10 MP3s You Need to Download for Free This Week: Matmos, Grizzly Bear


It’s Friday, which means that we’re suffering an end-of-week lack-of-coffee crisis, and also that it’s time for our regular roundup of new music to get your hands on this week. Things have gotten kinda strange this week as far as downloadable tracks go, which is perfectly OK as far as we’re concerned — there’s suitably strange new tracks from Matmos and Úlfur, Lindstrøm making a silk purse out of Grizzly Bear’s sow’s ear, some great discoveries from Little Wings and Diamond Terrifier, an epic live set from Mind Over Mirrors, a great mix from Biosphere and plenty more. Get hold of all this action after the jump.

Matmos — “Teen Paranormal Romance” Yay for new Matmos! This is pretty much exactly what we’ve come to expect from the Baltimore duo — unusual textures, esoteric sounds, and general weirdness. It’s pretty great, in other words. Get it from Soundcloud.

Úlfur — “So Very Strange” We’ve been lauding the work of Icelandic wunderkind Úlfur Hansson for a while now, and as such we’re happy to share this downloadable track from his upcoming debut album, which is out in early March via Western Vinyl. You can grab “So Very Strange” via the label’s Soundcloud page.

Grizzly Bear — “Gun Shy” (Lindstrøm remix) In which Lindstrøm manages to make a track from Shields sound almost… interesting! Is there no limit to the man’s talents?! Get it via Stereogum.

Little Wings — “Bonus Fog” We weren’t familiar with the work of Kyle Field, aka Little Wings, before we came across this track on Tiny Mix Tapes, but we’ll definitely be exploring his oeuvre further. This is quietly understated, melancholy folk that apparently reflects the “deep depression” into which its creator fell during its creation.

Mind Over Mirrors — “Live at Issue Project Room” We’ve featured Jaime Fennelly’s work in this column a couple of times before, and we generally find his alluringly psychedelic soundscapes to be pretty appealing listening on hazy Friday mornings. This 47-minute live performance from Brooklyn venue Issue Project Room last year is just the ticket this morning, so get hold of it via Ad Hoc.

Diamond Terrifier and the Black Ceremony — “Ascribing Essence” Weirdly ominous and creepy sounds from Diamond Terrifier’s trip to Japan. This track falls somewhere between dark ambient and free jazz, and while we’re not sure what that place is called, it’s a pretty intriguing one to explore. Download here.

Ultrademon — “Lucky Cat” We suffered through MTV Hive’s ridiculous seapunk documentary last night, so it’s probably an appropriate time to be digesting a track from turquoise-haired genre luminary Ultrademon. The fact that it’s not actually very good is almost beside the point, no? Sigh. Anyway, it’s available via XLR8R.

Leven Sighs — “Prague Spring” In which the genre descriptor “post-psychedelic” gets coined. This is most definitely relevant to our interests. God bless the ever-excellent 20 Jazz Funk Greats.

Various Artists — Milo Turns 50 An entire album of Descendents covers to celebrate frontman Milo Aukerman’s 50th birthday! If that sounds like your idea of a good time, then head to Filter and get a piece of the action.

Biosphere — 1979-81 Vinyl Mix More to our taste, we must admit, is this pretty ace free mix of electronic music dating from 1979-81, courtesy of ambient producer Biosphere. It features tracks from Dome, Throbbing Gristle, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and more — get it from Self-Titled Mag.