Mary Bell: France’s Best New Export

Aside from a liberal approach to sexuality, cheese and other pseudo stereotypical idioms, France has often trafficked in some wicked underground music.

Most recently, Parisian punk band, Mary Bell.

Kind of wish they’d sing in French but I suppose there’s the Imperium of the Exceptional that pushes our punk brothers and sisters to make ‘universal’ their art.

Oxbow – Other People

Somewhere between Neurosis/Mr. Bungle and Curtis Mayfield and Pharoah Sanders lies Oxbow.

After a decade, they return via the resurrected Hydra Head Industries label with an LP that will defy excretatations, WIN end of year lists and be promptly forgotten by the neck-bearded masses for another decade as the band goes into hybernatation in MW job-landia.

Forget the band of the minute wankers, johnny on the spot assholes.

Whatever. I like what I hear.

Below:

“OTHER PEOPLE” the second video from OXBOW’s new album THIN BLACK DUKE, out May 5, 2017, on HYDRA HEAD INDUSTRIES.”

Alfa Mist – Antiphon

UK-based composer/producer Alfa Mist’s latest LP, Antiphon is a labyrinth of sound. Turning and twisting down melancholy jazz breaks flavored by Bill Evans best, and Coltrane’s Naima (one of my favorite records of all time).

But he’s a young cat. Draws strength and energy from hip hop, soul, R&B. Discourse and conversation.

Dreamy and vibrant.

A *Taarradhin record.

*Noun. From Arabic. “A happy situation for all parties involved.”

Cheshi – Bug Dance

I’m obsessed with guitar pedals. Pedal makers. They’re weird.

They’re weird.

Like the back back room guys in the guitar shop.

So this recommendation came through the fucking fuzziest of click carrot rabbit hole weirdness. Five or six posts deep on IG, copped initially from Sinasoid (they make cables and other audio ‘couture’), finally landing on Bookworm Effects and they’re Laughing Man optical tremolo pedal. [pictured]

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For those unfamiliar, Laughing Man is one of the greatest J.D. Salinger short stories and also happens to be my favorite of his.  This tremolo is really sweet sounding too. Gonna add this to my Want list on Reverb.com.

Halfway down Bookworm’s feed, I found a screenshot of the Cheshi EP and curious, went searching.

Wow!

Okay, Cheshi is Indie Rock fronted by singer-guitarist Ashli Cheshire, channeling Johnette Napolitano, supported by a thunderous rhythm section who propel each dynamic shift in the songs with bombastic gusto.

Below is the song “Bug Dance” from their latest release.

Check ’em out at https://cheshi.bandcamp.com/