DISCHAAAGEEE’s Frantic, Synth-driven Song “Xuxu” Sits at the Sweet Spot Between Garage Rock, Synth Pop and Post-punk

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Imagine a lo-fi blend of Devo, The Fall and Quintron and that will give you some idea what you’re in for listening to “Xuxu” by Japanese band DISCHAAAGEEE. Its propulsive pace, regimented yet borderline unhinged dynamics, playful synth melodies and enigmatic vocals sit in the sweet spot between garage rock, synth pop and post-punk. It sounds futuristic in the way it free associates musical ideas and recontextualizes them to make something that draws inspiration from what has come before without being beholden to it stylistically even if the spirit of that music can be heard echoing in the distorted gyrations and frantic pulses of “Xuxu.” Fans of Pow! and The Screamers will appreciate the songs surrealistic soundscaping and raw energy as well as its undeniably catchy tunefulness. Listen to “Xuxu” on Spotify and connect with DISCHAAAGEEE at the links below.


Yaglander Has an Ambivalent Existential Crisis on “Changing Lanes”

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Listening to “Changing Lanes” by Yaglander, one thinks of The Clean and The Fall and their gift for combining lo-fi production, loose guitar jangle, slackery vocals and a knack for an unconventionally tuneful melody. The minimal guitar riff punctuated by a lively keyboard arpeggio alongside vocals that sound like they were sampled by on a mono recording from the radio gives the song an strange quality of mixing not just styles but eras of recording and songwriting. Like a collage of indie pop and garage rock this song about aspiring to commit to a course of action and mentality but being unsure where to direct that energy when too many things seem viable but also doomed to failure or disappointment. Or, frankly, that choosing would demand too much of you and where you feel you’ve been comfortable in what you assume is the core of your personality. It’s also a song about thinking you know who you are and what your identity might be and your values only to be struck by the realization that, like too many politicians in our time, you really stand for nothing and your values are contingent on what you think are polar opposites in the world around you where everything seems to be changing whether you’ve adapted or not. Listen to “Changing Lanes” on Soundcloud and follow Yaglander at the links below.