As if the announcement of Toro y Moi’s new LP, Beneath the Pine, wasn’t enough, Houses, went and released a cover of Causers of This standout, “Talamak.” It premiered today on Turntable Kitchen along with another new Houses track that was recorded exclusively for blog curator Matthew Hickey. It’s all part of Houses’ rather interesting approach to saving up money for a tour.
Head here to donate and get yourself an exclusively made track, or just pre-order their album. Either way, you win with more Houses. Oh, and check out Toro’s Underneath the Pine tracklist here.
You may remember Matthew Joel from his earlier work under the Bank Heist moniker, for which I posted something back in May (it was also the second submission I ever received). Recall or not, Mr. Joel has been busy since then, touring with Teen Daze and embarking on his latest quest, The Rocky Mountains EP.
The five-song EP is far from what I expected based on his work as Bank Heist, but it’s a most welcome transition. Opening track, “Yellowstone,” sees Joel abandoning his electro house roots and headed towards softer tones and textures, with guitar outbursts reminiscent of Explosions in the Sky that are as cold and expansive as the EP’s title suggests. These tangential riffs don’t appear again, for the most part, as the rest of the album plays more quietly and low-key, with contrasts of warmth and frozen soundscapes featured prominently, beckoning to In a Safe Place-era Album Leaf. It’s an ideal collection of songs for the winter months that goes perfectly with a mug of hot cider and a burning apple cinnamon candle. I hope it brings you the same comfort that it has brought me.
The entire Rocky Mountain EP is available to purchase/download here.
This group of Baltimore-based music veterans continues to churn out insanely good songs on a regular basis, but are criminally under-hyped. Wouldn’t I love to see a show with them and Warpaint and Beach House - getting ‘em all on stage together to jam out/seance. Holy hot white witches. But I digress…
REMIX NOTES: Teen Daze is the masked knight of chillwave. In just under six months, the secretive sidechainer surfed out of obscurity and polished up a personal style you can identify almost immediately — even if he’s remixing someone else’s jam. GBL + TD toured extensively together this summer in both the United States and Canada, and to celebrate our beach party we had planned to release this little EP of mutual remixes over the summer (click the cover art above to download). Somewhere along the road from SF to LA, we forgot to post it. Three months later, we’re still on the road and Teen Daze has wrapped up a tour of Canada. But now seems like the perfect time — TD and GBL just reconnected at CMJ courtesy of Stadiums and Shrines — and it was just Hallowe’en — this remix is a bit evil. To borrow a term coined by Shaun Durkan of Weekend + Grem, one might even call it… chillgrave.
I first heard the irresistible tunes of Chrome Sparks when Jarred from Life:Aquaticposted him the other week. After that, I’ve had a hard time quitting. And I’ve talked to a lot of people about this song, and it’s the same story every time. You’re listening to the song above, and before you know it your computer is lagging, making the streamed mp3 skip and cut. And before you can click the tab on your browser to check what’s going on, the beat drops, and it’s like you were just punched in the face with awesome! And I don’t know if you’ve ever been punched in the face by awesome, but it’s something you wouldn’t mind happening again, and again.
Jeremy Malvin is the Michigan bro behind these tunes, and he just self-released the song above along with another beat banger: Our Love Is Heartbeats; Our Love Is Hot Beats. You can practically steal these for a mere $1. Go buy it now on BANDCAMP.
This San Fran band’s self-titled effort is one of my favorite records this past year. I’ve written about it before, but seriously, when I have friends over to listen to records, I pull it out to share. Almost every single time my guest has never heard of them, but by the end of Side A, they’re begging for more and ready to order themselves a copy. I’m stoked to see this new release coming… and this warbley hot track is excellent. High hopes!
White Fence, the lo-fi side project of Darker My Love’s Tim Presley, is set to release its latest LP, Is Growing Faith, January 10 via Woodsist.
Though they have yet to release a full-length album, Memoryhouse have been taking us by storm, and with good reason. With “Heirloom,” the b-side to their upcoming Caregiver 7”, the Canadian duo continue to impress with their remarkably warm, crisp vocals and textures….
One of my all time favorite artists is Nick Drake, so when I read a review of a record that makes the comparison (as The Wounded Jukebox did), my critical side raises it’s skeptical eyebrow. Not many people can match the tenor, the vulnerability, the mystique of Drake’s songwriting. It is truly otherworldly.
So I hit play on this 23 year old Brooklynite’s new record New Vanguard Blues with a healthy dose of incredulity. It was erased entirely in just shy of 10 seconds. This is the lead track off that self-released record, but is only one of several heartbreakingly perfect tunes. The talent seeping out of this record makes me equal parts jealous and joyful that such beauty exists in this lonesome world.
cool cover for when you’re feeling not so suicidey but still want to listen to that one song you really love. (warning: don’t listen to it more than four times in a row, you’ll start to feel extremely suicidey, more so than if you were just listening to the original)
Shrouded in a cloud of dark, tight synths and soft vocals we find Labyrinth Ear. Founded earlier this year in “sunny New Cross, South East London” the band creates a unique sound somewhat along the lines of Blonde Redhead, Beach House and 80’s electronica.
Their debut EP, Oak, is a great 5-song set that I’ll be listening repeatedly for the time being. Download it on their website.