I know Turkey Day is drawing near, but there’s still some great music leaking out today, so I’m going to try and stay on top of it. This new track from Sharon Van Etten has me really excited, and not just because it features members of The National, Walkmen and Wye Oak; it’s because I’ve got a bit of a crush on Sharon…and her music too! The songstress has a new album coming out titled Tramp, which will be released on Jagjaguwar on February 7th. This song’s got a nice little cascading guitar line cutting through the rhythm guitar, and Van Etten’s voice sounds every bit as beautiful as I remember it in the live setting. This is shaping up to be a good 2012 already.
Download: Sharon Van Etten – Serpents [MP3]
If you’ve been a follower of the Elephant Six work and the Saddle Creek Records family, then perhaps your introduction to Harouki Zombi might be a bit of a surprise. The duo is comprised of Orenda Fink, who led Azure Ray, not to mention her own solo outings, and also Nina Barnes, wife of Kevin Barnes. Together they’ve combined to create an interesting piece of art pop, using theatrics (primarily designed by Barnes) and electronic influenced tracks in their performance pieces. Clearly the duo are in this for a great bit of fun, but the music, not to mention the project itself, seems tinted with oddities, but also grace. While it might just be hedonistic DJ music, you can’t help but be drawn to the collaboration. Keep a look out for these two in the near future. Here’s a preview of their work together.
Download: Harouki Zombi – Harouki Zombie Swamp Theme [MP3]
As we’ve all certainly heard, the classic line-up of Guided By Voices is back together, having recorded new material. I was fortunate to catch the group on their classic return, and they sounded just as I had hoped, if only a wee bit older. The band will be releasing Lets Go Eat the Factory at the first of the year, but for now you can grab a listen to this track that went up on Matador Records, the label that will be putting out this track as a 7″ on November 22nd. Whether you’ve liked the band for years, or just recently caught on, surely you see the greatness in this.
Download: Guided By Voices – The Usinkable Fats Domino [MP3]
I wondered what happened to Ramesh, formerly of Voxtrot. Personally, his songwriting was always really affecting, so I am glad to see he’s getting back out there. Floating around the Internet is his EP 1, which you can stream right HERE for your own listening pleasure. It’s still got that soft quality of pop that you came to expect from his old group. Not sure if he’s still writing from Austin, but I’m going to claim him as one of our own, as we need all the good musicians we can get. Best of luck to Ramesh as he gets back out there in the music world.
Download: RAMESH – The King
At the beginning of August I brought you a nice little number from Super Melody, the new project from James, formerly of Architecture in Helsinki. His debut, Destination Unknown, is slated to hit stores next week. You’re going to really dig this record if you’re into the sort of thing Chromeo does to the dance floor. It’s definitely got that electronic-R&B vibe, meant to get you moving. Considering its Friday, we should all put our dancing shoes on now, moving on into the long Labor Day weekend.
Download: Super Melody – Worker Bee [MP3]
We’ve talked about Dominant Legs for some time, and more music just seems to come our way concerning the outfit. They’ll be offering up their debut, Invitation, on September 27th via Lefse Records. On this track, you can definitely feel the airy quality in the songwriting, giving a sense of lightness to the group’s sound. That little bit of pop you need can easily be found as the song moves in and out, with Ryan Lynch’s vocals holding your attention as steady rhythm beats perfectly in sync with the tracks mood. This record has been playing a lot in my house, and soon you’ll find it’s a huge part of your daily rotation too.
Download: Dominant Legs – Where We Trip The Light [MP3]
Finally! I’ve got something on Nathan Williams! I’ve actually met Dave Grohl. Twice. Why does this matter you ask? Well, Nathan, and his band, Wavves, just released a new track tonight, “I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl,” which will appear on the band’s Life Sux EP, which hits the stores on September 20th. Honestly, I wasn’t entirely convinced of Williams’ talent until the last year and a half or so, but he’s cleaned up the production, and included great hooks, like those you’ll find here. His star was rising long ago, but I feel as if this will only continue if he progresses the way he’s been heading. I mean, come on, just look at that face. Put that with a track like this and you’re bound to be a huge success. Now, if only I can get that girl from Best Coast to be my girlfriend.
Download: Wavves – I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl [MP3]
Strawberry Whiplash is one of those great band’s that unfortunately seems to fly beneath the radar of the masses. I’m not sure why, as the simple pop formula of Laz and Sandra is nothing short of perfect, and you’d be silly to say otherwise. The group’s been hard at work prepping their next album for your sunny travels, titled Hits in the Car, and it should be out later this year. But, you won’t have to wait too much longer for new tunes, as the band is set to release a new 7″ for the single, “Stop, Look and Listen.” Laz has been kind enough to allow us to share this great B-Side with you, which I’m sure will leave you salivating for more from Strawberry Whiplash.
Download: Strawberry Whiplash – Another Rainy Day In Glasgow [MP3]
Almost less than a year after their last release, it seems that Pepper Rabbit are returning again with a brand new record, Red Velvet Snow Ball. Said album will be released on August 9th via Kanine Records, and if it sounds at all like this debut track, it’s going to be pretty special. I love the way the song opens with this sort of bouncy beat, contrasted by some technological warfare on the sound itself. But, once they get going, it’s hard not to see this as anything as blissful pop music, of the best sort. For a duo, this band sure knows how to flesh out their own sound, which you’ll definitely be aware of when you listen to this on repeat for the next several hours.
Download: Pepper Rabbit – Rose Mary Stretch [MP3]
It’s hard not to wish the best for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. They issued a brilliant self-titled debut, but then sort of side-stepped for their second, Some Loud Thunder. It was muddied down, and didn’t necessarily evoke the same passion as their first release. But, as the Internet has blown up today, the group are set to release their third LP, Hysterical, on September 20th, again releasing it on their own. This new track, “Same Mistake,” seems to be a return to form, with string arrangements gently backing the rhythmic movements within the song. Surely this will catch your ears, preparing us all for the final release in September.
Download: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Same Mistake [MP3]