Damaged Bug, "Cold Hot Plumbs" (Castleface). Had the late Pink Floyd guitarist Syd Barrett lost his mind in the data age instead of the psychedelic '60s, he might have made a record as curiously surreal as "Cold Hot Plumbs," the second album from Los Angeles-based artist Damaged Bug.
The solo moniker of singer, guitarist and visual artist John Dwyer, best known for being the frantic singer-guitarist for Thee Oh Sees, Damaged Bug's aptly titled "Cold Hot Plumbs" is a mess of tripped-out confusion. It's bedroom psychedelia of the highest order, featuring insistent beats, strange synth squiggles and Dwyers sweet but strange voice.
Dawn, "Running from Sane" (Adult Swim). Dawn Richard is still best known for her work as a former member of the MTV-famous quintet Danity Kane, but over the past few years the singer has released a series of spellbinding tracks. Using pitch-bending technology that allows her to stretch her voice down to a male tenor or up to her natural female soprano, Dawn on "Running from Sane" seems to transcend gender while riding a buoyant rhythm.
The track is a free download courtesy of Adult Swim and the first of a series of 19 tracks by 19 musical innovators. New music will arrive weekly through October from arists including Cherry Glazerr, Yung Lean, the Chromatics, Slayer and Run the Jewels.