It only makes sense to start off the first long weekend of the summer (yes, I know that technically it’s still spring) with the first song of the summer. Dock side radios, patios and car stereos will be playing this non-stop over the next few days, so you may as well embrace it now.
While Daft Punk have yet to release an official video, the number of YouTube tributes has made it incredibly obvious that fans are patiently waiting. This one by “MyMusicalTalentTM” is a personal favourite.
Happy long weekend!
You’d expect to see a question mark at the end of that album title, but there isn’t one on the cover, so we’re not adding it (shame on everyone who plopped one in on their own accord).
Are You Going to Stand There And Talk Weird All Night is The National’s High Violet re-imagined as an acid house rollercoaster—danceable, but depressingly bleak. A sample chorus: “Son, don’t let your family down.”
Valleys refuse to approach anything here in a conventional manner. The album’s first single—and arguably its best track—is placed as its last song (how often do you see that?), and they’ve tacked three minutes of clunking dissonance on to the end of it that, while disconcerting, somehow manages to improve it.
Primarily for insomniacs. Check out a live performance of “See the Moon?” down below.
Hey, 1984: did you lose an album? We may have found it: moody, throbbing, answers to Beyond Wilderness?
We won’t bother trying to blaze our own trail, here, and say that Gold & Youth’s debut sounds like anything other than a Depeche Mode album, at its core—the band, the label and every other review has covered that ground and with good reason. We will point out, though, that on the songs sung by the band’s latest recruit, Louise Burns, Gold & Youth drift blissfully towards Andrea Parker—and maybe Luyas—territory (check out Burns singing on “Jewel,” down below).
The track titles tell you where you’re headed, with this one: “Tan Lines;” “Daylight Colours;” “Young Blood;” “Palm Villas;” “Time To Kill.” It’s a melancholy Love Boat; come sail away.
Your Internet Explorer window isn’t freezing—this is Hooded Fang’s video for “Graves.” In the future, when humans and television merge into an entertainment super-species (can’t be far off, right?), this is what everything will look like: an endless loop of the intro screens from your favourite NES games.
Hooded Fang’s new album, Gravez, is out later this month.
Must be nice to be able to laze about with a View-Master while your bandmates play all the instruments.
“San Francisco” is from Foxygen’s We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic.
Often when you read the description of the latest electronic band, terms like “atmospheric”, “hypnotic” and “haunting” are thrown around, which really tend to be synonyms for “boring”. Toronto’s ev ree wuhn’s self-titled EP actually is atmospheric, hypnotic and haunting, and not in the boring way.
Singer/keyboardist Alex Grant’s vocals do play a part in the overall feel, but it’s the beat that keeps this EP interesting. “Soon enough”, the opener, starts off as fairly ambient, but when the track picks you start to think “Oh hey, this is really good.”
Once you reach, “Paper Tokyo”, that’s when you realize that ev ree wuhn has beat manipulation down to somewhat of an art. There is no consistency, yet combined with the layers of strings and snapping, an otherwise inconsistent sound is fused together. But it’s not all trippy – “Turquoise” is definitely more R&B inspired, and if you’re into acts like How To Dress Well or Chet Faker, you will not be disappointed.
ev ree wuhn will be available May 14. For a preview of their sound, here’s their video for “Colours”, complete with interpretive dance.
Today The National treated fans to the first video from their upcoming double album Trouble Will Find Me (4AD), due for North American release on May 21st.
Seriously though, it’s all about the kid.