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