Screeching, rattling, aching, moaning, reverberating, awkwardly perfect harmonies. Lofty shrill guitar riffs, creaking, heavy, dramatic beats that build and build. Bronson draws similarities to Andrew Cedarmark on the guitar, at times has a Youth Lagoon shrillness to his vocals, and in other instances a comparison could be made to Wolf Parade/Sunset Rubdown frontman Spencer Krug. Even further, especially on Paper Tusk, you could argue his sound mirrors that of Timber Timbre. Bronson has a unique curiosity to his music that has stolen my heart and won’t give it back.
Electronic fireflies buzz around Patrick Everman’s crackling, raspy vocals that are somehow awkwardly soothing. The deeper you dive into Bronson’s recordings the sooner you’ll notice a tingling warmth creeping up through your skin and into your veins until your completley enveloped in the lovely darkness that is Bronson.
Watch the videos for "Promise" and "Purpose" off Bronson’s Paper Tusk EP below.
The first single off Young Empires new album Wake All My Youth, that drops 1/31/12 via Pirates Blend Records, makes you feel like you’re at the best party ever. Lovely pop harmonies, and energetic vocals straining just enough, emphasize the need for you to feel what is taking place this very moment.
Describing themselves at “World beat, haute rock,” Young Empires have enough tropical vibe to keep you groovin’, without feeling like you’re trapped on a sketchy Caribbean vacation that just won’t end. It’s a mix of tropical, eletronic, and pop music blended perfectly to create an authentic feel good vibe that I can’t get enough of. Fans of Miami Horror, Tanlines, and Monogold will dig this Canadian trio. Stoked to hear more.
The hip fashion line Handsome Clothing created two special 11/11/11 designs to celebrate the release of Young Empires' new track. Check it out the shirts HERE.
CO-PREMIERE: AURAL BURROWS Gravitron EP Release + mp3
The homie Erik of Housewarming Records sent over his label’s latest release Aural Burrows, that drops today, and I’ve got to say, I’m diggin’ it a whole mess load. The lovely blog Crack in the Road and GITNB have the pleasure of co-premiering this fantastic new release for y’all.
Hailing from San Antonio, TX and initially drawing comparisons to Dirty Beaches and Suicide with his sultry, lofi vocals, washing over shoegaze with a wave of melancholic surf-pop is Tim Brown’s solo project known as Aural Burrows. Heavy guitar riffs layered with ambient synths, and airy reverbed effects on the drums, transport you to a tiny London studio circa 1985. To say Aural Burrows is an update on so many of shoegaze’s superstars is an understatement.
Gravitron is one of those EP’s that makes you want to hop in your convertible with just a guitar and the open road. Go where ever the wind takes you. Stand out tracks are "By Your Side" and "Gravitron." With every listen this EP unfolds more and more. This is one you don’t want to skip.
FRIDAY ON QUAALUDES 11/11/11 MIXTAPE w/Small Black, Star Slinger, Flume, New Navy, Essay, Stumbeline, and Summer Heart
Wrap up your week with some tunes to send you into the clouds. Just in time for 11/11/11, when the stars and moon align to form the face of one of musics greats. Luckily, this year the smiling face of Elton John appeared, a sign the world is not going to end anytime soon. If Mick Jagger had appeared instead, well, we would all be fucked. So get into the holiday spirit and celebrate the world not ending with these five songs.
Anything Tycho touches turns to GOOOOOOOOLLLLLDDDDDDD. If you did a bunch of blow and then took an Ambien, this is what your world would sound like. Little Dragon’s latest single is of course nothing short of spectacular. Scott Hansen smooths it out, and takes the track up a notch with some spaced out effects, without completely loosing the sultry, jazzy vibe of the original. Gives new meaning to the genre “acid jazz.”
Apparently Litte Dragon released a limited edition cassette of their single "Little Man" on sale at Rough Trade East. The cassette contains a wristband to a show that will be held at the store on November 25th. Little Dragon just got all Willy Wonka on it. Love it. If you live in London, peep the Facebook inviteHERE.
