After a long, music-filled weekend at Coachella, and a much needed wind-down session in San Diego, I’m finally back at the helm, writing about some very deserving tunes. Right out of the gate, we have one of the better pieces of music we’ve heard in the past few months, coming out of London by way of Duologue.
This UK based five piece have pulled together a stunningly crafted sophomore release, providing listeners with a chance to get completely engrossed in swells of electronically produced beats, glorious vocals and surging, cinematic energy with their EP, Memex.
While we sincerely struggle to find a favorite among this stellar line up, we can’t help but find ourselves helplessly lost, careening down a path rife with subtle guitar riffs, moving lyrics and lush, emotion rich soundscapes of “Traps”. Calling on associations both indie rock and ambient electronica, this song seamlessly flirts with associations of the likes of Two Door Cinema Club and The 1975, while also giving nods to Bonobo and Tycho at the same time.
As bizarre of a combination of influences as that may be, these cats have nailed it ever-so-effortlessly, leaving this blogger grinning ear-to-ear.
Once grunge revivalists Yuck, turn their tact towards a more shoegaze (without the haze) era.
Lo-fi and consistently cyclic, the Americana element of slow burners past (“Shook Down” and “Suicide Policeman”), subside to dulcet tones and dejected mannerisms anew. Sparse and shimmering, “Southern Skies” exudes the impression of a long exhale. Resigned and anguished contemplation: the perfect accompaniment to sadness tinged strolls or wallowing walks.
Whilst Yuck startled us earlier today, with a surprise release of shoe-gaze inflicted, 4-track EP Southern Skies this heavy hearted title track is more ambling and atmospheric, than frantic or fuzzy.
In the spirit of Sweden, churning out the tunes, Lykke Li returns with another preview taken from forthcoming album, I Never Learn, set for release via LL/Atlantic Records on May 5th.
A long way from subtle symptoms of sadness, Lykke Li puts her heart where her mouth is; aligning nauseating melancholia with raw euphoria. Anguish overlaying a granular and chalky piano piece: “Gunshot” is lifted by its emotionally honest and variable vocal, echoing the vigorous yearning expressed circa 2011 track “Jerome.” Surprisingly, this version of desolation is dressed in danceable vibes, accompanied by a beat last spotted in 80′s power ballad rapture.
Existing alongside the energy is the sound of regretful affliction. Its pop sentiment subsiding to the poignant sing of ‘wide awake, while you’re not here’ and ‘I really loved you bad’ to the resonating sound of love lost, in the simplistic sentiment, ‘I’ll never get you back’.
The soundscape to your longing, “Gunshot” will open old wounds, and etch it’s meaning on anyone harbouring regretful and remorseful heart break.
You can find a stream for the single, along with its lyrics here.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Few bands are better at packing in a decade’s worth of 80s nostalgia into one song than The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Following in the footsteps of “Simple and Sure,” the first single off their upcoming LP Days of Abandon, Pains have released the fuzzy, reverb-soaked “Eurydice.” An ode to the Greek myth Eurydice (wife to fabled Orpheus), this track starts off with a hazy, melodic intro that evolves into an upbeat pop anthem that is just as, if not more, enjoyable than the band’s previous efforts. Days of Abandon promises to be a refreshing take on the band’s already unmistakable and innovative dream-pop sound. The album is out May 13. Get the single on iTunes here.
The music video for “West Coast” made its debut shortly after Lana Del Rey indulged thousands of fans at Coachella with her live premiere of the leading single off her forthcoming album, Ultraviolence. The track takes on a tantalizing sound, and offers a different turn from the leak of her unreleased number, “Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight.” Best of all, it winds down in tempo for a chorus, which is reminiscent of 80′s track, “Edge of Seventeen” by Fleetwood Mac‘s Stevie Nicks.
If you are as drawn to the track as we initially were, maybe it will take you a full minute before you realize that the music video loops. Not that it matters anyways. We’re pretty sure you’ll keep this track on replay for the majority of the day.
The anticipated release date of Ultraviolence is expected on May 1st, 2014.
One of our absolute favorite bands, the George Lewis Jr. fronted Twin Shadow, are back with their first original piece since concluding a gorgeous concept cover series “UNDER THE CVRS“, and once again the work oozes an incredible amount of musical prowess while revealing a gorgeous and haunting piece of its songwriter. “To The Top”, like much of their recordings, contain layers of structural significance within every inch of its arrangement. From every note plucked on Lewis’ sprightly guitar to the simple yet complete percussive fills, anthemic claps and soaring background vocals; every piece of the tune serves in an ultimate purpose of taking its listener on an auditory journey to its end goal. Never ones to skimp on deeply emotive song content either, about “To The Top” the quartet wrote something we think most can identify with: “What is it when you realize that someone isn’t right for you? Or when you find that you do not and can not posses someone entirely? You want someone so bad and it feels like hell. It’s not like the first time, once loved love evolves, and you no longer have as much control, and it frustrates you. I think because of this feeling we find ourselves constantly wanting to reset, like new years resolutions, like dreaming up moments from the past where the ending flips on its head, like true forgiveness…We just want to say ‘wait wait wait, this went too far in the wrong direction, can we try that again.’”
“To The Top” is being given away for free through Twin Shadow’s Soundcloud, and although we’ve been craving another album or EP since 2012′s incredible Confess, this will hold us over for at least a few more weeks. Not to worry either as a recent press release has revealed that a follow-up is currently in the works. Gosh, it’s a good Tuesday.
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Arling & Cameron
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