Sylvan Esso :: Play It Right (live SoFar video)

Apr 17th, 2014 : by :: Tags: , , , ,

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.

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Sleepy Sun :: Galaxy Punk + video

Apr 8th, 2014 : by :: Tags: , , ,

Northern California’s Sleepy Sun is out with a brilliant psych-pop track “Galaxy Punk”. The lead single off the upcoming Maui Tears, blasts out of the gates with lead vocalist Bret Constantino belting away in the style of a 70s rock crooner. Slowing down for the bridge, the band’s rhythm section shines, showcasing the instrumental talent the band has cultivated through years of touring. The band’s fourth release Maui Tears will be released soon via Dine Alone Records. We cannot wait to hear more — so stay tuned and enjoy.

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Royal Canoe :: Hold Onto The Metal + video

Apr 4th, 2014 : by :: Tags: , , , ,

Winnipeg’s six-piece collective Royal Canoe released their eccentric, excellent debut album Today We’re Believers last September, and almost a year before that, they shared a charmingly organic video for one of the LP’s best highlights. “Hold Onto The Metal” has elements that are not unfamiliar to fans of a wide range of freak folk and weirdo pop bands across North America, but its sidewinding hooks and wild energy allow it to stand on its own as a unique achievement. In comparison to the debut album’s other singles like the percussive, grooving “Birthday” and the frenzied swagger of “Bathtubs”, “Hold Onto The Metal” has an unconquerable refrain and is the perfect companion for the gradually rising temperatures. Like Born Ruffians and Animal Collective before them, Royal Canoe specializes in making esoteric pop that focuses on life’s quietly grand moments—this music was made to adhere to your happy memories and moments of ecstasy, in good company or in the labyrinths self-reflection.

Check out the video above, and head over to Royal Canoe’s site for music, tour dates and more!

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Wunder Wunder :: Coastline

Apr 3rd, 2014 : by :: Tags: , , ,

Very breezy and catchy new track from California-via-Australia duo Wunder Wunder. The track was described to me as the “audial equivalent of sunshine and warmth”. Perfect. Enjoy and stay tuned as their debut album Everything Infinite, will be out July 15th on Dovecote Records.

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Magic Bronson :: Shivers (video) and Golden

Apr 1st, 2014 : by :: Tags: , ,

What’s better than a new single from a promising musical act? Two new singles. It’s even more impressive when they’re both high quality a-sides that expand on the group’s sonic ethos. Magic Bronson, the southern Cali electronic duo and new signee to War Cry Records have released “Shivers” and “Golden”. The former, released with an enjoyable video narrative, explores the Why?-esque indie hip hop from their debut EP Nor’easter—there’s more subtly-employed sonic space in “Shivers”, though, probably due to better production and more experience as a group. The track employs wordless hooks with satisfying ease and immediately ingrains itself in the listener’s mind.

“Golden”, however, has darker subtexts that spike through high-pitched synth melodies and gurgling bass. It’s lyrics are gut-wrenching and intense, juxtaposed with “Shivers”’ irreverence. And as a pop song, “Golden” falls in line with the zeitgeist next to forerunners like Chvrches and AlunaGeorge, who have reached massive audiences with their deceptively moody electro pop. It takes cues from the trends, but both Michael Nicastro and Matthew Liberman remain in control of Magic Bronson’s essential sound.

Check out the pair of tracks below. Each stands independently as new territory for the duo, but together they represent Magic Bronson’s exciting dynamism and rising talent, which will come to fruition in a debut album out this Summer.

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Ex Hex :: Hot and Cold (video)

Mar 27th, 2014 : by :: Tags: , , , ,

New video from DC-conceived project Ex Hex. Video is complete with a baked ham and a starring role from Chain and The Gang front-man Ian Svenonius. Enjoy and grab Ex Hex’s debut 7-inch out now on Merge.

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