Friday Five: Idle Ray, Post Nasal Drip, HUES, Oblivion Heirs, northbad
Friday Five highlights music by Washtenaw County-associated artists and labels.
This week features indie rock by Idle Ray and Post Nasal Drip, hip-hop by HUES, electro-punk by Oblivion Heirs, and electronica by northbad.
Since this is the "I'm on vacation" edition, the write-ups are short, and I'm gonna let the music do the squawking.
Idle Ray, "Eternal Fade" and Corridors of Summer EP
"Eternal Fade" is essentially the first single from the forthcoming album by Ypsi trio Idle Ray, which features Fred (Thomas), Devon, and Frances. They are joined here by Cloud Nothings drummer Jayson Gerycz for an indie-pop ripper. "Corridors of Summer" is a re-release of an earlier song that was remixed for a 7-inch single along with a new B-side, "Unremarkable Things."
Post Nasal Drip, "Neuter" and live at WCBN
Ann Arbor's Post Nasal Drip jingle-jangle like an early '80s post-punk British group on the band's first single and video, "Neuter." But the quartet also stomps like Riot Grrrls in this live performance at WCBN. Bonus '90s content: The band covers Veruca Salt's "Seether" at 14:13.
HUES, Loose Ends, Vol. 1
Korban Baxter and HUES, I Am Not A Crip EP
HUES is an extremely talented Ann Arbor hip-hop producer who is equally adept at connecting with up-and-coming rappers to flow over his funky, cinematic beats. Loose Ends, Vol. 1 is a collection of some of his collabs, and I Am Not A Crip is reissue of a 2022 EP that now includes HUES's instrumental versions of the six tracks Philadelphia MC Korban Baxter rapped over.
Oblivion Heirs, "Over Caesar" b/w "Drag Royalty"
Ann Arbor's Oblivion Heirs is a two-person electro-punk band, and these fuzzy tunes comprise the band's debut single.
This Ann Arbor electronic-music producer hasn't released anything since 2019—and it's almost a miracle bloom made it onto Bandcamp because in April 2022 the artist's hard drive died and many of the tracks they worked on over the past few years were corrupted. But northbad did manage to salvage the 15 songs heard here, which most revolve around the various wave subgenres: vapor-, retro-, and -chill.
Christopher Porter is a library technician and the editor of Pulp.