Søren Løkke Juul, who plays under the name Indians, recently joined the illustrious ranks of 4AD, a record label home to artists like Beirut, The National, and Grimes. Upon signing, he filmed a lovely and intimate 4AD session to celebrate. In much the same way, today the Danish musician shares his very first guitar song called “Cakelakers” to celebrate the release date announcement of his forthcoming debut Somewhere Else, out January 29th. Written on his aunt’s porch just outside Copenhagen, it’s a charming and dreamy little jangler, and best of all… it’s free. Check out his website for more info.
Improving a production from Feed Me is no easy task, but Friction does an outstanding job on this one. Starting off with some catchy chords and sampling the original vocals and piano melody. Then dropping into some massive drum work surrounded by his on twist on the harmonic synths that Feed Me used. If your not a huge DNB fan,Friction could change that after just one listen. Cheers.
Feed Me & Crystal Fighters Love Is All I Got (Friction Remix)
“Chained,” the understated, but lush heartache of a song by The xx, gets some truly ethereal underwater visuals. The video was directed by Young Replicant (who also worked on Purity Ring‘s “Fineshrine”) and was done in conjunction with The Creators Project, a partnership between Vice and Intel. To read more about “Chained,” check out our previous post here.
The xx’s second album, Coexist, is out now on Young Turks.
Lets face it, Mondays can be difficult to say the least. The weekend has effectively come and gone and now all that’s left to do is to hunker down and embrace the idea that another week of daunting work lies before us. Today however, Rameses B provided us with a magnificent melodic dubstep track,”Pegasus”, to help us overcome the drudgery of yet another tireless Monday. “Pegasus” features Rameses’ signature soothing bass accompanied by expertly spliced vocals and harmonious melodies. This is melodic dubstep at its finest so put in some headphones, take a deep breath and let Rameses B change your day for the better. Enjoy!
Seems like yesterday that Chaz Bundick, AKA Toro Y Moi, was spearheading the chillwave movement (alongside artists like Washed Out and Neon Indian) when he dropped his debut album Causers of This back in 2010. But just as the genre has evolved over time, so has he. His new song “So Many Details” still has the trademark relaxed style, but with some added pop swag. The track will be put out as a 7″ single for Record Store Day’s “Back To Black Friday” on November 23rd. The B-side is a remix featuring Odd Future’s Hodgy Beats.
Kyle Reigle, or Cemeteries as he’s more commonly known, shares a new video for his beautifully haunting and fragile song “Summer Smoke”. Directed by Nolan Wilson Goff, it tells the story of a girl and the ghost that follows her around. The Buffalo-based musician is adept at crafting mellow and intimate music that clings to you, moves you and doesn’t let go. Make sure you check out his previously released track, “The Wilderness“.
Cemeteries’ new album The Wilderness comes out October 23rd on Lefse Records. He will also be at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon.
When Master Music Ninja Clayton Warwick texted me last week and asked me if I wanted to go to El Ten Eleven’s show at The Hi Dive in Denver, I jumped at the opportunity. Being a Master Ninja, Clayton knows good music, and I love getting out to shows. I checked out El Ten Eleven on Spotify during the week before the show to get acquainted with the band, and found myself nodding along to the feel good melodies while I hacked away at my office job. The music was great; really solid stuff that made tedious paperwork flow a little quicker. I highly recommend any of their albums.
But as good as the albums are do not miss an opportunity to see these guys live. Live is the way to see this band! Yes that was italics. Yes I mean it.
El Ten Eleven does so much in a live show it’s hard to catalog it all. They provide heavy shredding guitar riffs that make you want to bang your head. They blend complicated time signatures and looped melodies together seamlessly, creating songs within songs within songs. They branch out stylistically (guitarist/bassist Kristian Dunn was actually playing his guitar with what I believe was a cello bow at one point). They move the crowd emotionally with slow build ups and dramatic releases reminiscent of any good DJ. They provide a dazzling light show that impacts the performance as much as any big label band.
And yes, they even covered a Joy Division song.
So in the center of a very crowded dive bar off Broadway, surrounded by dudes with flowing beards and skin tight jeans that were at least 8 years younger than me, I stood slack jawed and bobbing next to my girlfriend and partook in some serious audio joy.
That’s really the best descriptor I can come up with for the music Kristian Dunn and Tim Fogerty create. Audio joy. Tunes that just make you happy, regardless of if you’re a music nerd or just someone that knows good tunes when you hear it. And apparently, tunes that make reviewers write in sentence fragments!
Check these guys out live and see what I’m talking about. You’ll be stammering too!