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Five at 5 – Vol. 16

What’s that you said? The mid-week Five at 5? Yeah. Tune in.

30 Jan, 2013

Ritwik Deshpande

Contributing Writer

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. This Wednesday, contributing writer Ritwik Deshpande aka RDP makes the rules.

5.  A$AP Rocky – ‘LVL’
LVL is more about Clams Casino than Rocky himself. The shifting soundscape seems like something an extraterrestrial would manage if given an MPC. But what makes the beat really work is it manages to be magnificent without completely overshadowing the rapper. Rocky’s codeine flow is perfectly in synch with the shifting house-of-mirrors Casino constructs.

4. Local Natives – ‘Heavy Feet’
Some albums make me wonder why I even bother. Local Natives’ latest stunner Hummingbird confirms to this category. The Silver Lake woodsman indie outfit neither blur musical boundaries nor bend the envelope in any discernible manner. All they do is make fucking pleasant music. I don’t know what to write about these guys. What I do know is I really like listening to them. A lot.

3. FIDLAR – ‘Cheap Beer’
“…and it is always the simplest shit that means the most,” sang Baths on Cerulean stealth hit ‘You’re My Excuse to Travel’. ‘Cheap Beer’ is a simple punk tune and it means a lot to me, for it lays down an ideal manifesto for living. Walk the streets past midnight and you might spot me driving an Activa in a not-so-straight line yelling “I drink cheap beer, so what, fuck you!”

2. The Knife – ‘Full Of Fire’
For all the critical acclaim the Swedish duo manage to gather, The Knife have always been a hit-or-miss act for me. Sometimes, they kill it (‘Girl’s Night Out’). Sometimes, they don’t (‘Heartbeats’. Admit it, Jose Gonzales’ version is infinitely superior). 9-minute cut ‘Full of Fire’ belongs to the former category. The track sees the divisively accessible duo in full-form, proving you can be harsh without being jarring

1. Swans – ‘The Seer’
The Seer is supposed to be some sort of culmination. It is the end result of everything band leader Michael Gira has been involved in. Being unfamiliar with the work he has done by himself, with collaborators and with Swans, I approached The Seer with a blank slate. What happened to me upon witnessing this monolith of a piece wasn’t far from what happens to a Lovecraftian hero upon encountering the Old Ones.

Check out previous editions of Five at 5 here, and stay tuned for more picks from NH7, Monday through Friday.

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