Monday, January 28, 2013

Dog Bite


Dog Bite - Prettiest Pills
Dog Bite - Native America

Think moody and murky guitar chordage, a lazy slash shoe-gazey-esque drawl, plus a nifty and nostalgic nod to new-wave with melodies drenched in reverb and tasty synth bits 'n' pieces... These are just a few of the varied indie pop aesthetics found throughout Velvet Changes, the new LP from the Washed Out affiliated solo side project Dog Bite.

Velvet Changes will be released on February 5th, via Carpark

Friday, January 25, 2013

Sin Fang


Sin Fang - Look At The Light
Sin Fang - Sunbeam

Inspiring/uplifting melodies and mucho textural complexities swirling around, like, everywhere on Flowers, the newest effort from Icelandic multi-instrumentalist solo artist Sin Fang (We swooned over his last release, Summer Echoes, way back when, if you care to reminisce with us). For reals, this here album is full of sprawling experimental pop tunes and lush atmospherics up the wazoo, plus anthemic sing-along choruses, orchestral elements, handclaps, and almost everything else in between.

Flowers will be released on February 1st, courtesy of Morr Music

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Beach Fossils


Beach Fossils - Generational Synthetic
Beach Fossils - Careless

Been sitting on this new Beach Fossils long-player for a while now and been feeling really good about it the whole time. And it's hard to not feel good about it, 'cause there's tons of nifty nostalgic elements and catchy hooks and fuzzy jangles on the dreamy Clash The Truth. If you're into upbeat and bouncy lo-fi guitar-pop goodness then I think you'll rather enjoy this one. I mean, who doesn't enjoy upbeat and bouncy lo-fi guitar-pop goodness?

Clash The Truth will be released on February 19th, courtesy of Captured Tracks

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Young Fathers


Young Fathers - Rumbling
Young Fathers - Romance

Thanks, Anticon peeps, for rereleasing this eclectic experiment in rumbling percussion and dusty samples by this weirdo hip hop trio from Edinburgh. Think lo-fi production and crunchy/catchy beats, tribal rhythms, layered textures of sound, and a whole lotta other stuff that doesn't easily fit into an appropriate genre. Cub gave Young Fathers the nod a while back, so we knew it had to be a much-better-than-average listen. And it is.

Want more? Check out the video for Romance, after the jump.

Tape One is available courtesy of Anticon.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Guards


Guards - Giving Out
Guards - Ready To Go

Guards' debut long-player, In Guards We Trust, has got a whole bunch of catchy-as-all-get-out lil' tunes with anthemic pop chorus sing-alongs ala The Naked And Famous or even M83 (for lack of better examples), and they'll all get stuck inside yer head for days if you're not careful. Also, another tidbit of useless info that seems to be getting tossed around a lot is that of the family tree relationship between Guards frontman Richie Follin and Madeline Follin of Cults. If that means anything to you at all.

In Guards We Trust will be released on February 5th, courtesy of Guards and Black Bell

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory


Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory - Photon

I think a lot of peeps will disregard this one completely, but I kinda like it 'cause it's a pretty unique collaboration that's surprisingly easy to listen to. See, producer Pantha Du Prince teams up with the Norwegian Bell Laboratory ensemble to create a shimmery and hypnotic experiment in sound, combining the ambient, and oftentimes minimalist effects of chimes and percussion with looped beats and tricky electronic programming. You heard me. Bells. Yeah, it's weird.

Elements Of Light is available courtesy of Pantha Du Prince and Rough Trade

Monday, January 14, 2013

You Blew It!


You Blew It! - Kevin, You're Such A Disease
You Blew It! - Saddle Up, San Antonio

These Orlando punks put out one of the best, most raucous records of 2012 -- Grow Up, Dude (Topshelf Records) -- but they cut their teeth with a pair of independently released EPs including 2010's The Past In Present, where the band lays down mathy, slinky guitar lines á la Look Mexico whilst tracking American Football-esque harmonies that will take you right back to the late 90's when you used to drive-by your ex-girlfriend's house helplessly hoping to catch a glimpse or yell some kind of angry obscenity her way. It's an emo flashback for sure, but it feels oh so good.

*For the locals:  You Blew It! will be performing at New World Brewery on February 2 as part of the FREE second anniversary party for our pals Suburban Apologist.

The Past In Present EP is available now, via You Blew It!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Mogwai


Mogwai - Wizard Motor
Mogwai - San Pedro (The Soft Moon remix)

Here's a bit of advice. When Glaswegian instrumental architects Mogwai record the soundtrack to a French television series about zombies, just shut the fuck up and pay attention, ok? This here short-but-sweet EP is just a quick lil' taste, while the full OST will be available next month - both hot on the heels of A Wrenched Virile Lore, the remixed companion piece to the epic Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. Which we also rather enjoy.

The Les Revenants EP is available courtesy of Rock Action
A Wrenched Virile Lore is available courtesy of Sub Pop

Monday, January 7, 2013

Unknown Mortal Orchestra


Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - One At A Time

Following up on the self-titled debut from a couple years ago, the new UMO long-player - simply referred to as II - is a swanky, jazz-influenced pop romp (I mean, really - the lo-fi funk hooks and hazy, psychedelic goodness is just oozing out from every single metaphorical nook and cranny on this thing) with lotsa bouncy melodies that just might appeal to fans of like-minded acts such as Portugal. The Man and/or Tame Impala, as well as other more established classic rock ensembles.

II will be released on February 5th, courtesy of Jagjaguwar

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Child Actor


Child Actor - Forgiven
Child Actor - New Life

I kinda slept on this gem for a bit and I'm a little surprised I didn't hear more about Child Actor in the meantime, 'cause I feel their newish Victory LP (on the ever eclectic Fake Four, Inc.) should be tickling a whole hell of a lotta lil' fancies out there. (Think about a more straightforward Purity Ring for a moment, sans some of the weirdo producer acrobatics and baby talk? Or perhaps an electro-pop proficient Poliça doppelgänger? Who knows?) Certainly not me, but I am rather enjoying the sexy/savvy synth/beat combo plus delightful dueling vocals and oddball looped lullaby melodies. Go figure.

Want more? Check out the video for I Will Be, available after the jump.

Victory is available courtesy of Fake Four, Inc.