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Five at 5: Vol. 47

Themeless Thursday Five at 5 for your eargasming needs. Take it and go.

14 Mar, 2013

Shalaka Pai

Feature Writer

The Indiecision Five at 5 is our attempt at sharing our musical tastes with you, and showcasing music from around the world. Each weekday at 5pm sharp, one NH7 writer or staffer will bring you five songs he/she is listening to on the day. Today, resident photo ninja/hungry person/coffee addict Shalaka Pai brings you tracks that she’s falling in love with. Plug n’ play, bitches. 

1. How To Destroy Angels_ – ‘Ice Age’
So there I was, idly letting the semi-drone sounds of Welcome Oblivion, How To Destroy Angels_’ debut LP, wash over me as I worked, and then ‘Ice Age’ began to play. I remember doing a double-take and actually going back to the player to see what the song was called. ‘Ice Age’ feels like it was spawned by some acoustic folksy band, and nowhere within the track do you see the almost industrial sounds that dominate the rest of the album. It’s quite a nice change, I must say. And oh my, that voice.

2. The Glitch Mob – ‘Animus Vox’
Five at 5 is about new music, but it’s also about music that we’re listening to right now, isn’t it? While Drink The Sea is a couple of years old, for me it’s a recent discovery and I’ve been playing this on loop for the past week. Why? Because it’s a perfect soundtrack to my nights of wine-soaked solitude. I can shut my eyes and listen to ‘Animus Vox’ and choreograph complicated contemporary dance performance videos in my head, I can listen to ‘Fortune Days’ and marvel at its similarity to a classic breakbeat, and I can lie back on my terrace with some liquid confidence, look at the stars and listen to the whole damn album till I fall asleep. ‘Animus Vox’ is probably my favourite track off the album, simply because it sounds like the soundtrack to an epic. Epic what? You decide.

3. Devoid – ‘Brahma Weapon’
Devoid launched their EP, The Invasion last month (review). I was at the launch gig, and it was the most fun I’d had in a really, really long time (mostly because I was just getting back from a vacation where NOTHING happened). Anyway, I remember jumping around at the gig like a deranged frog. Devoid released their debut music video for ‘Brahma Weapon’ yesterday, and I took the time to actually listen to the track properly and once again, it made me grin a lot, as did the video. Crazy eyes plus sledgehammer plus riffriffriffriff, always fun. That little drum section at the end just makes it for me. See?

4. Mogwai – ‘Special N’
Oh man. I literally just discovered this right now. The Glaswegian post-rock act’s February release, Les Revenants, is actually a soundtrack to a French TV series of the same name, and get this: the TV show is about Zombies. I discovered all this while quickly reading through a couple of reviews of the album (here, and here) and now I’m actually a bit curious to see the show. This is the kind of music-without-lyrics that I’d listen to while alone at home, semi-doom, ambient, with a vague sense of foreboding. ‘Special N’ is quite sweet, really. I’d imagine it to be set to the part of Les Revenants where people find hope, or zombies fall in love or something. Or, as a YouTube comment on the video below stated, “I can imagine to the moment just before sunrises when I listen to this…”. Give it a listen.

5. Kavinksy – ‘Roadgame’
French house artist Kavinsky’s newest album Outrun is named after a SEGA driving game, and indeed, it does sound a little like something you’d hear in an old-school racing game. I’m in favour of ‘Roadgame’ because, it has some sort of strange drama to it, right before the buildup. It’s a great track to put on a workout playlist, to simply move around to, or even to drown out your loud colleagues while you imagine that you’re a humongous transformer that’s stomping around Mumbai roads.

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

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