Recently it's seemed that much of the action in underground music is going on at the rapidly hybridizing fringes of dance and hip-hop, which-- after a distinct glut of lo-fi post-punk a couple of years ago-- has made good, boundary-pushing guitar bands seem like more and more of a rarity. Now that the lo-fi guitar-pop band is out of vogue, it's opened up a space for new ideas and interesting takes on an old format, such as the excellent new DIIV record.
We're happy to offer an exclusive premiere from Chicago group Golden Birthday of the Charles Roberts directed video for "Humans Bleed" from their new Blue Island LP. The four-piece are difficult to pin down, but Blue Island is largely cut from the dour end of early 80s English post-punk, with hints of Echo & the Bunnyman-level bombastity as well as the willful obfuscation of the 4AD catalogue. The video shows off Golden Birthday's off-kilter side, its smudged, mutant aesthetic forming a parallel with the track's sideways, degraded take on stadium-pop.
Blue Island is out now on Rainbow Body Records.