I wanted to post this song. As I’m sitting here working, recapping the day, my old lady says “Is that Hot Chip?” That sort of sums up the work that the new Dutch Uncles have released this week, though I think there’s a smoother polish to the craftsmanship of their electro-pop. It’s not filled with these hit-you-over-the-head beats, but these subtle little electro pulses. The group announced they’ll be releasing a new album, O’Shudder, via Memphis Industries on February 24th. Enjoy your easy-listening.
Okay, so due to my promise from Monday’s song post, I had to wait a few days to post the stream of the brand new album from Shivery Shakes; it’s titled Three Waves and a Shake. Why should you care? Have you read Nicole’s review? Also, the band’s been working hard in the Austin scene for some time, and the hard work pays off with their debut LP. And, you know that I care because I’m putting out this LP with our friend Dan over at Punctum, so it means a great deal that you listen to it. I’m putting up the Bandcamp stream, so you can donate to the band if you’re not into physical formats. But, if you are, buy it from me HERE; it’s still a few weeks away from coming back from the press, but I’ll have it out to you as soon as it’s back to me. Sit back, relax, enjoy our friends in the Shivery Shakes.
If your week is like mine, with no end in sight, this is the perfect track for your Thursday. There’s an ethereal quality in the guitar riff that’s pretty dreamy, maybe even dreamy enough to take your mind off whatever is weighing you down. Oh you’re really digging this? Well, its only the beginning– Steve Gunn released his album, Way Out Weather on Paradise of Bachelors earlier this week and you can get your hands on it here. Have a listen to “Tommy’s Congo” below and get lost!
Usually I go on and on about how I bring the rock and or roll, but occasionally I branch out….such as today with Dan Bodan. At first listen, it’s this very quiet glitch electronica, touched up finely with some careful acoustic touches. But, as the song unfolds, Bodan makes his own entrance, entering with this softness that erupts into a powerful presence. It’s another listen to what should shape up to be an interesting experience when his Soft LP is released by DFA Records on October 28th.
If you would have told me that I would be even remotely interested in a band that abides by the crossing of the genres of electronic and jazz, I would have to tell you you’re fucking nuts man. However, when I heard “Limb” from Kinkajous, a London based band that does just that, I was forced to change my preconceived notions a little bit. Take a listen–while it may be a little different than your normal taste, somehow, it’s reminding me a little bit of Explosions In the Sky in the way that it evokes a wistful kind of feeling even though it lacks lyrics and just relies on instrumentation. Watch the trippy video for the song here and pick up Kinkajous’ just released debut EP, here.
I caught this jam creeping up the other day, and it’s probably one of my favorite tracks off the Dirt Dress Revelations EP, which comes out in about a month. It opens up with this guitar line that sort of knifes its way through the opening minutes, though there’s a nice distortion to it that gives it a quirky touch. Drums roll through, often offering a nice beat, or other times pushing the track forward with pace (thus the rhythm section!). And you’ll always see me enjoying a good horn blast, especially if it’s done appropriately; no one likes gratuitous horn blasts. Check out their EP on November 18th from the Future Gods. I also just dig the band’s aesthetic.
Last year, we wrote about Tel Aviv’s Vaadat Charigim quite a bit; they were just releasing their debut album for Burger Records. They’re back now with a 7″ they’ll be releasing with local Austin label Reverberation Appreciation Society, as they prep for a new LP in 2015. This first track is this trembling swell of psychedelia, moving in and out of your stream of consciousness. It opens quietly, building momentum for the band’s entrance just around the minute mark. You’ll find that the song definitely has peaks and valleys, rising and falling here over the song’s 9 minute sprawl. I appreciate that; I like a good non-run of the mill psych track.
You come to expect a certain sound from your favorite labels, so I was taken aback when I grabbed this new single from A Daydream Waltz. It’s one of the latest singles to be released by Art is Hard Records, so you knew I’d be on board, but for an entirely different reason. I like the melancholic tone of the guitar; it has a bit of a billowing sound as well, which goes even further as the tune progresses. It’s this perfect bit of pensive pop music, and it’s my jam today. You can also go and grab the band’s According to Whom EP for the NYP over at their Bandcamp.
Download: A Daydream Waltz – She was like you [MP3]