Imageyenation dandies, Athens, Georgia Indie-Pop outfit of Montreal, make their second Monday Magick appearance this week with "Enemy Gene". Taken from their tenth studio album, 2010's 'False Priest', the tune features guest vocals from Alternative Soul/Pop singer Janelle MonŠe.
The impetus for posting "Enemy Gene", an uptempo, dreamy number bearing lite-Funk, Synthpop, and proggy influences with heady lyrics touching on a number of esoteric subjects, is a little odd. While working at my dayjob earlier today I spent a few hours battling the tedium by listening to various YouTube videos about random high weirdness, including an interview with noted occult/conspiracy writer, and possible author of the "Simon" 'Necronomicon', Peter Levenda. In the video (shared below) Levenda discusses several different subjects (ranging from 'Necronomicon' lore, to Nazi mysticism, to the so-called "Son of Sam" murders, to the JFK assassination) and at one point uses a metaphor about his field of research being like light which can be both a particle and a wave. He also repeatedly makes a point of blaming religious manipulations for many of the evils that have plagued and continue to plague human civilization. This immediately rang a bell with me, reminding me that almost identical sentiments are elucidated by Kevin Barnes and Janelle MonŠe on "Enemy Gene". The chorus hinges on the concept of "particle-wave duality" and the song ends with the question "How can we ever evolve, when our Gods are so primitive?" adding that "They destroy our hope for peace, hope for love". How you want to interpret lyrics about someone who is "not quite homo-luminous", and "zombies licking your window for black-body-radiation", not to mention the larger themes regarding breaking "the machine" by uniting the fractured halves of a whole via love, is up to you.
I sense hints of illumination at play myself.
As already mentioned, of Montreal's 'False Priest' was released in 2010. Their most recent album 'Aureate Gloom', featuring a song that ends with the refrain "I believe in witches, I believe in you", is in stores now on the Polyvinyl Records label.
But can someone please tell Janelle MonŠe to go back to making stuff like this instead of that "Yoga" nonsense?
Some of the clunky G-Funk revival beats and neo-Soulquarian affectations (dude owes Common royalties for how influential 'Like Water for Chocolate' must've been on this record) on Kendrick's 'To Pimp a Butterfly' were a little bit of a turnoff for me.
So was the tired anti-Luciferian moralist philosophizing present throughout the LP.
That said, there are several incredible moments on '...Butterfly', with "Alright" unquestionably being one of them.
And the video, which juxtaposes slick, visual-FX-assisted fantasy elements with wry social commentary with a focus on the scourge of police violence which has particularly plagued the African American community for ages is absolutely beautiful.
"Alright" is one of my favorite cuts from Kendrick Lamar's most recent LP 'To Pimp a Butterfly', in stores now via Top Dawg Entertainment.
Hear El Keter and Emeyesi shout out the SCOTUS (well, some of them), reminisce about POLO, and thank Auto Duck for saving their asses on this week's podcast!
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1. Panda Bear "Crosswords (Pete Rock Remix)"
2. SELA. "But I'm Not Worth It (No Matter)"
3. Your Old Droog "Gentrify My Hood"
4. Open Mike Eagle "Celebrity Reduction Prayer"
5. Vursatyl "High Horse"
6. Ta-Ku "Trust Me"
7. Active Child "Stranger"
8. Princess Nokia "Young Girls"
9. Tinashe "Cold Sweat"
10. Nomine "Nomine's Robot"
11 Soft Lit "I Can't Help It"
We dig way back in the archives for this week's Monday Magick entry, "Devil Got My Woman", an influential early single from legendary Bluesman Skip James.
Though not hugely popular sales-wise upon original release, James' music, particularly his unique fingerpicking, proved inspirational to generations of Blues, Folk, and Rock artists. 1931's "Devil Got My Woman" in particular showcases his penchant for eerie, some might say dark and even foreboding, melodies played in open D-minor tuning which were surely fodder for the imaginations of the occult rockers and Heavy Metal pioneers who would arise in '60s and '70s. The fact that the tunes lyrics lean heavily upon the subject of diabolism give it that much more weight as one of recorded music's early forays into the occult.
After recording his early sides James disappeared from the music industry until he was "rediscovered" in the 1960s and went on to record several albums before passing away at the end of the decade. Director Terry Zwigoff utilized "Devil Got My Woman" to great effect in his 2001 cinematic adaptation of Daniel Clowes comics series 'Ghost World'.
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