After a bit fresh garage rock to wake you up on this rainy afternoon? We've got two mpfreebies for you today, courtesy of Crystal Antlers and The Icarus Line.
First up, the title track from Crystal Antlers' second full-length studio album (out July 11th). The band began recording the 11-track LP in September 2010 in their hometown of Long Beach, California, working with producer Ikey Owens (as well as engineers Athony Arvizu & Jeff Lewis, the team behind their debut EP).
Download the explosively experimental surf pop/grunge/'70s folk-infused 'Two-Way Mirror' below. You can also download the band's track, 'Summer Solstice', for free at crystalantlers.com.
Download Crystal Antlers' 'Two-Way Mirror' here
Next up is a new one from The Icarus Line. These guys have been going since '98, and they're bringing out yet another new album, 'Wildlife', on August 29th. Now, usually I'll just skim over a press release to get the gist of a track, but this one was just begging to be partially reprinted. Seems like singer Joe Cardamone's got a lot on his chest...
"'Wildlife' presents the newest chapter in a bizarre saga of sonic ambition and utterly stubborn will. A rock n' roll nuke followed by a couple months of radiated fallout...This collection of songs is finer than the last and those before that. We, The Icarus Line may never get to make a record again and so every record has been made as if it's the very last one. That's how this music is supposed to feel though isn't it? Like a fight to survive in a musical landscape dominated by frat boys in ships clothing. If you love Iggy, if you miss Roxy Music, if you feel Funkadelic, if you need a flash of danger in your life, if you want a little lust around, if you love rock 'n' roll music that is actually made by motivated fuck ups who had no other choice, then this is for you."
Couldn't really have said it any better myself. Download the track made by "motivated fuck ups" below.
Download The Icarus Line's 'King Baby' here