Most things in our lives don’t just happen if we all sit around and wait for them. Sometimes, we’ve got to get up off our asses and give it all we got. Sure the grind is exhausting, but if you really want something, the only way you’re gonna get it is to go out and get it. Unless all you want is a simple playlist for your listening enjoyment that is. In that case, don’t you dare lift a finger. Well, lift one finger….but only to press play.
Every Vessel Every Vein
Take To The Skies
Love (BAILE Remix)
Growing up in the late 80′s and 90′s, I always wondered what it would be like to ride Falcor from the Never Ending Story. Something about riding a half dragon, half dog, way up above the rest of the world was a fantasy I often indulged in. Thanks to Asgier, I now fully know what that seemingly impossible feat would feel like.
All kidding aside, there’s something in the water up in Iceland. They have such a knack for blending gorgeous vocal tones with impeccable harmonies and meticulous piano work. Staying in the same vein as one of our long-time favorites, Sigur Ros, Asgier has created a booming, cinematic song that’s worthy of any classic epic tale. If they make a movie about the Iliad, this song should be in the soundtrack.
This one is extremely easy to wander off to, so we suggest a solid pair of headphones and a good cocktail to accompany it.
Friendly Fires & The Asphodells
Friendly Fires continue to roll out new material with the release of their latest track “Velo.”
Recorded alongside electronic duo The Asphodells (Andrew Weatherall and Timothy J Fairplay), this is the second track from the group since the release of their 2011 album Pala. Following the release of The Asphodells 2013 debut album Passion Destroyed By Lust, the pair met up with the London art-pop group to discuss working on a project together. Their goal, to “produce music that came from a place outside of their respective usual musical styles.”
The result is a nine-minute, crushing collaboration of catchy, art-rock infused melodies from Friendly Fires and sensational synth mix from The Asphodells. Tranquil sounds of nature provide intermittent background noise to blended instrumentals that build into an enormous explosion of electronic euphoria.
“Velo,” and new track “Before Your Eyes,” will be released as a AA-sided, 12” single and will be featured as the inaugural release for Friendly Fires’ new label Telophase.
Gone to count sheep
You probably don’t have London based singer/songwriter Max Pope on your radar just yet, but after one listen to his live performance of “Counting Sheep,” you most assuredly will be tracking his next moves.
Coming out on Sofar Sounds, this Londoner has crafted a guitar centric tune, boasting catchy riffs and an infectious nature. Despite the fact that this youngster doesn’t have a band backing him in this live performance, you can hear influences of other UK indie rock giants like The Maccabees and Bombay Bicycle club. Couple in his thoughtfully crafted lyrics and it’s all too easy to get lost in this daydream worthy song.
While this is the first tune from this new found musician, we’re certain it won’t be the last. Make sure you follow him on facebook to catch future gems and tour dates.
If you want to slowly succumb to a melancholic Saturday afternoon, look no further. Cambridge based outfit Farewell J.R. have a slow, winding tune that will take you on a self-reflective journey. Boasting a orchestral strings sections, large, cinematic drums and wistful lyrics, “Skin Pieces” is a macabre sounding tune, perfect for lying on the couch and taking some time for reflection.
It’s definitely not the most uplifting thing you’ll hear today, but you might happen to find beauty in its’ darkness. Press play and sink in.
Jamie xx, producer and one-third of British breakout band The xx, has streamed his first new single in over three years.
While The xx are currently in the middle of an intimate New York residency, Jamie xx found the time to release his slumberous new production “Sleep Sound.” The track will be featured as part of a 12”, double A-side single G.I.R.L./Sleep Sound.
On “Sleep Sound,” Jamie xx continues to use his production power of taking minimal, softened beats and turning them into massive, room-filling creations. A dreamy, slumber-inducing track, “Sleep Sound” is an accurately named electronic lullaby filled with chilled-out synthscapes and oscillating beats.
G.I.R.L./Sleep Sound is out May 5 via Young Turks.
Philadelphia duo Pattern Is Movement have made their self-titled new album available for streaming a week before its scheduled release.
Their first record in six years, Pattern Is Movement masterminds Christopher Ward and Andrew Thiboldeaux have cited influences on this album ranging everywhere from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood to Werner Herzog. An odd combination of influences, but one that is evident in the duo’s music.
Pattern Is Movement’s sound contains a wild mix of meticulous melodies and distinct dialects. When I listen to this new record, I hear a vocal resemblance to indie-pop dreamers Local Natives, mixed with the experimental noise pop of Dirty Projectors. The unison, soul-infused vocal patterns wash delicately over a foundation of feverish synth and pulsing percussion.
Pattern Is Movement is out April 1 via Hometapes. You can listen to the album in its entirety here.
Pattern Is Movement River
Pattern Is Movement Climb To Me
Pattern Is Movement Little By Little
Pattern Is Movement Suckling
Pattern Is Movement Gone My Love
Pattern Is Movement Lets Be Done
Pattern Is Movement Make It Right
Pattern Is Movement Wonderful