Up and coming synth-crooning duo Sylvan Esso is out with an amazing live video from across the pond. Filmed in London at a SoFar organized house show. Fun stuff. “Play it Right” is off the band’s self-titled LP out May 13th on Partisan Records, which you can pre-order HERE. Also, the band will be in DC at the 9:30 Club on June 13.
Sean Nicholas Savage’s new album is due out on May 13th. As best as I can count, this will be his 8th album in about five years. It certainly sounds like a slightly more subdued or mature Sean. If you’re interested in become a Sean Nicholas Savage completist, the entire Canadian crooners oeuvre is rather affordable. Just hop over to his bandcamp and Arbutus records, I can’t think of anything better to listen to in the midst of April showers.
Alex Lee of the rising DC ambient pop duo VEDAS describes the musical project with eloquence. “We write what we feel”, he’s says. There’s no doubting his and collaborator Andrew Monbourne’s obsession with tangible emotion and expressionism through sonic structure. Their very first track “Ruin” was an enjoyably aimless drift through resonant piano and twinkling synthesizer effects, where Lee’s acrobatic tenor threaded us through an intense pall of uncertainty. Like Victoria Legrand from Beach House or Justin Vernon from Bon Iver, Lee’s vocal control transcend their medium, and “Ruin” slowly unravels itself as something outwardly gorgeous but inwardly thorny and dark.
VEDAS’ newest cut from their debut EP Exhume plunges even further into sonic expressionism. “Mis Rajh” is like hypnagogia, halfway between clarity and confusion; however, Lee’s croon and Monbourne’s slow-loping drums guide the listener to a place that embraces any mood or tension. Very similar in effect to some of The Antlers’ longer, more halcyon jams, VEDAS’ galactic and moody pop obeys it’s first EP’s title: “Mis Rajh” and “Ruin” are quietly turbulent catalysts for emotions that only good music can embody and summon to the conscious surface.
Check out both tracks below and get excited for the Exhume EP, out today!
Swedish EDM masterminds Christian Karlsson from Miike Snow and Linus Eklow of Style of Eye have synthesized their sonics in the form of Galantis, a maximized club pop project that isn’t afraid to drop the bass. The duo’s eponymous EP is out now on Big Beat, and it’s an exercise in consistent and precise production. Songs like “You” and “Revolution” are pleasurable because they’re filled with the sounds of EDM’s diverse history from London and Berlin, and never shy away from rewarding crescendos.
If you’re in D.C., you’re in luck: Galantis will be guiding 9:30 Club through their energetic discography on Apr. 24. And even better—we’ve got two tickets to share with the first person to tell us what top 10 hit Linus Eklow co-wrote. Tell us in the comment section or tweet us @newdust. Afterwards, check out the pretty-NSFW video for “Smile” above. For those who aren’t winners, grab tickets HERE and We’ll catch you there!
Last week, the music world lost an original. Not too many people can say they pioneered a distinct genre, a genre that then went on to transform popular music and spawn hundreds of subgenres…Frankie Knuckles can say that. Here are a bunch of great tributes to Mr. Knuckles published this past week, they are all worth checking out. Here is a one of Frankie’s best known track which you’ll most likely recognize as as the source of the main sample from Animal Collective’s “My Girls”. Enjoy.
DC has a killer new act to follow in Furniteur. A collaboration of artist and musician Brittany Sims, Kevin Bayly of former Dance Party fame and now BRETT and Mike Toohey (also from BRETT). The debut single, “Modern Love” effortlessly combines the aesthetic of Glass Candy or Chromatics (a la Johnny Jewel) with a nice blend of 80s pop. Furniteur’s four track debut EP will be released on Prince George Records this Spring. Stay tuned for more very soon and in the mean time listen to “Modern Love” below and see the band perform at The Dunes on April 5 with Cavale, Joycut, and Pleasure Curses. Enjoy!