Au Revoir Simone – ‘Somebody Who’

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.

Slow Club – ‘Two Cousins’

It’s nice to see a video that probably had a 3 sentence pitch and the result is just a joy to watch. The dancers seamlessly wander through a variety of styles in an effortless way that just inspires jealousy in uncoordinated folks like me. The song is equally impressive; a joyously weird stomp bolstered by a bristling chorus that just begs to be put on repeat.

‘Two Cousins’ is the lead single off Paradise, which was released on 09/16/12 via Moshi Moshi. Buy the album through iTunes.

Casiokids – “Finn Bikkjen”

Some songs are just born singles, perfect little gems that set up house without asking and don’t leave when asked, no matter how kindly you insist. Norway’s Casiokids’s recent release “Finn Bikkjen” is exactly one of those songs: a prefect mixture of melody, beat, and, my own personal audio aphrodisiac, a fat analog synth lead. The ice cream on top is a reverbed, vocal line with a soft melody and sung in a language I can’t understand, which for some reason only makes me love it more. The song undulates from spacier bridges to the uptempo synth-laden chorus that never fails to have induce some sort of contented nodding along. Quite simply, electropop at its finest.

Casiokids – Finn Bikkjen

This, in combination with their last single “Fot I Hose”, another bouncy, synthy tune leads me to feel nothing but anticipation for whatever they choose to record next. Beyond their odd inclusion in the Fifa 2010 soundtrack, I guarantee more exposure for them this year as they’re supporting Hot Chip on tour this February:

12 – Glasgow – O2 Academy
13 – Edinburgh – Picture House
15 – Nottingham – Rock City
16 – Leeds – O2 Academy
19 – Manchester – Academy
20 – Birmingham – O2 Academy
21 – Southampton – Joiners
22 – 
Bournemouth – O2 Academy
23 – Bristol – O2 Academy
24 – Norwich – O2 Academy
25 – London – Camden Barfly (Headline Show)
26 – London – Brixton Academy

In the US, you can’t purchase their singles through iTunes, but you can grab the Moshi Moshi label compilation. It features “Fot I Hose” and the b-side “Verdens Største Land” along with tracks by Au Revoir Simone, Samuel & the Dragon, and The Very Best. To download the compilation through iTunes click the cover to the right.

The 7″ singles for both “Finn Bikkjen” and “Verdens Største Land” are available direct from Moshi Moshi Records.