Let's talk about resurrections. The topic's been on my mind a lot since speaking to Mark Mallman last week about his triumphant new album, and with Easter freshly in the rearview, it seems like an apropos opportunity to do some further reflecting.
Death used to be a prerequisite for resurrection, but if we're talking about the music industry — and trust me, through all the philosophical garbage, we are — that's not the case. Resurrection comes in the form of refreshed images and new sonic experiments. Albums and EPs that surface after long periods of public dormancy. Life-giving collaborations with other musicians.
Next week, I'll be talking to Night Moves, who've undergone something of a resurrection themselves after taking four years to prepare their sophomore album. That kind of layover can make the public jaded, and they're up against it to prove their own relevance now. Likewise, Astronautalis, who leads our roundup, is morphing his sound even further with his new album, potentially alienating longtime fans.
Both are unfair situations. Reflecting on the resurrections of the season, take this as a bid for patience. Let your favorite musical acts reinvent themselves, and give them more than a weekend in March to pull it off. You might just evolve a bit yourself.
Astronautalis — "Running Away from God"
Astronautalis has been performing some iteration of "Running Away from God" at live shows for over two years now. The song's participatory chant of a chorus has already made it a cult favorite among the Minneapolis-by-way-of-Florida rapper's fanbase. But now that the song's been repurposed for its release on Astro's upcoming Cut the Body Loose LP, it's been given a video treatment that'll excite those fans who've never seen it in the live setting.
In the video — which came with a lengthy explainer you can read on Consequence of Sound — Astronautalis sprints, gold fronts in mouth, through a depressed industrial setting, telling his own story of confronting post-Katrina New Orleans. Cut the Body Loose is out May 13, but you won't see Andy in town celebrating it until his stop at the Turf on June 17.
My Zero — "Work Is The Curse Of The Drinking Class"
The worlds of shock rock and rave metal have been moving toward a convergence since the early 2000s, and the party-happy, Matrix-ass tunes that have resulted have not been an encouraging sign. That's where Rev. John Wheeler comes in.
More famous around the Local Frames world for his work behind the lens, Wheeler also serves as the frontman of industrial rock band My Zero, whose new video "Work Is the Curse of the Drinking Class" comes to us soaked in Jack Daniel's and reeking of good times. The anti-9-5 anthem is the kind you play from your shitty Civic as you speed out of the parking lot at 4:59 pm on Friday. See the mayhem April 9 at Pickle Park in Fridley.
Ced Linus — "Life Ain't Easy"
Honey is doing a good job promoting itself as a great hip-hop club. The Northeast venue recently hosted Baby Shel's release party, and now it's been chosen as the setting for Pledge Empire Records representative Ced Linus' new video, "Life Ain't Easy."
Linus wrote and produced "Life Ain't Easy," and he even directed the video alongside his brother and business partner Prince Carlton, showing that the Minneapolis rapper's work-hard credo is more than just a mantra. The song is from the upcoming Autumn Sessions LP and is released in celebration of Linus' recently wrapped headlining gig in Australia. Goes to show you what you can accomplish if you live up to that hustle you champion.
The Ten Arms — "Slither"
The Ten Arms released their newest album, ...Am the Beast, earlier this month, and the quick-burning low-fi punk LP has all the production value of an early-'90s Mountain Goats record. With fuzzy vocals and a washed-out mix, the album plays as raw as the lyrics of "Slither," the latest single.
In the song, Ten Arms one-man-band Jon Grim heads to the docks of what looks like Lake Superior to film himself talking about masturbation and other sordid fantasies in front of a beaver. It's a weird take, but that doesn't mean it isn't great.
Ego Death — "Orange Soda"
Animator Adam Loomis created something really mesmerizing for Ego Death's newest song, "Orange Soda," and he did it using only a single color. OK, there's some green and black in there too, but the video is nearly all in orange and white, giving the slacker rock song a transformative look as shapes morph into new scenes and negative space becomes the foreground.
At only 1:52, it's over before you can really parse what's going on, but the Download Daze single bursts out of the garage it was formulated in with this stunning visual. Catch Ego Death at the Kitty Cat Klub on April 5 for the release of the four-song EP.
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