Much has been made (probably by us) of how Bell Gardens was hatched over evenings spent sharing wine and vinyl, as band founders Kenneth Gibson and Brian McBride shared their mutual love for the sounds of eras past. We asked them to put together a mixtape of some of their favourites to share with us. To go along with the mix we’ve asked them a few questions.
This mix seems to be really representative of the types of songs that inspired Bell Gardens – is there a particular quality or character in these songs that ties them together for you?
Brian McBride: I remember some Dennis Wilson bootlegs were some of the first songs we cranked while we killed off the times. We’d stumbled into “Barbara” and some of the Bamboo recordings most likely in one fell swoop. Inevitably a handful would be repeated over and over again. But to really answer your question, there’s obviously a lot of sadness Continue reading →
We proudly present the first video from Boduf Songs‘ new album Burnt Up On Re-Entry. With sounds on the album recently described by Pitchfork as “like a mechanical valkyrie diving for your eyeballs”, “a La Brea tarpit of down-tuned doom guitars”, and “a rigor-mortis dance-pop groove”, one can barely begin to imagine what Mat Sweet might conjure up as a visual accompaniment to his audio creation.
And here we have it – a dark vision, a five minute epic, a heart-rending story of alienation and salvation (or is it?) told in stop motion animation. The entire video was crafted by the hand of Mr. Sweet himself.
Burnt Up On Re-Entry is available now on double vinyl and CD.
This week the world can welcome the Boduf Songs album. Burnt Up On Re-Entry is an adventurous, unpredictable and exceptional piece of music, which marks the evolution of Mat Sweet’s sound from the minimalist acoustic approach he has previously taken on his four albums for the Kranky label, to a more adventurous and experimental treatment of his songs.
Burnt Up On Re-Entry is a place – an infinite space – where dark psychedelics are crafted using a combination of raw electronics, manipulated samples and heavy rock guitar. Where once other instruments were rare interludes betwixt brooding vocals and carefully plucked guitar, now they have a much bigger part to play, shaping entire songs into an animated whole. The song craft remains centred around a heavy melodic and melancholic core, which has been prevalent across the entire Boduf Songs canon.
“Fiery The Angels Fell”, the album opener, is a fine example of this bold exploration into an even more dynamic form of composition. It begins with Mat Sweet’s hushed, mournful vocals and gentle string picks but quickly picks up the tempo, pushes the electric guitar to escape velocity and lurches out of its gravitational field. “Vermin Rend Thy Garments” and “Drexelious Sick Man Quarles Emblemes Closed Heaven” shift the planet on its axis yet again, the latter morphing into pulsing electronic tones with unearthly vocals and haunting synthesised dark matter. ”Everyone Will Let You Down In The End” appears to provide a warm familiarity Continue reading →