Top Pops! Shmu, Sacred Caves MP3 Downloads & Streams

“Pop music shouldn’t always get a bad rap,” says Top Pops!, a recurring selection of pop music highlights across a selection of styles. All we need this time is two acts: Austin’s Shmu (1/2 of Zorch) and California’s Sacred Caves (member of Film School).

Shmu

Shmu is the new solo project of Sam Chown, one half of Austin’s raucously insane rock duo, Zorch. His latest record, Discipline/Communication, was released on June 5th via Grand Theft Zamboni Records. The 16-track record, like Zorch’s offerings, is sheer insanity, though in a vastly different sense. Discipline/Communication is not consistently high-energy, but each track encompasses its own bizarre universe of sound, each the sonic equivalent of a 15-minute Adult Swim show.

This type of compartmentalization is evident in just the first two singles alone: “&hearts” is a spastic collage of noise and rhythm while the much more accessible “House Of Stares” cradles one in a smooth crib of silk, with psychedelic mobiles swirling up ahead. Tracks are streaming below, and if this is your bag, rest assured that the rest of the album can be found among and within these meandering boundaries of musical form.

DISCIPLINE/COMMUNICATION TRACKLISTING
01. Impressions
02. House of Stares
03. Backwoods
04. Directions
05. Crazy #107
06. Shadowgames
07. Happiness
08. Peaceful Swan
09. Vanitos
10. &hearts
11. Heads Will Fall
12. Floatin’ Oculus
13. Turpentine
14. Fester
15. Dangerous Passion
16. Pool Party (Place 4 Us)

Shmu – “House Of Stares”DOWNLOAD MP3
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Shmu – “&hearts”DOWNLOAD MP3
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Sacred Caves

When artists who “belong” together get together to create music, there is a synergistic quality that extends beyond words. Sacred Caves is a duo comprised of Greg Bertens (formerly of Film School) and Nyles Lannon, two musicians who seem to belong together in a creative sense. After years of little communication, they rekindled their relationship in the abandoned caves of California, finding in them what Lannon calls “kinetic energy” and what Bertens calls “a complete idea”. Their first offering, a four-track EP entitled Sanctuarium, comes out July 31st on hausKat Records and seres as a preview to this fall’s full-length.

SANCTUARIUM TRACKLISTING
01. Slomo
02. Slow This Down
03. On The Outside
04. Diamonds

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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