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A new track has surfaced from London folk-rock trio and TMN faves Daughter.”Human”, off the band’s forthcoming debut album, If You Leave, is tingly and enchanting, drawing you in with every rugged acoustic guitar strum and ghostly chorus. Much like their past material, it leaves you a little breathless. Listen to it below and make sure to pick up their new record on April 30th via Glassnote Records.
Bonus: Daughter’s mashup of Bon Iver’s “Perth” x Hot Chip’s “Ready For The Floor”
Perth (Bon Iver) v Ready For The Floor (Hot Chip)
On April 2nd, Cold War Kids will issue their fourth full-length, Dear Miss Lonely Hearts. Earlier, we had a preview of the LP thanks to the hearty, rockin’ track “Miracle Mile” (above), which pleasantly reminded us of their earlier releases. But we’ll be honest — we’ve gotten kind of impatient the last few weeks, wondering if the rest of the record would sound similar to that aforementioned song. So, we were beyond excited to hear that entire thing is currently streaming online! Check it out and let us know what you think.
New York indie rock group Caveman will release their self-titled sophomore album next Tuesday via Fat Possum. We’ve already heard “In The City” and “Over My Head” — both such lush, richly-textured, well-paced and patient tracks — and now we’ve been treated to the entire album, thanks to NPR. Check it out below, as well as a new track that the band recently released called “Where’s The Time”.
I first got turned on to This Town Needs Guns years ago. I fell in love with their track “Want to Come Back to My Room”. The love song is often a trite thing, but TTNGs’ track was something that moved me: it captured the complex feelings of heartache and longing while creating an amazingly elaborate instrumental effort. I was impressed and remain so today upon reviewing 184.108.40.206.0
The album blends together with all the predictable elements of a TTNGs album: outstanding technical expertise blends together underneath a soothing lead singer’s crooning. Intricate drumming, bass lines and guitar riffs blur together into an ultimately listenable album of lullabies, easy listening jams and will-be indie rock classics.
The album begins with “Cat Fantastic,” starting with succinct drumming and guitar riffs while the lead singer drifts lyrics about “tan lines and red wine,” giving a dreamy French Riviera feel to the first track. “Left Aligned” brings a beat structure that demands a patient listener who is well rewarded for the effort: the drums, guitar and bass create an intricate tapestry at first that fades to a lullaby before emerging back into a complex indie song. “+#3 Awesomeness Repels Water” provides a stomping good rock song with all the characteristic TTNGs intricate guitar work blended with simple percussion.
The entire effect of the album is a dizzying, dazzling and impressive feat of instrumental precision, drifting lyrics and attention to detail that makes it an immediately identifiable This Town Needs Guns album. Although this band may not be for the casual listener, it rewards the enthusiast with some incredibly complex and enjoyable tunes. Listen here!
Havoc in the Forum
2 Birds, 1 Stone And An Empty Stomach
+3 Awesomeness Repels Water
London’s Benjamin Garrett, aka Fryars, injects woozy, busy effects and electro-soul flavor into the track “Dissolve Me”, originally by Alt-J. The remix makes us look at the song in an entirely different light and we’d be lying if we said we weren’t impressed. Check it out below, along with Fryars’ own excellent, soulful piece “On Your Own”.
J (Fryars Remix)