We're not sure what it is about living in the bleak frozen tundras of Europe, but bands coming out of there are crafting some of the most shimmery sun-soaked pop around. Case in point is Oslo band, Soul Mountain, and their debut single “O’Soumaya” — a glowing synth driven track that's a true “grower”. It’s not that it lacks that certain insta-appeal, it just gets there slower and steadier. Amazingly, the tracks official release was almost a year ago, and like the song itself has been relatively quiet. Let’s do what we can to change that.
For most of us, when an illness confines us to our bed, we use the time to catch up on cartoons, talk shows, and the now Bob Barker-less version of “Price Is Right”. For Keith Hampson aka Power Animal, he used his time to craft “Exorcism”, an album he stitched together from samples while laying in bed with a Sp-404. The sound is a curious mix — sounding at times both fatigued and bright-eyed — forming what just may be the first legitimate piece of bed-rest-pop. Check out the title track below, and get the album “pay what you will” via Crash Symbols and Human Kindness Overflowing, whose entire proceeds go to the Philadelphia food bank and hunger relief organization Philabundance. Good jams for a good cause.
Akron percussionist Dana Janssen aka Dana Buoy has been hard at work on “Summer Bodies”, his first album made without the rest of the fam. So far all we've heard about the project was that it was inspired by love notes left on answering machines and labeled “tropicore”. But that's all changed given Buoy's recently dropped, “Call To Be” - a vibrant pulsing morsel of a track, and a sure hint of what’s to come on his summer-of-love-in-spring album. Look out for his debut on May 8.
The heavily anticipated EP from ‘60s garage band down under, The Fabergettes, just got a new dose of hype thanks to their new single “Ding Dong”. Inspired by the cult-classic film Barbarella - the featured single off their upcoming EP is described by the band as a “journey through cosmic love… gone wrong.” If you listen closely, you can hear Jane Fonda singing our back-up vocals “nah-nah-nah”. The album drops March 9th.
Nicolas Refn's Drive has been one of, if not the most influential movie of the year. The success of which is due in no small part to its pulsing electronica soundtrack led by Kavinsky's 'Nightcall'. (Ryan Goslings psychopathic take on James Dean didn't hurt either).
Since then, an insurmountable number imitators have cropped up. Each one trying to vie for a piece of the auto/electro pie. But Kavinsky is back with a new single, 'Roadgame' — proving that nobody does 'drive' - time electronica better. Pun intended.
Prior to her 2009 debut EP, Self-Taught Learner, Lissy Trullie had been a muse for McGinley and De La Renta, posed for Elle, and been the face for Chloe Sevigny's clothing line. Now this muse-turned-model-turned singer looks to build off earlier promise with her first full length album.
Our first taste of Trullie's matured aesthetic came in the form of “Madeleine,” a slow burner that sounds like it traversed the woozy depths of the Velvet Underground. Her new single, “It's Only You, Isn't It” is a punchy number reminiscent of the glammed up New York of the 80s'. The two tracks are as diverse as Trullie's career itself, but are connected seamlessly by her soulful snarling vocals. Check them both out below and keep an eye out for the self-titled album, due April 10 from Downtown.