Check out the video and EP for “Drones” from electronic duo Night Drive. These guys aren’t doing anything new, but what they are doing, they are doing really well. Like an electronic/synth extension of White Lies, circa 2008. Enjoy…
Remember Dent May? Harlem-based songwriter Jesse Thompson has been regularly rolling with them since 2008, and he has released earlier this year another solo EP as Tommy Toussaint, his oh-so-sentimental vintage-pop moniker. Called “Computer Snacks”, this incredibly tight and outrageously ignored opus is a collection of unapologetically romantic songs “heavily informed by an extensive use of digital technology”. The result has the vibe and features of the highly improbable and heavenly gorgeous love child of the 1950′s and the 1980′s. And guess what? This banging, quirky number has a companion piece, and it ain’t a music video. It’s an 8-BIT MUSIC VIDEO GAME. Developed by Stephen Borden for Toussaint’s “I Don’t Wanna Cry”, it is available for free download here and is iOS-, Android- and web browser-friendly. On a scale of 1 to complete nerdy awesomeness, I think that this just blew my mind. Grab the full EP for free via Bad Panda Records.
The new single from Austin natives The Black and White Years comes as a precursor to their newly finished third full length album. The track, titled “Just Like Old Times,” features a relaxed mix of the shoegaze and singer/songwriter genres. The low-synth melody is cute, subtle, pretty, and shoe-staring worthy all at the same time. Check out their single below, and stay tuned for details on the album.
Everyone is going bananas for Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories but I am cynical about it. I agree with Sasha Frere-Jones, “The duo has become so good at making records that I replay parts of “Random Access Memories” repeatedly while simultaneously thinking it is some of the worst music I’ve ever heard.” Even though I agree with him, I am not gonna be a whiney hater… So over the next few weeks I am just going to post some great disco both new and old. I want to post tracks that If you like “Get Lucky”, you’ll like these even more. First up is “Miura” by NYC veterans Metro Area. This is a dance music classic from the last decade. It’s now over 10 years old but it still sounds fresh. It’s suspenseful, it’s hypnotic, it’s effortlessly cool and when the disco strings pop in out of nowhere it’s euphoric. Enjoy.
In addition to having the hottest bangs ever (Chan Marshall, is that you?), SF-based singer, songwriter & producer and personal favorite Amanda Harper makes an extremely soothing and delicate brand of synth-pop with her über-under the radar electronic project, Running In The Fog. She has recently released this slinky, laid-back little gem called “Silver”, and is said to be working on many more exciting material that she will conceptualize into a full EP later this year. We are most certainly looking forward to that, but meanwhile you should enjoy with us the heavenly arpeggios and rad synth layers that she masters so well in “Silver”. In the mood for more spaced-out tenderness? Go check out her previous work and give her some love here.
Secret Circuit, aka LA’s Eddie Ruscha Jr, makes tender and psychedelic electronica. With songs titles like Nebula Sphynx, he is a bit of a California psychedelia cliche but somehow his whole aesthetic is refreshing. His tracks are breezy and dancey with none of the uptightness that surrounds the current house and techno scene. This track, “Higher Heights” feels like a carefree summer adventure, a bit of a cliche but it’s super enjoyable.
So maybe you’ve (I certainly haven’t, but still…) grown tired of the whimsicality of Wild Nothing/Craft Spells bands, the brattiness of Nathan Williams, or are merely always on the lookout for quality (as I am) sun-soaked pop. Whichever state you happen to be in, as the latest ambassadors of (hehe) summer tunes, The Post Nobles will happily resolve your search for you.
The Post Nobles make no effort to hide the summer-influence which abounds in their music. Rather, they openly and proudly bear the flag of summer with their EP opener titled “Summer Toons” and the song beginning with the sound of waves gently lapping against the shore. “Summer Toons,” creating images of days filled with beaches, sun, and drives around town, lives up to its name. A gentle surf-rock guitar riff and singer Denis O’Leary’s fanciful vocals blend perfectly to lead the song . However, don’t make the presumption that The Post Nobles are a generic surf-rock band, as this would be absolutely incorrect. The atmospheric intro and bridge of “Summer Toons” gives you peer into the depth of sound present on their new EP, showing that more exists beyond their take on catchy guitar rock. Check out “Summer Toons” and if the vibes are good, grab the rest of their self-titled EP here.