Trendspotting: Solo, Side Projects and Collaborations – Part 2

Continuing the exploration of artists embarking on new solo efforts, side projects and collaborations – welcome to part 2.  Click here for Part 1.

DRUMMERCOVER

Artist: Drummer
AlbumFeel Good Together
Type: Side Project
Who’s Involved: Patrick Carney of The Black Keys
Featured Track: “Feel Good Together”

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Artist: Rain Machine
Album: Rain Machine
Type: Solo Project
Who’s Involved: Kyp Malone of TV on The Radio
Featured Track: Give Blood”

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Artist: Midnight Masses
Album: Rapture Ready, I Gaze At The Body
Type: Collaboration
Who’s Involved: Features members from Here We Go Magic, Trail of Dead, TV on the Radio
Featured Track:Heaven

“Preacher’s Son”

Album of the Week: Iran – Dissolver

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Artist: Iran
Album: Dissolver
File Under: Lo-Fi Indie Rock
Recommended if You Like:  Pavement, Elliott Smith, Brian Wilson, Sebadoh, TVOTR
Featured Tracks: “I Can See the Future”, “Buddy

“I Can See The Future”:

Buddy“:

“Somehow they all got it wrong/ and they all seem to like it that way/ I let it go on too long/ and I forgot what I really meant to say/ and it feels like I’m lying/ and I don’t even know the truth….”

No doubt about it, the Buddy EP hooked me on Iran.  The combination of  Kyp Malone’s  (of TV on the Radio) masterful guitar work and the pathos laden lyrics of frontman Aaron Aites works for me – utterly and completely.  I wouldn’t call Iran a side project however, this band is actually a pre-cursor to TVOTR.  Dissolver is their third release and is fairly classic in it’s construction – catchy, melodramatic pop-tinged lyrics dragged through lots of rock swagger.  Very reminiscent of Pavement, which is perhaps why I like it so much.  They’re not breaking any barriers with their sound here, but the familiarity feels really, really good. 

Buddy” is certainly a stand out track for me.  To say I’m obsessed with it is an understatement.  “Airport ’79”, (reportedly an epilogue of sorts to John Lennon’s “Airport ’77”) is another excellent song  that’s been stuck in my head all week with it’s distorted, fuzzy guitar and catchy refrain ‘you won’t know who I am/ ’cause you don’t know who I am’.  Much of the album has that ballad-like quality which showcases Aaron Aites true lyrical talent.  It’s lovely.