Longtime friends and twin sisters Katie and Allison Crutchfield, (Waxahatchee and Swear, respectively) were commissioned by the music blog Rookie to record a cover for their site’s monthly theme. Their choice of ‘Oblivion’ was an odd one on paper, but the simple synth bounce translates well when fed through the jangle and reverb. I’m always happy to be wrong.
You can read Rookie’s interview with the Crutchfield twins here.
Au Revoir Simone’s recently released “Somebody Who” suggests an ever so slightly more up tempo direction for the band’s new album. Nothing dramatic, but there’s a touch more energy to the new track that pierces through the dream haze of their older work. I’m genuinely glad this trio is coming back after a lengthy absence, punctuated only by last summer’s solo EP by lead singer Erika Spring. Below are 2 fantastic remixes from their 2009 album Still Night, Still Light by Jens Lekman and Neon Indian:
Move In Spectrums will be available 9/23 (EU) on Moshi Moshi and 9/24 (US) on Instant Records.
“Bayberry Lane” is the first single off m4w, the second album from Uncles, a Queens-based band comprised of Will Schwartz, Dan Bateman, Tom White, and Graham Watson. The song tumbles peacefully along, shifting through a somber tone before culminating in a sincere, satisfying peak.
I cant’t seem to track down when m4w was released, but you can stream the album over on Uncles’ Soundcloud.
Just to get this out of the way, I don’t think I have much kind to say about Lil B. My first exposure to him was through Clams Casino and when hearing the track he did for Lil B with and without vocals…I vastly preferred the version without his rapping. This song tumbles down the same route; the beat is amazing and while Stunnaman does a good job, the moment Lil B starts, the quality drops. While I didn’t intend for this to just be a slam on Lil B, I guess I’ve never really been called to voice my opinion on him. Instead, focus on the head nodding, glitchy clatter that Star Slinger brings to the table and enjoy.
I’ve had this fucking post sitting in the queue since before new years and I just lost interest in the futile act of writing, so it sat. Though we’re now into shorts weather here in Atlanta, it’s still not too late to celebrate a few of the best songs of last year:
M83 – Midnight City
I do love this song, despite a few major complaints.
1. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming and much of M83’s catalog in general suffers from a bit of Manic Pixie Dream syndrome. The faux vintage haze of idealism gets under my skin after a while.
2. That fucking sax solo. I think this single is amazing, right until the worst trend of 2011 slaps me in the face…and still it deserves a place on the list.
‘Midnight City’, when it works, showscases the spacey soundtracks to adolescent daydreams they’ve nearly perfected over the years. Despite the melodrama, the highs are dizzyingly high. See also: Kim & Jessie.
Sabrepulse – Close To Me
Probably the best man in Chiptunes, expanding his sound into a more polished realm. Worthy of repeat. Click the graphic above and buy the album. Keep some money in his pocket so that he can continue to evolve his sound. Plus, the download comes with a few great remixes.
Yuck – The Wall
Nostalgia for the 90’s doesn’t really appeal to me, as I suffered through most of the highs and lows of that decade. Despite leaning heavily on the playbook of many early 90’s staples, Yuck manages to create something simultaneously forward looking and seeped in the right notes of the past.
Phantogram – Don’t Move
Eyelid Movies was one of my very favorites of 2010 and this cut off their newest EP holds great promise for what’s to come. Shaking off a touch of the gloom, “Don’t Move” remains moody, yet catchy and just the right tempo for swaying along.
The Joy Formidable – Whirring
This song reminds me, in all the good ways, of the stomp and harmony of Pretty Girls Make Graves, all while offering a meatier, layered guitar sound. Ritzy Bryan’s pummeling coo floats perfectly above the noise, just as Leona Marrs & Andrea Zollo’s voices did in PGMG.
Eric & Magill – You Make It So Good
I don’t usually find this kind of indie-psych-folk at all appealing, but there’s something amazing tucked into this hypnotically mixed song. The spiraling blend of vocals and crisp drums just sinks in perfectly. However, I can’t make heads or tails of the video.