Now Hear This is a daily dive into the standout songs of the last 24 hours. Today, Toronto upstart Jazz Cartier cools in the lounge. Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves launches a solo project, and Norwegian electro folk musician Farao tells us exactly what you do in a tiny mountain village.
Jazz Cartier, “Always Up To Something"
On the heels of releasing one of the year’s best albums, Jazz Cartier is already pushing forward with a brand new single. It’s spaced out, smooth, and hovers in the troposphere at dawn. The electronics of the song swell and swim around. If you were walking alone in a desert, “Always Up To Something” is the moment the stars illuminate the sky and a shooting star passes through, booming in the royal blue night. The video, directed by Jon Riera, features gorgeous visuals filled with Enter The Void-coloured lighting. - Ryan Parker
Jazz Cartier’s Marauding In Paradise mixtape is out now.
Meredith Graves, "Took The Ghost To The Movies"
Since the breakout of her band Perfect Pussy, Meredith Graves has become a bit of a punk celebrity and a vital feminist voice (and now freelance writer) about how indie and punk subcultures can do better. Now, she's becoming even more visible as she launches a solo project with this new song from a split 7" with Kevin Devine.
"Took The Ghost To The Movies" starts with about 30 seconds of acoustic strum, suggesting maybe this solo turn will be a serious 180, but then the distorted wash of guitars kick to 11 and the dreamy shoegaze tones that were always hiding in Perfect Pussy's music get amplified. It's like a PP song slowed to half speed, and it turns out that sounds a lot like My Bloody Valentine. Graves' vocals are submerged even more than in her band, becoming just another piece of texture in the song's heavy ambience. - Richard Trapunski
A lot of heartbreak went into that song. I might never have a partner that I’d have a family with. It’s about fertility and motherhood and whether or not I’ll ever be able to have a family with another person. I know full well how lucky I am. That’s why I have it. I saw what I wanted and I got it. That’s how things have worked in my life. If I get a crush on someone and I decide I want to date them, I go out there and get it. If I want a job, I walk into someone’s office and I lie until they give it to me. And if I want to be in a band, I start a band. It’s like…I’m so lucky and I think I might have found the one thing I can’t have.
The Meredith Graves/Kevin Divine 7" Devinyl Splits No. 2 is out May 26 via Bad Timing Records. Pre-order it here.
Full disclosure: I like anything Norwegian. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, Farao was born in a 500-person mountain village in Ulnes, Norway and she’s the Scandinavian electronic folk hero we’ve needed for a while now (yes, that’s the sound of us all falling in love). “Hunter” grows patiently and blooms elegantly, like your first time planting a pretty little flower. With washes of Beach House and Local Natives, Kari Jahnsen sings “track you down and shoot you like a hunter,” because that’s exactly what you do in a mountain village. - Ryan Parker