Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Watch Glass Animals Video "Pools"

Fantastic track from Glass Animals. I love the delightfully creepy yet gorgeous claymation creations of directror Rafael Bonilla. Debut album ZABA out June 10th on Harvest Records.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Stream Parquet Courts "Instant Disassembly"

Parquet Courts Sunbathing Animal out June 3 on What's Your Rupture?/Mom+Pop (US), June 2 on Rough Trade (UK/EU).

Friday, May 16, 2014

Arcade Fire - We Exist Video!

Really wonderful video from Arcade Fire for the track "We Exist." Touching look at gender identity and the struggles of LGBT youth. Starring Andrew Garfield.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ludwig Persik - Willow Video!

Psych-pop act Ludwig Persik premieres "Willow", a self-released atmospheric track produced by Warp's Jamie Lidell and taken from his forthcoming debut EP. The track is a sweeping of playful choruses blended with industrial instrumentation creating something ultra-modern. The electronically-tinged cut also comes along with a wistful yet experimental video, mirroring exactly what Persik symbolizes with a sonic palette.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Pains of Being Pure At Heart "Until the Sun Explodes" Shazam Experiment!

Straight out of a dream and onto the screen... The Pains of Being Pure at Heart share a Jem and The Holograms inspired anime style music video today for "Until The Sun Explodes" which you can watch exclusively via Shazam.  Here's how it works:  play this 15 second video clip, and then using your mobile device, tag it using the Shazam app and it will unlock the full-length video.

Days of Abandon is out now via Yebo in North America and via Fierce Panda in the UK/EU on June 2. The band is currently on tour and will wrap its North American run of shows with a homecoming gig at Bowery Ballroom. In case you missed it, check out the video for the album's first single, "Simple and Sure."

The album was recorded at new Greenpoint studio House Under Magic which is owned by longtime Pains cohort Danny Taylor (ZaZa). Produced by Andy Savours (My Bloody Valentine, Patrick Wolf, Cloud Boat) and mixed by Charlie Hugall at  London's Engine Room (Swim Deep, Florence And the Machine), The new record is the band's most musically sophisticated to date, channeling the gilded pop optimism of bands like Aztec Camera, The House of Love and The Lightning Seeds, while maintaining The Pains' penchant for earworm melodies and emotional candor.

"This album was a chance to push beyond Belong's universal style of songwriting into something that was far more personal and true to my ideals," says Kip Berman. "I wanted the music to be joyful, lush and full of possibility, even if the subjects were often more painful to confront."

The album artwork prominently features the work of newly celebrated South Korean artist Lee Jinju's work The Material of Mind.

Stream Gold-Bears - "Yeah, Tonight"

Gold-Bears' second full-length, "Dalliance," is a record about regret. It reminds you of that time you lied to your friend when you said you were too busy to hang out, but instead went to the bar alone. Or when you sent that really shitty email to your brother about something that really has no bearing anymore, because you were too caught up in the moment to think clearly. It also reminds you of the time you got divorced... from whatever or whomever.

In the past two years since Gold-Bears released their debut album "Are You Falling in Love?," main Bear Jeremy Underwood gathered a new crop of friends to carry out his fuzz-filled visions. "Dalliance" is more focused and abrasive than that 2011 debut, combining their noise-pop influences from forebears like Boyracer and The Wedding Present with shades of the post-hardcore, emo and post-punk on which the band all cut their musical teeth. This is not to say that Gold-Bears gave up impossibly catchy song-writing, just that their signature indie punk anthems are now even sharper, the guitars even more slashing, and the songs even more harrowing and heartfelt than ever.

"Dalliance" opens with the anthemic "Yeah, Tonight," a proper pop song featuring a duet between Underwood and Emma Kupa (of the defunct London indiepop band Standard Fare) that sets the agenda right away — sharp melodies and even sharper guitars, all whizzing by in less than three minutes. “Chest” rushes in almost immediately after, barely two and a half minutes of punk energy and fizzing feedback.

The stomping "From Gainesville to Tallahassee" features a gnarly feedback guitar solo and backing vocals from Black Tambourine's Pam Berry. “Punk Song No. 15” is as described, a blazing flash that condenses the history of UK noisy pop into just over one minute. “I Hope They’re Right” and the lovely, jangling “Hey, Sophie” show how much the band have expand their range, slowing the pace, turning up the jangle and taking on the big subjects.

Gold-Bears cover a lot of territory, musical and lyrical, in "Dalliance"’s 32 minutes and by the time that we reach the miniature epic of closer “Fathers And Daughters” we realize that we’re watching a band and a song-writer hit their stride, turning in an album that’s exciting, thoughtful and infectious.