Last week I might have gotten a little carried away; my wife and newborn son were spending a lot of time resting, so I was just hanging out writing about songs all week…something a teacher, soccer coach, dad and label owner typically can’t do. So, this week’s playlist of last week’s hits might be a little longer than usual, but you’re going to be all the better for it. I hope you have a wonderful Monday my friends, and enjoy the jams here!
After dropping The Last Exit this past January, Still Corners return with a reminder of their dreamier side on the new single “Heavy Days.” Synth lines dance in and out of the verses, propelling the song along with the rhythm section pushing forward. Guitars are mostly absent here, though they appear in expansive form in between the verses, serving as a great link between this tune and their last LP. The song’s lyrics serve as a wonderful reminder for all of us to “turn it off to stay sane,” which is as solid a motto as there can be for those of us hooked on our socials. So, listen to the song, then turn it off!
With the first single from the forthcoming Still Corners tune, I wasn’t quite sold. I’ve been a huge fan of the band forever, so I’m not sure what it was, but on this new single…this is what I love about the band. There’s this heavy bass like beat and a tamped drum stomp, all allowing Tessa to drape her vocals gently on top of the mix. You’ll hear a faint whistle, and slowly the textures start to build, almost like a groundswell of little pop nuance. It’s this perfect little care of the negative space, knowing when to fill it, when to let it be; it’s a gift few bands have truly mastered, so I’m glad to see it still hanging about in the duo’s repertoire. Their new album the Last Exit will be out in January via Wrecking Light Records.
I can’t get enough of the latest record from Still Corners, dropping this Friday via Wrecking Light. This song was one of the standouts for me for the last few weeks, before it dropped yesterday as a new single. While it still hangs its hat on the smoky dream pop qualities the duo has offered us, there’s seemingly an influence of the band’s Texas relocation lurking through. You can hear it in the opening guitar lament, as well as in the song’s way way back as those same lines permeate the front of the mix. Another mesmerizing number with subtle Texas tones? Yea…I’m in; be sure to grab Slow Air this Friday in stores!
I know a lot of people are super in-love with that new Beach House LP, and that’s all well and good, but you’re going to want to hear the work Still Corners are putting out. Today they shared this lush new track from their forthcoming LP, Slow Air. As dreamy as the song seems, there’s still elements of quietloudquiet…opening the song with this dense dream world before a simple guitar chord rings to add more power, all before the waves flow back to the shores of softness. But, that doesn’t even include the thirty seconds or so around the 3 minute mark with those stabbing lines of brightness! The new LP drops on August 17th via Wrecking Light.
Still Corners recorded their brand new album here in the heart of Texas, so we’ve got to write about it, no? Doesn’t matter anyways, as the song’s definitely something that will grab you. The first minute of the track is spent with little guitar chords being plucked while synths build the sound in the background. Then the percussive element unfolds, sharp and to the point…waiting for Tessa to enter the picture. Her voice has this smoky resonance that blankets the subtle electronic groove of the track. The group drop Slow Air on August 17th via Wrecking Light, followed by a solid chunk of North American tour dates starting in September.
We’ve put our pretty little heads together ladies and gentlemen to bring you our favorite songs from this past year. It was a difficult task with our ever growing staff, but we feel like this list best represents the diverse taste of our staff. Love it or hate it, it’s ours to call our own. Hit play and put your head down or dance or shimmmy or drool or whatever works. Most of all we hope you hear something you missed, something you want to buy or something you want to see live.
Scroll past the playlist for full the run of the bestest songs ever this year.
It’s that time of year where everyone on the Internet is throwing in their two cents as to what the best records of the year are, at least up to this point. We thought we’d give it our own go, with each of us tossing out our choices. I can tell it’s going to be a huge fight come time to make our year end list.
CHVRCHES is sporting a plethora of buzz, right? SxSW fan favorite, plenty of blogger hype, sold out shows in the mid level venues that most indie bands fill before spilling over to the mainstream, they have the boxes checked for a big 2013. The crowd at their show at The Mohawk was packed with bloggers and familiar faces. There were also plenty of show newbs (welcome) and a few dickwads (get bent).
But the big story for me on the night was that the better band was the opener, Still Corners. At least for me.
Click through for the pics and a few notes of import.