Monday, April 21, 2014

Lilacs & Champagne


Lilacs & Champagne - The Door

Shower Scene is the first release in the Midnight Features series from the Lilacs & Champagne producer project (see HERE and HERE for more), featuring an expanded line-up and live instrumentation for an even broader re-interpretation of era-based theme-song stylings. Think overly noir ’70s-era pulp OST sounds - just as sleazy as you’d imagine - with funk-inspired grooves and crackly interwoven samples to round out this diverse collection of cult-classic-esque goodness.

Midnight Features Vol. 1: Shower Scene is available courtesy of Mexican Summer

Friday, April 18, 2014

Cloud Nothings


Cloud Nothings - Psychic Trauma
Cloud Nothings - Giving Into Seeing

The follow-up to Attack On Memory sets a pace that I imagine must parallel the Cloud Nothings ever-evolving songwriting process. It’s a highly caffeinated jaunt that notches up the ferocity, bit by bit, throughout its eight tracks, building towards a proverbial breaking-point that never appears. So kudos to frontman Dylan Baldi for holding it all together with such ease, ‘cause while it sometimes seems that Here And Nowhere Else might come close to falling apart and crashing down into pieces, it never does, and continues speeding along, furthered by its own momentum and a breakneckedness intensity that will leave you gasping for breath if you can’t keep up.

* For the locals: Cloud Nothings will be performing on Tuesday, April 22nd at Crowbar in Ybor City

Here And Nowhere Else is available courtesy of Carpark

Monday, April 7, 2014

Wet


Wet - You’re The Best
Wet - No Lie

Is it really possible to develop a crush on someone, fall in love, then breakup and hate them within the span of one record? If you're Brooklyn-based trio Wet, then the answer is "yes" with a healthy dose of jangly-guitar driven synth-pop to boot. The band's self-titled EP is just four-songs long, but if you're not obsessed with frontwoman Kelly Zatrau after opening track "Dreams," then the next cut - "You're The Best" - will lock you into the kind of eternal-bliss/drunken drooling, oogling, and longing usually reserved for steamy nights on the patio of your favorite, dimly lit bar. It's all thanks to the cute, subtle auto-tune, programmed hand claps, and almost-creepy honesty Zaturau spills all over the record's 14-minutes. You almost feel like you completely wronged her as she almost cries on "I Don't Wanna Be Your Girl," but it all ends soon enough to remember it's all just pretend and start the whole thing over.

Wet is available now on Bandcamp

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Liars


Liars - Mask Maker
Liars - Mess On A Mission

The weirdo jack-of-all-trade trio of musicians in avant-outfit Liars have blown through experimental, self-created genres like there’s no tomorrow over the last decade or so - and this brand new long-player upholds that tradition of skirting quick-and-easy stylisms in exchange for continuing quirk and off-the-wall switch-a-roo sounds. So, even if I had the proper words for Mess, I’m not sure I’d know where to begin.

Mess is available courtesy of Mute

Friday, March 21, 2014

Grayskul


Grayskul - I Adapt (ft. Solillaquists Of Sound)
Grayskul - Not Going Anywhere (ft. Aesop Rock)

Featuring themes and story-telling skills from the dark/dreary crevices of Seattle (with a slew of guest spots by Raekwon, Reva Devito, Solillaquists of Sound, and more), and weirdo hip hop beats + way out-of-left-field production from god-knows-where (courtesy of Aesop Rock, Moodie Black, and a few others), Zenith, by Pacific Northwest duo Grayskul, was released back during the fall of last year - approximately around the time you started reading this run-on sentence of a write-up.

Zenith is available courtesy of Fake Four, Inc.

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Casket Girls


The Casket Girls - Same Side
The Casket Girls - Ashes To Embers

Juxtaposing the sugary-sweet, hypnotizing vocals of headlining siren sisters with a series of staggering hooks and eerie electronic grooves (courtesy of multi-instrumentalist mastermind and BMSR alum Ryan Graveface), True Love Kills the Fairy Tale is both heartfelt and haunting, carving out a sound that straddles genres with equal parts dream-pop and synth-psych-amalgamation-core or whatever, with otherworldly, druggy feels spread throughout its catchy hooks and distortion and fever-dream-esque atmospherics.

* For the locals: The Casket Girls will be performing on Wednesday, March 19th at Crowbar in Ybor City

True Love Kills the Fairy Tale is available courtesy of Graveface

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tycho


Tycho - Spectre

Hell yes. More gauzy, elegant ambience from Tycho mastermind Scott Hansen & co., following up on the gorgeous Dive full-length from a few years back... which was much swooned over ‘round these parts, and it’s safe to say that I’m crushing on Awake a wee bit as well. Think blissed-out, summery instrumentals made up of complex, yet oh-so-simplistic sounds that make you want to melt away, much like a pat of butter on top of a stack of hot pancakes. Or sex and drugs. Yeah, I’m a fan.

Awake will be released on March 18th, courtesy of Ghostly International

Thursday, March 6, 2014

RJD2


RJD2 - Her Majesty’s Socialist Request
RJD2 - Bathwater (ft. P. Blackk)

More Is Than Isn’t got released several months back, but I’ve been listening to it again the past few days - quite a bit, actually - and I’m really looking forward to seeing RJD2 and his explosive turntable wizardry styles, this weekend, at the Gasparilla Music Festival. The uninitiated should expect quite a show, ‘cause whether he’s performing under one of his weirdo, sci-fi alter-egos, or contributing skills in a nifty side-project collaboration, my man is guaranteed to single-handedly obliterate beat genres in the most quirky and catchy and booty-shaking-est ways possible.

* For the locals: RJD2 will be performing on Saturday, March 8th at the Gasparilla Music Fest, Higher Ground Stage

More Is Than Isn't is available courtesy of RJ’s Electrical Connections

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Trust


Trust - Capitol
Trust - Rescue, Mister

Trust’s upcoming second studio album is both weird and wonderful and full of spooky dance anthems (and make no mistake - Joyland is quite the perfect soundtrack for yer next dance-party, whether it’s one with pals or a solo effort in front of a mirror) with a quirky electronic palette of seductive beats and dark synth-pop sounds that would almost border on menacing if they weren’t also so goddamned catchy.

Joyland will be released on March 4th, courtesy of Arts & Crafts

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Bike For Three!


Bike For Three! - Full Moon
Bike For Three! - Ethereal Love

Man, I loved, loved the More Heart Than Brains long player when it appeared years back, and figured, at the time, that it was just a charming, one-off sort of album from a charming, one-off sort of side-project (ie: Bike For Three! ie: Buck 65 + Greetings From Tuskan) instead of, you know - any kind of lasting endeavor. Which it apparently is, and the follow-up, So Much Forever, proves it with more gorgeous beats and quirky, heart-on-the-sleeve themes from this enigmatic collaborative duo.

So Much Forever is available courtesy of Fake Four, Inc.