Launder is sure to be a name shared by everyone this year, as they’re already one of those “wary of the hype” acts due to tons of early coverage, including my own. Songwriter John Cudlip has even enlisted the help of Jackson Phillips (Day Wave) and Cole Smith (DIIV) to help build up his soundscapes…and this time he adds French artist Soko on the vocals to flesh things out. Hype or not, the sound of this tune alone illustrates why Launder is such a commodity, taking the elements of dream pop and shoegaze and putting some polish atop to create these perfect pop nuggets. Happening may be a debut LP, but it’s sounding more and more like a seasoned artist hitting their stride; it drops on July 15th via Ghostly.
If anyone is judging by soundcloud plays, and you shouldn’t, then this new DIIV record already has a lot of excitement behind, having reached over 10K streams in less than 24 hours. Personally, I was excited by their newer songs at this past Levitation Fest…more so than I was by their earlier work. This new track definitely has my interest piqued further, using a lot of great guitar work to fill out the space behind Cole’s voice. For my two cents, it’s one of the strongest things they’ve done; it’s got a really dark feeling to it, furthered by the way the vocals calmly hang in the air. Their new album, Is the Is Are Now will be released by Captured Tracks on February 5th.
This tune’s all over the place, and judging by the response (and their huge show at Mohawk this past weekend) DIIV are still drawing popularity and excitement. Aside from the song, which I think fulfills my expectations from their set at Psych Fest last Spring, I’m stoked to hear that the band has 17 new songs to offer listeners. They had a solid first effort, but I felt it was a little bit short. This means fans will get twice the release when Is the Is Are hits the streets on February 5th of next year. Look for it to come via Captured Tracks, which is always reliable in my eyes.
A few years ago, DIIV was all the rage on the Internet, but when their album came out, I’ll admit I wasn’t blown away…as much as people expected me to be. But, I had a lot of hope for the band going forward, especially after they put on an incredible set at Levitation Fest this past year. Lucky for us, their new single fulfills on the live sets promise. It holds onto the slightly jangling post rock atmosphere, while driving home a pop-centric vocal that’s perfectly fitting. The date of their confusingly titled Is The Is Are has yet to be announced, but rest assured, it’s coming soon via Captured Tracks.
Chaos in Tejas is here and the little festival that could has some nice lineups to choose with starting out this evening. An ATH approved pick for the evening would have to be the headlining DIIV show at Mohawk (despite their whiney behavior during SXSW). The remainder of the lineup is also solid with Deep Time and SURVIVE on the outside stage and Troller, ((Pressures)), and Phantom Lakes inside. Start the weekend off right with some great indie pop music.
So it’s been said already that the festival has wrapped up and we’re all trying to recover as best we can back at work Monday. It was a fun and exhausting week full of incredible music, tons of booze, and many an old friend. We’re each taking a look back at our week in free live music with some recaps and now it’s my turn. Follow the jump for more.
Here it is. I know you’ll hate it; I know you’ll disagree, but that’s not the point in making an arbitrary list. We here at ATH worked really hard to fit in the tastes of the four of us, and when we decided upon our Top 50, it really boied down to simple math. What albums did we love when they came out? Do we still enjoy spinning those records months later? If they’re in the Top 50, then the asnwer is probably yes. I mean, our Top 2 records came out in January, and still play a vital part in my weekly listening. There’s no disclaimer here. We are who we are, we like what we like, and we hope that’s okay with you. If not, drop us a line and let us know where we went wrong.
Well, everyone else is doing it, so why don’t we? We’re going to toss out our top five albums of the year, except we’ll be doing it with our four main contributors, so hopefully that’ll mix things up a bit. Obviously, we’re only half-way through the year, so things are subject to change, and by things I mean our minds. Read more