Delusions of July 2020 - Part 4

Every Monday morning, Still in Rock begins the week with an article featuring a bunch of recent releases. I dedicate a playlist to the v...


Every Monday morning, Still in Rock begins the week with an article featuring a bunch of recent releases. I dedicate a playlist to the very best of these articles at the end of each month (link). Make sure you don't miss anything, join Still in Rock on Facebook (here) and WhatsApp (here). Cheers.

Chaque lundi matin, Still in Rock commence la semaine avec plusieurs sorties qui méritent leur pesant de cacahouètes biologiques. Et à la fin de chaque mois, une playlist rassemble le meilleur de ces articles (lien). Soyez sûr de ne rien manquer, rejoigniez Still in Rock sur Facebook (ici) et WhatsApp (ici). Cheers.

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Last "Delusions" before my annual vacation. I'll be back at the end of August, folks.
Dernier "Delusions" avant mes vacances annuelles. Je reviens fin août les amis.

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Worn-Tin - Good Morning
Demos, 3 July 2020
[indie pop]

EN: I've already written several times on Worn-Tin's account. This Californian artist got noticed last year with some outstanding singles. If I'm still waiting for an album, he recently gave us some consolation with 30 new demos. "I gave myself a goal, write 30 songs in 30 days. I started June 1st and went thru June 30th. The guidelines being I had to finish whatever I was working on that day but it could be about anything in any genre. I tried to stay open, saying a lot of what's on my mind whether it was silly or weird," he says. That's a great idea. Artistic constraint often liberates, proof being given by this frantic rhythm that forced him to dig up some pop melodies that would probably have escaped him. The result is very impressive. Several of the demos we find here are amongst the best pop songs of 2020. Here are my favorites, the ones I'm looking forward to hearing after mastering: "Unit," "They're Here," "Cinnamon" and "Bassboy."

FR: J'ai de nombreuses fois écrit sur le compte de Worn-Tin. Cet artiste californien s'est fait remarquer l'an dernier avec quelques très bons singles. Si j'attends toujours un album, il a récemment donné de quoi nous consoler avec 30 nouvelles démos. "I gave myself a goal, write 30 songs in 30 days. I started June 1st and went thru June 30th. The guidelines being I had to finish whatever I was working on that day but it could be about anything in any genre. I tried to stay open, saying a lot of what's on my mind whether it was silly or weird", qu'il dit. L'idée est excellente. La contrainte artistique libère souvent, preuve en est avec ce rythme effréné qui l'a forcé à déterrer quelques mélodies pop qui lui auraient probablement échappé. Le résultat est d'un niveau très impressionnant. De nombreuses démos que l'on trouve ici sont parmi les meilleures choses pop de 2020. Voici mes préférées, ceux dont j'attends le masteuring avec impatience : "Unit", "They're Here", "Cinnamon" et "Bassboy".


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G.T.R.R.C - G​.​T​.​R​.​R​.​C II
Compilations, 17 July 2020
[garage rock]

EN: The danger with compilations is that we often tend to be overwhelmed by the flow. G.T.R.C II is no exception to the rule. Made of 20 covers, it features the cream of the trashy garage punk scene. In the year 2020, sanitized by a hydroalcoholic gel, this album spits all over, it's full of germs everywhere, and we're rubbing ourselves with these songs getting more and more DIY. My favorites are "Food Fight" (by G.T.R.R.C), "Getting Nowhere Fast" (by R.M.F.C), the speedy "Don't Bring Me Down" (Snooper), "Rock-N-Roll DJ" (by G.T.R.R.C), and "Lights Out" (by Satanic Togas). The whole thing is organized by G.T.R.R.C., a combo between Research Reactor Corp and Gee Tee. Boom.

FR: Le danger avec les compilations, c'est que l'on a souvent tendance à se laisser déborder par le trop-plein. G​.​T​.​R​.​R​.​C II ne coupe pas au problème. Composé de 20 reprises, on y retrouve la crème de la scène garage punk bien trashy. Dans une année 2020 aseptisée à coup de gel hydroalcoolique, cet album vient nous crasher dessus, il fout ses microbes partout, et nous, on se frotte à ces morceaux tous plus DIY les uns que les autres. Mes coups de coeur vont à "Food Fight" (by G.T.R.R.C), "Getting Nowhere Fast" (par R.M.F.C), le speedy "Don't Bring Me Down" (Snooper), "Rock-N-Roll DJ" (par G.T.R.R.C), et "Lights Out" (par Satanic Togas). Le tout est organisé par G.T.R.R.C, un combo entre Research Reactor Corp et Gee Tee. Boom.


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Sonic Youth - From The Basement (Full Set)
Video, August 2007
[experimental rock]

EN: The thrill! In August 2007, the late Sonic Youth recorded a session From The Basement. It had never been published before, but here it is now. And what energy! True to itself, the band only plays 5 songs for more than 30 minutes. It's very close to what they used to deliver live. The first slap arrives as soon as "The Sprawl" with long instrumental phases. And I'm not even talking about the power of "Incinerate," or the grand finale with "Pink Steam." I poured a tear. I think I'm going to get a tattoo saying "ninetiessss foreverrr." For the rest, I refer you to my "Sonic Youth week" which includes an interview with Thurston Moore: it's here.

FR: Les frissons! En août 2007, feu Sonic Youth a enregistré une session From The Basement. Celle-ci n'avait jamais été publiée; la voilà désormais. Quelle énergie. Fidèle à ce qu'il était, le groupe ne joue que 5 morceaux pour une durée dépassant 30 minutes. On s'approche terriblement de ce qu'il délivrait en live. La première claque arrive dès "The Sprawl", ses longues phases instrumentales finiront de convaincre j'en suis sur les derniers réticents à la chose expérimentale. Et je ne parle même pas de la puissance "Incinerate" ou du grand final que le groupe nous a réservé sur "Pink Steam". J'ai versé une larmiche. J'crois que je vais me faire tatouer "ninetiessss foreverrr". Pour le reste, je vous renvoie à ma "semaine Sonic Youth" qui comprend un interview avec Thurston Moore : c'est ici.


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Fuzz - "Returning"
Single, In the Red Recordings, 22 July 2020
[psych stoner]

EN: What can I say? You all know Fuzz, the band is responsible for killing pop music. Its first two albums also killed the 2010s. The third one will mark the 2020s, which we know already from the first single, faithful to its death-cult-stoner-psychedelic universe. Even if the album is scheduled for Halloween, it would be too stupid not to listen to it without a black cape while drinking the upstairs neighbor's blood. Oh, and if the wait is still too long, I recommend the excellent What We Do in the Shadows TV series. As for Fuzz, he plays guitar when he's in the shadows.

FR: Que dire ? Vous connaissez tous Fuzz, le groupe est responsable pour avoir tué la musique pop. Ses deux premiers albums ont marqué les années 2010s (voir l'article look back). Le troisième marquera les années 2020, preuve en est avec ce premier single fidèle à son univers morbido-stoner-psychédélique. Même si l'album est prévu pour Halloween, ce serait trop con de l'écouter sans une cape noire en buvant le sang de la voisine du dessus. Et si l'attente est toujours trop longue, je vous conseille l'excellente série What We Do in the Shadows. Fuzz, lui, fait de la guitare lorsqu'il est dans l'ombre.


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Bonus:
Vintage Crop - "The North"

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