In “Reconsider,” an excellent bonus iTunes track off The xx‘s Coexist, a simple but luring and curling guitar line rings out, rearing its head to break the otherwise hushed ambiance. The ghostly effects amidst spans of silence, dueling male/female vocals, and a heavy, unceasing feeling of yearning make this an especially haunting and moving song.
Make sure to revisit our coverage of other tracks, such as “Chained,” “Sunset” and “Angels.” Coexist officially comes out Tuesday, September 11th on Young Turks, but you can stream it in its entirety via NPR here.
Sometimes in our ninja travels, we come across a band that makes us smack our forehead in sheer disbelief that we missed the boat. With the amount of amazing music that’s out there, it’s bound to happen. Take for example Canadian 7-Piece Library Voices. This indie-pop ensemble has been putting out music since 2008, and it’s a shame we’re just now sharing some with you.
Guilt aside, we’re happy to shine a light on this upbeat, poppy, and downright loveable Library Voices. The video above is far and away our favorite track to date. If you can listen to this song once, and not start singing it the next time you hear it, well, you must a strong adversion to catchy music. We must warn you though, the vocal harmonies in this track can make even the stingiest of singers belt out tunes at the top of their lungs.
Included below are two more of their tracks off their latest album. The first, “Generation Hadicap,” is a dancy, bouncy pop track that includes a magnitude of instruments and catchy lyrics. The second, “If Raymond Carver Was Born in the 90′s,” is a great blend of electronica and indie rock.
This sampling of tunes from Library Voices should be enough for you to start beating down their hypothetical door and asking for more. Hit them up on Facebook and tell them what you think!
Canadian indie/folk rocker Andy Shauf has been building a cult following in Canada for some time now. Hopefully after this post, he’ll start to build a cult following in America.
Atmospheric ambient noises couple Andy’s dark yet enviting voice in “You’re Out Wasting”. This chill, ominous sounding tune is a single off his EP The Bearer of Bad News. Keep an eye out for it on November 6th.
Today Muse let loose the visual treatment for their recently released single Madness. Starting out in a underground metro the storyline helps to carry the tension left hanging in the air by the band. Police in riot gear cover every frame as the song slowly builds up until all chaos breaks loose a mist the tunnels. Once that happens there is no coming back.
If you look at the segments where it cuts to shots of the band playing you will see that the synth you hear is actually being played through the Misa Digital Kitara. It’s a midi instrument that gets played like a guitar but uses a synthesizer to create the unique sound you hear in this song. Madness is off of the upcoming album The 2nd Law.
Formed in 2009, Minneapolis trio Night Moves are preparing to drop their first album Colored Emotions. “Country Queen” is one of the two singles they’ve released prior to the unveiling of the debut. The track runs along the border between folk and shoegaze, with even a dash of southern rock thrown into the mix. It also has a bit of a gritty texture to it, as though it’s being played through an old radio. Acoustic strumming is the backbone of the song, but it’s layered with echoing notes, lax guitar riffs and deep vocals. It transitions smoothly throughout and builds up, just to be brought back down by acoustic folk picking. It’s a perfect single that definitely makes Colored Emotions an album to look out for in the near future.
Colored Emotions is set to be released October 9th by Domino Records.
After a ten-year hiatus No Doubt is back on the airwaves and releasing genre-bending, reggae-inspired music once again, first with their pop radio-friendly “Settle Down” and now with the Major Lazer-produced “Push and Shove”. Gwen Stefani’s crisp, pleading vocals sound like no time has passed while the unexpected tempo change between the verse and chorus strangely works. It sounds like the old No Doubt but with a little updating and refreshment that only Major Lazer could effectively and effortlessly add. No Doubt’s full-length album of the same name drops September 25th on iTunes so pre-order it here. Enjoy!
No Doubt - Push and Shove (feat. Busy Signal, Major Lazer)
Too many times we may overlook a band because they don’t carry a trademark name. We browse over them like tacky book covers. Fortunately for you we keep our eye out for the newest and upcoming bands. Don’t pass on Generationals. Lend a listen to their new track, “Lucky Numbers”. It’s been about a year since their last full-length release, so this track is quite deserving of a warm reception. I love it when bands release one track here and there. And it sweetens the pot when the band is good — really good. Enjoy this summer-time jam-track by Generationals. It’s simple, but the clamoring banter of the synth elements dance around each other and get stuck in your brain in all the best ways.
Their upcoming EP, Lucky Numbers, comes out October 2nd. They are on tour so scope tour dates here. And if you want more of their music, snag their 2011 release, Actor-Caster, available on CD and digital download.