"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 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
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.
02. House of Stares
05. Crazy #107
08. Peaceful Swan
11. Heads Will Fall
12. Floatin' Oculus
15. Dangerous Passion
16. Pool Party (Place 4 Us)
Shmu - "House Of Stares"
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Shmu - "&hearts"
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13 June, 2012