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Bon Iver – Heavenly Father

By Will Oliver, July 18th 2014 — with 1 comment

Bon Iver

Although Bon Iver are taking a break from performing, they have released a new song called “Heavenly Father” that appears on the soundtrack of Zach Braff’s new film, Wish I Was Here. The film was released today, but the song itself has been out for a little bit.

Any new music from Bon Iver is always a treat, and “Heavenly Father” is no different. It’s a magic journey that features all the emotional qualities that you’ve come to expect from the wizard that is Justin Vernon.

Stream “Heavenly Father” below.
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Little Daylight at Mercury Lounge (July 15, 2014)

By Will Oliver, July 17th 2014

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This week Brooklyn-based electronic group Little Daylight released their debut album Hello Memory. On Tuesday they celebrated its release with a record release show at Mercury Lounge. The album’s summer release is pitch perfect, as its as enjoyable of a pop record as you’ll find. The band smartly pack on the hooks in a no frills, no shame sort of way. There are a lot of other bands doing the whole electronic pop thing, but not all of them play live instruments, and play with as much of a joyful confidence as I saw from Little Daylight.
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Zola Jesus – Dangerous Days

By Will Oliver, July 17th 2014

Zola Jesus - Dangerous Days

Zola Jesus will release her new album Dangerous Days on October 7 via Mute.

She’s shared the album’s first single “Dangerous Days” and it’s awesome. The vocals are as uplifting and powerful as ever, with a type of delivering that would fit comfortably tucked in a M83 track. It’s a winner.
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Slow Magic – Girls

By Will Oliver, July 17th 2014

Slow Magic

“Girls” is Slow Magic’s first single since signing to Downtown Records, and its as great of a first as you can hope for. This isn’t your standard electronic track, but a world of glitchy-vocals, tight guitar lines and throbbing bass. Even without a spoken word, he is able to create a chorus of his own through careful loops. It’s a magic listening experience, and perfect while your slugging back a few beers with your friends on a hot summer night.

It’s off his upcoming album which will also be released via Downtown. Enjoy “Girls” below.

[new]: Oscar – Kitchen Song

By Will Oliver, July 16th 2014

Oscar

For me, British bedroom-pop rocker Oscar has been one to watch for some time. He finally released his debut EP 146b earlier in the year, and it’s been a perfect listen all summer. Pick it up right now if you haven’t already done so.

There’s this easy going nature about Oscar’s songs that just have a way of taking over you with a big sunny feeling. “Kitchen Song” is no different, featuring a solid guitar riffs and Oscar’s easygoing vocal delivery. It is everything that a good quality pop song should be

Oscar is playing the Knee Deep Festival in Cornwall on Aug 2, proving that he is fast on the rise. Stream “Kitchen Song” below, and see why.

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[new]: The Drums – Magic Mountain

By Will Oliver, July 15th 2014 — with 1 comment

The Drums

After three years, The Drums are back. No official word on the album yet (it’s coming), but today the band released a new 7″ single titled “Magic Mountain.” As frontman/vocalist Jonny Pierce told Noisey (who premiered the track), the band’s lineup now consists of just him and Jacob Graham (for the first time since the Summertime EP). Here’s the full quote from Pierce:

Not since the Summertime EP has it been just Jacob and I left up to our own devices. Now that we’re back to just the two founding members, we figured we could do whatever we wanted and run with it. Together, we had just one goal: let go of any preconceived ideas that anyone has about The Drums and make songs to be as grand and majestic as we want them to be. “Magic Mountain” is a sparkling reflection of our last three years. It’s about shedding off what binds you and protecting whats good, finding a safe place away from everyone and everything that wants to destroy you.

As a rather big fan of the band, the song caught me off guard a bit. While it is definitely very much The Drums, something about it hit in a different way. Although it has hooks, its not as immediate and clear cut in its melodic hooks as fans are used to. There’s a more raw, tense feeling in the air during “Magic Mountain”, which I think is a bit of a grower. It didn’t blow me away at first, but each listen has been better and more revealing than the last.

I can totally see this one being a monster to hear live.
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GEMS – Scars

By Will Oliver, July 10th 2014

GEMS

Between all the festivals and life, you may have noticed that I have fallen a bit behind on this stuff. I’ve been playing catch up, and it pains me to just be getting to all this stuff that I’ve had on my “to post” list for a while now.

One of these posts is for GEMS latest release, the wonderful single “Scars.” It takes their sound in a different direction, but still very much in their realm of dream-pop.

Enjoy it below.
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[new]: Grimes – Go

By Will Oliver, July 10th 2014

Grimes

Grimes has come a long way since the release of her 2012 breakthrough album, Visions. She is now a part of Jay Z’s Roc Nation management company and writing songs for big shots such as Rihanna.

In fact, her recently released song “Go” was actually written for Rihanna, but got turned down. So she and her collaborator Blood Diamonds ended up just recording it and releasing it as one of her own songs. It may or may not be included on her eventual new album.

With that said, it’s not all that surprising that the song has a poppier nature to it. There’s still some Grimes touches to be found, but this on the whole is a much different (and bigger) feel. Here’s how Grimes described it upon its release:

It’s our summer jam so we figured we should put it out cuz I am very bored of waiting to finish my album b4 releasing new music haha.

Stream it below.
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Jamie xx – All Under One Roof Raving

By Will Oliver, July 10th 2014

Jamie XX - Performance

Earlier in the year Jamie xx released a new 7″ single that featured two new song: “Girl” and “Sleep Sound.” Those will be included on his eventual debut album, which is soon on the way.

The follow-up to those is a track called “All Under One Roof Raving.” Jamie made the track last year while on tour with The XX. Featuring vocal samples and his now-trademark steel drums, it’s apparently a “homage to the U.K. rave scene.”

Stream “All Under One Roof Raving” below.
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Philip Selway - Weatherhouse

Radiohead drummer Philip Selway will release his new solo album Weatherhouse on October 7 via Bella Union.

He’s shared the spaced out and dreamy “Coming Up For Air”, which serves as the album’s open track, as well as its first single. Here’s what Selway had to say about the song:

“It’s very much about taking stock of my life. I wanted to convey a sense of release and affirmation. This was the first song that we recorded. Immediately it felt in a very different space from Familial.

There are some Radiohead aspects to it, but there’s definitely a shift that is very much of his own.

Stream it below.
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