schonwald, a duo from Italy, play dark hazed out cavernous tunes that burn the chest. They have a release coming out in the future via Chicago’s Hozac Records. For now feast on these:
Germany’s Soft Decay doesn’t break the mold in any way shape or form, but I’m always down for well done dark electronic synthpop. Soft Decay achieves just that with his instrumentals “Spark” and “Poly”. They melt into the neon and sleep with the city.
Greece’s Melt Mountain took a familiar vibe and affected into new life. ”Blossom Dream” is a beachside soother that warps and melts into something a bit drearier. It’s part of a two song release available for free via Sonic Playground.
Portland’s boyscout discovery just released a new video game bomb soaked electronic roller. It’s streaming over my mid-morning work headache and doing its best to cure it. Check it:
mp3: boyscout discovery – “Coyote In The Bronx”
Russ Manning, the bassist of the mighty fine Twin Shadow, has a solo project in the form of Rush Midnight. His +1 EP comes out in October via Cascine and it features “The Night Was Young Enough”, a dark synthed funk fitting for this impending fall season.
and one more:
Baltimore’s Weekends, usually known for their buckets of gobs and gobs of energy, has an album of acoustic lo-fi renditions, Acoustic Tape Volume 1, coming out tomorrow on cassette via Friends Records and on CD via Reoccurring Dreams Records. Normally hearing this would come as a shock, but previously they put out an acoustic version of “A Defining Love” that was spectacular, so I figured the rest would be gold too. I was right! Take a listen:
Weekends – “Conspicuous Waste”
There is also a release show going down at the MICA Cohen plaza with KISHI BASHI. It’s free and they’ll be playing with a string quartet (!!!). RSVP here.
I am continually enamored with the golden synthetic melodies that David Douglas makes. Royal Horticultural Society still ranks as one of my favorites of the year, and this new remix of Holland’s Mensenkinderen furthers my love: