Thursday, May 31, 2018
Gorgeously epic indie rock song from Exitmusic, which is probably the most euphoric breakup song you will ever hear. If you are fans of Beach House, you will really fall hard for this duo. Alas, the duo, like their marriage, is splitting up, so this is likely the last music we will hear from them. Check out their new record The Recognitions, which is amazing.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Sleek and sinister collaboration between A$AP Rocky and FKA twigs that is so good you wonder why it took so long for them to make music together.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Franco-Algerian singer Lolo Zouaï, who now resides in Brooklyn, creates what she calls "bittersweet bangers." "High Highs to Low Lows" is a perfect example. It's a smooth pop/R&B track that details the instability and uncertainty of starting out in the music industry. If this song is any indication, her sound is definitely not uncertain, and she should be a breakout star.
Friday, May 25, 2018
Yes, on Chvrches' new record Love is Dead, they have gone full on pop, stripping a lot of their quirkiness for stadium ready anthems. However, they still know how to right some catchy as hell tracks. I am digging the driving track "Graves" a lot. You can hear it here on Spotify.
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Warpaint’s guitarist and vocalist Theresa Wayman has released her first solo album under the name TT. The album leans more towards the electronic elements of her band's output, with Wayman crafting intricately complex sounds. Standout track "Safe" builds off a loping drum loop and samples, adding Wayman's dreamy vocals in multiple layers. You can listen to it here at Spotify.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Monday, May 21, 2018
From his quite wonderful new record Sparkle Hard, Stephen Malkmus turns on the charm with the lovely pop ballad "Solid Silk" that is buoyed by sweeping strings and a surprisingly tender vocal from Malkmus. You can hear it here on Spotify.
Friday, May 18, 2018
Menacing new track from Nine Inch Nails, incorporating pulsating synths and skronking saxophones, sounding like an industrial homage to David Bowie's later work.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
At first it doesn't seem like much is going on during the opening moments of Pan-Pot's epic techno track "Spitzer." By the end of its 11 minutes you will be in total rapture, as the duo take the old adage less is more, and turn it on its head.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Throbbing electro track from My Brightest Diamond that is fantastically catchy. If you like Black Cherry-era Goldfrapp you will drink this right up.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Dark and majestic post-punk from Portland band Soft Kill. This song sounds like the perfect marriage between The Cure and Sisters of Mercy.
Monday, May 14, 2018
Friday, May 11, 2018
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Throw in Chvrches' synthpop drive, add some Cocteau Twins-like layering of guitars, and a touch of Eno-esque ambientness for texture, and you will come up with Russia's Pinkshinyultrablast. The only collusion here is some great influences that merge together flawlessly. From their record Miserable Miracles, "Eray" is a tightly constructed synthpop gem.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
I think if your name is Tove and you are from Sweden you are just a natural born pop star. I really love this song from Tove Styrke's record Sway, which is chock full of pop perfection. This track is masterful in its simplicity, Tove sweetly singing over delicate beats and bloopy keyboards, wishing her new love would bring their relationship out into the light. The music, and Tove, getting more insistent as it goes along.
Monday, May 7, 2018
Friday, May 4, 2018
In the vein of bands like Wilco, Gomez, and Alt-J, Shakey Graves walk that fine line between alt-rock, folk, and country, and make it their own. "Mansion Doors" has some of the loveliest, intricate guitar work, and some amazing harmonies. The entire album Can't Wake Up is a total charmer.
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Based on the prior singles from Beach House's upcoming record 7, it will be a record of taking risks and chances. Each song finds the band pushing in new directions. "Black Car" merges meditative keyboards, chant-like vocals, gentle guitars, and heartbeat drums into a peaceful, interior exploration. I am eagerly anticipating what the rest of the album will bring.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
The centerpiece to Half Waif's new record Lavender, "Silt" focuses on Nandi Rose Plunkett's expressive voice that sits somewhere between Kate Bush's forceful punch and St. Vincent's wry cynicism. It's a stunning song from one of my favorite records this year.