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Premiere: Strangeheart – Strangeheart

By Will Oliver, April 15th 2014

Strangeheart

L.A. electronic indie-pop act Strangeheart are gearing up the release for their anticipated debut album A Common Theme, which will be released on May 6 (iTunes).

Last year we posted the band’s highly enjoyable debut single “In Another Life” and here we are a year later with the exclusive premiere of “Strangeheart”, the (self-titled) first single off the album.

The band layer on the synths and pile on the hooks. causing a shimmering burst of energy that just takes you over while listening. There’s the pop elegance of Empire Of The Sun found in the chorus, along with the live instrumentation of acts like Passion Pit, which separates Strangeheart from the rest of the pack. They’re the real deal, and this track is as enjoyable as one you’ll find today, or any day.

We are happy to premiere the stream of “Strangeheart”, which you can listen to below.
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[new]: The Black Keys – Turn Blue

By Will Oliver, April 14th 2014

The Black Keys - Turn Blue

The Black Keys new album Turn Blue comes out on May 13 via Nonesuch Records. We already heard first single “Fever”, and now they have hit back with the title track.

We just have to accept that their old blues-inspired garage rock days are all but over at this point. “Turn Blue” sounds like something that could have been released on El Camino. The vibe on this one is very chill and laid back, something that plenty of people will enjoy this summer with a little something burning. I’m liking it more than “Fever”, which is a good sign for the rest of the album.

Stream “Turn Blue” below.
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Beverly Girl – In The Street

By Will Oliver, April 14th 2014

Beverly Girl

Out of Helsinki, Finland come quartet Beverly Girl. Their sound is not an easy one to define to descriptive terms, as there’s quite a blend of mixtures going on in their sound.

Take “In The Street”, there are dance/synth-pop elements there, mixed with a noisy rock sound and even some funk. It bustles out of the gate with a unique energy and does so without losing any steam along the way.

It’s the lead single off of their debut album Feather and Dust, which is due out on May 22.

It’s a rather refreshing listen, and you can check it out right now below.
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Books On Fate – Myth Of Trust

By Will Oliver, April 14th 2014

Books On Fate

Books On Fate is the project of San Francisco native Adam Dishart. Playing pop music tinged with melancholy, his latest single “Myth Of Trust” certainly lives up to that description and then some.

He links artists such as The Smiths and Mark Kozelek as influences, but I hear some Placebo in the new single. There’s heavy weight put on his vocals which guide the way for the rest of the track to work its magic.

Check out “Myth Of Trust” below.
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Gasmilk – 2 Of Us

By Will Oliver, April 14th 2014

2 Of Us Single Cover Art

In March we shared with you a fun track from Oakland artist Gasmilk called “Slow” that was set to be featured on his debut EP.

He’s returned with another EP cut, this time it’s a track called “2 Of Us.” It’s a delightful synth-pop anthem with a heartache for love. A very enjoyable track and another reason to keep an eye on Gasmilk.

Enjoy “2 Of Us” below.
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Sigur Ros Game Of Thrones

Last nights episode of Game Of Thrones was one of those episodes that just left you stunned. No spoilers here of course, but if you have yet to see it, what are you waiting for?

Sigur Rós made a special little cameo during last night’s episode – a rather hilarious bit actually. They also contributed a new cover of the songs brooding anthem “The Rains Of Castamere”, which The National covered two seasons ago.

Sigur Rós give the cover their own haunting spin, keeping the brooding nature very much in tact. It’s wonderful, as is everything Sigur Rós touch.

Listen to their version below.
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[new]: Oscar – Sometimes

By Will Oliver, April 13th 2014

Oscar

It was just a few weeks ago that London bedroom-pop master Oscar Scheller shared his new track “Open Up” with us. He also hinted that it would be on his forthcoming debut EP.

Well he’s since announced that the EP is titled 146b and will be released on May 4 via Smalltown Supersound’s brand new imprint label Brown Rice. He’s also let go of another EP cut, the energetic “Sometimes.”

Almost an ode to the Parklife days of Blur, “Sometimes” lets it all fly. A sunny fuzzy guitar riff guides the way for his laid back vocals, which receive some light back-up from Florence Van Camerijk of Parlour. It just grooves and grooves, a perfect call to arms for the upcoming summer months. This is just damn fun.

Oscar has done it yet again. Stream “Sometimes” below. I’ve also included a statement from Oscar about the EP. Catch that after the stream.

I’m really excited to announce the release of my first EP. It’s called ‘146b’ because that’s the name I’ve given the studio in my bedroom. Since we last spoke, I have finished my art degree, had a job at my local launderette, been on the dole and have read lots of books (most by Douglas Coupland). I’ve been in and out of studios, attempted high-fidelity, but it all came back to the demo sound which no one could beat or master. For me, recording is an incredibly intimate and cathartic process. It’s the sonic equivalent of meditation or sculpting. A lot of the time the music unfolds in an organic and often spontaneous manner and the writing occurs simultaneous with the recording. I did have a go at making a ‘posh studio’ record but it felt inherently disingenuous and inappropriate and frankly none of my demo sounds had been beaten. I don’t mind being a bedroom producer if it means the music can stay strong and unflinching, uncompromising. A bit like me. I hope we both get to know each other better and really hope you enjoy it.

[new]: Dessert – Player

By Will Oliver, April 13th 2014

Dessert

NYC and L.A. trio Dessert are back with another amazing tune, and this time it may just be there most impressive effort yet.

The track is called “Player” and it features some lush vocals over a variety of makeshift electronic happenings, drums, and timely guitar bits. It’s all kinds of smooth, in fact, it’s one of my favorite songs of the year so far. It’s a perfect addition to your playlist as we (finally) gear up for some nice weather.

“Player” comes after the release of two equally impressive singles, “You’re Welcome” & “Lovelink.”  Stream it below and then go check out their cool new website, where that friendly pup that you see above is able to roam free. Read the rest of this entry »

[new]: Little Dragon – Paris

By Will Oliver, April 12th 2014 — with 1 comment

Little Dragon - Paris

Little Dragon will release their new album Nabuma Rubberband on May 13 via Loma Vista. We already heard first single “Klapp Klapp”, and now we are treated to its follow-up, “Paris.”

It’s a bubbly and vibrant piece of pop joy, full of undeniable energy that isn’t lost at any point. They hit a groove and don’t detour from it at any point. It’s great.

Listen to it below via a radio rip from Zane Lowe’s BBC1 radio show.
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