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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Alright electro lovers, we’re back and we have Visitor.  Today, he released a new single called “RNB.”  It’s a great throwback dance tune with non-stop repetitive 80s synth played alongside a haunting melody and drums to get your feet moving.  It’s a slow starter for sure, but once the vocals come in, this song really shines.  While I don’t know much about Visitor, I do know that this stranger from the past delivers some beautiful electronic pop.  Check out the full song below and look for more Visitor in the future when he releases his EP in September.

-M. Kauf

Visitor – RNB

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Electronic dance lovers, just wait until Monday.  We’ve got a special visitor coming your way.  Trust me.  In the mean time, get your groove on…

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The Mast returns! The Brooklyn-based duo recently released their new single, “Seas Across Your Mind”, on their bandcamp. Following their trance-pop, “UpUpUp”, this new song slows things down with some strong bass, wavy backward guitar loops and soothing accordion. This dreamy electro-pop song is comforting and great for some late-night contemplation. You can find this song and more at The Mast’s Bandcamp or on iTunes or Amazon starting on July 31th. Enjoy! – D. Gold

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With all this new throwback music coming out lately; the Pond music video, as well as Tame Impala’s first official single (and second unofficially) off of their upcoming album, I thought I’d throw in my own fresh oldie that came to my attention last week: a band called Murals.  The Louisville band released their debut album On a Passing Cloud earlier this month after scrounging for money and time to produce this piece of mellow psychedelia.  The album is a great summery mix, and Murals couldn’t have released it at a better time.  One song in particular, “Eyes of Love” is particularly estival.  It starts off with a quiet acoustic guitar arpeggio that gently drifts through quiet snares and soothing voice, all leading towards a bright chorus of piano and jazzy drum beats.  It’s the perfect song for those rare summer days where, when it’s just the right temperature, you can lay down in the grass looking up at the cloudless sky as breeze touches your cheeks knowing you’ll rarely get a day like this.  And when that day comes, have your headphones ready cause this song will be the icing on the cake.

-M. Kauf

Murals – Eyes of Love

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Grace & Lies, the second album by Family Band, bubbles just under the surface.  It never quite boils over the black water, but it doesn’t need to.  This album says it all with as little as possible, and it’s the dark echoing spaces that say the most.  It’s the kind of music to lull you through the night with tales of heartbreak told with little more than a clear voice, guitar and subtle drums.  The husband and wife duo of Kim Krans and Jonny Ollsin melt together into the perfect blend of acoustic ambience and seething electricity (Ollsin used to be an a metal band) that carry over in a landscape of reverberation.  The two coherently combine folk, metal and even classical on their sophomore work.  “Night Song” is about as heavy as it gets, an opener that points towards the complete and utter sonic destruction these two are capable of without ever reaching the tipping point.  And from there, the album continues in a series of half-folk ballads to lost love, mistakes and an ending (as in the closing track “Rest”).  Throughout, Grace & Lies truly shows how brutal silence can be and how different sounds can be combined to emphasize and entice without going over the top.  The album is out tomorrow, but for a sneak peak you can hear a few songs below or check out this stream on Aquarium Drunkard via No Quarter.

-M. Kauf

Family Band – Night Song

Family Band – Grace & Lies

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Here’s a weird one for this rainy (at least where I am) Friday afternoon.  This trippy video from Aussie rockers Pond (the side-project of Tame Impala) features iPhone footage, mouths and pictures.  That’s really all I can say.  Look at the video to see/hear this psych-rock nugget and check out the tour dates below if you’re lucky enough to be in Australia this summer.

-M. Kauf

7/27 – Byron Bay, Australia @ Splendour In The Grass Festival
9/15 – Perth, Australia @ The Bakery
9/20 – Sydney, Australia @ Metro Theatre
9/22 – Newcastle, Australia @ Fat As Butter Festival
9/23 – Melbourne, Australia @ The Corner Hotel

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Yet again, How to Dress Well points towards his upcoming album being his best work to date.  Yesterday, he released his second single off the upcoming Total Loss called “Cold Nites.”  It’s got the classic How to Dress Well sound:  Krell eeks out a soulful falsetto amid waves and waves of echoes and reverb and is soon accompanied by a strong drum making for an intense chorus.  Not many know how to bring out the passion in a song like Krell, who takes full advantage of his orchestra of ethereal R&B sounds.  And “Cold Nites” couldn’t be a more appropriate title as Krell explains,

“Love is a miracle. Like, as far as I can tell, it almost shouldn’t be possible, but it transpires sort of in spite of the the world. ‘Cold Nites’ comes out of experiences I’ve had w respect to the will to preserve love across long distances, thru challenging times, amidst life’s changes— this will to love can give us the most beautiful stability and a sense of truly living, but can also lead us into totally spiritually rending compromises, split between worlds.”

I know it seems like I’m nothing but a huge fanboy for How to Dress Well, and maybe I am.  But there’s a reason the Just Once EP remains my favorite EP of all time.  How to Dress Well is one of the few bands that can bottle up real emotion (not the corny half-hearted pop that floods most of the radio) and then unleash it in torrents of raw passion and drive that force you to just stop and listen.

-M. Kauf

How to Dress Well – Cold Nites

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The xx has just released their first song since their widely admired 2009 self-titled debut. The song is called “Angels” and if you have been on any music news blog today, then you have probably seen something about it. You know it is definitely worth a listen. The XX developed an iconic style of electronic guitars and sweet vocals on their first album and with Jamie XX’s, the group’s producer, recent rise in the electronic scene, I can expect a great evolution of to that style, which I am anxiously awaiting on the group’s new album. Entitled Coexist, the album will be released on September 11th in the US and the 10th internationally. Listen and listen again to the track below! – D. Gold

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Today was muggy and full of a light rain that just wouldn’t quit, so on a whim I went to see Safety Not Guaranteed, directed by Colin Trevorrow.  The film itself, staring indie darling Aubrey Plaza (of Parks & Recreation) and Mark Duplass (of The League), was one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while.  It was fun, quirky and had a style that really set it apart from the typical indie flick.  But one of the best parts was the soundtrack.  Created by Guster lead singer Ryan Miller, the soundtrack fit the movie perfectly.   Even with the low budget of the film, Miller was able to create acoustic pieces to suit the mood of every scene.  Once song in particular, “Big Machine” was a true standout both for it’s beautiful melody and lyrics and the fact that it’s probably the first love song/scene featuring a zither.  Check out the full studio version below and if you haven’t seen the movie yet, I highly recommend it.

-M. Kauf

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones first ever show.  It’s an impressive feat to say the least.  Lot’s of legends come and many more go, but somehow, through all the drugs, death, turmoil and supposed “final tours” The Rolling Stones have endured.  While I wasn’t alive during the birth of this amazing band, they were one of the first rock bands I ever listened to (Hot Rocks anyone?).  And in middle school I would listen to them over and over again declaring them my favorite band.  Heck, I may even owe some of my (a lot of my) passion for music to this legendary crew.  And to top it all off, they’re saying they might even be going on the road again and releasing a new album.  At this rate, they’ll be doing this well into their 90s and, if they are, I’m buying at ticket for the tour.

-M. Kauf

Rolling Stones – Satisfaction

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