Archive for July, 2012

OFFICIAL VID: Miguel – Adorn

July 31, 2012

I can’t say I’m all too familiar with Miguel though apparently he’s had a fairly successful album out already. Today, I checked out his new single and video Adorn off his upcoming album Kaleidoscope Dream: Water Preview. The SoCal R&B singer songwriter is not bad at all! Though he may not have the most unique voice in R&B, it’s still silky smooth and the song is a nice grooving jam. The video definitely helped to win me over with the dreamy M83-like blue/green lighting. What can I say? I like purty colors. 😉

Seapony’s first new singles

July 31, 2012

I’ve been keeping an eye on Seapony for awhile now, after having first found out about them sometime early last year or maybe even late 2010. The Seattle band is releasing a follow up album in September titled Falling. Here’s the first two songs and singles to be previewed off that album. The new tunes sound just slightly less lo-fi beachy, but overall, they have a very beach rock/surf rock lo-fi vintage dream pop sound. They’re very West Coast for sure. Check out What You Wanted, and today’s just announced second single, Prove To Me:

And here’s a few of their older tunes that I really like. Some of it is very Best Coast-ish.

OFFICIAL (alternate) VID: Sigur Rós – Varúð

July 31, 2012

Yes, it’s another video for Sigur Rós’ Valtari track Varúð. And again, it’s from their Mystery Film Experiment series. It’s one of the quietly beautiful ones, less so quirky odd (other than the girl running down the street with shimmery hair part). The film director, Ryan McGinley, wrote: “This piece is my poem to New York City… I wanted to bring a childhood innocence to the streets, through a character whose own light and wonder effects the world around her. I’m always interested in an atmosphere where dreams and reality mingle on equal terms.” Lovely. 

Snoop Lion

July 31, 2012

I know the news world is totally in a tizzy about the whole Snoop Lion affair (and I mean the WHOLE news world, not just the music news world). It’s splashed all over every news source, being debated by everyone, some think it’s lame, some don’t, yadda yadda yadda. We first got an inkling of what was going on about two weeks ago, when I posted Snoop’s La La La, the first preview off his Diplo/Major Lazer reggae collaboration. Today, we learned that there was a lot more to it… they have recorded a whole album together and the Dogg has announced to the world that he has, in fact, been reincarnated as Snoop Lion. His outlook as a reggae artist is one of positivity, and he wanted that reflected in his new name, despite all the money in the world tied into to the famous name Snoop Dogg. La La La was pretty good, so if there’s good music to backup this project, who’s to judge him for wanting to take a different direction artistically after SOOOO many long years of success as rap’s great Snoop Dogg? It’s not like Ron Artest or Ochocinco where it’s just some odd name change. It’s not like Puff Daddy to P Diddy to Diddy to whatever. There’s actually a huge artistic concept behind this. I say good for him. In the meantime, a trailer surfaced for a documentary film produced by VICE Films in partnership with Snoopadelic Films. It contains footage of Snoop’s trip to Jamaica where he recorded his album with Diplo. It shows his transformation, and supposedly, shows how that resulted in his “reincarnation”. Looks pretty good. Might be a nice one to catch, and let’s hear what comes next before we are too quick to judge, shall we? I’ll reshare La La La below as well.

July 31, 2012
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Oh oh oh oh oh, I love this! After waving away some stuff and deeming them not worthy of sharing, this one is NOT going to quietly disappear from your earholes. I already absolutely adore the original Hot Chip track Look At Where You Are. There are already some incredible remixes of the tune. Today, none other than the brilliant electronic producer Four Tet has put his own clickety clacking minimalist touches to the track. There’s something far more sorrowful about this version. OK, this calls for resharing both the sick Major Lazer remix and the OG album cut below… Cuz this song and all its iterations? WAY TOO GOOD.

July 31, 2012
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If you like The Weeknd, if you like Frank Ocean, if you like dreamy soup syrupy electronic R&B, this one’s for you. Ayo Olatunji, aka I/O, may be the next big name in that hot genre. The bass seems a bit lighter and the darkness a bit more lighted in this in comparison to those other artists, however. There’s also a more noticeable use of guitar riffs. However, I’m not too familiar with his other work, so I can’t say much for his other music. The song is titled I Wasted My Time off I/O’s upcoming mixtape Isolated. I’m impressed and captivated by the song. ?

OFFICIAL VID: TEEN – Electric

July 31, 2012

Oh boy, this is dope. TEEN’s psych pop track Electric is a heckuva tune and the awesome video is hypnotizingly good. Electric is off their debut album In Limbo, currently out. The relatively new girl band hails from Brooklyn (yes, again). There’s a very vintage retro sound to their music, as well as the requisite twisted, dark undertones that good music always has these days (<–tongue in cheek). In fact, the electric guitar-y sound brought to mind St. Vincent at one point near the end of the song. While these gals have elements in their music that remind me of many other artists, they’re certainly very unique and have a very ecclectic sound of their own. Watch out for them!

OFFICIAL VID: Frankie Rose – Know Me

July 31, 2012

Sticking with the dreamy soundscape with Brooklyn singer songwriter Frankie Rose’s Know Me. The tune is off her current album Interstellar. The goggles are a little trippy. Just a little. Their description of the video in an interview with Urban Outfitters: “we’re all connected in different ways digitally, but emotionally everyone is disconnected because we’re so engaged in our own devices, in our own little fabricated words, that we don’t see what’s in front of us.” I wonder if Google Goggles has anything to do with inspiring this train of thought that lead to the video… 😉

OFFICIAL VID: The History Of Apple Pie – Do It Wrong

July 31, 2012

Fuzzy indie rock time! Here’s The History Of Apple Pie’s new video for Do It Wrong. The kaleidoscope distorted video fits the UK rockers’ dreamy track well. There are some sweet guitars on this.

Calexico song off Algiers in Algiers

July 31, 2012

Time for some alt country. Awesome Tucson band Calexico has an album titled Algiers coming out in September. I previously shared the first preview Para off the album which was stupendously good. Today, they allow us to listen to another track, Splitters. This one’s definitely very alt country. Along with the official preview, there’s a video of them performing the tune in Algiers, the place that inspired the name of the album. Algiers is a place right outside of New Orleans, and the time I visited New Orleans (which I loooooooooooooove), I took the time to cross the river to Algiers myself. It was a unique place with an interesting feel. And I do believe this song and the feel of this music expresses what I felt well. It’s old, gorgeous in its own way, a little broken down and melancholic, but yet there’s so much character and some sense of raw honesty. And yes, I meant to be ambiguous about whether I was describing the music or the place. 😉 Wonderful tune.