Animal Collective mastermind Dave Portner’s newest project has released its first video, and it’s a charming freak show. Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks’ excellent lead single “Little Fang” is represented in a short narrative by a brand new Jim Henson puppet, strange color saturation and a trip to the circus, and none of this it is shocking given the deranged and whimsical video history that Portner and his sister Abby have accrued over the years. That’s not to say the feline Little Fang itself isn’t a charming character in a world of well-depicted animosity and deceit. Abby’s ability to match her brother’s lo-fi psychedelia with a memorably furry protagonist is top notch. Watch the story unfold below and get ready for Slasher Flicks’ debut LP Enter The Slasher House, out April 7/8 on Domino.
If you’re in DC, catch them at U Street Musical Hall on Apr. 25.
British up and coming label Parlez Parlez is on off to a great start, with their release of Royce Wood Junior’s debut track “Nuff”. The track blends the cool broken electronic vibes of modern neo-soul artists with a touch of the blues. Stay tuned for a forthcoming EP. Happy Friday…
Scope Owl Eyes and their lovely cover of Daft Punk’s “Something About Us”. The band takes a softer touch but fitting modern homage to Daft Punk’s 2001 “Love Theme from Intesrtella 5555“. Enjoy…
On February 21, Durham, NC based electronic duo Sylvan Esso released their single “Coffee” on iTunes. “Coffee,” a track loyal to the dance floor sounds of the band’s previous single, the handclapped “Hey Mami,” but is less persistent. The melody waits for you: it is inviting, as it oozes with soul and sophistication.
In the duo’s live WAMU session, singer Amelia Meath’s performance is all-in, as physicality and musicality impact one another. Her body moves in waves, floats ethereally, then hunches and contracts as her voice silences. She and bandmate, Nick Sanborn, perform to one another in a lovely, yet unfinished and raw call-and-answer. Meath’s voice is a soulful whisper and instinctual cry—an easy-to-drink potion, which, when entwined with Sanborn’s cerebral instrumentation, creates a sound that both thinks and feels.
Christopher Ward and Andrew Thiboldeaux of Philadelphia art rock band Pattern Is Movement haven’t released an album proper in six years. Since 2008, they’ve been intensifying and liberating their sound, which has virtually no boundaries. Prior albums such as All Together and The (im)possibility of Longing sounded like jazz, chamber pop and Purple Rain-era Prince all at once. “River”, their official first single from an eponymous fourth LP, is an intriguing progression for the pair. The track is one of the most explicitly structured pop songs that PIM has released, transforming the eclectic zeal of their older jams into something instantly palatable and hypnotic. Thiboldeaux’s vocals are emotional and smooth, while Ward’s drums propel the track ever forward.
The duo, which has toured with St. Vincent and The Roots, have an unforgettable live set. Luckily for you, they’ll be touring in advance of Pattern Is Movement’s Apr. 1 release, and making a stop at DC9 on Mar. 3.
Baltimore’s Animal Collective has been an undeniable musical presence in the 21st century. Album after album, they create whimsical, sentimental pop that’s never afraid to get weird. So many of their albums in the last fifteen years could be considered influential, and at least a few are electronic freak-folk classics. Feels, Strawberry Jam, Merriweather Post Pavilion and even their debut from 2000 feel unique and unprecedented in their ability to process contemporary life in joyful, often innocently childish perspectives.
Just as extensive and critically acclaimed are their diverse array of side projects. Noah Lennox (Panda Bear) is a stalwart of the creation of chillwave with his fantastic Person Pitch and lead lyricist David Portner (Avey Tare) has released his own brand of introspective electronic pop, most notably through 2010’s Down There. However, no innovative sonics or psychedelic visual art that the band has produced could prepare us for Portner’s newest supergroup.
Young Magic’s lead single off upcoming album Breathing Statues is a worldly hodgepodge of cooing atmospheric textures and hollowed-out breakbeats. Now just a two-peice, the duo still creates a kaleidoscope of sound that is as equally complex as it is mesmerizing. Think pagan ritual meets eastern psychedelia. Melt into their newest track, “Fall In” and remain on the the look-out for more to come from the Australian-Indonesian sonic pairing.