Posts Tagged ‘art rock’

May 8, 2018

Aww yeah, I knew we’d be in for some new Jungle soon considering the collective’s recent touring activities, and here we are, with not one but two new jams (and videos) from the funk and soul loving Londoners! Happy Man and House In LA are our first new Jungle tunes since the band lit us on fire with their 2014 self-titled debut album. Hopefully, this means their sophomore album is arriving soon, and a new expansive tour is on its way, since I had to miss their stop in San Francisco a few weeks back. Happy Man is classic Jungle, a funky strutting, soulful swaggering affair. It’s lavish and opulent, dashing and suave. House In LA, however, bucks the usual Jungle pizzazz for a heady and sleek, dreamy and warped shimmer, kind of like James Vincent McMorrow gone psychedelic plush whilst enveloped by Radiohead’s orchestral electronica. While Happy Man might be the immediately hooking song out of the two, there’s no doubt House In LA is my favorite and the most brilliant offering. Happy Man and House In LA are both available now from XL Recordings, here and here, respectively.

May 5, 2018

It’s been three long years since Canadian group BRAIDS released their last album Deep in the Iris, one of 2015′s remarkably avant-garde and artfully brilliant masterpieces. Though they did release their Companion EP the following year, it’s been a long time since we’ve heard from the art rock trio, so it’s a fortuitous treat that BRAIDS has returned with not one, but two spectacular new tunes, both lush and mesmeric, extraordinary and beautiful. Burdock & Dandelion is a wavy whirring excursion with shades of Dirty Projectors coursing through its whimsical melody and hypnotic vocals. But there’s also a sweet tenderness and a quietude that reminds me of Wet, and an electro-driven experimentalism that evokes Hundred Waters/Nicole Miglis. The song is accompanied by second track Collarbones, a key lavish jazzy piece. Stream Collarbones below. These are songs that literally seem to inhale and exhale, and we do so in sync with them, riding their ebbs and tides, their swells and recessions, utterly caught up in each one’s current. Both stunning songs are available, here.

May 1, 2018

I just came across new Mass Gothic a short while ago, and I immediately listened to it not once, not twice, but three times (making this the fourth as I’m writing this). That’s how brilliant the band’s new single is. Dark Window, which arrives via a murky lyric video, is nothing short of inky splendorous. Its verdant lushness exudes shades of Arcade Fire, tinted with the opaque bewitchment of Bat For Lashes and perhaps even some of Beach House’s more atmospheric whirring, vigorously unsettled pieces. The husband-wife duo from NY leave me incredibly excited and hopeful for news of a sophomore album with their first song in quite some time. It’s been a couple of years since their eponymous debut album dropped on Sub Pop. Dark Window can be found on Apple Music, here.

April 25, 2018

Vestigial tails are strange unnecessary relics leftover from our evolution as human beings. But they’ve lent themselves well to Enola Fall’s sprawling new single, Vestigial Tail. The Tasmanian band has shared a Lynch-meets-Pan’s Labyrinth styled music video to go along with their fourth and final single from forthcoming album Bloodhound, their first record since permanently moving to Los Angeles late last year. Wild Beasts’ melodramatic tendencies intertwine with DeVotchka’s orchestral driven grandeur and Geographer’s dark fantastical beauty on Vestigial Tail. It’s a dream-like, soul-searching journey that leaves us excited for Bloodhound, expected to arrive soon. Vestigial Tail can be found on iTunes, here.

April 18, 2018
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New UK duo APRE are off to an exciting start. Not only have they just released a fantastic first single named All Yours, but they’re already slated to perform at festivals like Great Escape, Live at Leeds, and more. Inspired by bands like Foals, Tears For Fears, and Bombay Bicycle Club, APRE reels us in with coruscant shimmering, plucky sashaying All Yours, our first taste of an EP they’re already preparing to release later this season named The Movement Of Time. The pair ooze confidence on the track, whose lyrics capture the intensity of that point where you are ready to fully give yourself to someone. Sparkling alt pop and perky art rock interweave as APRE showcases their prowess in writing and production as well as their skills as vocalists and multi-instrumentalists. You can also listen to All Yours via Spotify, here.

April 18, 2018
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“What makes a man?” seems a rather complicated question to try and answer, so instead of attempting such a futile feat, let’s just delve into the soaring art pop and indie rock found on Stereo Honey’s spectacular new single instead. What Makes A Man is a dazzling anthem from the London four piece. Slivers of Foals’ art rock and Local Natives’ mellifluous howling vocals bedeck the dynamic rolling, exultant gushing sonic tidal wave. Stereo Honey loosely based the song on an Emma Payne poem named The Boxer. The band will be making the UK festival rounds this summer with performances at Live At Leeds, Liverpool Sound City, and The Great Escape.

April 18, 2018

I’d love to lavish countless loving “hearts” on Hearts Hearts, a left-field Viennese band on our radar whose cool, slinky vocals and gorgeously crafted art rock, electro-rock, and synthwave on their latest single come together like a riveting matrimony between Geographer and Wild Beasts. Hearts Hearts is releasing a new album next week, and they’ve revealed a surreal music video for its title track, Goods / Gods. Huw Stephens and John Kennedy have already started plugging the record on the radio, and Hearts Hearts has been featured on many an esteemed publication and blog, too. Now, they’ve announced a one-off London show at Thousand Island on May 22, too. Heart Hearts’ sophomore album Goods / Gods arrives April 20th. I, for one, cannot get enough of its  title track. Please enjoy the show for me, my friends across the great Atlantic pond. Listen to more of Hearts Hearts’ music on Soundcloud, here.

March 6, 2018

There are quite a few Mancunian bands I’m deeply fond of, one of which is art rock quartet Everything Everything, who I fell head over heels for just before the release of their sophomore album Arc back in 2013. It’s been less than eight months since Everything Everything dropped their much lauded fourth album A Fever Dream, so new music from the band is a very welcome surprise. They’re about to hit the road for a UK tour, and they’ve suddenly dropped a brand new EP named A Deeper Sea! Breadwinner is a rambunctious new offering from said EP, super-charged with the band’s usual vibrantly punchy art pop and cragged indie rock. Everything Everything’s new EP A Deeper Sea can be streamed via Spotify, here. Watch the fresh off the press music video for EP track The Mariana below, too. The Mariana is a far more meditative sprawling piece. 

February 27, 2018
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Novocain is a common anesthetic, which as most people who’ve had surgery or some sort of dental procedure know, causes numbness. But British quartet BLOXX’s new single Novocain is far from numbing or desensitizing. Its assured strut and contagious bassline drives us to tap our feet feverishly. The rising four piece have a huge year ahead of them, including a tour UK with Pale Waves, dates with The Wombats, a string of other spring gigs, as well as several fest appearances. I can imagine them igniting the crowd with Novocain and its exuberant art rock meets shimmering guitar pop energy. Download or stream Novocain, here.

February 15, 2018

Makeness maketh us eagerly step in sync with his new single, Stepping Out Of Sync and its fresh music video, too. The slick pumping track comes from the Scottish producer’s just announced debut album, Loud Patterns, arriving this April on Secretly Canadian. Stepping Out Of Sync is a euphoric torrent of ravishing beats and opulent synths. The upbeat number reminds us of Foals’ dance rock gone RÜFÜS DU SOL house. For another taste of Makeness’ wonderfully enthralling electronica, stream prior single Day Old Death, below.