"♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫ on Episode080 - Strong which features brand new sounds from Holy Ghost!, Of Montreal, Porcelain Raft, Johnny Flynn, Midlake, Evil Eyes, Tristen, London Grammar, Volcano Choir, Califone, Juliette Commagere, Okkervil River, Strange Names, Banks and Secretary...
♬Liner Notes♬: We're rockin' the full 15 songs this week with a ton of great new sounds by Tristen, Of Montreal, Califone, Okkervil River, London Grammar and much more... Let's pump it up!
Note: We begin this week with a much shorter song from last week's second played band, Holy Ghost!. "Does Dynamics make you dance?” To put it simply, yes. If nothing else, the Brooklyn duo keeps feet shuffling, arms flailing, and (insert however you like to move here) for the entirety of their second album, from the opening phantom bloops of “Okay” all the way to the last synth echo of “Cheap Shots”."
"She Ain't Speakin' Now"
'Lousy With Sylvianbriar'
Note: "Authentic musical swagger sounds effortless and the more you try to fake it, the more likely you are to alienate your audience... Once you’re Letterman big, things change fast and in the case of many an unlikely success story, usually not for the better... Lousy With Sylvianbriar mostly exonerates of Montreal for their recent missteps. It’s a refreshing return to the stripped down folky pop of their debut, Cherry Peel and 2002’s Aldhils Arboreteum."
Secretly Canadian, 2013
Note: "Porcelain Raft’s sole member Mauro Remiddi’s take on indie-tinged electro pop embodies both the vibe-heavy aesthetic of chillwave and a post-millenium enthusiasm for pop sensibility. In his youth, Remiddi played music in his native Italy, eventually becoming a film and media composer. In 2000, he moved to New York... Despite its heavily atmospheric production, “Cluster” is a testament to Remiddi’s strengths as a composer."
"The Lady Is Risen"
Note: "When one thinks of the West London folk scene, images of Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling immediately spring to mind. But Johnny Flynn is one of a number of UK-based troubadours who have been contributing to the English-fronted Americana revival since the late-00s."
Bella Union/ATO, 2013
Note: "The florid, contemplative Texan folk-rock band Midlake parted ways with frontman Tim Smith last year, but the band is still going with guitarist Eric Pulido stepping into leader position. And this fall, they’ll release Antiphon, their first post-Smith album."
"Shake the Dust"
Note: "In 2011, long time friends Greg Mabry and Joe Frabotta made the bold decision to leave their hometown of Nashville and follow their dream to San Francisco... The opening track, “Shake the Dust” really sets the tone for this young quartet’s promising future. The song has a glittery yet rustic feel that makes Evil Eyes seem like the beautiful lovechild of Fleetwood Mac and The Shins. Whispered vocals and wistful guitar leads take the listener on a dreamy and uplifting four minute journey. Like the lyrics suggest, sometimes you’ve just got to “shake the dust” and move on."
"No One's Gonna Know"
Note: Two weeks ago we heard "Goldstar" from Tristen, now she gets into my head with this one. "Single-named singer-songwriter Tristen dug into Nashville's roots with her 2011 debut Charlatans at the Garden Gate, but the Chicago-reared tunesmith wanted to veer in a different direction with her follow-up... Enter C A V E S, an 11-track full-length that recasts Tristen as a synth-pop siren. Due October 15 via her very own PUPsnake Records, the upcoming effort nods to the Eurythmics ("Catalyst"), Kate Bush ("Winter Night"), and, in spirit, Henry Rollins (Tristen credits the former Black Flag leader as the inspiration behind "Forgiveness")." I'm pretty much obsessed with this song now... AND it was produced by Stephen Hague, known for "producing the hits "West End Girls", "True Faith", "Regret", "Star" and "A Little Respect." He was responsible for the biggest success Siouxsie and the Banshees had in the US with the single Kiss Them For Me."
'If You Wait'
Metal & Dust/Columbia, 2013
Note: "London Grammar, an enigmatic trio based out of the UK, are undeniably blessed to have a lead vocalist like Hannah Reid. Her voice — cut from the same cloth of Bat For Lashes’ Natasha Khan and Beach House‘s Victoria Legrand — has a timeless, tranquil quality that immediately silences everything around it... This fourth single of theirs is off of their debut album, which...is shaping up to be one of the most fully-formed debuts since the xx blindsided just about everyone."
Note: We last heard this Justin Vernon side project on Episode072. "Almost immediately you’ll notice that “Byegone” isn’t exactly a world apart from the lush, sonic beauty Bon Iver made for all of us with their latest album back in 2011. This is of course great news for Bon Iver‘s many, many fans. A rose by any other name, and all that."
Dead Oceans, 2013
Note: "Earlier this summer, it was announced that roots-rock experimentalists Califone would release Stitches, their first full-length in four years, in September. When we reported the details, Tom wrote, “Shout out to any band willing to release a song called ‘Frosted Tips’ in 2013.” Well, “Frosted Tips” is here and it’s a swampy, sample-tinged rocker, way cooler than that hairstyle, but perfectly timed with the rumored *NSYNC reunion this Sunday. Get into it below."
Note: "Synth prodigy and vocal dream, Juliette Commagere, is pleased to announce her third full-length record...the Los Angeles-based songwriter's most personal and serious work to date... With Human, Juliette Commagere constructs a dark and evocative musical landscape meant for the starkness of the Mojave Desert or night drives through L.A."
"It Was My Season"
'The Silver Gymnasium'
Note: "Named after a short story by Russian Tatyana Tolstaya, Austin’s Okkervil River craft intricate narratives across their highly-literary folk rock... Vibrant and nuanced, “It Was My Season”, as well as The Silver Gymnasium as a whole, is another well-crafted chapter of Okkervil River’s ever-growing songbook, and a testament to Sheff’s ability to continue to mine past myths to create stories that are far more interesting than the events themselves."
"Potential Wives" (Information Society remix)
Note: Wow, a year and a half after their original appearance on PUTV, the MPLS/NYC duo return with a Spindle exclusive remix of that same song! Spindle says, "they’ve been named one of the Twin Cities’ Best New Bands of 2012 by City Pages and are in the process of recording a full length album. Their 80s inspired sound is reminiscent of Information Society, so it’s no wonder that Robb decided to get involved with this remix."
Note: "Pricking up ears last spring with her deeply seductive...track "Warm Water", Banks is now set release her debut EP London... "Waiting Game", the first of the EP's four tracks offered up, is a sullen and starkly pretty introduction to Banks' fragile, alluring vocals... Vienna-by-way-of-London producer Sohn mixes things up by dropping in some blown-out, digitized throbs, which effectively reinforces the track's sunken loneliness."
Note: Our Pacific Northwest closer is made up of California transplants and Seattle natives"“Words” from the beginning is a mellow, eclectic production. It begins with a simple beat and it builds and builds ever so slightly with dreamy guitar strums... It’s clear that Secretary understands a kind of mystery ad writes their music around it. It’s enticing."
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