Left - About Nothing

It’s amazing how the pronunciation of a single word can change the entire feel of a track. With Left’s fantastic “About Nothing”, the word in question is the universal “worry”. A more downbeat track would let the word envelop the music; “About Nothing” gives it a bit of a warble, letting it roll off the tongue as if it’s truly not something to be concerned about. Keeping the word out of the title was also a sly but stellar move. “About Nothing” is just the latest in a line of great tracks from UK label Yusoul Records; check them out on Bandcamp and as always, enjoy.

Memory Cards - Fantasia Arc

Another day, another fantastic piece from blog favorite Memory Cards. With the amount of output we’ve seen from Memory Cards over the past few months, it begs the question: how are they progressing? Does each release build off their previous work, or is it more of the same? In the case of “Fantasia Arc”, I’m happy to report that Memory Cards has definitely leveled up. Instead of having the trap-esque beat overwhelm the track, it fits into a nice groove, allowing the other elements of “Fantasia Arc” to shine. Go grab Slot 3, their newest release, on Bandcamp, and as always, enjoy.

PEDEXTRIAN - First Time

Using a wide range of influences, PEDEXTRIAN comes to us with their newest release, “First Time”. With samples that are submerged in molasses, “First Time” does a good job of covering a lot of musical ground, getting the sample to harmonize with itself against a backdrop of trap beats and twinkling synth. Check out more from PEDEXTRIAN on Bandcamp and as always, enjoy. 

Turn Back Tuesday

Every Tuesday, I’ll highlight a track that was released before the advent of Tumblr. Each track is chosen both for its influence and worthiness for additional exposure.

Dntel - This is the Dream of Evan and Chan

It’s hard to argue the influence of The Postal Service ever since Give Up came out 11 years ago, but the truth is the core concept already existed with “This Is The Dream of Evan and Chan”, from Dntel’s 2001 release, Life Is Full of PossibilitiesIt seems quaint by today’s standards, but The Postal Service got their name from the two members, Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello, sending material for the album to each other through the mail. Back then, they weren’t sure how Give Up was going to take shape; in reality, they only needed to look at ”This Is The Dream of Evan and Chan” for clues.

"This Is The Dream" does a great job of finding the perfect balance between Gibbard’s soft vocals and Tamborello’s ambitious electronics. Time can be cruelest to electronic music; in a genre that prides itself on creating what no one’s ever heard before, what may sound transcendental one day may sound dated the next. Somehow, "This Is The Dream" sounds as fresh as it ever was; take a listen and as always, enjoy.

GREY//WATER - Nocturnal

Growing older is a natural part of life, but it takes so long to come to terms with what that means. As the years pass, the temptation grows stronger to canonize the past, view how our younger selves thought and dreamed and how reality created different plans for us. However, we never stop getting older, and our perspective on our childhood now will undoubtedly change from this point on. GREY//WATER's newest track, “Nocturnal”, comes off as a rumination on these thoughts. At the very least, “Nocturnal” will get the wheels spinning in your head, leaving you pondering on both past and present. “Nocturnal” is off of an impending release; keep up with GREY//WATER on Bandcamp, and as always, enjoy.

Hologram Girl - Laughtrack

I’m not sure what it is with shoegaze and images from the 50’s and 60’s, but for some reason, they just fit together perfectly. One of the tenets of shoegaze is its ability to invoke strong emotion while staying fluid, just out of reach for the listener. As the 50’s and 60’s become more of a long-lost era, the connection begins to make more sense. Hologram Girl has married the two components together in “Laughtrack”, an enjoyable blur of a track that feels much shorter than its run-time. If Panda Bear went lo-fi with his vast compositions, it may sound a bit like “Laughtrack”. Check out more from Hologram Girl on Bandcamp and as always, enjoy.

Turn Back Tuesday

Every Tuesday, I’ll highlight a track that was released before the advent of Tumblr. Each track is chosen both for its influence and worthiness for additional exposure. 

K.C. Accidental - Ruined in 84

Whenever I listen to a band that could be described as a collective, I always wonder: how is each band member’s voice represented? Every drum beat, pluck of the guitar, and cymbal crash had to come from someone; how did each band member’s artistic vision manifest itself? Sometimes the liner notes don’t really cut it.

While I don’t think Broken Social Scene need any more exposure than they already have, the project that came before, K.C. Accidental, still remains under the radar. Spearheaded by two Broken Social Scene stalwarts, Kevin Drew and Charles Spearin, K.C. Accidental existed in the five years before Broken Social Scene got rolling. “Ruined in 84”, off of their second release, Anthem For the Could’ve Bin Pills, shows both a clearer picture of what Drew and Spearin contribute to their later work, and where they may have gone if Broken Social Scene never came to be. Thankfully, we live in a world where we can have both; take a listen to “Ruined in 84” here, and as always, enjoy.

Tapes - Find Y.O.U

I absolutely love reverb; if you’ve followed this blog at all, many of the artists posted here have used it to great effect. However, it can just as easily become a crutch, destroying the original vision of a track for a path that may have seemed easier at the time. Reverb can cover a lot of mistakes, but using it for such purposes is completely missing the point. 

This is why I admire artists like Tapes so much. Everything just sounds so clean; Tapes’ approach doesn’t leave any room for error, pushing them to work harder every time. “Find Y.O.U” is a stunner of a track, recognizing current electronic trends but subverting expectations as well. If you like what you hear, head over to Bandcamp to grab Tapes’ newest release, Finding. As always, enjoy.

Starfoxxx - XTC Makeouts

Donky Pitch has been an incredibly consistent label over the past few years if you’re in the mood for some bangers, and today they come at us with their newest release, Starfoxxx’s Baby I’m Off Drugs And I’m Ready To Marry You. The whole album is fantastic, but “XTC Makeouts” is the one that stuck out to me first. Combining Far East influences with a more modern sensibility, “XTC Makeouts” is truly original. Head over to the Donky Pitch Bandcamp to listen to the album in its entirety, but make no mistake: Baby I’m Off Drugs And I’m Ready To Marry You is worth the money. Enjoy.

Turn Back Tuesday

Every Tuesday, I’ll highlight a track that was released before the advent of Tumblr. Each track is chosen both for its influence and worthiness for additional exposure.

Menomena - Muscle’n Flo

Album artwork has become somewhat of a lost art form as physical copies of music have seen their prominence slip over the years. In 2007, this was already in full effect, but Menomena’s Friend and Foe hearkened back to an era where album covers were still relevant. The cover of Friend and Foe is something to behold; animation on shows like Superjail! clearly drew inspiration from this type of art. Fantastic as it may be, however, an album cover means little if the music isn’t of the same caliber.

Thankfully, Menomena held up their end of the bargain, starting with the kinetic “Muscle’n Flo”. Just finding the strength to go on another day for many people can be a struggle; Menomena cuts to the core of this feeling, mixing reality and hope in a wondrous combination. Give “Muscle’n Flo” a listen in all its glory here, and as always, enjoy.