The Bellows (free download!)
Don’t you just love when you get to a show early, not knowing who the opener is, and end up being wildly impressed with what you’re witnessing? That’s exactly what happened this week when we went to check out Bad Suns at the Marquis Theater in Denver. We showed up a bit earlier than we wanted to, but we’re sure glad we did. Catching Bear on only their second live show, we were instantly hooked by their impressive sound.
Hailing from the Mile High City, this brand-spankin-new post rock outfit knows how to put on a show. Their lead singer switches back and forth between softly sung lyrics, and big, boisterous choruses. The guitar work was something to be noted as well, articulately providing a melodic, heavy and enticing backbone to their tracks.
The only song on their soundcloud happens to be one of our favorites from their live set. “Bellows” is an emotional ride driven by calculated guitar work, driving drums and powerful vocals. While the production isn’t top notch, it’s to be expected from such a new endeavor, who is most assuredly paying for studio time on their own dime. Regardless, the song still carries an impressive heft, leaving us wanting to hear more.
New artist duo ::swoon::
Let me introduce to you London’s Cash + David, an electronic pop duo who just released their first song “Funn.” When asked how they described their own sound, the duo simply replied, “Singing ‘Like A Virgin’ in a desert karaoke booth, with Sleigh Bells on percussion and M83 on guitars.” Drawing inspiration from the Beastie Boys and The Knife, this duo immediately shows their ability to mix a diverse collection of electronic sounds, instruments, and vocals. “Funn” has that garage-band feel, people sitting around on beanbags as C+D magically combine intoxicating vocals with drums, hard guitar, and light electronic melodies. So kick back and enjoy the old school feel mixed with the vibrant electro, and expect a lot more from these two in the next year.
BRAIN (Prod. By Shlohmo)
Over the last year, our love for BANKS has only grown with each and every release, eventually reaching the point where we didn’t think we could possibly love her even more than we already did. Then she decided to drop this on us. Teaming up with LA producer Shlohmo for “Brain,” BANKS delivers yet another sumptuously sexy single, her delicate vocals slinking freely along the chilling, ethereal production. Like most of her singles, the sultry songstress springs free around the midway point, flexing her pipes during a convulsive refrain. After the stellar release of her LONDON EP in 2013, BANKS is showing no signs of slowing down as she readies her debut album on Harvest Records/Good Years, while also preparing for gigs in major festivals like Coachella and Governors Ball. With a year’s worth of experience now under her belt, look for big things from BANKS in 2014.
We can’t predict the future, it’s unhealthy to dwell on the past, and we should never overlook the present. Sometimes we need to just sit and chill awhile. Drown out the clutter and engage ourselves in the moment. And that is is why we are glad you’re here. Take a second to focus on something other than everything else. We’ve got a sweet little playlist to help you color your silence.
Whats That?(Gimme That)
Workin Woman Blues
Lana Del Rey
Once Upon a Dream
Viewers of the Grammy’s last night received a little extra during the commercial break. Premiering the second trailer for the upcoming Disney movie Maleficent, Lana Del Rey’s new cover track “Once Upon a Dream” also made its debut. The chilling tune sets a tense mood for the theatrical trailer and Rey’s signature moody voice is a perfect backdrop. Swooning and placing listeners in a trance, the single will be the film’s title track. Telling the story of the classic Grimm fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of the “evil sorceress”, the upcoming flick is set to drop May 30th nationwide. Listen to it above and be sure to download it for free through Google Play.
Radioactive (Remix) (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Just when you thought it was safe to get this one out of your head, Imagine Dragons had to pull this stunt off. After a stellar performance together at tonight’s 56th Annual Grammy awards (which you can view below), the Las Vegas natives decided to surprise fans of hip-hop and rock alike with this smashing remix featuring the self-proclaimed king of hip-hop, Kendrick Lamar (a proclamation the Academy doesn’t seem to agree with). Regardless of tonight’s results, Kendrick put together a fiery spectacle that was easily the highlight of tonight’s show, and he brings that same intensity and passion to his guest verse on one of the most amplified, uplifting singles in recent memory. Stream the amazing collaboration above, and make sure to grab your copy from iTunes now.