Friday, August 18, 2006

Cloud Recordings and two amazing new-ish Athens bands!

Cloud Recordings, run by super-cool folks John, Kelly R., and more, has a seriously stacked fall release schedule, debuting two hot new Athens bands, The New Sound of Numbers and Dark Meat.

The New Sound of Numbers—“Frequency Transmission Systems” MP3
The New Sound of Numbers is a new pop/experimental/post-punk project by Hannah Jones—visual artist and percussionist for Circulatory System and The Instruments. Jones recorded most of the album at home on her own, layering drums, various percussion, 12-string guitar and vocals. Contributions were also made by Heather McIntosh (The Instruments, Elf Power, Japancakes), John Fernandes (Olivia Tremor Control, Circulatory System, Elf Power, Dark Meat), W. Cullen Hart (Olivia Tremor Control, Circulatory System), and Bill Doss (Olivia Tremor Control, The Sunshine Fix). The resulting record gives the listener an upbeat sense of urgency, blending driving rhythms with futuristic sensibilities. Imagine The Raincoats or the Slits with John Cale and Sun Ra mixed in the style of This Heat’s Repeat. It’s a record obsessed with the power of rhythm, a tightened cacophony of chants and tribal beats.

Dark Meat—“Dead Man” MP3
Download: Dark Meat—“Angel of Meth” MP3

Dark Meat is an Athens mega-ensemble that can rock, and sway, and clap their hands to the beat in an area large enough to hold them. After all, Dark Meat regular sports over 15 members; 18 would seem to be a good median number and is the number of the current ensemble. Usually. In fact, it feels like half of the bands in the Athens scene (and beyond) have connections to Dark Meat through various members.

Bands with a connection to Dark Meat include, but are not limited to (are you ready?):

Olivia Tremor Control, We Versus The Shark, South San Gabriel, Elf Power, Circulatory System, Phosphorescent, The Instruments, Col. Knowledge and the Lickety-Splits, Venice Is Sinking, The New Sound of Numbers, Hope for Agoldensummer, Subversivo, The Ginger Envelope, Disband, Ceramic Dvck, Mouser, Folklore, The Gerbils, Vicariously Through Cats (I'm sure I'm leaving people off here)

Imagine The Stooges meets Crazy Horse with killer Stax/funereal marching band horns, wailing gospel-style female backing vocals, ripping Eddie Hazel guitar leads, and Albert Ayler breakdowns. I hear some CCR in there as well. If it all sounds insane, well, it kind of is, in the best possible way. One of Athens' most stellar live experiences, it's pretty great that they were able to capture that lightning in a bottle for the album.

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