She-Devils Announce S/T LP

One of the handful of regrets I had from SXSW this year was not catching She-Devils during the festival…that’s especially true after hearing this new single. It’s a soulful pop twist on the revival of doo-wop nods that accompanied the garage rock burst. There’s this inherent playfulness in Audrey Boucher’s vocals, which seems to come naturally with her delivery. You’ll also hear a bit of psychedelia, though it’s spun in a manner that almost reflects a study in French electro-pop. The band announce today that they’ll release their self-titled LP on May 19th via Secretly Canadian.

Dance Along To This New Jens Lekman

Everyone loves Jens Lekman, that’s sort of just a known fact around the indie rock world. So I’m glad to be able to post about some new tunes from the artist in the form of this track, “What’s That Perfume That You Wear,” which is a great track to set your day in motion and get your dancing shoes on early. The song begins slowly, letting Lekman’s unmistakable vocals guide you along, building up to the introduction of the dance-rhythm, including steel drums. Take a listen and get stoked for Lekman’s upcoming release,Life Will See You Now, which is out February 17th via Secretly Canadian.

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Striking New Luke Temple Tune

luketempleAdmittedly, Luke Temple is hit or miss with me. There were some tracks he built with Here We Go Magic that will forever live in my memory, yet others, they just didn’t grasp me. That being said, this new tune he’s just let loose is pretty memorable; I love how every note here almost feels like it’s being plucked from the strings. His voice continues to impress as well, especially as it rises right at the 2 minute mark. Some guys, they just have a gift, and I’ll go out on a limb and say that Luke’s got it. His new record, A Hand Through the Cellar Door will be released by Secretly Canadian on November 11th.

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Space Out To This New Suuns Video

In this day and age, it’s sort of a rarity that a music video will fully engage me for its complete duration. With this new video for “Instrument”from Canada’s Suuns, I find that this is not the case, as I’ve watched this a few times over. The electronic pulses and drones of Suuns music is perfectly accompanied by the black and white repetition of the simple video, and you will find yourself engrossed in the whole aesthetic of the clip. Sometimes, all you need is a brief reprieve into some other world, and this video for “Instrument” is sure to give you that. Also be sure to check out their albumHold/Stillwhich came out earlier this year on Secretly Canadian.

 

Hear This Dark Building Track From Alex Cameron

alex cameronWhen I first hit play on this track from Alex Cameron‘s newest video for the track, “Take Care of Business,” I’ll admit that it took me a bit of time before I could really get into this minimalistic approach to dark pop. It’s a definite grower of a song, so you’ll need to have patience when you listen to this one, and make sure you hold on to the end, where the instrumentation picks up, and the sinister vocal growl of Cameron really becomes a croon. He’s releasing his Secretly Canadian debut later this year calledJumping The Shark, and his hitting the road with the likes of big names like Angel Olsen and Mac Demarco, so you should probably keep your ears peeled for more from this gentleman. Watch the video below.

 

 

 

 

Get Your Dark Psych On With Suuns

unnamed-17Suuns, if you weren’t already aware, are a Montreal based group, making psych rock tunes. Today, they’ve announced the release of their third full length album,Hold/Still,and shared a new single from that record.This track, “Translate,” is a bonafide grower, as the band layers element upon element, building up their sound slowly but surely in a blend of psych tinged guitars and hazy vocals. Make sure you watch the trippy video for this new single below, check out the remix of the track here, if you’re into that sort of thing, and then get ready for the band’s forthcoming release, Hold/Still,which is due out April 15th via Secretly Canadian.

 

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Have You Heard The New Damien Jurado Track?

131016-damien-juradoSecretly Canadian can always be counted on to have some of the best artists on their label, and so it’s no surprise that Damien Jurado finds his home there. Making ethereal, acoustic guitar driven tracks out of Seattle, Jurado has accumulated a long line of albums over the years, but it seems like with his upcoming release, Visions Of Us On The Land, he’s adding a bit of a power punch to his tunes. This new track, “Exit 353,” brings fuzzy guitars and a rock and roll finish that will have you screaming along with Damien as he rounds the song out with the repeated, emotional line, “I was alone there.” It’s a great track, and one that you’ll find yourself revisiting again and again–listen for yourself.

