolved into a compilation whittled down to our 10 favorite new songs. For 2013, we’re again changing up the format with the hope of giving our selections some added weight. We’re still posting about our 10 favorite songs, but they’ll be ordered in quality from 10-1. Who takes home #1 this week? You’ll have to click ‘Next’ to find out.

    10. Baths – “Ironworks”

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    Will Wiesenfeld (who records under the moniker Baths) can carry a haunting melody in addition to cutting some seriously violent drum loops, “Ironworks” being a prime example. After a stark piano intro, Wiesenfeld begins methodically layering texture upon texture, starting with the aforementioned percussion. The instrumentation quivers anxiously, uncertain. In contrast, Wiesenfeld’s falsetto has never sounded so confident. After lead single “Miasma Sky”, “Ironworks” is the second track from Baths’ forthcoming LP, Obsidian. -Jon Hadusek

    9. Goat – “Dreambuilding”

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    It might be hard to tell through all of the alt percussion shaking and desert rock riffage on “Dreambuilding”, but Goat are actually a pack of Swedes. Crowd-chanted vocals clamber around on top of staccato guitars and dozens of shakers, psychedelic wah, and far-off kalimbas shambling into the song at different points. After initiating the ritual, a lone guitar ascends like a shaman into the ether, rattling and crowing into the night. “Dreambuilding” is already out in Goat’s native Scandinavia, but will be released as a 7″ single in Europe on June 3rd via Rocket, and everywhere else the next day via Sub Pop. Stream over at Pitchfork-Adam Kivel

    8. Great Thunder – “Kees”


    Just as we’re all getting comfortable pronouncing Waxahatchee, Katie Crutchfield has another musical project for us to wrap our minds around. Paired up with drummer Keith Spencer (of Crutchfield’s twin sister Allison’s band, Swearin’) as Great Thunder, she indulges in some grandiose alt rock tones, as evidenced on “Kees”. The two trade vocal duties throughout the set, but those increasingly familiar moody female tones dominate this one. In truly grand Crutchfield’s roomy vocals soar float above a chunky guitar riff and splashy cymbals. To put it succinctly, the cover of Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You” that closes out the EP feels completely natural, that track and this one sounding like twisted, lo-fi ’90s nostalgia. “Kees” is the first song from Great Thunder’s new EP, Strange Kicks. -Adam Kivel

    7. Hebronix – “Unreal”

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    When Daniel Blumberg quit Yuck, he left his former bandmates to fend for themselves. He was the chief songwriter after all, and now he’ll be applying his talents to a new project called Hebronix, releasing debut LP, Unreal, on July 9th via ATP Recordings. Based on the seven-minute title track, a sprawling piece of hazy introspection, Blumberg won’t veer far from the ‘90s slacker rock he played with his old band — and he even nabbed lo-fi luminary Neil Hagerty (of Royal Trux) to produce it. -Jon Hadusek

    6. Classixx – “All You’re Waiting For (feat. Nancy Whang)”

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    Disco. For many, the word alone is rage inducing. Los Angeles duo Classixx hope to dispel that stigma with their new single, “All You’re Waiting For”. They’ve taken the genre’s core ingredients (retro synths, pulsing percussion) and melded them into a faster, more danceable pop song, complete with bass drops and hand claps. The recruitment of guest vocalist Nancy Whang also proves apt, as she sings with a spangled flair to match all that disco extravagance. -Jon Hadusek

    5. Quasimoto – “Planned Attack”

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    Otis Jackson Jr. gets most of his attention for his work as Madlib, but he’s snagging some spotlight for another alter ego, Quasimoto.  The upcoming career-spanning compilation Yessir Whatever will feature some unreleased material, including the bitingly old-school “Planned Attack”. Decimated chording loops over a thumping beat, all while he splits his time between threatening anyone who thinks they can compete and boasting his own skill. He’s “coming through like Thelonious Monk/ Madlib drop melodious funk,” and the slippery scratching and booming sub-bass are enough to announce Lord Quas’ dominion. Yessir Whatever is due June 18th via Stones Throw Records. -Adam Kivel

    4. Sigur Rós – “Isjaki”

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    Icelandic post-rockers Sigur Rós are moving in a “more aggressive” direction, according to a press release for their forthcoming album, Kveikur (out June 18th via XL Recordings). It’s an alarming announcement coming from a band that relies so heavily on restraint and subtlety; however, the excellent lead single “Isjaki” should quell any fears. While more upbeat than the typical Sigur Rós soundscape, the track offers plenty of familiarities, such as Jónsi’s elegant falsetto and the dense guitar layering. Drummer Ãgúst Ævar Gunnarsson benefits most from the speedier tempo, hammering out some truly satisfying fills and snare rolls. The Sigur Rós rhythm section has never sounded so active. -Jon Hadusek

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