Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Toyko Gold by Luminary Youth

2011 has proven to be the year of the bedroom beatmaker. With a full-length EP expected from Luminary Youth, its seems like 2011 is just the beginning.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Carrousel - Darling EP

Last week Tallahassee's Carrousel released their debut EP, with an LP to follow in February. With sonic cues coming from the likes of Sufjan Stevens and Beach House, The Darling EP falls squarely in the intersect between Folk and Dream Pop. The album's warmth and accessibility is no accident however. Wisely, the band (originally a duo) decided to hole up in their home studio, focusing entirely on recording and honing their vision for the album without the complications of playing live. Two years in the making, the sense of dedication is palpable on the EP as it glows with a homemade sweetness, intimately crafted in a world all its own.

Music Video: Wu Lyf - We Bros (single version)


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Porcelain Raft - Put Me To Sleep

Porcelain Raft's music has always had a sketch like quality to it, almost as if Remiddi was worried producing the songs into a more complete form would diminish the emotional impact. If this is his actual reason behind his generally raw approach, he seems to have changed his mind on "Put me to Sleep." The overall production levels seems higher than anything we've heard before, with slicker synth tones, less background noise and a dance-y, pulsing drum machine pushed farther up in the mix than usual. Fortunately, echoes of reverb laden vocals and guitar lines tear through the the track, making sure the track isn't too grounded in reality. After all, this is still the Porcelain Raft we know and love.

Put Me to Sleep - Porcelain Raft

"Put me to Sleep"  is the first single off of Porcelain Raft's debut LP, to be released on Secretly Candian early next year. With all this success certainly coming his way, I just hope Mauro can still find time to dream.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cloud Nothings - No Future/No Past

Quick Warning: If you're expecting another "Hey Cool Kid" or "Should Have" you need to readjust your expectations before clicking play on No Future/No Past. I was always vaguely fond of Cloud Nothings lo-fi/power pop work, but this single absolutely blew me away. I'll definitely be paying much more attention to the band's future releases. The track channels particularly depressing grunge for the first few minutes, and switches influence to old school Emo at the hugely cathartic release. Its that last minute in particular that sells the song, and makes me want to rage more than anything else I've heard this year.

No Future/ No Past - Cloud Nothings