I was much quicker on the mark with this one. By which I mean the latest recording of Pillars and Tongues, released back in February.
Called Lay of Pilgrim Park, the release is limited to 500 vinyl pressings (with a complimentary download) and also available to purchase as a download only. With the magic that I thought their Daytrotter session was, as well as the album Protection (album? the four tracks do have a total running time of about 50 mins, but I suppose whether you consider that an album or EP is a minor detail), I had pretty high expectations for the new release, and I most certainly wasn’t disappointed. Pillars and Tongues have their craft finely tuned, and Lay of Pilgrim Park is the perfect evidence for it.
I’ve also just developed a keen fondness for Autistic Daughters, a recommendation on the basis of my resurging interest in P&T, as well as a recent liking for Natural Snow Buildings and fellow Kranky label-mates To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie. On that basis, the rec definitely has merit, but Autistic Daughters stand apart as unique. Blending similar elements, Autistic Daughters are mellow, blues-y and downright seductive. If you consider the three aforementioned artists – and are familiar enough with each of their sound – you may have a decent frame of reference with what to expect from Autistic Daughters. Then you’ll listen to them and they’ll exceed those expectations. I heard two songs from their 2004 release Jealousy and Diamond and immediately sought the quickest way possible to acquire both of their albums. (The other being 2008′s Uneasy Flowers).
I resorted to purchasing them in digital format, of course, but owing to my preference for hard-copy I’ll be replacing them with CD versions. Possibly obsessive, possibly a pointless exercise, but I think it was worth it just to be able to hear them post-haste.
I also made a nifty discovery on the site Bandcamp, called Invisible Elephant. I went there looking for something new and interesting, and I think I was pretty darn lucky to have found it as subsequent visits have failed to turn up anything to pique my interest. (This may have something to do with the rather non-existent search engine/terms. The only way to refine a search is by genre tag. Depending on the tag, this turns up vast amounts of artists and albums that would take hours to wade through, or only one or two that have picked such an obscure tag the only way to find it is by browsing all tags and picking it if it sounds interesting. Or if you already know the artist you’re looking for. I find that somewhat annoying and think more options should be made available for casual browsers. But enough about my demands). Invisible Elephant’s album The Lights Go Out is a dreamy blend of post rock, shoegaze, psych and folk, which is more than worth the free download. I’ve rabbited on quite a bit about in various places so I’ll leave it now with a succinct: Grab it here. (That’s an order, not a dare ).
Lastly, thanks once again to a recommendation, I was directed to take a peek at Have A Nice Life, currently offering a 4-track EP called Time of Land for free download here. I have it on decent authority that these tracks are much in the same vein as their album; rather, if you like the artist these songs will offer you something a little more, while not something much different. That’s ok with me, as if this EP is a good indication of what the album Deathconsciousness sounds like, I want it. (Think: shoegaze, industrial, post-punk, psych… Appetising combo).