Two weeks ago, the artist behind one of my favorite albums of 2013, Kurt Vile
, quietly dropped a stunningly beautiful collaboration with ambient psych act Sore Eros
, an EP entitled Jamaica Plain
. The title track was recorded with Sore Eros frontman (and former Violator) Robert Robinson back in the early part of last decade in the Boston neighborhood that shares its name and features some mesmerizing guitar noodling from Mr. Vile. It’s actually the second collab between the two artists this year – they previously released the Feeding Tube
split 9-inch on 2208 Records
. Stream “Jamaica Plain” below, don’t miss out on the album’s two b-sides, and be sure to also check out Vile’s other
new EP it’s a big world out there (and i am scared)
, out next Tuesday on Matador.
Ben: “t h e _ s t a r s _ w e r e _ g o n e” is the newest track from local band Exray’s. The retro-futuristic hymnal-turned-pop-song is real headphone candy, a hushed gem powered by worn electronics and Jon Bernson’s wizened, world-weary vocals. The synths might sound aged, but there’s a deceptively rich layering going on as well, and that makes this one something to have on repeat.