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Pornonono, William Within, Swimsuit Area, Carbon Handshake, Hhrriisstt: This week’s Minnesota record releases

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Pornonono: Yes

Pornonono’s new “Mornonono” single from their new Yes EP feels like new wave met electropop and this is what happened. The five-piece has found a way to meld those twitchy electronic sounds into the warbling bass lines and processed guitar work. The wailing pop vocals aren’t just another part of the electronic soup that Pornonono create, but a separate and distinct treat that might have been right at home on the radio waves of the ‘80s. The band will be at Icehouse on Friday for the release of Yes.

William Within: Lost In Writing

After two years and too many recording studios, William Within are releasing their sophomore effort Lost In Writing. The rich grassroots sounds of the band have fallen deeper down the rabbit hole of odd arrangements and off-kilter guitar tones. You’ll find yourself disorientated by the drones of the violin on “Backwards” one minute and drifting in a sweet serenade the next. Lost In Writing will take more than one listen to get your bearings. The release show is at Icehouse on Saturday.

Swimsuit Area: “Busybody”

A post-punk band with depth, Swimsuit Area, are going to be at the 7th Street Entry on Wednesday to celebrate the release of their new single “Busybody.” After Occupado! the band are sure to bring more of their delightful quirkiness to the table. Wastrels, Bruise Violet, and Brilliant Best will be joining them.

Carbon Handshake: Pulp Life

Carbon Handshake are debuting their atmospheric indie-pop on Pulp Life. “Mantras” is easily their strongest track on the five-song EP. Melancholic lines ring out over liberally reverberated synths and the keys as the drums trail the sadness with an upbeat bounce that paints a little happiness into the fabric of the track. The line “off and on, then on again” will remain stuck in your head as the next track starts to play. Carbon Handshake will be at the Triple Rock on Wednesday to celebrate the release.

Hhrriisstt: Love is a Week Word

The five-piece noise-rock outfit Hhrriisstt are releasing their debut Love is a Weak Word this week. The EP maintains a level of intensity that is only a precursor to what their live shows must be like, but tells you something about the depths they’re willing to pull from to produce their orchestrated noise, complete with shrieks and screams. If some anger has been dwelling inside you as of late, maybe Hhrriisstt’s cathartic Triple Rock release show on Sunday will do you good.

Aaron Bolton is a senior at the University of Minnesota. Currently he is a co-host on Radio K’s Off The Record and is the music reporter at Radio K. He hopes to continue a career in music journalism.