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EMPEROR X (Speed Folk / US)
Emperor X est le projet du songwriter et bidouilleur noisy pop américain Chad Matheny. En 2004, Matheny décide d’abandonner sa maîtrise en Physique pour se consacrer à des albums de lo fi folk acclamés par la presse, dont NPR, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, Tiny Mix Tapes. Sa musique (une collection d’ hymnes pop bricolée qui touche droit au coeur), trouve sa filiation chez Daniel Johnston, mais aussi chez Dan Deacon. Emperor X a tourné avec Sebadoh, Nada Surf, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, The Hold Steady, & John Vanderslice, qui on tous vu en lui un génie en herbe. Son nouvel album « Western Teleport/Pyrex Canadia/Riot For Descendent Command » sortira cet automne sur Bar/None Records (label de The Feelies, Of Montreal, Yo La Tengo, Architecture in Helsinki, Evan Dando). Matheny a aussi fait parler de lui du fait d’une manie particulière : Il a l’habitude de cacher ses propresp K7 dans le monde entier et de poster les coordonnées GPS pour qui voudra bien aller les chercher.
BEACH ARABS (Surf Pop / US)
Beach Arabs are a trio formed by guitarist/songwriter Liz Hogg. Born and raised in Park Slope, Brooklyn, she assembled the band with fellow students from LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts. An academy as notable for its curriculum as its successful artistic alumni, Liz even once attended a school musical Azealia Banks starred in while both were students. She was most inspired to learn guitar from her early musical hero, John Frusciante, whose song "Head (Beach Arab)", lent the band its name. Gigging sporadically for a year with drummer Andrew Orenstein & a succession of bass players, the line up gelled in spring 2010 with bassist/vocalist Nathaniel Sabat. Sabat came on board after meeting Orenstein the previous summer at a camp, building houses together in Nicaragua. With the present line up intact, they home recorded and self-released their debut album, "Under the Whale" in January 2011, while all the members were still in high school.
The youthful trio has spent much of its time gigging in the unique network of local DIY, all-ages venues such as Shea Stadium, Big Snow, Death By Audio & 285 Kent. Here they have refined their forward thinking approach to guitar driven music that is the hallmark of their upcoming LP, "Wild Movement." The album’s first single, "On The Beach," with its high tension wire treble guitar twangs on a surf wave while tempos start and stop in a quirky cadence all their own. Elements of the trio’s thinking person’s guitar rock hearken to an era of underground forbears from Homestead & SST Records. Liz’s introverted, melodious vocal delivery in "On the Beach" offsets its pierces of angular guitar & on a dime tempo changes, adding an air of sensitivity to the track’s power surges. “Wild Movement” was recorded at Radian Studios in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn in the spring of 2012 & mastered by Daniel James Schlett at Strange Weather Studios. It is out on a limited edition cassette in the U.S. and Europe through Mouca, and will see a worldwide digital release through Mouca/Acuarela September 23rd, 2013.