Posts Tagged ‘chamber rock’

August 29, 2017

Veteran Philadelphia crew Beach Slang are known for their raucous live shows and spirited punk rock, but frontman James Alex is up to some new tricks these days. In fact, he’s gone off on a tangent and announced a new project named Quiet Slang, whose new EP We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags will showcase him playing solo alongside a contributing pianist and cellist. The EP will include two Beach Slang songs as well as covers of The Replacements and Big Star. We can now listen to Quiet Slang’s new rendition of Beach Slang’s Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas, and it’s quite the orchestral yet grainy raw beauty, while we ogle a series of vintage and lo-fi footage in its music video. Quiet Slang is like a more demure and delicate Beach Slang. A cassette version of the EP will be available on Cassette Store Day this October 14th. Pre-order, here. Order on CD/LP/digitally, here. About Quiet Slang, Alex says, “I suppose we’re all chasing something that resembles salvation, something that calms our bones. Maybe this is some small slice of that. Maybe it’s not. Maybe it’s chaos in soft clothes. Maybe it’s frightened. Maybe it’s fearless. Maybe it’s both. Or maybe it’s nothing. I don’t know, but I think about this: one day I’m going to be dust. And when my soul splits, maybe this will be the thing that sneaks me through the gates. If not, well, those are the breaks.”

June 30, 2017

Guys, guys! That rumored new St. Vincent just dropped! The visionary art rock/chamber pop musician and guitar virtuoso is back! And

Annie Clark’s gone beautifully and lavishly orchestral on New York. Yes, this is more classic strings and elegant piano chords Annie, and I do still miss the angular guitar Annie, but boy is this a majestic moving tune. You can find New York on iTunes, here. Also, St. Vincent is going on tour! Find out more, here. Tickets go on sale tomorrow. The tour is named Fear The Future. Could this be the title of her next album? Hopefully, a San Francisco date will be added to the tour in the coming weeks. 

April 8, 2017

I’ve been a bit obsessed with this song of late, particularly after hearing it soundtrack the trailer for a fascinating film named A Ghost Story. I Get Overwhelmed comes from Los Angeles project Dark Rooms’ recently released self titled album, and it’s a dream pop meets electro rock beauty to behold brimming with emotion. The artist’s breathy give I Get Overwhelmed a tangibly human quality. We can feel his torment rushing out of the song, a symphonic build up of ravishing instrumentals and cinematic flourishes. I Get Overwhelmed reminds me of The Antlers, with a touch of Perfume Genius and a sliver of early Youth Lagoon. You can stream Dark Rooms’ self titled album via Soundcloud. If you’re curious about the trailer for indie film A Ghost Story, check it out, here.

January 6, 2017

It feels like a lifetime ago when San Fermin first captured the whole of my being with Sonsick, a song that reminded me of Dirty Projectors and thoroughly entranced me with its baroque intricacy. It has, after all, been more than three long years. My love affair with the Brooklyn collective continues as they reveal brand new single Open, a song just as magically bewitching if not even more so with its gauzy ethereal, chiffon stringy beauty. Though I miss Allen Tate’s baritone voice on Open, Charlene Kaye’s pure and flawless voice more than enthralls, and I’m sure we’ll hear plenty of Allen on further previews off forthcoming album Belong. Open breathes and flutters like a weightless bird. The single will be available for purchase on January 6th, while new album Belong is expected to arrive later this year. 

OFFICIAL VID: Local Natives – Ceilings

September 21, 2013

Los Angeles band Local Natives’ sophomore album Ceilings, produced by The Nationals’ Aaron Dessner, was a fantastic release that feels like it came out ages ago. It doesn’t feel like the album came out this year, since it’s been a long, action packed year of music so far. Despite that, there’s no doubt in my mind that Hummingbird is still one of the best albums of the year. It was one of those albums with so many great tracks that I couldn’t decide on a favorite. Today’s release of a music video for wistful album track Ceilings reminds me of the enormity of that album yet again. I really must take some time soon and revisit Hummingbird! 

OFFICIAL VID: Local Natives – Ceilings

September 21, 2013

Los Angeles band Local Natives’ sophomore album Ceilings, produced by The Nationals’ Aaron Dessner, was a fantastic release that feels like it came out ages ago. It doesn’t feel like the album came out this year, since it’s been a long, action packed year of music so far. Despite that, there’s no doubt in my mind that Hummingbird is still one of the best albums of the year. It was one of those albums with so many great tracks that I couldn’t decide on a favorite. Today’s release of a music video for wistful album track Ceilings reminds me of the enormity of that album yet again. I really must take some time soon and revisit Hummingbird! 

May 9, 2013
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British indie rockers These New Puritans are set to release their third full length album Field of Reeds early June. Listen to beautiful, lush album track Fragment Two above. The orchestral song includes some amazing segments of strings and horn, a sure and quick way into my heart. There’s definitely less of a post-punk vibe and more of an art rock feel in this track than some of their other work (I can’t help thinking of Ramona Falls!).

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Don’t Swallow the Cap

April 12, 2013

Whoooweee. I was already blown away and in love with Demons a few short days ago, and now, The National has done it again with another tune off upcoming album Trouble Will Find Me, out May 21. Don’t Swallow The Cap is another introspective, brooding, despondent, yet smooth and beautiful track from Matt Berninger and his fellow rockers.  It’s heavy and emotional, yet not too suffocating at the same time. The National always seemed very good at doing that.

Don’t Swallow the Cap

April 12, 2013

Whoooweee. I was already blown away and in love with Demons a few short days ago, and now, The National has done it again with another tune off upcoming album Trouble Will Find Me, out May 21. Don’t Swallow The Cap is another introspective, brooding, despondent, yet smooth and beautiful track from Matt Berninger and his fellow rockers.  It’s heavy and emotional, yet not too suffocating at the same time. The National always seemed very good at doing that.

The National’s Demons

April 8, 2013

Highly respected indie rockers The National debuted a new track today titled Demons, the second track and first official single off their coming new record Trouble Will Find Me, out on May 21 off 4AD. Demons is both rough and tender. It’s a beautiful, raw, introspective ballad. The despondent, moody, intricate track builds up very slowly with Matt Berninger’s deep baritone vocals, at times reminding me of Bright Eyes/Conor Oberst. I found myself liking the song a lot by the time it reached the end. Now, I can’t wait to hear more from their sixth studio album.