Tuesday, September 27, 2011
The sample pop prodigies TV Girl are branching out into the physical world with the first single! Small Plates will release the 7", which features the band's first sample free tracks. The transition didn't seem to affect the duo too much though, because the tracks still have sepia toned, "way too cool" feel to them that used to be called retro. Perfect for those of us still trying to convince ourselves that summer isn't over.
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Orca Orca is the solo project of Boston native and pop-punk dreamer Jim Hewitt. His debut single (which you can download below for free!) straddles that fine line between breezy and lazy with surprising ease. The project is self classified as dream pop, and the texture is definitely there. I'm not so sure dream pop captures the whole picture though, as these songs stay snappy; bobbing and jumping where their peers just sway. Fans of Cloud Nothings or Unuomedude's more pensive moments will definitely approve.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
These days, just having a release on Tri-Angle is cause for buzz. Their newest release, a single from New York (via Kuwait) artist Ayshay somehow hasn't received the buzz of its peers. Maybe I just dropped the ball on this one, but even though these songs have been out since July I'm just now hearing them.
Warn U, comprised entirely of Asyshay's ("whatever" in Arabic) layered vocals, will rip any preconceived notion that songs should convey specific feelings to shreds. The end result is pulsing, foreboding, and somber yet somehow comforting. While I'd say I have a larger background knowledge on Islamic culture than the average america, not knowing whether or not what I'm listening to would offend many of my friends only adds to the song's inherent tension.
Also including on the single is the Nguzunguzu remix, which almost effortlessly turns the single into a post-dubstep banger. Any sense of calm is stripped away, leaving one of the scariest dance songs I've ever heard, and I can't stop listening to it.
Ayshay - WARN-U by TriAngleRecords
The single is currently available exclusively through Bookmat, and will officially be released by the end of the month.
I've been absolutely floored by Slumberland's output this year. They are definitely in the middle of a renaissance. Just take a quick peek at their soundcloud and youtube page if you don't know what I'm talking about. Perhaps the most buzzed about band in their rising class is Big Troubles, and they've made their debut album available for stream! No embed link at this time, so head over to Stereogum. There's not a second of filler on the album, but if you need a highlight, I'd say Minor Keys is the cream of the crop.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Unreleased old Daft Punk? Yes Please. No one's going to declare this their new favorite Daft Punk song, but a ton of people (including this blogger) might get that special Daft Punk feeling they haven't felt in far too long.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Porcelain Raft's take on Nirvana's "Come As You Are" definitely feels more like a Porcelain Raft song than it does a Nirvana cover, but I'm not saying that's a bad thing. Where Mauro's sound may not be sonically influenced by Nirvana, he's definitely got the right attitude. The version is fragile, slightly disjointed and more then a little dark. I think Kurt would definitely approve.
Come as You Are - Porcelain Raft
The Wall (Yuck Cover) - Porcelain Raft
Talk to Me - Porcelain Raft
New James Blake played on BBC1 last night! Its the second track we've heard of from Mr Blake's soon to be released EP, "Enough Thunder" and the last two minutes will kill you (in a good way.)
Check out the first track, the much buzzed collaboration with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Like any good remix, Low Sea keep the spirit of the original "Frequency" but alter the tone. It falls somewhere in between the lazy carelessness of the original and Uno's own sleek, but unnerving rework. An added sense of urgency purveys the mix, but its just enough make you want to dance, not just twitch.
Frequency (Low Sea Remix) by low_sea
Listen to Frequency and Frequency II here.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
With every release it becomes more and more apparent that Dead Gaze is not just "lo-fi." Cole Furlow is making pop music here, he's just using the a different set of tools. The signature "under water vocals", garish synths and syrupy guitar swirl together with pounds of angst, yet the end result still manages to sound shockingly beautiful.
It's Not Real will be included on a Dead Gaze 10" released through Group Tightener.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The first week of school is always stressful, especially when you don't have a computer. Turns out blogging from library computers just doesn't feel right, especially when you don't exactly have the free time to allow it. Anyways, I finally have a working computer (along with a working charger!) and no more grounds for complaint. Insert terrible segue here, aaaand there's a new Oberhofer song I've been itching to post!
"Gotta Go" definitely isn't a left-turn for Oberhofer, but its not exactly a return to form either. It indulges in classic pop-rock production quite a bit more than the charmingly deconstructed o0Oo0Oo EP, but it deserves the treatment. With its synth sheen, xylophone accents and infectiously simple drum beat, "Gotta Go" wouldn't sound at all out of place on a Dom EP. Add in a spoken-not-sung bridge, and a lovably redundant chorus and you've got yourself an instant charmer.
Gotta Go - Oberhofer
Gotta Go will be released on 7" along with B-side Muhaw on October 4th through White Iris records.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Less than a week ago I posted a new Purity Ring track. Obviously, every new Purity Ring song is an event in itself, but now things are really getting fun. The track will be released on a split 7" with fellow Canadian pop auteurs Braids. I've already ordered my copy from Fat Possum, and if vinyl isn't your thing Kanine is covering the digital release. Peach Wedding was not on Braids' fantastic debut, but you may have heard it before on daytrotter. Head over to Soundcloud and stream the newly recorded 7" version.