Gluten-free r&b, custom jewelry all around, and only a couple of tracks out so far, the London-hailing project, Young & SICK, are definitely another r&b project worth getting excited about. Citing Voiceless Artists here;
Fresh from Los Angeles via London comes Young & Sick. R&B vocals inspired by D’Angelo and Van Hunt. BASS inspired by dirt, sex, and sweat.
The project is exactly that and not much more, but it’s easier if you just take a listen for yourself.
Vancouver’s Will Anderson has a knack for blending delicious pop hooks into cakes of crunchy guitar smothered in the kind of distortion icing that gets all over your face when you try and cram it in your mouth all at once. Easy, tiger. Just go one slice at a time!
Oh, the sweet, sticky meditations. What is it about music like this that hits me to the core? Virbrational frequencies of only the deepest sunlight and mystical ocean waves. Going deep here.
Get the full version of this blazed out track on the A-side of their upcoming Honey Davish LP release on Mexican Summer next week. Follow the band for news on Tumblr. Gorgeous Utah(?) desert album art by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma. Listen to more on Sndcld.
Alright. So WiLD ViBES is like: “HEY we make reeeally super-rad & dreamy electronic/garage tunes. And SURPRISE! we’re also reeeally amazing at classical piano. And SURPRISE PT.2! we’re gonna make your dreams come true by combining these things.” Discovering such goodness just made my night. Go download their EP for free HERE, & check em out at Brooklyn Fireproof East this Saturday!
Up-and-coming UK songwriter gets a nice hazy synth layer and a beat added by The Streets on this re-work. Always nice to compare the remix to the original to gauge the transformation - in this case from a decidedly open-hearted confessional into something a bit more sun-blasted and sexy.
Geoffrey O’Connor, the frontman for Australia’s The Crayon Fields, will be releasing his first solo album called Vanity Is Forever on Chapter Music in September. Even if the album sounds just like another Crayon Fields album, it doesn’t really matter to me. I’ve always been into it because of O’Connor’s voice anyway. Check out the bouncy first single “Whatever Leads Me To You.”
This duo - Reid Comstock and James Marshall - emailed me about their long-distance collaboration project that has birthed what they deem "cosmic surf-rock." They add that they’re "sort of a bizarre combination of Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys and anything from the Elephant 6 collective” which, duh, are as irresistable as influences to me as honey to a fly. I love the segue into “Ghost" on this set of new demos, so if you listen there let it ride.
Not ever going to be able to resist a dirty, dirty surf garage song. Especially not this time of year, and not this catchy.
Amherst, Mass. boys are on Tumblr. Get this single on their forthcoming Hippie Speedball LP on Sex Cave Records or on their Bndcmp. While you’re there don’t miss their excellently-titled previous Bong Rips EP.
This is a single from Washington, DC musician Fritz Kramer's bedroom pop project, but it sounds like a Bruce Springsteen demo circa 1973. His dusty voice and earnest effort feel like the worn blue jeans of a working class hero.
Look for the Singles EP he’s releasing next month. Keep tabs on the project on Tumblr.
I needed a song to soundtrack my slow-ass brain through this fucking heatwave, and I remembered that I had a draft post for this new single from Buffalo popartists. “Don’t stop, don’t stop!” the lyric goes - yeah, just like I feel about this infernal heat. Thank god it’s Friday.
The fellas keep trickling out singles from their forthcoming album Fed Odd, and based on what I’ve seen so far, the final product is going to be pretty righteous.
This songs is decidedly stream-of-conscious, delivered like the act of drinking coffee in the window of a corner cafe while reading the paper. Nonchalant and easy, it starts to be refracted like the steam off the cup, twisting and turning and fumbling toward the sky. Sayeth the Vancouver band:
Things flow from track to track because it was recorded (the “band” instruments at least) in a single take… We passed these songs among ourselves through the spring, allowing them to grow slowly by ripping stuff off youtube, a 1967 year in review LP, and playing with our voices. This is a pretty earthy way of describing something so digital and synthetic, Liveable Viability is about using your environment to your advantage.
Twinkling reverbed guitar, somber synths and echoey vocals; ‘The Harvest’ is a minimal but affecting track off A Silent Planet. The EP from Canada’s Teen Daze is a musical tribute to C.S. Lewis’s novel Out Of The Silent Planet.
These Vancouverites make glorious messes of sound, sifting reverb and space echo through their fingers like blood in slasher flick (speaking of b-grade horror films, you should see the vid for this song). At first it feels discordant and off, but then breaks into beautiful pop hooks that are as intentionally crafted as a plot of Dexter.
