Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller, the dynamic duo that make up Sleigh Bells, have released a new video for their song “End of the Line”. Directed by Miller and Gregory Kohn, the wistful tune is accompanied by fun BMX bike rides in suburbia and creepy shots of a vampire-looking Krauss out in the fields. The two scenes don’t necessarily go together, but the band know how to meld seemingly contrasting qualities pretty well (see: their entire discography). Feel free to stream the track below, too.
Sleigh Bells’ second album, Reign of Terror, is out now via Mom+Pop.
With less than a month until the release date of The xx‘s highly anticipated sophomore album, yet another new track has surfaced onto the interwebs. A bare, minimalist-type song, “Sunset”‘s highlights are found in the pairing of the male/female vocals. Separately, each is velvety and so uniquely textured, but together, they sound especially spine-tingling. Soft-spoken but intimate, solemn but still sultry, they speak volumes without actually doing so. Like “Chained,” which we wrote about not too long ago, “Sunset” follows a relationship that’s falling apart at the seams.
Although A.C. Newman is better known for his work as the frontman of the indie rock group The New Pornographers, he has been releasing solo material since The Slow Wonder dropped in 2004. Now he’s all set to release his third solo studio album entitled Shut Down the Streets. “I’m Not Talking” is its first single, and it’s a good one. Newman manages to meld folksy acoustic guitar and bright horns together with spacy synthesizers with a sound comparable to that of Freelance Whales. He has plenty of experience in creating songs that are catchy and easy to listen to, and “I’m Not Talking” is no exception. It will be interesting to see how the rest of Shut Down the Streets compares to this first offering, but it will certainly be an album worth checking out. You can download the single for free by liking A.C. Newman’s Facebook page here.
Shut Down the Streets is set to drop October 9th on Matador Records.
Ah, the last weekend of August. Summer seems to be the hardest season to bid farewell to, and who to better articulate that melancholy feeling than Lana Del Rey? But if you find her version of “Summertime Sadness” to be too somber and brooding, there’s an alternative. On this remix, Berlin’s Hannes Fischer brightens up the mood a little, allowing in more light while keeping the gloomy clouds at bay, for a simpler, orchestral-pop vibe. That’s not to say it is devoid of yearning romanticism — that’s a Lana trademark, after all — there’s just less of it, which is hardly a bad thing.
Listen to the original and the remix below. “Summertime Sadness” is off Lana Del Rey’s album Born To Die. Check out more of Hannes Fischer’s music, including remixes of Bon Iver, Feist, Adele, and Little Dragon, on his Soundcloud page.
Lana Del Rey Summertime Sadness (Hannes Fischer Radio Edit)
We fell in love with the original and summery-to-the-max sound of Brooklyn sextet Los Encantados a while ago, when they dropped Chapter 1 of their The Same Damned Soul project. Now they’re back with Chapter 2, and it’s another short, but sweet hit of near-perfect rock’n'roll tracks, stuffed full with pop hooks and choruses to die for. Highlight track “St Tropez” is full of pomp and shoutalong vocals, with a killer guitar riff to boot, while closer “Pour Toi” shows a softer, more sentimental side to the band. A must-have for any lover of danceable indie-rock, The Same Damned Soul (Chapter 2) is out now.
So Many Wizards hail from LA, and their debut full-length record Warm Nothing confirms them as the rising stars of that city’s musical “renaissance period”. The quartet centers around singer Nima Kazerouni and his gentle falsetto vocals, while the rest of the band’s sun-drenched instrumentals create an upbeat background for the often profound lyrics. “Lose Your Mind” has all the verve and power needed for an indie-rock hit, while “Inner City” is more of a soft, slightly twee (think Belle & Sebastian) electro-pop ballad. If you’re looking for a new band to become obsessed with, then So Many Wizards are the ones for you.
Earlier this year, famed Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich teamed up with Atoms for Peace drummer Joey Waronker and London musician Laura Bettinson to form a supergroup of sorts: Ultraista. Since then they’ve released three tracks, the latest one titled “Bad Insect,” just a few days ago. It’s an electronic whirlwind of a song, full of cascading synths and crackles of distorted noise, atop a smooth, grooving beat. Bettinson’s chilled vocals nicely complement the song’s hypnotic vibe.
Ulraista’s self-titled debut album comes out October 2nd on Temporary Residence.