Jun 5th, 2015 : by :: Tags: , , ,
Here’s another doozy outta Seattle for you on this fine June morning, a collection of ambient IDM that swells with crescendos and swoons with clean, sophisticated guitar lines. Michael Erickson, aka WMD, has quite the catalog under his belt, producing handfuls of full-length records a year since at least 2012. His latest creation is titled simply WMD, and it is, quite simply, beautiful from start to finish. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Made In Heights :: Viices

Nov 21st, 2014 : by :: Tags: , , , ,

Latest single from Made In Heights’ whose forthcoming new album slated for release early 2015.

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Breezy Sundays :: The Mantles :: Memory

Nov 2nd, 2014 : by :: Tags: , ,

San Fransisco’s The Mantles make pleasant, melodic fuzz pop that’s perennial. Their newest release, the 7″ Memory features the eponymous track and is a great indicator of the band’s progression and sonic expansion. Added help from a new keyboardist (Carly Putnam) and bassist (Matt Bullimore) make this evolution possible. The raw melody that this song enlists isn’t overpowered by any aspects of the hazy, backyard pop.

Instead, Putnam’s glowing organ hums and Justin Loney’s understated, yet poignant guitar solo are both examples of a band discovering the perfect balance between the addition of moving parts and the utility of the well-oiled machine as a singular entity. “Memory” captures a certain nostalgia that The Mantles’ contemporaries have captured before–Real Estate’s desire for the past is channelled in the lean, yet unhurried rhythm of the song, and the self-aware confessionals of someone like Mac Demarco are here as well. Most importantly, the west coast quintet’s new sound shows that they are willing to trim the fat from their signature sound in order to refine the definition of The Mantles. “Memory” doesn’t fix what isn’t’ broken, and that should be fine for anyone who likes optimistic, bright pop groups like The Mantles.

Check out the track above, and make sure to grab the new 7″ on December 2 through Slumberland Records.

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Newdust Remixtape No. 5

Oct 23rd, 2014 : by :: Tags: , , , ,
Newdust Remixtape No. 5
cover art by Travis :: photo by John Westrock

  1. Luke Howard :: Liminal (Brambles Remix)
  2. Cock & Swan :: Animal Totem (Chants Remix) (3:53)
  3. Andrea :: Work The Middle (Kodak To Graph Remix) (7:57)
  4. Louis M^ttrs :: War With Heaven (Catching Flies Remix) (11:30)
  5. ODESZA :: Say My Name feat. Zyra (Manatee Commune Remix) (16:30)

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Newdust Remixtape No. 5

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Jaakko Eino Kalevi :: Speak Out

Oct 15th, 2014 : by :: Tags: , , , , ,

It’s all over, the cold and grey are back. Hurry up and start waiting for spring. Or, embrace the frustration of fall and winter with its rarer, thus more beautiful, moments of release. Tension builds and builds… you’re cooped up in a buddy’s apartment, someone puts on a summer hit and everyone is dancing hard with big smiles. I’ll take that moment over a midsummers boogie, it’s more necessary. So, here is ammunition for that, a smile track from sunny Helsinki. Enjoy.

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Breezy Sundays : The Yetis :: Little Surfer Girl

Oct 12th, 2014 : by :: Tags: , , , ,

As fall sets in, and we think about the long lost days on the beach, we offer up this breezy and appropriately named track “Little Surfer Girl” from Allentown, PA’s The Yetis. Enjoy…

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Pleasure Curses :: Burn

Oct 2nd, 2014 : by :: Tags: , , , ,

Pleasure Curses scratch your new wave itch with their single Burn. In their studio just outside of DC, the duo hold synth based seances with Depeche Mode, Section 25, Gary Numan and others. Their sound is dark and brooding, dance music with dark eyeliner. Grab the 7″ out on Prince George Records here. Enjoy.

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