Watch Little Dragon’s Yours Truly session of "Little Man" below.
Last night I had the pleasure and honor to see Greecian duo Keep Shelly in Athens second US appearance at the Roxy in Los Angeles. Though an odd venue choice, the once hip hang out for rock legends has now been relegated to larger, mainstream pop/rock acts and pay to play bands. That didn’t stop KSiA from introducing the City of Angels to their unique brand of glitchy electronic beats, at times jazzy lounge-esque vibes, Sarah’s thick, reverbed vocals, and frankly a one of a kind sound, eerie comfort, that you can’t help but fall in love with.
Adding a drummer to a live set changes the dynamic of their sound, but in a such a great way. They became these rockstars on stage, fully enveloped in their own moment. Pretty fucking cool if you ask me. If you get the chance, go see them.
Click HERE for tour dates, peep my second favorite track from the EP above, and be on the look out for a video for one of their new tracks coming very soon.
Already a sensation sweeping the nation in Australia, the band Little Red has finally reached the US. First by packing venues at CMJ and now a stop in Los Angeles at the Satellite tonight. I’m missing their show tonight to support the homies Keep Shelly in Athens (obvi), but this is definitely a band to watch. Hope to catch their live set at SXSW 2012.
It’s just fun pop-laden indie rock with an energetic live show to back it up. Plus their Aussies. What’s not to love?
Terracotta Blue, the solo project out of the Washington DC area just released his debut full-length album TAKOMA PARK This album is a lovely journey through pulsating beats, and hollowed out vocal samples that Terracotta Blue calls “bliss haven, sunset music.” This track really rubs me the right way.
Been on repeat since he sent it over. By far my favorite my favorite jam by Sunik Kim. Seriously this track is so hot. Even How To Dress Well was all up on it. With vocal samples ranging from Alicia Keys, and Marvin Gaye, to The Beach Boys, and Office Space, this is the first track to reveal a more playful, personal side to the electronic producer known as Beat Culture.
This track is off Beat Culture’s upcoming album Tokyo//Dreamer.
Lil’ sneak peak of what’s to come from electronic producer Groundislava. This is sick, and goes down so smooth. This track is the alternate version of "Final Impasse" off Groundislava’s debut LP, that didn’t make it onto the record. If this is any indication of what the rest of the album will sound like, the world better make room, cuz Groundislava is drilling, and he won’t stop until he’s carved a nice lil’ spot for himself in between 80’s style synthesizers and video game, spaced out electronic beats.
Jasper Patterson aka Groundislava’s previous self-titled release was in heavy rotation all summer, so if you haven’t please give it a spin. This guy is one of the next big names in new wave electronic music, a big part of that is that fact that he throws it down in a very big way during is live show. So crucial, when trying to differentiate yourself from the thrones of solo electronic projects hacking away at new beats from the safety of their bedroom. Oh and he’s best friends with Shlohmo.
Download Groundislava’s “Final Impasse Take 2”HERE.
New jazzy little number from experimental side stepper, It is rain in my face., featuring some stunning falsetto and ultra smooth, finger snap worthy beats. Great way to get all funky on that weekend.
Earlier this year, Brooklyn based artist Matt Jones recording under It is rain in my face. released the superb Wishbone EP via digital label Absent Fever. It’s one of my favorite EP’s of 2011. If you don’t have it, download it for free HERE.
The world of mobile content creation just got a whole lot more functional. Seven months after releasing its music recording and sequencer program Garage Band as an iPad app, Apple has shrunk the app down even further to fit it on the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Garage Band for iPhone is impressively capable for a mobile application. It may be a bit tedious, but one could viably use the software to record and edit an entire album of music, albeit with a few limitations. It comes with built-in synthesized instruments, as well as the ability to plug a guitar or microphone into the device to capture real sounds.