Another monthly mix dropped on PORTALS last Friday and it’s one of my favorites. Baltimore’s Which Magic has her lovely “Electra Light” blazing on it as well as some sweet jams from Yom San, Headaches, Poppy Red, and The Townhouses.
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
Today Yes Please released Guerre’s split single Rashad (Loose Pace) + For Qwanisha. These two tracks continue to show Guerre’s brilliance at composing intimate and slow rhythmic songs that make me close my eyes and dream of that unreal love. The b-side, “For Qwanisha”, is the quieter…sultrier of the two.
Berlin by way of Rhode Island, the UK, and Munich’s Pacific Strings have a breathtaking collection of wisped out and jangled pop in their new released Woodgate Valley. ”Son of Matthew” is the closer and my favorite off the player, but it was not an easy choice.