Followers of the Fleet Foxes might be familiar with the cool sounds of folk newcomers Poor Moon. The band is a side project of fellow Foxes Casey Wescott and Christian Wargo. They recently released their first self-titled LP. Standout tracks “Waiting For,” “Heaven’s Door,” and “Pulling Me Down” immediately transport you back to the ‘60s. Lyrically, Poor Moon doesn’t break new ground, but with dreamy harmonies, rolling percussion, and even the use of cricket and bluebird sound effects it was hard for me to listen to each track without a smile on my face. The last track on the album, “Birds,” serves as a sweet end to a mellow journey.
Canadian duo Crystal Castles unleashed the explosive, heart-palpitating “Plague” in July, and now they’ve released a more-than-appropriate music video starring a madwoman who writhes and thrashes around in a dimly-lit hallway as though she’s possessed. Directed by Ivan Grbin, it’s a series of frightening and psychotic scenes, and exactly the kind of visuals the wild track conjures up.
Crystal Castles album was recently pushed back to November, but they plan to release a new single called “Wrath Of God” tomorrow, so stay tuned.
There is no underestimating “Fineshrine.” The original, out on Purity Ring‘s superb debut album Shrines, is so flawless that in most cases remixes fall short. However, this doesn’t mean we can’t be open to other interpretations of the track. This new one by Wet Paint holds onto all the elements that make the true version so successful, but also sprinkles in additional warping effects and electronic glitches giving it a more spacey, intergalactic sound.
Check out Wet Paint’s Soundcloud page for more music, including Frank Ocean, Azealia Banks and Shlomo remixes.
British phenom Ellie Goulding strikes up another chilling, powerfully emotive performance on her latest song “I Know You Care.” The video is equally as haunting and heart-wrenching as it includes scenes from Now Is Good, a film about a young, terminally-ill leukemia patient (played by Dakota Fanning). In addition to the film, “I Know You Care” will be on Goulding’s forthcoming album, Halcyon, out October 9th.
Multi-genre collaborating 2AM Club previously worked with Chiddy on a hot track called “Every Evening” earlier in the year and now they’re back with yet another delicious anthem. Featuring cameos from Dev and Big Sean, it’s a flawless blend of hip-pop and pop, with some real M.I.A. “Paper Planes” vibes, too.
“A nice, firm ass in the palm of your hands.” That’s how San Diego outfit Cuckoo Chaos choose to describe themselves. It’s not too far off, considering how stunning “Super Skeleton” is to the ears. The suavely meandering new track borrows from surf rock and Afro-pop, and features slinky guitar noodling and warm harmonies that could soundtrack any hazy summer afternoon. Lose yourself in it.
Cuckoo Chaos’ “Super Skeleton” single is out on 7″ via White Iris Records. For more music, including the band’s acclaimed 2011 record, Woman, visit their Bandcamp page.
When this track first surfaced earlier in the month, we pretty much went apeshit for it here on the Music Ninja. Check out the new video for this genre-crossing song by the ever-epic Florence Welch (who plays a lounge singer with a not so recognizable haircut) and EDM connoisseur Calvin Harris.