Star Slinger just released a new three track EP called Bedroom Joints for free on his Bandcamp. I think it’s reached its free download limit but here’s the best track from it in case you missed out. It’s called Baby Mama and it’s Star Slinger at his best, with jittery beats and spliced vocals combined together to create an uplifting electro-jam. It’s currently my ringtone as well, so there’s my personal endorsement.
Cat’s Eyes is Farris Badwan's side-project with some girl (Rachel Zeffira) who apparently snaps necks and cashes cheques when it comes to opera soprano. You might have heard the newest single from them posted yesterday but this is their previous one, which is still fairly obscure I believe, and is much better to be honest. Reminds me of a darker Summer Camp. Also; new album from The Horrors is due in July so get ready for that shit.
Baths just released a whole album of B-sides and rarities called Pop Music / False B-Sides. It’s not as good as Cerulean, but then again, what is? This is an instrumental track from it called The Vapors and in classic Baths style it’ll hook you in and never let you go. I won’t bother explaining how it sounds because you should know Baths by now and if you don’t then you really need to sort your life out.
Ra Cailum's got a new EP out called Change. It’s the continuation of where he left off with his previous work, and it seems he’s getting more and more into the idea of letting his vocals be front and centre. The title track is a perfect example of this. Think Chillwave Anoraak.
Zoo Kid's going to be huge, that's a fact. Well not huge huge, but big enough to make some serious waves in the part of the music community that still actually counts for something. Out Getting Ribs was posted here before but if you missed out on it i’ll explain a few things: he’s sixteen, he makes music spanning a number of genres from Lo-Fi to electronic, and he quoted lyrics from The Streets’ Empty Cans in one of his songs.
Oh and then he went and remixed one of the few decent tracks on Computers & Blues into something Mike Skinner circa 2001 would be proud to call his own. Here’s Ocean Bed, which you better damn well fall instantly in love with, and the aforementioned remix.
Now Her is a new jam from Hard Mix's incoming debut album. It's classic Hard Mix. Warped choruses become indecipherable aside from their most basest melody, and the synth solo in the middle of the track is simply flawless. Dude just gets abstraction and mood.
PS I Love You teamed up with Diamond Rings to make something more appealing than either is by themselves. It’s got that iconic PS I Love You instrumental sound coupled with lyrics you can actually understand for once which is a welcome change. They are releasing an EP together so expect a few more tracks appearing from this collaboration soon.
Show Your Shoe remixed Dreams by Futurecop! and Keenhouse into something substantially better than the original. People are saying this will be a huge summer jam but I don’t really see it getting big enough for that. But that’s more a comment on society than the quality of the song though. Keep an eye out for Show Your Shoe’s upcoming Technik City EP which I did the album artwork for, which is cool.
And finally, an atmospheric track from MOTHS called <3. An unrelenting bassline, with simple harmonies over the top and a focus on mood and space more than cheap thrills. Listen to this one on a quiet afternoon or when beautiful shit is happening around you in slow motion in the nighttime.
It’s been 5 years since Death From Above 1979 played a show, 10 years since Jesse played me the first demos & 11 years since we sat in his parents basement and played so loud we knocked the china off the shelves upstairs. 11 seems to be a YES number for me. Though I am usually a pretty rational guy, if I have something on my mind and I see an 11 somewhere, I know I’m on the right path. It’s one of my last remaining superstitions. 2011 has a nice ring to it & if you’re so inclined, it may be the last year ever! So why not say YES? Why not say YES to Coachella? Why not say YES to playing the music we designed to be an undeniable source of power? Why not say YES to stirring up a writhing pit of sweaty humans? YES to riots! YES to heavy music! YES instead of maybe, and YES to make death your adviser and remind yourself always, that this is not a dress rehearsal. This is the big show.
Jesse and I have decided that what we can do together should not be denied.
Together again, as was always the intention, as a collaboration.
The collision of two different worlds.
As this all takes shape, we will reveal it to you.
All of it happening, as it always has, in our own way.
Thank you all for sharing in our excitement!
The Belligerents have just released their debut EP, Less Arty More Party. They’ve already featured before on NEO//NOIR for their ear-catching brand of Indie Rock, and the EP continues the trend nicely. Fluctuating electronics hiss under the roaring of synths and guitars struggling against each other for dominance. Huge choruses and hooks permeate every song, instantly gratifying yet well-crafted enough to keep your attention.
These guys have played alongside basically any band worth listening to these days, including Metronomy, Neon Indian and Breakbot, so you know they’re legit.
Moody and angular, Less Arty More Party really does go from strength to strength, and all four tracks could easily be the lead single. Such A Crime is the one they went for though, and the band has generously said you can download it for free.
Ghostwood are finally back after no definitive activity for a worrying amount of time. Sunset Mirage is the new single from them and it takes their clear brooding 80’s influences and fuses them with that increasingly iconic sound that all young indie bands from Australia tend to have these days. Getting some strong Red Riders vibes from this one, although each band was always a very complimentary matching to begin with. What a chorus though, seriously.
I’m getting really sick of saying how much of a machine Teen Daze is, but he’s got yet another single out, with two new tracks, Together and Something. This is the A-Side. Slightly different vibe for these ones, more sample driven creations this time round, and, as with everything he does, it’s awesome.
Incoming from Teen Daze is a remix/reinterpretation EP of Baths side project, Geotic. Also sounds like he’s got an announcement to make fairly soon, likely mention of another album on the way.
Metronomy's new song is basically a four minute representation of what makes them such a great band. She Wants may not impress you the first few times you hear it. It’s slow, warped and strange sounding, and you can’t help but feel that maybe you’re missing something. You certainly are. Before too long the intricate layering makes itself known and the chorus grabs hold of your mind and you’ve got the song on repeat. Check out the music video as well, it’s perfect.
Outer Limits Recordings has finally found that perfect mix of noisy abstraction and pop sentimentality. $20 Bill is a catchy, shifting Lo-Fi beach jam that sounds like it was filtered through an old broken stereo system underwater. Huge improvement on the Foxy Baby LP
San Cisco's new song Golden Revolver has been doing the rounds on popular Australian radio station Triple J, who are giving it away for free, and if you like bands like Hungry Kids Of Hungary or Little Red then you’re in for a treat. Feel good, harmony laden Indie-Pop.
Campfires released a split EP with Cloud Nothings early in his career. While he has received huge amounts of hype and fanfare since then, Campfires have yet to break through. This new track from them is definitely steering them in the right direction though, the distortion has been toned down (still maybe not enough) and the vibe of the song itself is charming Lo-Fi Indie-Folk along the lines of Real Estate's sound. Genuinely catchy stuff.
Today Is Our Life is the new one from Memory Tapes and it’s got the same sort of song structure that made Graphics the best song on Seek Magic. Slow build, huge chorus. Surprisingly upbeat and happy for Memory Tapes actually.
Gossip Culture brings something strangely lacking from the music scene in 2010 and already in 2011; soul.
Close comparisons can be made to soundscapes of Toro y Moi, especially in the track Whispers In My Ear, from his upcoming EP, People Talk. And funnily enough, here’s his remix of Toro y Moi’s Still Sound while we’re on the subject. If you’re digging that, then check his Soundcloud page as well, where he’s offered several tracks for free download. Expect big things from Gossip Culture in the future.