With the announcement of Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, the world got yet another massive supergroup, this time composed of members of Alice in Chains, Mastodon, Mars Volta, and more. While it may not exactly be a supergroup, we like to think of the 10 entrants into our weekly list as composing a sort of super-team, this week offering skills ranging from esoteric black metal to big beat hip-hop. But just think if we could actually get Azealia Banks to team up with the Melvins … We can dream.
10. Waldgeflüster – “Der Traumschänder”
My German is a little bit rusty, but if I’m not mistaken, Waldgeflüster means something akin to whispering forest. Add in an umlaut and a witchy font, and you’ve got the beginning of a rad metal band. Luckily, the German quintet follow up on that promise with new cut “Der Traumschänder”. Part of a new split with Panopticon, the track is a slow-building slice of black metal grandiosity. Over 12 minutes, Waldgeflüster deliver an epic tale of haunted groves, shadowy nightmares, and shuddering quakes. Grab the full split with Panopticon on March 11th via Nordvis and Bindrune Recordings. –Adam Kivel
09. Kero Kero Bonito – “Lipslap”
Depending on your attitude toward music made for casual and widespread consumption — or pop music, for short — Kero Kero Bonito’s new track, “Lipslap”, is merely a peppy, bubblegum pop song for the dance floor, or it’s also a smirking indictment of how society willfully ignores or can’t be bothered to decipher meaningful messages in pop music. Sarah Midori Perry lays out our excuses, so innocent in their entitlement: “I can’t hear you because this beat is taking over,” “I’m not one to lipread and you don’t come with subtitles.” But Kero Kero Bonito aren’t leveling an attack on anyone because, after all, “it’s all lipslap.” Even though Perry’s voice is so distrustfully perky, her enunciation so troublingly precise, it surely can’t be just that. Can it? –Karen Gwee