It is back! Hidden Gems and Forgotten Treasures has dived even deeper into the deep sea trenches that our forgotten bands and has plucked some of the shiniest gems out from the darkness and into your lives once again.
Now, it's likely that you've heard the music of Mac DeMarco, but are you familiar with Makeout Videotape? The project came about in 2009 and the album Heat Wave was released. Soon after, fellow musicians Alex Calder and Jen Clement (The Courtneys) joined Makeout Videotape and four more albums were released. The strange thing about MV is that, although Mac was just 19 when he started recording, there is nothing amateur about it. The music has a really strong, independent and raw sound which you could appreciate separately from his later work. With the exception of a few songs, MV it an entirely separate piece and movement of sound compared to Mac's solo stuff. It's an immensely stunning documentation of experimentation, growth, modesty and triumph. Is it selfish to wish for more from MV?
An actor, director, model, writer, painter and musician. Wonder what he does in his spare time? Vincent Gallo is most well known for the cult classic Buffalo '66 in which he directed, wrote, starred and composed for. Gallo's offbeat and controversial style is echoed in his work, attaining a marmite likability. Gallo's work perfectly combines solitude and tranquility with desire and volatility. His album, Recordings Of Music For Film is a magnificently fascinating piece, evoking vivid images and stories as you listen, influenced by their quaint and abstract titles such as, Six Laughs Once Happy, A Wet Cleaner and A Falling Down Billy Brown. Each song has such a gracefully distinctive sound and aura, each telling a different story about different people in different times. With such a cold and naked sound portrayed by disjointed instruments, it's hard not to feel moved by Gallo's music as it conveys such piercing emotions.
Not to be confused with American indie band under the same name, this Twin Peaks is the work of Canadian hip-hop artists, Ghettosocks and Muneshine AKA Darren Pyper and Rob Bakker. On the brilliantly titled album, Kissing Hands and Shaking Babies, Pyper and Bakker introduce hip-hop to the dark world of David Lynch. The Black Lodge brilliantly captures the distorted and unsettling atmosphere of Twin Peaks, including the haunting accounts of the memorable character, the Log Lady and her precious log. Bobby Peru, named after Willem Dafoe's character in Wild at Heart, is incredibly sleazy yet charismatic making it the perfect tribute to this terrifically awful character. The Bang Bang Bar is a vivid track, swanky and full of attitude and although it may be yet another rework of the Nancy Sinatra track, it adds its own flavour. It's an interesting concept, yet it works. Admittedly, the album as a whole could be a lot better, but it has it's moments. If you haven't already, get up to date Twin Peaks as the series returns with its 3rd season in Summer 2017.