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They’re from California, and you can tell. Which is a good thing. The melodies are sunny and you can almost feel scorching sand bouncing off the bass drum…and again, that’s a good thing, even if you hate sand (and I fucking do).
I was rather pleasantly surprised when indie-pop trio Internet Forever’s debut album emerged last year, which I described as a “deliriously giddy ride”. I can imagine the band bring a similar vibe to their live show, which is handy, as they’ve just announced a new tour.
Music blogs are time capsules of history, a diary of the author’s romances, loves and passions for sound on public display for strangers to read. Yet in this world sometimes the first rushes of lustful excitement make us deaf; we think we hear the good, but as time goes on the bubble bursts. “It wasn’t you it was us” we can hear ourselves saying to the artist in question. We’ve changed. We’ve moved on. We’ve found someone else. We can still be friends, we just can’t love you anymore. We got it wrong.
Fox & Woman formed in 2010 when Jess Silva (vocals), Andrew Nelson(guitar, keys), and Emily Haltom (vocals, violin, keys) started playing at a weekly street poetry gathering in San Francisco’s Mission District. As an acoustic trio, they rehearsed and wrote songs in the basement of a local antiques store, discovering a shared desire to stretch pop song forms to accommodate unconventional rhythms and harmonies.
Eight years in the making, Daft Punk’s latest album Random Access Memories is now available to stream online for free.
Just a couple of days after I found my groove listening to Sydney-based producer Isaac Tichauer‘s Take Over You (thanks Jamila), the fine folks at French Express have decided to give away his whole Take Over You EP for the fine price of free. You can’t help but love a label like French Press, who so consistently release highly acclaimed records for free to the masses.
Flies, frogs, owls, wildebeest and other animals populate the songs on The Wilderness, The Handsome Family’s first new studio album for four years. Through a fascinating collection of myths, legends and true stories, mysteries of the animal kingdom are revealed and we see our own world in a new light.
On Mayday we celebrated the release of the new Rob St. John double A-side single Charcoal Black and the Bonny Grey/Shallow Brown
Internationally raised by way of NYC, Roxiny Rivas – Roxiny to you and I – releases her latest throwback to the 80s in the form of single ‘Cheree’ this month. Showcasing retro, reggae vibes, a gorgeous video featuring the woman herself and rare footage of The Big Apple during the 1980s, ‘Cheree’ displays the Latin Princess’ uplifting side with upbeat, down tempo melodies and bouncing bass rhythms.
“On Your Own (Pt. 2)” is the latest darkly comedic step towards Fryars’ debut album, which is looking increasingly like it could be filed somewhere near Autre Ne Veut in your record collection, though of course with the addition of Benjamin Garrett’s unique take on despondent pop music.