The Walkmen weren’t kidding about wanting to work on their own solo records. First we got a news of a solo album from Walter Martin as well as a song called “Sing To Me” featuring Karen O. Then Hamilton Leithauser announced his solo album and gave us a video for his first single, “Alexandra.” Now we get to add Peter Matthew Bauer to the mix.
His album is titled Liberation! and will come out on June 24 via Mexican Summer. He’s released his first single, “Latin American Ficciones.” I hate to say it, but it’s a very Walkmen-esque track with their signature guitar tone, and some vocals that actually fit their mold quite well. Don’t take that the wrong way, this is a very impressive solo debut for Bauer, and I’m excited to see how his album pans out.
Last week Coldplay returned with a new song called “Midnight” of nowhere (and they are playing at SXSW during a show iTunes is controversially putting on).
It turns out this is all leading up to the release of a brand new album. The album is titled Ghost Stories, and comes out May 9 via Parlophone/Atlantic.
The announcement came with the release of the album’s first single, a track called “Magic.” While “Midnight” was a stray from their more usual sound, “Magic” is a more a return to form for Coldplay. It’s indeed a magical little track from the band that starts off calm and slowly blossoms into something a big bigger. Fans who weren’t pulled in as much with “Midnight” should be much fonder of “Magic.”
It’s a song titled “I Need You” that features some heavenly vocals that have that very M83 sweeping feel. As if you’re floating upwards towards the good graces of the heavens, only to be taken right back home with one big jazzy section that throws a whole load of emotions on you, until the feels become to much to handle. Then it’s time to hit repeat.
Will be interesting to see how they use “I Need You” in the film. Hope it gets a good scene, because it definitely deserves it. This is a monstrous track.
It’s an uptempo track that shows a cheerful, sweeter side to the band. Gone are the harsher guitar fuzz, and a graceful youthful energy has emerged in its place.
Frontman Kip Berman promised that the album would offer a more joyful sound to their music, even if the content was heavy. That is most certainly the case with “Simple And Sure” and it’s an effective dose of something in between The Smiths and 90s rock. It’s a big ball of joy, one with unlimited listening potential.
Now Pallet has returned with not only one new song, but two. Both arrive in the form of videos. We get your regular music video for “The Riverbed” and a lyric video for “On A Path.” Both tracks have their own feel, with “The Riverbed” hitting a bit heavier/harder. I’m enjoying both a great deal, and think you will too.
Drunksouls are a group out of France who are described as a “reggae infused pop rock band.” That’s not something I come across every day, so I was quite curious to check them out.
One listen to their single “Human Race” and you’re greeted by a flurry of ska-friendly horns, and guitar riffs. There’s almost a 80s London influence at play, as if a more laid back version of The Clash came back to play something a bit lighter.
It’s good stuff. Check it out below, it’s off their newly released compilation album Just Before Chaos, which is out now. Read the rest of this entry »
Oakland electronic indie-pop project Gasmilk is actually the solo work of Brian Lee White. Although, from the scope of the dance-inspired track, you wouldn’t be at fault for assuming that there were more members involved in the operation. It’s a funky track that lets loose with some dance-friendly vibes that are one of the first of a series of singles from the artist. His debut EP is on schedule to come out later in the year.
Around these parts, I tend to post a lot more serious stuff that I guess you’d classify as indie rock. But sometimes you just want to kick back with something a little bit more of the fun side. Ready Never’s fun electronic-dance track “Take That Pill” definitely is that type of track.
From the obvious nature of the track, to the big no-shame dance nature of it’s sound, it’s a fun one. As the band describe it:
a satirical take on modern pill popping society; an anthem, sarcastically celebrating our love for pharmaceuticals.
Old school indie rockers The Faint haven’t released a new album since 2008. That changes on April 8 when the band release their new album Doom Abuse via SQE Music.
They’ve released a video for “Help In The Head”, the album’s single. It’s a strung-out track with a ominous bit of energy that hits hard. Check out the video below, it was directed by Tim Nackashi. Read the rest of this entry »
Earlier this month saw the release of Australian producer/electronic head Kbit’s new album, Un Boombox Symphonique.
The album features tracks that take you out for a journey far away from where the mind can travel on its own, something that can be seen as a success considering his goal for the album was to be an inspirational soundtrack of sorts for an astronauts peaceful journey floating into space. George Clooney’s character in Gravity could have used this.
Check out a few choice cuts from the album that give you the impression that Kbit reached the goal that he set out to achieve. They’re all shared below. Read the rest of this entry »