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IHL Music Notes: Mick Harvey, Girl Band, Kurt Vile, Majical Cloudz

April 26, 2013

“I Wish That I Were Stone” is the mascot track from former PJ Harvey collaborator Mick Harvey‘s sixth solo album, FOUR (Acts of Love), out via Mute April 29th in the UK and June 11th in the US.  Give the track a spin in the embedded SoundCloud player below.  According to Mute’s copy on the forthcoming LP, FOUR is a bittersweet meditation on romantic love; “its loss, re-awakening, our ongoing struggles with it and its place in our universe.”  The album is divided into three acts and plays out as a continuous song cycle.  Unsurprisingly, PJ Harvey makes a canorous cameo on the track, “Glorious.”  Harvey’s renown is three-fold: His career with The Birthday Party and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds; his soundtrack work on Chopper, To Have And To Hold and Australian Rules; and his production acumen on PJ Harvey’s Mercury Prize winning album, Let England Shake.  [Via Mute].

You’re A Dog“, a track by Dublin-based noisniks Girl Band, conjures the ’90s (we hipsters knew this was coming), particularly Bleach-era Nirvana ’90s punk.  But that shouldn’t turn you away, at least not outright.  Blatantly unrepresentative of their net gender, the curiously girl-less Girl Band have been plugged by The Quietus and received a validating-enough 7/10 review rating from Drowned in Sound for their latest EP, France 98.  Which is a bit like a hopelessly misunderstood high school daydreamer getting a C in a hard math class.  If you’re liking the noise you’re hearing in the player below, venture forth toward their full EP on Bandcamp here.  [Via Prescription PR].

“Never Run Away” is the star track in Kurt Vile’s lighthearted “non-music-video” video (embedded below), a Philly-based infomercial featuring the interpretive dance of his adorable daughter.  The track also hails from Vile’s newest LP, Wakin On A Pretty Daze (out now).  The record is already garnering critical hosannas and praise from the tastemaking likes of Pitchfork (Best New Music), Uncut (album of the month) and NPR.  The album’s release was made all-the-more momentous with the birth of his second kid, which occurred while Vile was mastering it.  It is truly a month of fertility.  [Via Matador].

We’ve been paying especial, fawning attention to Montreal-based Devon Welsh and collaborator Matthew Otto’s quietly exploratory electronic project, Majical Cloudz.  Their forthcoming album, Impersonator (Matador; 2013), is out May 21st, and places Welsh’s haunting, baritone vocals — harkening the velvety, cabaret textures a la Interpol’s Paul Banks, The National’s Matt Berninger and (hell, I’ll say it) Jim Morrison — in the limelight.  They break hearts in the best possible way.  Be sure to rest your eyes on the monochromatic, mesmerizing video for “Childhood’s End“, directed by Emily Kai Bock.  [Via Matador].

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