Wild Smiles are killing me with this melodic grungy surf like garage vibe. Amazingly they never really fully commit to any of those genres. I dig that and I dig “Tangled Hair”, part of the AA Side single due out in March via Invada Records.
Cayucas (formerly Oregon Bike Trails) have announced a new LP, Big Foot, out on April 30th on Secretly Canadien. The first single just received the jittery semi-stop-motion treatment directed by Cameron Dutra (which you can view below). The song, which I’m totally digging, definitely drums up the skewed surf pop sound that I fell in love with back when OBT was the name. Of course this time the production is beefed up considerably and flies into that Odelay-zone. Totally caught me by surprise.
Not too much hip-hop finds its way into my inbox, and when it does…well it ain’t too good. So when this video link showed up of a sick rhyme spilled out over a minimal dark electronic beat in an equally dark and affected cemetery…I was happy. The Suede God’s “The Dead” is off of The Holy Pope which can be downloaded for free here.
“The process of this album was an interesting one to say the least. Struggling to decide which one of my influences to base a unique sound upon caused about a million restarts in the creative process. upon accepting that the amount of influences are endless, the only thing that was left to do was to speak from emotion. Every track produced by myself to capture the mood. In an era where hip hop no longer inspires me, I aimed to make music in general instead of being confined to a genre. “
Check the new mannequin-love-themed video for the gorgeous pop song “She Never” by Brooklyn’s TalkFine. I hear so much Stevie Wonder in this…which is always a plus.
So damn…DUNGEONESSE!!!!!! I heard this on Friday from numerous sources and was totally blown away, but was also terribly bogged down with work. So if you haven’t had the time to check out this – please do RIGHT friggin NOW. Dungeonesse is the collaboration of Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak, Flock Of Dimes) and Jon Ehrens (White Life, Art Department). A little while back a friend of a friend of Jon’s let me know that this band was in the works…so when it finalled dropped I was just down right giddy. Wasner’s soulful r&b stroking Ehrens’ synthed out dreamland killers.
“Something that Jon and I talk about a lot is the idea of reclaiming pop music; placing it squarely in the hands of, I dunno, say a couple of regular nerds from Baltimore.” – Jenn Wasner
“I think we both knew that even if we intended to make something that was a straight ahead, radio-ready hit, it would come out sounding a little different because of both of our musical backgrounds in which the music we made did not have this intention.” – Jon Ehrens
The “Drive You Crazy” b/w “Private Party” split is out now on Secretly Canadian.