CURRENT: Swans – “A Little God In My Hands”

DOWNLOAD Swans – “A Little God In My Hands” There’s no stopping Michael Gira now. The influential founder of New York City’s Swans is set to release his fourth album since 2010, after disbanding the group in 1997. The first taste from the band’s newest album, To Be Kind, is a devastating, visceral composition that effectively wipes the slate […]

QUARTERLY REPORT: Best of 2014 (January-March)

The first quarter of 2014 closes shortly, which marks the 1 year anniversary of the OK West blog. Thankfully there’s still plenty of good music to talk about, as evident in the past three months offering up such great tracks as Future’s “Move That Dope,” The War on Drugs’ “Under the Pressure,” and Cloud Nothings’ […]

CURRENT: Fucked Up – “Paper the House”

I’m hardly the targeted audience for Fucked Up. While I’ve always been hesitant to embrace the hardcore genre, the first taste from Fucked Up’s upcoming Glass Boys is making me a believer. It helps that the band has something important to say, and it shines through in a burst of colors. Underneath lead vocalist Damian Abraham’s […]

CURRENT: tUnE-yArDs – “Water Fountain”

Merril Garbus’ tUnE-yArDs project is one the more exciting musical acts to come across in the past decade. For fans of her phenomenal 2011 album w h o k i l l, the first single from her forthcoming Nikki Nack, “Water Fountain” is a celebratory yet tense explosion of brilliant ideas. The most striking aspect of “Fountain” […]

CURRENT: Tirzah – “No Romance”

Hovering over Tirzah’s new single “No Romance” like a dark cloud is an entrancing vocal sample that continually utters the song’s title. Between that and the muffled, pulsating beat, the foundation of “No Romance” could not be stronger. But Tirzah doesn’t need the production flourishes to help carry the weight, as she’s more than capable […]

CURRENT: Friendly Fires & The Asphodells – “Before Your Eyes”

The newest from Friendly Fires is a collaborative effort with The Asphodells, who themselves released their debut LP in 2013 (Ruled By Passion Destroyed By Lust). Together, the two embark on a gorgeous musical journey, with the nearly 8 minute “Before Your Eyes” never once outstaying its welcome. It’s a compellingly hypnotic composition, one that […]