Archive for December, 2014

December 31, 2014
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I seem to be on an ambitious roll with the moody alt rock this afternoon. Next up is a Swedish five piece band named Grande Roses, whose song Spread The Ashes (and Love) is an infectious, raw rock anthem. It evokes a blend of Glasvegas, Airbourne Toxic Event, Editors, and Interpol, with a dash of growling Against Me! and some Joy Division, too. The fiery number is off an upcoming full length, Built On Schemes, due for release on February 2, 2015 via Gaphals. Watch the recent video for Spread The Ashes (and Love) below.

December 31, 2014
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I do so love my gloomy post-punky alt rock music, and Croatian band Jonathan more than satisfies that penchant with their single Pictures. The five piece band remind me of Interpol on the moody song, lined with melodramatic, Placebo like guitars. The song’s baritone vocals are reminiscent of Matt Berninger (of The National), too. It’s an altogether pensive and dark listen, gripping and bittersweet. Pictures is on Jonathan’s debut full length, Bliss, out earlier this year. Watch their new video for Pictures below.

December 31, 2014
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It being the holidays and the end of 2014, new tracks and emails have slowed down their march into my inbox and ears. This doesn’t mean I stop finding goodies, including stuff I may have missed earlier in the year. One such band that I had the fortune of discovering in my exciting hunt for good music is a UK band named Demons Of Ruby Mae. The duo formed in 2012 after leaving their former band The Chairmen. As Demons Of Ruby Mae, they create haunting electronic tinged alternative rock, and their single Beneath The Surface is a cinematic, passionate swell of gripping sound. Its gradual build up, raw vocals, and glossy synths remind me at times of The Bravery. A debut EP is on its way for January, and I’m quite excited to check it out.

December 31, 2014
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Yes, yes, I know that Ode To Sleep is quite the old treat from Ohio’s Twenty One Pilots, but the genre bending hip hop/alt rock/electronic and everything in between duo released a special video for the song today. And I must say, it’s quite the compelling watch, from a band that may have been the most intriguing live act I caught in 2014. They’re absolutely captivating, with their energy and a rambunctious sound that belies their two person roster. The new clip is a documentary slash music video. It basically tells, in a nutshell, their journey from playing tiny basement shows to huge venues. They crafted the live footage video out of several years of shows, beginning with the very first one Twenty One Pilots ever played. Pretty cool, if you ask me. The song Ode To Sleep, in itself, is a mesmerizing track, encapsulating the band’s unique and passionate blend of electronic, hip hop, and alt.

December 31, 2014
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For a very pensive and introspective melter of a gem, listen to Look Up, from Manchester singer songwriter David O’Dowda. The slowly meandering ballad is the title track off the artist’s EP that released this past summer. Melancholic yet so opulently beautiful, Look Up is a lullaby that will have you sighing away throughout the song. It’s like a more pillowy James Vincent McMorrow with some early Bon Iver folksiness thrown in. It would be the perfect song to soundtrack a quiet stroll through a damp, lush forest.

December 31, 2014
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I’ve encountered a Tennessee duo named Vos Lake, whose wispy music drips endless pools of heart melting nostalgia. Backyard is a stand out track from the album they released earlier this year, fittingly named Vibes. Its luminous lo-fi bedroom dream pop reminds me of early Youth Lagoon, though less psychedelic and more clean. For more feels from the duo, stream the more uptempo and synthpop imbued Summer Love below. 

December 31, 2014
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Fans of British soul and future pop duo AlunaGeorge know that their excellent and UNDERRATED 2013 debut album Body Music carried a fabulous tune named You Know You Like It. People who aren’t as familiar with AlunaGeorge probably know a version that’s actually a REMIX of the song by red hot producer DJ Snake. Today, DJ Snake and AlunaGeorge dropped an interesting video for that collaborative track, and I figured it’d be a good one to close things out with for the moment. I just watched Dawn of The Planet Of The Apes the other night, so the video was quite a coincidental surprise. Caesar! Is that you?

December 31, 2014
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Big Z is a 20 year old producer from Philadelphia, and he’s caught my attention with an infectious house revival of Calvin Harris’ 2012 hit Thinking About You.  His take on Thinking About You is massively radiant and addicting, melodic and playful. Pumping beats, blissful piano, and sprightly synths weave a dizzying, exhilarating experience. The impressive remix compelled me to check out some of Big Z’s other work, and I was delighted to find that he had an arsenal of superb originals too, including The Feels, below. Bouncy and effervescent, The Feels is a beautiful future bass and trap song reminiscent of a cross between Lido and Wave Racer. 

December 31, 2014
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Washington, D.C. based producer Eau Claire is slipping a stunner in before the year ends. And just in time, too, because her remix of M.I.A. classic Paper Planes is a sublime and thrilling treat to dance away to while the last minutes of 2014 whittle away. Wonderfully luminous and full of mirthful good vibes, this Eau Claire remix is a new tropics imbued, laid back melodic direction, but a chilled out nu-disco vibrancy still sets the song’s buoyant groove. Highly addictive and so resplendently good, this is a must add to your New Year’s dance party mix.

December 31, 2014
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English singer songwriter George Ezra has had quite the immense year, having released his debut album Wanted On Voyage and destroyed charts with both the album and its bluesy, folksy singles. Who doesn’t love the insanely catchy Budapest? Apparently, Jack That House does, too, but envisions it in a different light. The Jack That House bootleg of Budapest is a mesmerizing twist on tropical house, with a deeper, more resplendent bass line, crisp and entrancing.