The Postelles are awesome, and being a 60’s music philistine I’m going to assume that the closest band they sound like is early The Beatles, arguably their most accessible period. A more legit The Drums mixed with Vampire Weekend. Hopefully they won’t get swept up in a crazy overnight fanbase that overplays them and butchers their name
Hanoi Janes is more great Lo-Fi flavour of the month music. For every Lo-Fi band that is born sub-par, another seems to rock up that’s genuinely impressive. Still, that means that half of the whole genre is pretty forgettable, which doesn’t bode well for its longevity.
With their new EP, All’s Well That Ends, Los Campesinos! has gone from a boring whiny band that can’t sing to a slightly less boring whiny band with a decent EP that still can’t really sing. All the songs on All’s Well… are reworks of songs from their critically lauded album, Romance Is Boring, and it goes to prove what I always thought about them, that if they toned it down a bit there were some very catchy songs there to be heard.
Coolrunnings have a new song out, called I Am You. It’s a big step up from their latest EP, Babes Forever, and the album cover is rad instead of rad but disgusting. Sounding more and more like a mix between Cloud Nothings and Elite Gymnastics; But there’s also a really strong 80’s New Wave feel in there too. Really good.
Brothertiger's EP; Vision Tunnels, struck me as a fairly typical Chillwave effort at first. Until the last track that is. Lovers is not only one of the best closers to a release I have heard in a long time, but one of the most attention grabbing songs, period, in a scene where every band is beginning to blend into each other. It seriously shocks me how so many bands have managed to form and release the exact same fucking Chillwave / Lo-Fi / Witch House song in such a small amount of time. Take note of Lovers as an example of how to stand out people.
Just Goods by Port City has this cool ghostly vocal presence that has an intangible quality about it. It sounds like it’s being projected towards you underwater through a bedroom wall and down a long tube on the other end of an old telephone. It’s so close yet so far.
Trap Tiger remind me a lot of a band I wrote about on my previous blog, the nigh unknown Arcade Made. For more useful comparisons, it sounds like a more moody Tokyo Police Club. Here’s two songs from their debut album.
Ra Cailum is pretty damn close to Memory Tapes / Memory Cassette in terms of both sound and aesthetic identity. One look at Leaving's album cover will make you immediately think of the Call & Response EP from Memory Cassette. Here’s two examples of the release’s quality.
Cherry Chapstick was surprising for me. The cover of their new single release made me ready myself for yet another Lo-Fi band with great potential yet no originality. I was pretty shocked with how electronic the songs actually were. It was a welcome surprise, they definitely have some talent in them.
Check Me Out Like Whoa by Coyote Clean Up really caught my attention straight away. The breathy vocals and the progression of each phrase reminds me a bit of La Musique by Riot In Belgium, but with a chill vibe instead of a sexually charged dancefloor approach.
Kenseth Thibideau immediately made me think of the B-sides released between Foals' debut and sophomore albums, instrumentally at least. It's a strange album, Repetition; I don’t know whether it’s going to stay in high rotation on my iTunes but it’s certainly not rubbish by any stretch of the imagination. It’s sombre in tone and feel, great music to have playing in the background while your attention is focused elsewhere, and I mean that in the best way possible.
Beat Connection are yet another band that will live under the shadow of Dayve Hawke unless they radically change their direction. That’s ok though, because comparisons to Memory Tapes should flatter rather than deter, and Beat Connection stand to be just what the doctor ordered for those already waiting for more from Hawke. Also the Surf Noir cover art is fucking rad.
Dream Boat is classic Witch House… well, as classic as a seemingly overnight micro-genre can get. Eerie beats and haunting samples are prevalent throughout their Fevers EP, which features some pretty rad retro imagery. This won’t be for everyone but there’s something about it that sticks with you. And really, what’s creepier than kids?
The Blanche Hudson Weekend have this cool 60’s Pop/80’s New Wave sound to them. The female vocals work perfectly against the dreamy-guitarwork and the lo-fi presentation is all the rage right now. Here’s three songs that showcase their different moods, so many Lo-Fi bands these days get caught up in the one sound so it’s good to see these guys can mix it up. Great heartfelt pop.
Craft Spells are one of the better bands I’ve come across of late. They stylistically inhabit the space between Cloud Nothings and Beach Fossils, so if you’re familiar with each of their particular brands of Lo-Fi, you’ll know what you’re in for.
Hard Mix sound a bit like they are going for the same niche as Elite Gymnastics. The wankers out there would call it Post-Chillwave, and being the wanker that I am, I’ll call it that too. There’s glimpses of the 90’s dance scene in parts of Memories, but there’s also more modern flourishes that sound not unlike Memory Tapes. Yeah, it’s a tough one to classify, so just let your ears decide.
LAKE R▲DIO meshes both Chillwave and Witch House into a really appealing package. In a genre that’s so crucially defined on the ineffable X-Factor to separate the wheat from the chaff, LAKE R▲DIO stands out as one to keep an eye on. Here’s two tracks, the second featuring a really cool and scary remix of a song we all know and hate; see if you can pick it.
Australian electronic wizard Cassian remixed Two Door Cinema Club's new single What You Know. The result is a pretty funk driven dancefloor remix, that doesn’t butcher the original as much as every other remixer seems to love doing to every great song in 2010.
Cut Copy have a new song called Where I’m Going kicking around as a teaser for their new album. Pretty exciting stuff. It’s not mindblowing, but within the context of a killer album this perfectly competent song could be a part of something really special. The synth breakdown in the later stages of the track would be magical in a live performance.
And here is the two B-Sides from Foals newest single, Miami. They are awful quality (128kb/s), but I can get past that for now because they are so compelling. Could have easily been A-Sides. Higher quality rips coming soon.