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More From Here We Go Magic

herewegomagicI was just talking to someone this weekend about Here We Go Magic and how the band almost seems like a local product with how much they are in town and how much we all love them.  Somehow the band has managed to stay popular, relevant, and evolve their sound over the years while we continue to support.  I’m excited today to be sharing this new single from the band called “Tokyo London US Korea”.  To me, it’s rather impressive how much the band has grown up and matured since their beginnings.

Be Small is out on October 16th via Secretly Canadian.

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Here We Go Magic Share “Ordinary Feeling”

herewegomagicIt’s been an interesting progression for Here We Go Magic. They had a lot of success with their initial sound, blending elements of folk with psychedelic flare (before it was cool).  But, as of late, it looks like Luke Temple has cleaned up his approach, providing the band with a more delicate touch. You can still hear elements of the atmospheric flourishes leaking into this song, especially during the perceived chorus (it has a cool J Spacemen feel if you’re into that), but by and large the song seems held back to a certain degree. I’m really interested to hear what all of Be Small sounds like when its released by Secretly Canadian on October 16th.

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Gardens & Villa – Music For Dogs

sc320Rating: ★★★☆☆

When Gardens & Villa’s Music For Dogs initial sounds flood through your speakers, immediately you get the impression of an electronic system booting up; “Intro” is almost a minute of futuristic synthetic sounds waving through your speakers. The level of anticipation swells with the beginnings of the huge sounds, all of which point to what’s to come next. Now, this is not the kind of entrance that the band really needs to make—Music For Dogs marks their third full-length record, following last year’s Dunes. And yet, the band amps you up for this collection of songs all the same, properly ensuring you’ve transitioned into the right frame of mind before you begin the album.

And when you do enter the first real track, “Maximize Results,” the band hits you hard with their synth pop: pulsating synths create a constant harried motion to the song, all while the vocal performance doubles up on this mood. Underlying this borderline paranoid feeling there’s a groove to the song in the distorted guitar riffs and the handclap beat. This then transitions quite abruptly into the light and airy “Fixations,” which strikes quite a bright note after the heavy opening number. Here, the synths are still buzzy and drone-like, but not as oppressive and dark as the first number. The piano also helps to brighten up the song, with its bouncy notes joining the mix with flair. It’s a catchy contrast to its predecessor before the band jumps back into the overall darkness that seems to coat most of the record.

While the album starts out quite strong with these two solid tracks, it seems as though the energy is a little difficult for Gardens & Villa to maintain through the duration of Music For Dogs. This isn’t to say that there aren’t some great and memorable tracks on the record, as there are numbers like “Alone In The City” and “I Already Do” that tack onto the aforementioned tracks as standouts. Oddly enough, where this synth pop group seems to shine the brightest on this record is not when they’re grooving hardest, but when the songs push into a tender emotional level. “Alone In The City” is a bit of a tender ballad type track that puts the vocal performance of Chris Lynch at very focal point. His voice is raw as it honestly professes lines like “Stay away from me tonight/I’ve had enough for once and it felt alright” and “This place is a nightmare/if I can’t be right there in your arms.” The sounds are subtle, and the nuance of sound that the band brings is glorious via the soft chimes that softly unfold amidst the gritty guitar and gently floating synth sounds. Same goes for the last song of the album, “I Already Do—” the band strikes this balance of groovy tune with tenderness in the mix of premature nostalgia in both the lyrics and bouncing piano sound.

Music For Dogs hits hard at first listen, but then slowly fades into a different tone, but still shows a band that’s come a far way from their debut album of 2011. The tracks that float to the surface upon further listening are evidence of their growth and movement into a balance of harsh electronic sound with real human emotion.

 

 

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