Just Go Indigo
Joe Neptune - Just Go, Indigo
Joe Neptune consists of Melbournians, Nick Vorrath and Jarrad Brown. The two members are also apart of the group Custom Kings but in 2009 they worked on recording the duo’s only album to date, No Time To Grow Up.
There are plenty of memorable melodies and interesting folk arrangements, including Just Go, Indigo; a melancholic track which has classic songwriter sensibilities.
Sufjan Stevens - Take Me (Demo)
There are 3 types of Sufjan Stevens fans.
1. Old school fans who love his allegorical folk rhapsodies and hate everything post The Age of Adz
2. The fan who relishes the apocalyptic fantasia and futuristic DIY electronic music embraced post-2010 and cares little for his other works
3. Or the rarest camp of fans who enjoy both approaches to music.
Say what you will about Sufjan Stevens’ antics/gimmicks, faith, on stage costumes, etc. etc., the man can sing, and songwrite and perform like a boss. This supposedly forgotten track, Take Me, was recently found by Sufjan, who had this to say on his Tumblr account:
"Sloppy lo-fi demo I found on an old hard drive. It don’t go nowhere so don’t expect nothing. Love don’t go nowhere so don’t expect nothing. Quadruple negative, yo. Stay Positive."
If this is indeed a genuine demo, it puts most artists’ demos to shame. Hopefully this track will appeal to all 3 camps, despite there the lack of live instrumentation.
Lorde - Buzzcut Season
I remember writing about Lorde in January soon after her EP was released. Fast forward to October and her debut album, Pure Heroine is out and she has garnered a huge international following.
Pure Heroine contains tracks from the original Love Club EP and her second EP offering as well as some newbies. Buzzcut Season is, in my opinion, one of her best efforts to date. It features the 16 year old’s vocals on a fairly minimalist beat with her vocal flourishes with a fairy melancholic vibe.
Koreless - Lost in Tokyo
Koreless is definitely at the forefront of progressive downtempo in my books. I even have a sneaking suspicion that prominent DJ Bonobo took inspiration from the brooding soundscapes of Koreless' work when making his latest album, The North Borders.
Despite just breaking out of teenagerhood, Koreless can craft a meanly minimalist track in a seemingly effortless fashion.
It is a pretty ominous introspective song, but on a Monday night, who feels like conversating anyhow?
Take A Fall For Me (Feat. RZA)
James Blake Feat. RZA - Take A Fall For Me
James Blake is a young man who needs no introduction – two albums in and he is considered one of Britain’s finest examples of post-dubstep – I’d argue that dubstep as a genre is perhaps not far-reaching or influential enough to warrant the ‘post-’ prefix, but that’s a discussion for another day.
For a man who’s compositions are so minimal, it’s a testament to Blake’s talent that he’s not become prematurely tiresome, nor faded into the obscure annals of forgotten ‘one-to-watch’ debut artists, like so many bankers into a thick London fog.
Blake’s second and latest album, Overgrown, is as equally engaging and creative as his first. Despite these records having an overpowering atmosphere of fragility, Blake easily holds his own. Despite this, my favourite track from Overgrown sees him taking a back seat.
RZA, best known for his work with Wu-Tang Clan, handles the lead vocals on ‘Take A Fall For Me’, leaving Blake to harmonise and, of course, provide the layers of desolate and stark instrumentation for the duo to lament over.
The no-nonsense delivery of RZA compliments Blake’s choirboy angelics perfectly, and in keeping with Blake’s minimalism, I don’t want to write too much for fear of muddying the waters.
Take A Fall For Me showcases a delicate slice of the human psyche – of a man that’s fought long, but is now too tired to go on. One who resorts to pleas of desperation, but knows that ultimately, they’ve already lost the battle. Here is a man resigned to the inevitable, and you can feel the pain with RZA’s every intake of breath.
It may be melancholic subject matter, but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful.
The xx - Angels (Budo Remix)
Even if you already have a stack of xx remixes, you can definitely afford room for this one.
This song has been floating around for a long time and it seems as though every man and his dog has made at least one remix/cover of The xx, but Seattle born producer Budo is renowned for his production work and this remix of Angels definitely warrants a listen.
The trap beat fit the moody bittersweet melody perfectly. It’s a synergy between light and dark and the wintry feel of this remix suits the chilly weather in Melbourne right now. Enjoy.
Download - Angels (Budo Remix)
As†ronomyy - Don’t Need U
Talk about being slapped in the face and being beaten senseless with riddum. UK act As†ronomyy uses a sparing melody and vocals packed with soul and forlorn melancholia to craft a saucy r&b ballad that will make you have your ears locked in a bittersweet love affair with the beauty of Don’t Need U.
If you’re going through a break up, plain tired, or plain in the mood for some amazing music, you need look no further - GET ON THIS! Fans of all genres will be able to appreciate this soulful gem.
Lana Del Rey - Young and Beautiful
This song has exploded into the public consciousness after it was released as the lead single from Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. The simple arrangement is designed to be dramatic and emotional, just like Fitzgerald’s beautifully narrated novel.
The orchestral arrangements and Lana Del Rey’s crooning are a perfect match. Despite this, the lyrics are very cheesy and cringeworthy in parts:
"Oh that grace, oh that body
Oh that face makes me wanna party”
Nevertheless the commercial appeal is apparent and Interscope Records will no doubt be enjoying the spoils of their investment, much like Gatsby himself.
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