Various - Todo Muere Vol.5-LP-South

Various - Todo Muere Vol.5

Sacred Bones returns with the fifth volume of its Record Store Day compilation series, Todo Muere. This year‰۪s edition features a range of songs as eclectic as the label roster, from pitch-black dance floor cuts to mind-expanding psych-punk ragers to covers of both Black Sabbath and The Doors. Side A houses the four electronic-leaning tracks on the comp.

First up is the moody ‰ÛÏThe Great Confuso (Part I)‰۝ by Fuck Buttons member Benjamin John Power‰۪s solo excursion Blanck Mass, taken from 2015‰۪s digital EP of the same name. That‰۪s followed by a club remix of the Lust for Youth/Croatian Amor collab track ‰ÛÏSister,‰۝ and a previously unreleased Jenny Hval track from her Apocalypse, girl sessions which has become a live staple, ‰ÛÏSafe.‰۝ The appropriately hazy ‰ÛÏIf I Could Find You (From the Bed Remix)‰۝ by Chile‰۪s The Holydrug Couple closes out the side. Side B takes the form of two suites ‰ÛÓ a loud, hard-charging punk trilogy from Destruction Unit, Cheena, and Institute, followed by two tracks in the folk-ish tradition by Marissa Nadler and Wymond Miles. The Destruction Unit song is an anthemic eight-minute strung-out bruiser from 2013‰۪s Deep Trip sessions called ‰ÛÏFeed the Dogs‰۝. The NYC punk lifers in Cheena contribute the lo-fi slide guitar workout, ‰ÛÏMy Hand Is Shakin‰۪‰۝ from their self-released demo tape, and Institute trades Ray Manzarek‰۪s organ parts on The Doors‰۪ classic ‰ÛÏTouch Me‰۝ for an anarcho punk bass line. That‰۪s followed by Marissa Nadler‰۪s haunting, spectral version of Black Sabbath‰۪s Master of Reality deep cut ‰ÛÏSolitude‰۝ and Wymond Miles of The Fresh & Onlys‰۪ great ‰۪60s psych-folk interpretation, ‰ÛÏDivided in Two,‰۝ from his forthcoming new solo LP due later this year.

As ever, Todo Muere showcases both the wide range and the unifying spirit of the Sacred Bones roster. It provides a satisfying primer on one of the most consistently vital labels in music today.