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Belle and Sebastian – The Cat With The Cream

By Will Oliver, January 15th 2015

Belle and Sebastian

Next week beloved Scottish band Belle and Sebastian return with new album Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance via Matador Records.

“The Cat With The Cream” is the last preview cut released ahead of the album. It’s one of their most poignant moments of late, highly orchestrated with delicate string arrangements that are simply beautiful.

Stream it below and pre-order the album right here.
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Multimagic – Control (Demo)

By Will Oliver, January 13th 2015

Multimagic

Multimagic are a Cincinnati-based band led by Coran Stetter. Their latest release is a demo of a song titled “Control,” a jittery piece of music that showcases energetic bits of synth-rock that is one word: joyful. It gets off to a great start but its the blissful finish that won me over.

It If this is just the demo, I’m worried about how good the final cut will turn out.

For all you New Yorkers, you can get a first look at the band when they come to Brooklyn to play at Baby’s All Right on Saturday February 21 with Monogold, New Myths and Yonaton Gat.

For now, enjoy “Control,” as well as the equally enjoyable “Let Go,” which is the first demo they released last year.
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[new]: Oscar – Daffodil Days

By Will Oliver, January 13th 2015

Oscar

Oscar is one of my favorite young artists to emerge within the last year, so it’s amazing to see how far his career has come in such a short period of time. It’s no surprise, as anyone who attended his performance at our CMJ showcase last fall would have been able to tell you that he’s going places.

It’s exciting to announce that he’s officially been signed to Wichita Recordings. With the announcement comes his excellent new single “Daffodil Days,” which will of course be his first release on Wichita. Oscar’s trademark vocals lead the way for what’s ultimately an uplifting pop-tune. Oscar is already an expert at creating songs that feel so intimate yet have a yearning of wanting to break free into something much more.

Oscar spoke to The Fader (who premiered it) about the song’s creation, telling them:

It all started out on one of those dark winter evenings, when everything felt wrong. I was having a pretty bad day and as I was texting a friend, the word ‘difficult’ turned to ‘daffodil’ by a stroke of autocorrect genius. It really made me laugh and somehow made a lot of a sense.

The song represents that day for me. The melancholy in knowing that it won’t work but that there is always hope and future, of the Daffodil Days ahead. Something which is easily forgotten.

If there’s any right in this world of ours, the masses will discover the amazing music of Mr. Oscar Scheller and spread the word, because he deserves it.

It’s early, but we already have one of the best songs of the year with  “Daffodil Days.” Stream it below, and be sure to purchase it when it’s released. It’s out digitally on March 2, and will be released on a limited edition 7″ that will be available to pre-order on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »

The Amazing – The Headless Boy

By Will Oliver, January 13th 2015

The Amazing - Picture You

Like so many bands out of Sweden, The Amazing make music that sounds universal no matter where you’re from. This is the case with their delightfully pretty new single “The Headless Boy.”

Part Red House Painters, a little Badley Drawn Boy, it’s a delicate understated folk song delivered with plenty of heart. It’s off their upcoming album Picture You, due out February 17 via Partisan Records.

Enjoy it below.
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Future Islands at Terminal 5 (January 9, 2015)

By Will Oliver, January 12th 2015

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2014 was the year of Future Islands, so it felt right that they celebrated their massive year with a pair of sold out shows at Terminal 5, which were their largest (non-festival) shows of their career. Although there was no way for it to match the intimacy of their intimate showing at Death By Audio last November, their performance at the large Terminal 5 proved that they are more than deserving of their long overdue success.
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Samuel Proffitt – Sirens

By Will Oliver, January 8th 2015

Samuel Proffitt

After a series of life-changing personal events, Samuel Proffitt decided to switch things up from his electronic mindset and embark on a different territory. He found a way to mesh the world of dance music along with a r&b flavored style of songwriting, to create a sound that is accurately described on his facebook page’s location, “winter.”

On new single “Sirens,” he captures a wondrous sound that is both intimate and large-scale, emotional but feel good. He made the track in collaboration with New England-based producer AOBeats. It’s well produced and well-crafted, kicking off 2015 off just right.

“Sirens” is off his debut EP Blue Notebook No. 10, which will be released on January 27, 2015. You can listen to it below. and grab a free download right here.
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[new]: POP ETC – Running In Circles

By Will Oliver, January 5th 2015

POP ETC

It’s been a while since we heard from POP ETC. They released their first album as POP ETC in 2012 after changing their name from The Morning Benders. Since then, the trio has kept relatively quiet, aside from releasing a few covers here and there on soundcloud.

Here we are in 2015 and they’re one of the first bands to make a move. They have released a brand new single called “Running In Circles.” It dabbles hard in a 80s synth-led sound, delivering perfect pop hooks with a late night new wave vibe. This would have been a perfect companion while playing GTA Miami Vice.

“Running In Circles” is the first track from a new album that we can hopefully expect later in the year. It just may be the best thing that they boys have released as POP ETC.

I’ve posted the stream below, as well as the music video which stars Wushu master, Sifu Chen Ying. If you like what you hear, go ahead and purchase the track on iTunes.
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Def Jam Recordings Kanye McCartney

What a better way to start out 2015 than getting to hear a brand new song from Kanye West featuring Paul McCartney. It’s called “Only One,” and it features one of the Fab Four on keyboard.

“Only One” is a touching, and personal offering from West, from the perspective of his late mother Donda, who passed away in 2007. Kanye delivers his heartbreaking lyrics over 808s & Heartbreak-style auto-tune as McCartney plays some finely tuned keys.

According to a press release, “Only One” is the first publicly available recording from the duo’s unlikely, but nevertheless exciting collaboration. Apparently Kanye and Paul recorded together last year in a Los Angeles bungalow. It began with Paul improvising on the keyboard, with West then imprivising his vocals.

It will be interesting to see if they end up releasing a full LP together. Can you imagine what a Kanye West/Paul McCartney tour could be like? I’ll keep dreaming.

Stream “Only One” below, and go grab it over at iTunes.
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