31 May 2016

Faves | Porches + Frankie Cosmos + Bombino

I've taken to listening to a lot of stuff on Soundcloud and Bandcamp as both are really great spots for finding new shit that I might have otherwise overlooked. 

Honestly, I feel like a tool for not sharing these guys sooner - I logged into my last.fm account and these were the three music making entities that I had listened to most over the last year and I haven't mentioned them here anywhere! Apolojeez!

Porches • Pool

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Porches is a band out of New York lead by front man Aaron Maine. I've been into their music since Slow Dance in the Cosmos but the release of Pool really solidified my adoration for their music. It's moody dark danceable synthpop that most mornings I sing along to in the shower.

Frankie Cosmos • Next Thing

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Frankie Cosmos is also straight out of New York City and began as a solo project for one Greta Kline (her bandcamp goes way back to 2009 - when she was only 15) and is now a fully fledged band. I love the simplicity and honesty of Frankie cosmos - there are wonderful sweet songs about missing her dead dog, to feeling inadequate, relationship breakdowns, and all the other mundane miracles that make up being alive. Next Thing is really great. Listen to it eh!

Bombino • Azel

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Martyn Pepperell got me into Bombino after tweeting that the new album was being produced by Dave Longreth of Dirty Projectors (one of my favourite bands).

Omar "Bombino" Moctar is a Tuareg musician who hails from Niger and makes a version of desert rock that he referred to as "tuareggae" - while reggae is not my bag, this music definitely is. It's such a beautiful soulful album with such incredible musicianship. Their voices give me chills. I've totally converted my workmate Kat and the two of us have listened to Azel countless times over the last few months.

25 February 2016

'Manta Ray' by J.Ralph featuring Anohni (fka Antony)

When I first heard the album "I Am A Bird Now" by Anthony and the Johnsons, I felt like someone had reached deep inside me to the part of me that is weary and tear-stained, and lifted its face to the sky and shown me that I'm not alone in my sorrow - the mournfulness, hope, and vulnerability embodied in the music was so very necessary for me to connect to a part of myself that most of the time I would rather pretend didn't exist.

This new song Manta Ray was written for a documentary called "Racing Extinction" with the composer J.Ralph and it's very beautiful and bright and sad. The song has been nominated for Best Original Song at this year's Academy Award which is totally deserved and really cool - what's not cool is that Anohni wasn't invited to perform at the Awards Ceremony.

Like, REALLY NOT COOL GUYS. One of the things I had always liked about the Oscars was that all of the nominees for Best Original Song would perform over the course of the night - a nice break from Billy Crystal lollygagging about, and a chance for gems like this to occur.

Well, not this year. I recommend reading this piece that Anohni wrote about her decision not to attend this year's Oscars. Made me sad and furious.

28 January 2016

Week in Tunes | Chairlift, Florist

I've taken to listening to a lot of stuff on Soundcloud and Bandcamp as both are really great spots for finding new shit that I might have otherwise overlooked. Here's some great stuff I've been into this week.

Chairlift • Moth

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Chairlift are an American outfit (originally from Colorado but New York based now) who have been together since 2006. They make some pretty choice dancey "avant-pop" music that I've been listening to a lot this past fortnight.

Moth on the whole is well worth a listen - you may have already heard the lead single 'Ch-Ching' but I highly recommend 'Moth to the Flame' as the best track on the album. It's my number one jam at the moment.

Other boss as fuck tracks include:
- 'Polymorphing'
- 'Crying in Public'

Florist • The Birds Outside Sang

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Florist is Emily Sprague and chums and they're also from NY, but originally from the Catskill Mountains which is what their first EP is kind of about.

The Birds Outside Sang is a really lovely tender album - reminds me lots of Frankie Cosmos sonically but lyrically has the same poignant awareness of mortality you might find Sufjan's Carrie and Lowell or some of the tracks on Oh, Inverted World by The Shins.

Bandcamp did a really neat interview/profile of the band and the how the album came about (short answer: Sprague got fucked up after being hit by a truck and made the album while recovering) - check it out if you've got a few minutes.

> Hypemachine has the whole album up for streaming here.

13 January 2016

Week in Tunes | Wafia + She-Devils + Cameron Avery

I've taken to listening to a lot of stuff on Soundcloud and Bandcamp as both are really great spots for finding new shit that I might have otherwise overlooked. Here's some great stuff I've been into this week.

Wafia • XXIX EP

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Wafia is based in Brisbane, Australia and makes mellow melancholy jams. I heard Heartburn and just couldn't stop listening to it. Slick production and a sentiment I feel uncomfortably familiar with.

Bonus: there's also a great video of her performing it live with Ta-Ku which is worth checking out. I also recommend the cover of Let Me Love You (originally by Mario).

She-Devils • S/T EP

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She-Devils are a duo, Audrey Ann and Kyle Jukka, out of Montreal Canada and their sound has a real 60's hazy surf throwback vibe while still being fresh and lush. Super chill, makes me want to get high and lie in some grass squinting at clouds.

Basically, the whole EP is the perfect soundtrack to listen to while dreamily plot the capture of your latest obsessive crush.

Cameron Avery • We're Just Making It Worse

Facebook (doesn't seem to have much else online!)
Cameron Avery is an Australian bloke who used to front a band called The Growl and currently plays bass for Tame Impala. He's had his fingers in many musical pies to say the least.

That his previous band was called The Growl is kinda telling - guy has a beautiful throaty expressive voice, and paired with the vocal sweetness of Alexandra Savior this track is such a longingly chic duet that I've kept coming back to it.