One is David Gahan’s new solo outing, Hourglass. Lyrically, Hourglass sees Gahan turning further inward to study his very public fall from grace and his long road to recovery. Not as light or synth-driven as his previous work with Depeche Mode, Hourglass is an edgy, swarming, almost industrial, foray into electronica that’s just as bruising and nasty as what life threw at Gahan. And yet there are moments of pure, watery beauty that you long to be drowned in. An unexpectedly brilliant work that revels in the flaws of its creator. (www.mute.com, www.davidgahan.com, www.virginrecords.com)
The next is the new album by Wussy, which features former Ass Pony and a one-time Goldmine advertiser Chuck Cleaver. Left For Dead is the followup to Wussy’s 2005 release Funeral Dress and it’s a minefield of strong, melodic, guitar-oriented indie-rock steeped in rust-belt Americana. Due out Nov. 6, Left For Dead is honest, straight-forward, ballsy rock that lets Cleaver get in touch with his inner guitar hero. His vicious, distorted solos rip flesh, and it abounds with tough, male-female vocals. Look for an interview with Cleaver either online or in an upcoming print issue of Goldmine. (shakeitrecords.com)
Another planned interview for Goldmine involves former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, who convenes the moody, polyrhythmic Global Drum Project for release Oct. 2. All about the beats, which seem to multiple in your ears like rabbits, the Global Drum Project sees Hart collaborating with Indian tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain. They first joined forces on 1991’s Planet Drum. A headphone feast of sound, the Global Drum Project takes world music to new places, including the last frontier of electronica. (shoutfactory.com, mickeyhart.net)
See y’all later. In the meantime, feel free to e-mail me with your Top 10 list of 2007 so far, or just give me a heads-up on some records you feel are the cat’s meow.