One of the side effects of another year of musical discovery has been establishing Sacred Bones Records as my go-to option when I’m in search of something a little different. The label was created in Brooklyn back in 2007 but has very little in common with the indie explosion from that neighborhood over the last few years. Instead, the label has focused on left-field and potentially unfashionable acts combined with a single-minded dedication to the physical packaging of the vinyl album (their album cover designs are kind of terrific before you even get to the music).
Whether it is the blistering psychedelia of Destruction Unit, the shocking but enthralling power electronics of Pharmakon, the romantic but urgent croon of Wymond Miles, or the relatively popular likes of The Men and Zola Jesus, Sacred Bones is an underground label run the old-fashioned way: by people with a passion for music, a disdain for pigeonholing, and a complete avoidance of bandwagon jumping or current tastes and trends. This playlist is an eclectic sample of the best the label currently has to offer.
Sacred Bones Records Playlist:
1. Wymond Miles – “Pale Moon”
2. Pharmakon – “Milkweed/ It Hangs Heavy”
3. Pop. 1280 – “Lights Out”
4. Destruction Unit – “The World On Drugs”
5. Lust For Youth – “Breaking Silence”
6. The Men – “I Saw Her Face”
7. Var – “The World Fell”
8. Zola Jesus – “Fall Back”
9. Crystal Stilts – “Star Crawl”
10. Psychic Ills – “One More Time”