On April 22, the UK band Fear of Men will release Loom, a record full of gorgeous, ethereal pop music driven by Jessica Weiss’s haunting alto and instantly conjuring the same otherworldliness of bands like Cocteau Twins and This Mortal Coil. It’s a beautiful, atmospheric work, lush and chiaroscuro. Today, we’re premiering an abstract seven-minute documentary that chronicles the making of that record. Like Loom, it’s more about suggestion than shape: It slam-cuts from images of Weiss singing to Daniel Falvey fiddling with guitar pedals to complicated discussions about song structure and form. It perfectly captures both the excitement and the tedium of making a record, and it matched Loom‘s art-house feel perfectly.
By Liz Pelly on 04.22.14 in Reviews
"We were born to name the beauty in this/ in the hopelessness of always wishing for something else." So goes the last line of "Alta," the 50-second introduction to Fear of Men's Loom. Delivered coolly and sweetly by sin...
By Marc Hogan on 02.27.15 in News
The music will keep playing without commercial interruption. For now. On Thursday, the U.S. telecom watchdog voted to adopt tougher rules that would treat broadband internet service as a public utility, like landline...
By J. Edward Keyes on 02.26.15 in Features
When we launched Wondering Sound in March of last year, I wrote that the site's purpose was to be "a place where smart, opinionated writers can craft rich, detailed pieces for curious readers." As mission statements go,...
By Marc Hogan on 02.26.15 in News
In 1995, when the Clueless soundtrack was originally released, it wasn't available on vinyl. As if. The music from the hit Alicia Silverstone comedy did, however, include a couple of songs from some of the era's best-lik...