♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫" on @PumpUpThaVolume! Episode058 - Future Hunter was recorded at the home studios of MediaMonarchy.com and features brand new #SongOfTheDay sounds from Mikal Cronin, Leisure Society, Kingsbury Manx, Carmen Villain, Ludovico Einaudi, Postal Service, Child Of Lov, Thee Oh Sees, Jonny Fritz, Steve Mason, Born Ruffians, VANDAAM, Chrysta Bell and Stone Gossard... because it can't be news and politics all the time!
Previous: Episode057 - The Beauty Surrounds
♬Liner Notes♬: Another genre-spanning episode with Thee Oh Sees, Steve Mason, Child of Lov, Postal Service and much more... Indie rock to classical, country to electropop - we are "Future Hunter"s!
Note: For starters, Pitchfork says, "MCII is also his most fully realized, beautifully arranged, and well-crafted work to date. Since he's spent the past year shredding for the masses in the Ty Segall Band, it's easy to forget that he recently earned his B.F.A. in Music and learned how to compose for different instruments."
"A Softer Voice Takes Longer Hearing"
'Alone Aboard the Ark'
Full Time Hobby, 2013
Note: "As a fan of UK's The Leisure Society, Ray Davies' of The Kinks invited the band to record their album at his Konk Studios. Today's Top Tune gives us an idea of the band's expansive electro-pop sound..."
Note: Their local North Carolina Indy Week says this band's sixth record is "a very sophisticated and subtle band hiding their involved machinations behind pop music meant to sound, once again, elegant and elementary."
Smalltown Supersound, 2013
Note: "Let's get this out of the way first - Carmen Villain used to be a very successful model. Her face has appeared on the covers of Vogue and Nylon, and high profile cosmetic ad campaigns. It turns out Carmen Hillestad (Carmen Villain) has been a spy in the house of fashion. Behind the scenes, she was channeling her frustrations into a set of songs with a defiantly DIY underground free-rock sound."
'In A Time Lapse'
Note: "No longer do small snippets of Einaudi do his music justice; the natural crescendos and decrescendos, the accelerandos and the ritardandos, lend themselves to a fuller experience, one better suited for soundtracks than the latest NBA commercial. At the least, In a Time Lapse is a release that will undoubtedly solidify Einaudi’s place as one of the greatest pianists and composers of our era."
"A Tattered Line of String"
'Give Up' (Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition)
Sub Pop, 2013
Note: For the second week we get some Postal Service, but THIS time it's a 'new' track from the deluxe edition of the now legendary album. "A much-anticipated sophomore album was planned but never completed, so fans will have to make do with the double-disc Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition, which adds two new songs: the pulsing and danceable “Turn Around” and “A Tattered Line of String.” This tremendously influential work is Sub Pop's second-bestselling album behind Nirvana's “Bleach,” and listening to it again tells the reason why."
Child Of Lov
'Child Of Lov'
Note: "Results may vary, but you know that whatever Damon Albarn associates himself with will never be dull. In the words of The Mighty Boosh’s Howard Moon, when Damon sees a boundary, he eats a boundary. So when it was announced that Blur’s musical polymath would produce and guest on Dutch newcomer The Child Of Lov’s debut, the coupling seemed perfect... on the stabbing funk of ‘Heal’, with Williams falsetto-ing over grimy synths and layered backing vocals"
Thee Oh Sees
"Toe Cutter-Thumb Buster"
Castle Face, 2013
Note: Making their landmark fourth appearance on PUTV - and for the second week in a row - we get more from the new album that's topping college charts. "John Dwyer and his project, Thee Oh Sees, has been wonderfully impossible to pin down over 15 albums. There have always been different experiments with pop-folk and psychedelia and all kinds of fuzzy, eccentric noise play. But with last year’s Putrifiers II, the band found a concise mix of all its wide sounds... Floating Coffin both extends and distorts that progression. It’s another tense, potent dose of rocking jangle, but it’s also darker than its predecessor and more interested in tonal and mood shifts mid-song."
Note: "Dad Country is the first release under the name of Jonny Fritz. Dad Country is a good title direct for the songs collected on the album. Known as a musical entity under the heading Jonny Corndawg since his late teens, the real Mr. Fritz is using the name that he used to sign his ATO Records deal."
"Seen It All Before"
'Monkey Minds in the Devil's Time'
Domino/Double Six, 2013
Note: "Steve Mason is a man who spends much time thinking about the world around him and the effect it has on himself and society at large. Perhaps he is welcoming us into a corner of his mind as Monkey Minds in the Devil's Time -- his third album under his own name -- begins."
Yep Roc, 2013
Note: "This album follows a simple idea: grow or die. Birthmarks is, largely, the sound of the [Canadian four piece] learning how to gracefully leave behind pre-pubescent tomfoolery in favor of meatier themes and weightier production."
Note: "It was a side project... Now it’s transitioned into a trio based here in the Twin Cities with Adept and Lady Midnight joining in on the beat-making process... The two initial demos were fascinating enough, but VANDAAM’s current release is a gorgeous, down-tempo and matured affair."
"Right Down to You"
La Rose Noire, 2011
Note: "Chanteuse Chrysta Bell has joined forces with her close friend David Lynch to produce their first album together; a bewitching and impassioned alliance. David Lynch’s dark and dreamy idiosyncrasies are unmistakable and Chrysta Bell oozes aloofness, a Monroe-esque sex appeal. The result is a hauntingly beautiful collaboration."
"I Need Something Different"
Note: And finally, our Pacific Northwest closer this week "is a man who needs no introduction. As the guitar player in four influential Seattle bands - Brad, Green River, Mother Love Bone, and Pearl Jam (plus the short-lived Temple of the Dog)... Centered around a dirty, punk blues guitar sound, “I Need Something Different” finds Gossard walking down new musical paths while lyrically commenting on his new pursuits."
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