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House Playlist: Ice Choir, Four Tet, & Fang Island

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Ice Choir, “Teletrips.” In no way an adversarial offshoot of the Justin Vernon/Collections of Colonies of Bees collaboration Volcano Choir, Ice Choir pays tribute to Kurt Feldman’s longtime infatuation with the mostly mellow, agreeably radio-ready new-wave bands of the ‘80s and early ‘90s. “Teletrips” is culled from the band’s forthcoming album, Afar, and it sounds as if someone crammed Tears for Fears, Talk Talk, Simple Minds, and the like into a blender and sprinkled in generous dashes of chillwave. The result is all shimmery and excessively veneered, with soothing synths and Feldman’s soft-spoken, nostalgia-inducing vocals rendering the track a successful exercise in symphonizing popular genres of the past and present. Mike LeChevallier

Four Tet, “Jupiters.” Among the many things he’s good at, Four Tet’s Kieran Hebden has a knack for constructing songs as if they were tiny puzzles: Loops pile onto more loops, keeping listeners guessing as to how the whole thing will eventually come together. With “Jupiters,” Hebden brings together the colder, formal experiments of earlier releases like Ringer with some of his more recent beat-heavy work with frequent collaborator Burial. A wobbly synth loop repeats for a few minutes, as more melodic shimmering synths build on top it, and just as the pattern begins to feel more unhinged, a heavy backbeat locks in tightly and the whole thing comes into sublime focus. Manan Desai

Fang Island, “Asunder.” There’s an episode of the prematurely cancelled FX series, Terriers, where the two leads begin their respective storyline in a certain mindset, one disheartened and the other upbeat, and by the conclusion of their equivalently intense ordeals, the circumstances have changed so much that they’ve virtually swapped moods. Fang Island’s new song—which, like that episode of Terriers, is titled “Asunder”—harbors a very similar dynamic. While the guitar/drum instrumentation carries an air of wild weekender rebellion, the vocals are much restrained, almost insulated—that is, until the final 60 seconds, when everything ultimately conjoins and discharges into a dense mass of harmonically thunderous noise. But those three or so minutes that precede that eruption, wherein a steady voice is working to maintain its cool alongside such an indefatigable musical pulse, is a testament to the evolution of Fang Island’s craft. ML

House Playlist is a series dedicated to highlighting our favorite new singles, leaked songs, and album tracks.

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Watch: The Long-Awaited Deadwood Movie Gets Teaser Trailer and Premiere Date

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At long last, we’re finally going to see more of Deadwood. Very soon after the HBO series’s cancellation in 2006, creator David Milch announced that he agreed to produce a pair of two-hour films to tie up the loose ends left after the third season. It’s been a long road since, and after many false starts over the years, production on one standalone film started in fall 2018. And today we have a glorious teaser for the film, which releases on HBO on May 31. Below is the official description of the film:

The Deadwood film follows the indelible characters of the series, who are reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.

And below is the teaser trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAcftIUE6MQ

Deadwood: The Movie airs on HBO on May 31.

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Watch: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Gets Teaser Trailer

When it rains, it pours.

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When it rains, it pours. Four days after Quentin Tarantino once more laid into John Ford in a piece written for his Beverly Cinema website that saw the filmmaker referring to Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Tie a Yellow Ribbon, and two days after Columbia Pictures released poster art for QT’s ninth feature that wasn’t exactly of the highest order, the studio has released a teaser for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film was announced early last year, with Tarantino describing it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”

Set on the eve of the Manson family murders, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tells the story of TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), as they try to get involved in the film industry. The film also stars Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate), Al Pacino, the late Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, and Bruce Dern in a part originally intended for the late Burt Reynolds.

See the teaser below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scf8nIJCvs4

Columbia Pictures will release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on July 26.

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Watch the Stranger Things 3 Trailer, and to the Tune of Mötley Crüe and the Who

A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence.

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A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence. On Friday, Jeff Tremaine’s The Dirt, a biopic about Mötley Crüe’s rise to fame, drops on Netflix. Today, the streaming service has released the trailer for the third season of Stranger Things. The clip opens with the strains of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home,” all the better to underline that the peace and quiet that returned to the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana at the end of the show’s second season is just waiting to be upset again.

Little is known about the plot of the new season, and the trailer keeps things pretty vague, though the Duffer Brothers have suggested that the storyline will take place a year after the events of the last season—duh, we know when “Home Sweet Home” came out—and focus on the main characters’ puberty pangs. That said, according to Reddit sleuths who’ve obsessed over such details as the nuances of the new season’s poster art, it looks like Max and company are going to have to contend with demon rats no doubt released from the Upside Down.

See below for the new season’s trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEG3bmU_WaI

Stranger Things 3 premieres globally on July 4.

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