Get the single on Bndcmp. The band says they’re moving to Montreal soon, so they may be touring the East Coast more often. They’re also on Tumblr.
I spent a good deal of my 20’s living out of a backpack, criss-crossing the globe, few possessions, many rich experiences. Stag Hare seemingly lives that bohemian way on his own quest for truth (follow his beautiful travelin’ photos on Tumblr) and writes the soundtrack from his barefoot heart - a true traveling troubadour.
As his 2008 release Black Medicine Music LP was one of my favorites of that year, I’m excited to hear some new material. Be warned - this will either put you to sleep, or awaken something of the higher order within you.
A few years ago, I saw these kids play a show at The M Room here in Philly, opening for Ariel Pink on a swealtering muggy summer night. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but as it turned out was one of the best live shows I’ve ever experienced. Caroline Polachek and her band were fresh out of Colorado, having moved to NYC to pursue their musical dreams which were about to spark later that fall when their single “Bruises" blew up on an iPod Nano commercial. They absolutely mesmerized the room. It was so clear they had deep wells of untapped power. Ariel was, as you might imagine, completely un-hinged but insanely good and writhing on the grimy floor amongst the audience while he sang.
But I digress. Listen to this single. You’ll see. Watch for this song to drop on Terrible Records in 7” vinyl, and likely more.
Philadelphia’s favorite pop glo-fiers have a real knack for homing in on those vibrational frequencies that feel like bubble bath for your eardrums. Their dynamics are so lathered and rich, why not throw in a bit of candle light with your tub soak?
They just dropped a new 7” of wax from Dead Oceans today. Be sure to listen to the A-side “Wild Palms" and pick it up physically here. On Tumblr here.
You’re gonna wanna check out this raw talent from Allston, Massachusetts. Also known as Adam “Effing” Young, dude’s got songwriting talent out the wazoo (saying so makes me sound like my mother, but I digress). These are pop songs with heart and catchiness. Originally, he sent me his new track “Worse Things" - also great - but I caught onto "Young and Dumb" - that title! - and fell in love. You will, too.
I took an amazing visual trip with Cemeteries back in March. It will be memorable forever. Since then I’ve been extremely eager for new material to arrive. Kyle Reigle contacted me a few days ago and was nice enough to share this wondrous track from his soon to be released album, The Wilderness.
This is six and a half minutes of pure bliss and love, from a musician who is completely conscious of the blogosphere and it’s ‘one hit wonder trap’. He truly values patience and strives to makes sure that each recording has the appropriate amount of thought and detail. The result is an ultra relaxing, somewhat meditative sound that seems to carry deep influence from early Beach House albums, such as Devotion.
Damn, it’s been a busy, busy week. Couldn’t even get the energy to post today (we all have those days, right?). But imagine my delight to find, here at the ass-end of the week, 4:20, even! a new awesome jam from my girl Eleanor Logan. This girl fucking rules, and writes excellent songs. Dive in. I’m out.
Adam Granduciel and I have a long history. I’ve been listening to his jams since 2006; both live when he played blow-out sets when Kurt Vile was in the band and on his homemade CD-Rs he’d pass out to friends. I can honestly say that Slave Ambient - which comes out on August 16th on Secretly Canadian - is going to blow his career wide open. It’s a game changer. It’s that good. I’m so stoked that this single just got floated by their PR because holy shit, dude. Holy shit.
Sometimes you just gotta let ‘er rip. Duo Maya Miller and Becky Black sure fuckin’ do. For the first few seconds of this song you think you’re listening to the opening of Black Sabbath. But, no. These Vancouver rockers might have borrowed the vibe, but they’re their own studded leather jacket and snarling upper lip, m’kay?
Brushfires happen a lot in Los Angeles. As do earthquakes and mudslides. But it’s the fires that make life on the left coast exciting. You can see them coming as they scorch the brittle bones of the dry grasses and old oaks on the golden hillsides with wild abandon - and may have lent a bit of spiritual inspiration to this group of musicians.
Dig a little deeper by watching the band playing this live on Little Tyrants gorgeous Intimate Productions session from a living room in Silve Lake. Pick up their demos from Bndcmp.
I suppose some days just tend to bring out a particular genre more than others. Let’s call this ‘pop-shoegaze Wednesday’. These Los Angeleans write songs as sweet as blood orange flavored lollipops and as hazy as the golden hour sun on the Santa Monica pier.