406 posts tagged pop
Decades In Sequins (Video)
I premiered this on The Line Of Best Fit yesterday. Finally found a band I can love.
In our humble experience, it’s always the most sheltered of beings that create the most organic of art. They construct bridges, hooks and melodies from a limited vantage point, which in the end, ends up being one of their greatest strengths. If you’ve never been to Rome, you can’t do as the Romans do, if you will.
It’s been so long since we’ve heard a band with the ability to illicit such range from slightly iridescent wails, reverbed heartaches and textural dissonance, without being too polarizing in their approach. With Decades, nothing’s forced, there’s no ego or disingenuous demeanor in an attempt to attract a particular audience– the music they make is all they know. If our memory suits, the last act able to pull off such a feat, is well, The Rapture.
Drinking up a heavy dose of Gang of Four and Joy Division influences, Decades imbibe the best of what the British post-punk era greats left as a lasting impression, and then they do something very special, they take that sound and make it their own. Splattering hints of pop and glam across a blurred post-punk existence, what materializes just beyond the horizon, Decades, is the sound we’ve been yearning for, before we even knew what it was. Watch the video for ‘In Sequins’ to see what exactly what we mean.
Decades self-titled debut album, is out 30th April on White Girl Records.
1. Tonight Again
2. Any Wonder
4. Old & Aging
5. Only After
6. In Sequins
7. Move Me
8. Can You Love Me Now
9. For From Me
Photo by Laura Lynn Petrick
NoNoNo Like The Wind (Studio Footage)
The gawd damn Swedes have done it again. This is so good. NoNoNo make the kind of pop music I love. These guys are going to be huge. Great session.
Duck House Run
One of my absolute favorite discoveries of 2012. Duck House is the side project of this pop band called The Cads. It’s always funny when the side project ends up being so much more interesting than the main project. When I wrote about them a while back I described them as, ‘Sexy, funk-splashed harmonies do a lil’ dance for a rhythm section cloaked in a synth-haze afterglow.’
Side projects are the new black (2012).
DUCK HOUSE - Flaw
DUCK HOUSE All three songs they have on their Soundcloud
Sexy, funk-splashed harmonies do a lil’ dance for a rhythm section cloaked in a synth-haze afterglow. Dem guitar lines. Do that thing you do, you know you know…
Solar Year Night & Day
Beautiful and wistful electronic pop anthems are just the tip of the iceberg for Montreal duo Solar Year. Listen to their new single, “Night & Day” above, and expect a full-length debut in 2013.
Solar Year is the first signee to one of our favorite blogs’ No Fear Of Pop, and the head of Oslo-based imprint Splendour Records new label, Stratosfear Recordings.
I wrote this for The Line of Best Fit today. Digging these guys so hard.
Our latest infatuation, Au.Ra effortlessly strike a balance between dreamy and atmospheric guitar rattles, and just the right amount of reverb on their first single, ‘Sun.’ Australian and English duo, construct what feels like worldly guitar pop, with a lackadaisical exuberance that lifts you up and carries you away into it’s brightness. Twinkling bits of life come fluttering in to the crevices of my hardened and blackened heart, and yet fade back out just as quickly. Fleeting bliss.
All I Ever
GEMS All I Ever
GEMS have quickly becoming my new obsession. In my previous post on the DC duo, I described them as, ‘Beach House took comfort in the warming glow of Peaking Lights’ weird vibes, while they channeled the ghosts of Fleetwood Mac and promised they would never fight the darkness again.’
It feels like murmuring drops of twinkling disco ball light are cascading down from the ceiling and catching just right, every time you look at me…in 1964.
I fall more in love with GEMS with every listen.
Atlas Lights (Bokah Live Session) + Feel Me
This band Atlas. Really starting to fall in love with them. It’s the live session that did me in. They have an upcoming release on just-launched label Coja. I wrote about it on The Line of Best Fit today. Check it out.
Oh and listen to their new track, ‘Feel Me’ below.
Naysayer & Gilsun In Mind (ft. Simon Lam)
I’ll take “Emerging music from Australia for $400 Alex.”
I know it sounds a bit strange, but believe that shit. They out there.
(via Believe In Sound)
Autre Ne Veut Counting + Carry ANV Remess
So fucking excited for ANV’s new album. Already in love with this first single, and just kept forgetting to post it.
Sounds like: How To Dress Well…in a relationship. (No suicide necessary) and a South African trap choir made a love child. Yeah, I just said “trap choir.” W/e go with it.
Also, check ANV’s “remess” of his jam “Carry” above too. Gives you a taste of his new sound, plus who remixes their own shit? This guy. Luh you for it bb.
Autre Nu Veut’s album Anxiety, drops February 12th, via Software Recording.