James Devane - Rhubarb (Aphex Twin Cover)
I have no agenda.
I have no endorsements, no sponsors, no product placement on this website. I have never studied marketing or advertising. I have no interest in hype, in trending, in staying up to date with the most recent major label artist campaign push.
I have never sugarcoated or given my opinion of music lightly without careful contemplation and consideration on different elements and textures of the soundscape.
I don’t listen to radio, I don’t watch television and I have started falling out of the habit of attending social events for the sake of engaging in shallow conversations consisting of the same polite but generic questions and answers.
I don’t listen to music to be social or antisocial, nor do I do it to develop a false sense of superiority or alienation from those around me. I do listen to music to stimulate my brain, to engage areas of my psyche that are both primitive and highly developed. I write about music not for any personal gain, but in the hope that I can share some amazing creative works with other appreciative listeners. I don’t believe in altruism, or selflessness because I love sharing music with others and I vicariously feel a sense of joy in the process.
I often feel forced to talk a lot during the day, and far too often these spoken exchanges are dwarfed in terms of meaning, emotion, expression and understanding compared to the awesome communicative powers that music can have - which brings me to the end of my ramblings. At the end of the day, you can complain about the state of music today, or you can use your initiative and seek a world of undiscovered talent and a crowd of like-minded people to share your appreciation with, rather than your own disappointments.
The Dodos - Undeclared
A fast narrative song from San Francisco group The Dodos.
The song is short and snappy and basically tells the story of how “my love goes undeclared.” It has a basic arrangement with just one acoustic guitar carrying the vocals but it is easy to listen to and works well.
Oh, I nearly forgot, The Dodos are signed to Frenchkiss Records. The independent label is home to some stellar indie acts including the Freelance Whales and Local Natives. I think The Dodos slot in nicely with the growing list of talented artists. Enjoy.
Download - Undeclared (control-click, save)
Local Natives - Ceilings
Since the Local Natives’ new album Hummingbird leaked two days ago, things have been pretty quiet on the blog front. I’m going to write about one of my favourite tracks on the LP and hope that Frenchkiss Records don’t hunt me down over this one.
Ceilings is an absolute gift from start to finish. The balanced concoction of guitar and synth combined with dreamy riffs and harmonies makes it approachable, replayable and remedial all in one.
Remember that Hummingbird is officially released on January 26th and I would strongly recommend purchasing that album if you like what you hear. It is well worth the purchase.
I haven’t done this in a while, but I think I’ll share the lyrics of Ceilings with you.
“Haven’t stopped your smoking yet
So I’ll share your cigarette
Just to feel it in my fingers
Walk around ‘til 3 am
Tell me what I know again
To keep myself from second guessing
All my silver dreams bring me to you
Hold the summer in your hands
‘Til the summer turns to sand
We were staring at our ceilings
Thinking of what we’d give to have one more day of sun,
One day of sun
Silver dreams bring me to you [x3]”
Local Natives - Heavy Feet
One of my favourite bands of the 2010sies has just leaked another track from their sophmore album Hummingbird.
The Local Natives can manage to strike a chord between bliss and heartache as demonstrated on songs like Cubism Dream and Airplanes on their debut Gorilla Manor LP. Heavy Feet carries on in that tradition, with the Californians further proving their pitch perfect harmonies, percussion and sincere songwriting.
Hummingbird would have to be one of my most anticipated releases of 2013, thankfully we won’t have long to wait, as the album is released on Australia Day on iTunes.
Swim Deep - The Sea
Could it be? A new band with a song title and group name that go together so well? Yes indeed, and the sound ofThe Sea matches the song title in this case too, straight up beach-swimming music.
Swim Deep are a Birmingham band whose music is reminiscent of warm weather. If you’re from the southern hemisphere, chances are you will need little reminding as Summer comes into full swing.
Youth Lagoon - Daydream (Noah Hyde Remix)
I’m about to release a compilation mix of remixes and it just occured to me that I haven’t shared this track I discovered a few months back. Noah Hyde takes control of the mellow Daydream and transforms it into a dancefloor ready banger that still maintains its dreamy soundscape.
Thankfully, the download link is still active so you can legally own a copy by clicking the link below. Enjoy!
Download - Daydream (Noah Hyde Remix)
Local Natives - Breakers
One of my favourite new bands, the Local Natives have released the first official single from their long awaited sophmore album Hummingbird.
Breakers is a decisively surf-rock song drenched in soaring harmonies, offbeat guitar chords and sporadic drumming. The glorious noise of this single indicates to me that the band still have what it takes to command an audience and make great music together despite parting ways with bassist Andy Hamm in March 2011.
The tracklist to Hummingbird has been released along with an album release date of January 29, 2013. Tracks are listed below. Enjoy!
1 You & I
2 Heavy Feet
4 Black Spot
6 Three Months
7 Black Balloons
8 Wooly Mammoth
9 Mt. Washington
Pinback - Proceed to Memory
Back in November, we posted about True North, Pinback’s first single from their upcoming album Information Recieved. The band have now released the second single Proceed to Memory which can serve as another appetizer until the LP is released on October 19th via Temporary Residence Records.
Proceed to Memory evokes the changing of seasons and weather. The track starts off relatively slowly, but things build to a crescendo with shouting and heavier guitar riffs. I can imagine this track would be great to see live, but I still have the feeling that Pinback are capable of much more on their first album in 5 years.