Call it catch-up Sunday, but I think it’s better to post a song that’s 23 days old than to never expose it to the masses at all. “I Heard” by Scottish trio Young Fathers is one such track; it’s hardly “hot-off-the-presses”, but it doesn’t make it any less write-up worthy. The cut is difficult to neatly categorize, but know this: it’s soothing, but rapturous, and offers a fresh blend of indie rock, soul, hip-hop and other unnameable, but creative elements. Plus, that light and cool falsetto is hard not to latch onto. Check it out above, and also peep its newly-released official video here.
Young Fathers’ new album, TAPE TWO, comes out June 11th via Anticon.
It’s kind of a bummer day as the NBA team I’ve been rooting for took a tough loss this afternoon, but “All For Love” by Night Panther, a track I’ve been meaning to throw up on TMN, eases the pain a little; plus, I figured I douse myself in good vibe tunes rather than alcohol. It’s a groovy, percussion-loving, synth-happy pop jam with a badass little rippin’ guitar solo during the bridge. Just what I (and maybe some of you, ninjas) need right about now. Tune in.
It’s really starting to warm up out there and what better way to celebrate than with tunes that evoke lush, sizzling shorelines and hazy, summer nights? Cue: lo-fi, dream-rockers Bee Eyes, all the way from the oft-hot and humid Philippines, and these two tracks “Dasma Girl” and “Double Sunrise”. If the rising temperatures don’t melt you, these oozy, slo-mo, jangly pop numbers might do the trick (though I might be a little biased as my folks are from Manila…). Tune in below, ninjas.
While I sometimes find myself shying away from those gaudy, hyper-active commercials for the revamped 2013 version of The Great Gatsby, there’s no denying that the film’s got a super hot, Grade-A soundtrack. We’ve already heard Florence and the Machine’s “Over The Love”, Lana Del Rey’s “Young & Beautiful”, and Nero’s “Into The Past”. Now, the latest track to surface from the OST is this bone-chilling, slow-thumper “Together” by The xx, maestros of haunting subtlety. If you know what Fitzgerald’s story is all about, you’ll know this song is perfect for it. Stream The xx’s “Together”.
With an (oh so) feel good blend of earth-toned acoustic instruments and flashy, fun sweeping pop on “You & I”, the UK’s Crystal Fighters continue to build up the anticipation for their new album, Cave Rave, due out this May. Just try to wiggle out of the grips of its charming chorus or that pretty, all-consuming little breakdown towards the end. Listen above and be sure to peep its newly released music video here.
I can picture it now: soft sand under my body, waves lapping against the California coastline, and the incessant ramblings of a Venice hustler echoing in the background. Yeah, it’s almost summertime. You know what we love most about this season around these parts? Gorgeous coastal folk rock. There’s nothing quite like lying back in the sand with the sun beating on your face, listening to some infectious sounds.
Santa Monica based Opus Orange is here to provide just that. The meticulous and elegant guitar work provides the perfect soundscape for the lead singer’s soft folky vocals. Sit down, unwind, and take a listen for yourself. This sweet jam is a re-release peek at their soundtrack for The Muir Project’s “Mile… Mile And A Half”. Full soundtrack to be released on May 14, 2013.