Track Changes: Grimes, Joanna Newsom, and More

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“Track Changes” is a new weekly column here at ARTINFO that acts as a notepad for the staff to jot down what they’re listening to that’s new and exciting. This week, Craig Hubert, Anneliese Cooper, and Scott Indrisek pick songs from a variety of artists, including new song from Grimes, a new Paul Thomas Anderson-directed video from Joanna Newsom, a scary drone mix from Further Reductions that’s perfect for Halloween, and more.

Grimes, “Flesh without Blood/Life in the Vivid Dream”
This ornately titled new video, “Flesh without Blood/Life in the Vivid Dream,” features an equally decked out final credit: “Written, Directed, Edited, Colored, + Art Directed by GRIMES.” It’s always exciting to see young women unabashedly laying claim to their image in such an older-male dominated industry — and apparently, for Grimes, that image consists of a blood-drenched Marie Antoinette loping through technicolor tennis courts and forests, slow-mo hotel dance parties, and possibly the highest concentration of Hip Sunglasses™ in the Western hemisphere, all backed by her signature upbeat dreamy synth-pop. —Anneliese Cooper

Joanna Newsom, “Divers”
This video for the title track off the experimental pop-harpist’s latest full-length is the second directed by filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson of “There WiIll Be Blood” and “Magnolia” fame. In the first clip, we found Newsom skipping and singing through Manhattan streets — the video had an odd resonance with the opening credits of “Louie.” This time, things are quieter (but just as intimate) as Newsom continues to sing directly to the camera, often in close-up, with an dramatically sublime backdrop of roiling clouds and mountain peaks. —Scott Indrisek

J Dilla, “Dillatronics #7”
Since the producer J Dilla passed away in 2006, a flood of leftover material has appeared on various releases. Some of these are just repackaged versions of what was already out there, especially as his name and sound gained more recognition posthumously, and some attempts to put together “official” versions of things that had been floating around the internet. And since the money from the releases is typically going back to Dilla’s family it’s hard to fault the intentions, even if every release bearing the producer’s name these days is not essential. “Dillatronics” is part of the later camp, as most of these beats — often described as being part of Dilla’s “electronic experiments” — could be found around the world wide web with only a little digging, and the hefty price tag for the whole set could buy you lunch for a week. But the tracks that are around are worth a listen, especially if you think of them more like sketches than finished songs. —Craig Hubert

Patrick Cowley, “Muscle Up” (album clips)
The DJ and producer, known for his sweaty Hi-NRG productions in the late 70s and early 80s, also did the soundtracks to porn films between 1973-1981. The first release of this material, called “School Daze,” came out in 2013 and opened up new and fascinating avenues of Cowley’s work, which, at least here, contained brushes of proto-breakbeat, John Carpenter-esque synth-horror, and more. It was not music for the dance floor, unless you’re dancing in a dungeon. “Muscle Up” offers more of this material, and, via the link above, you can check out clips of each track. —CH

Peter Matthew Bauer, “Latin American Ficciones”
This track is off the debut solo album from a former Walkmen member; it came out in 2014 but I’ve been listening to it on repeat and kicking myself for missing it the first time around. Perfectly recorded and blissfully simple, this sounds like a fantasy collab between Tom Petty, Mick Jagger, and Elvis Costello, with lyrics penned by a neo-Beat poet high on mescaline. —SI

Further Reductions, Live Drone Set
One of my favorite groups — their “Woodwork” album from last year is constantly being played in my apartment — dropped a live drone set, recorded at the RS94109 record stores in San Francisco back in March. If you’re a bummer like me and don’t like any holiday where the prerequisite is dressing up in costumes and puking in the street, than this is for you. Nothing joyus or fun about this music, which throbs with hiss and static and buzz. If you live in a place where kids come to your front doorstep asking for candy, you could also blast this out the front windows to scare them away. —CH

 

Anneliese Cooper (@DawnDavenport), Scott Indrisek (@indrisek), and Craig Hubert (@craighubert)

 

(Image: Joanna Newsom’s video for “Divers”)