Last Five at 5 for the week. This one’s a great mix of everything. Tune in.
The Indiecision Five at 5 is our attempt at sharing our musical tastes with you, and showcasing music from around the world. Each day at 5pm sharp, one NH7 writer or staffer will bring you five songs he/she is listening to on the day. We hope you like them. Today, NH7 features writer and dark overlord Vishad Sharma tells you what he’s got playing. Check it out.
1. Kaizers Orchestra – ‘Begravelsespolka’ (Funeral Polka)
This Norwegian alt rock band have a unique aesthetic that mixes Norwegian poetry with Eastern European sounds and alternative rock to create music that can be incredibly cinematic, irreverent and entertaining all at once, without allowing language to act as a barrier. This song is from the final volume of their three-part album Violeta Violeta and admirably indicates the versatility in their sound.
2. Coheed and Cambria – ‘Subtraction’
The first part of Coheed and Cambria’s double album, The Afterman is Ascension. The album was released in October 2012 and is a strange clusterfuck of styles, like most of their releases even though the band take some interesting leaps with production and songwriting. With album closer ‘Subtraction’, the band mix electronic beats with layered vocals to create a haunting melody that makes for a great listen even with the slightly trite lyrics.
3. Flying Lotus – ‘Tiny Tortures’
Flying Lotus’ incredible production or whatever has been hailed by everyone and their grandmothers. This song is great because if I listen to it at night, it freaks me out and if I listen to it at 5pm, it makes me feel claustrophobic and then I want to go out in the sun which is always great because you should remember what the sky looks like.
4. Heems – ‘Killing Time’
‘Killing Time’ is testament to the fact that Heems is probably one of the most prolific rappers around. He shifts from theme to theme, giving you brief glances at everything that’s fucked up in his life and while doing so, he provides us with the ammo to put it in context with our own.
5. Melvins – ‘Baby, Won’t You Weird Me Out?’
The Melvins are a brilliant band because they make music without giving a fuck about anything except what their vision is. ‘Baby, Won’t You Weird Me Out?’ sees them mix some sludgey heavy metal riffs with random free jazz interludes to create a song that doesn’t sound like it’s been composed by some guy drooling all over himself as he jerks off using random musical instruments. If it were done by anyone but them, it probably would have.
Check out previous editions of Five at 5 here, and stay tuned for more picks from NH7, Monday through Friday.