“Young Boys” is a rich, breathtaking track from the very first tambourine rattle to the very last low hum. Led by the ethereal vocals of Icelandic artist Sin Fang (who is also the genius behind indie folk band Seabear), its tones are cool and weightless. But it’s nothing to shiver about — the chanting choruses give off a contagiously warm and inviting vibe — as though we are being called to gather around a crackling bonfire with friends. Much of the song’s ambiance can also be attributed to its producer, Alex Somers, who has previously worked with artists like Sigur Rós & Jónsi. Download it below!
Our good music PR friends over at Danger Village were awesomely kind enough to make and share with us their End of Year Mix. Over 90 minutes long, it boasts 24 excellent tracks that span a variety of genres; from Frank Ocean‘s silky croon and High High‘s lush dream-pop, to Japandroids‘ post-punk raucous and Mt. Wolf‘s unique folktronica, there’s a little bit of everything for everyone. DV had this to say about the collection:
“This is a mix of songs we loved this year from around the globe. 2012 will be remembered as the year that we fell in love with R&B and Australian music. It’s been a fantastic year for music and we look forward to seeing what 2013 will bring!”
MØ – “Pilgrim”
Rhye – “Open”
Chad Valley – “Fall 4 U (feat. Glasser)”
Usher – “Climax”
St. Lucia – “September”
Burial – “Kindred”
Foals – “Inhaler”
Frank Ocean – “Thinkin Bout You”
Beach House – “Myth”
Miguel – “Adorn”
CHVRCHES – “The Mother We Share”
Mt. Wolf – “Life Size Ghosts”
Saint Lou Lou – “Maybe You”
Goldroom – “Sweetness Alive (feat. SLL)”
Alpine – “Hands”
Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”
AlunaGeorge – “Your Drums, Your Love”
Chromatics – “Into The Black”
High Highs – “Once Around The House”
Arrange – “Cure”
Catcall – “Satellites”
Icona Pop – “I Love It”
Diplo – “Express Yourself (feat. Nicky da B)”
How to Dress Well – “& It Was U”
In the midst of winter’s icy grasp, we can’t help but find ourselves daydreaming about tank tops, flip flops, warm beaches, and cold water. Yeah, we know. Summer is so far off, but when it’s the best time of year, it’s ok to think about it all year round.
Arkansas singer/songrwriter Joshua Vest from The Airplanes posted this track earlier this year, and we’re sorry to say we missed it. The lo-fi, indie surf rock feel is sure to warm you up in the cold months leading up to that coveted section of the year we regard as the best section of the year.
Written in a Mexican hut on the Yucatan Peninsula, “Song For Zula” is a breathtaking piece of folk rock. But that genre alone doesn’t do this excellent track justice — it’s hardly just roots and twang. Alabama-born Matthew Houck, or Phosphorescent as he’s better known, has ventured off a bit from the typical alt-country path (which informed most of his 2010 LP Here’s To Taking It Easy), incorporating pieces of electronica into the mix. The result is a song that’s raw and sun-soaked, complemented nicely by warm, subtle synths and a throbbing drum machine beat. And if Houck’s vocals didn’t sound hurt enough, the waves of strings sure add another level of ache.
Mark your calendars, Phosphorescent’s new album Muchacho drops March 19th via Dead Oceans.
Before you head out into the holiday madness to get in line with all the humans of mass consumerism, download the dojo and grab your headphones. You will find yourself floating through the crowds of Grinches. It will be like looking at the world through rose colored glasses, except way more ninja.
After writing music for nearly three years, Nashville singer-songwriter Thad Kopec has released a full-length called Heart Of Man. The collection is an impressive offering of earnest and captivating folk rock, highlighted especially by the distinct, impassioned timbre of Kopec’s voice. While most of the songs are worth multiple listens, “Red Wolf” might be its very best. With a very palpable feeling of sorrow and longing, coupled with wincing strings & brass, it seems to have that “spark” — the kind that makes acts like Iron & Wine and Fleet Foxes so successful at tugging at the heartstrings.