After the release of his critically-acclaimed Salad Days last year, Mac DeMarco toured pretty much non-stop spreading his infectious and delightfully strange brand of garage rock worldwide. After a brief touring hiatus in which he had a chance to spend some time in his Brooklyn studio, Mac brought us his first new tune of 2015 this morning along with the announcement of his summer tour and upcoming LP, Another One, due out on August 7th. “The Way You’d Love Her” picks up right where Salad Days left off with off-kilter, yet breezy, guitar licks accompanied by Mac’s distinct vocals. It’s a groovy and laid-back jam that arrives right in time for the summer sun. Enjoy above and check Mac’s extensive upcoming tour dates after the jump. Continue reading →
Yes, our time with Jack Garratt as our Resident Artist came to an end in May, but that doesn’t mean our continued adoration has. Luckily for us, this bearded electro-troubadour has served up a quick exclusive video from his tour and a selection of his favorite songs at the moment.
First off, let’s showcase those tunes that Jack is currently vibing on. Unfortunately, not all of these tracks are on SoundCloud. Fortunately, they are on Spotify. Unfortunately, Spotify seems to have taken away the ability to embed playlists. Fortunately, we did still make the playlist, and you can listen to it by clicking here.
Hiatus Kaiyote – Breathing Underwater
Vulfpeck – Kuhmilch 74 BPM
Tom Waits – 16 Shells From A 30.6
Lianne La Havas – Unstoppable
Son Lux – Change Is Everything
Now for the other component of this exclusive glimpse into the world of Mr. Garratt. In this short video, we’re given an inside look at his work on tour, as well some insight into how he got into playing guitar. After you’re done watching it, head over to Jack’s tour tab on facebook and see when you can witness this action in person.
With one listen through this hazy, sonic rock inspired tune, you might be guessing that Family Friends hail from Seattle. While do have that psych-heavy vibe that’s so often associated with the Pacific Northwest, you’re incorrect in your assumptions. This brother/sister duo actually are from Australia originally and are now posted up in East London.
Taken from their debut EP, Across The Water, “On Your Mind” radiates with an ideal vibe for a rainy drive. Accompanied by a music video (releasing later this month), this tune should quickly grow on listeners who lean towards the older style of musical production. The two siblings have a growing obsession with old school equipment and recording methods, all which perfectly compliment their erratic collection of influences.
Head over to their SoundCloud once you’re done listening, so you can follow and stay up to date with their upcoming releases.
There’s something about the brooding vibes from MONARCH that we just can’t get over. Between the well-crafted vocals, the thematic aesthetics, and the ability to develop rich, textural soundscapes have grabbed our attention and just simply won’t let go.
“Snow White” follows up on the success of their debut song, and it carries with it a hauntingly beautiful personality. Throwing classic pop structures to the wind, MONARCH weaves together a majestic experience that floats along ominous vocal harmonies, industrial percussion, and glowing synths. The end result is a dark, yet radiant ride for listeners, one which they won’t soon forget.
This is one of those songs you let all structure go and follow what feels right. It was started in Jakarta and finished in LA – Brent Kutzle
Roosevelt has long felt like an act waiting for that one crossover hit before spilling over into mainstream consciousness. While the Cologne based Greco-Roman Records mainstay hasn’t unveiled a significant amount of production since 2013’s excellent Elliot EP, save for some choice remixes and covers, we’ve been waiting for any sort of indication as to when we’ll be afforded the fortuitous opportunity of another Roosevelt record for well… a few years now. And so, as Greco-Roman’s Soundcloud rather unexpectedly dropped the first original single from Roosevelt since last year, “Night Moves”, we took notice like a perked up prairie dog peering out of its hole. All of Roosevelt’s sonic elements on which we’ve grown to love are still there; the warm and suffuse melodies, the soothing psychedelia and the streamlined pop structures, but this time around they’ve wrapped themselves much more closely than ever to the realm of dance music. Carefully layed out acid synth -which leans into Phuture’s 1987 vision more than his tastemaking contemporaries might stray towards- worms its way throughout Roosevelt’s thick sea of pop mutations, while a steady four-four kick never relinquishes its hold on the entire track. We could go on for hours about the finely tuned single that is “Night Moves”, but we know you all came here to listen over anything else. Indulge yourself above.
Following up the stellar lead single for their debut album, Trails and Ways are back today with another promising glimpse into their highly anticipated first full length. “Say You Will,” an indie pop ballad, portrays yet another facet of the Oakland band’s sound. Written by bassist Emma Oppen about at love-at-first-sight moment, the track glides with breezy, funky guitar licks backed by steady percussion and a groovy bass line to match the ethereal vocals. Trails and Ways really hit their stride on “Say You Will,” continuing to build on their organic, irresistible style. Read what Emma had to say about the song in the PopMatters premiere below and pre-order Pathology, out June 2nd, here.
Two years ago I met someone very special, and had the experience of falling in love in a matter of hours. In my delirium, I imagined making an ultimatum: Say you will, or don’t say anything at all. A few months later, I wrote the bassline in the back of the van on our first summer tour, and made the first demo recording of the vocal melody against the droning fan of a venue bathroom. Silky four-part harmonies open into a dance between syncopated bass, plucky synths, and an insistent, grounding beat. A biting rhythm guitar kicks in at the chorus for a sassy groove you can choose to love forever, or wherever you are in the moment.