Posts Tagged ‘krautrock’

December 13, 2017

Texas project Cross Record and Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg surprised us a few weeks ago by partnering up and announcing a new band named Loma. Accompanying the news was first release Black Widow, an icy haunting, willowy gusting beauty that came with an eerie visual accompaniment. The trio will be releasing their self-titled debut album on February 16th via Sub Pop, which I’ve heartily pre-ordered today after hearing their second single, Relay Runner, an avant-garde krautrock infused experimental piece that draws us into a deep hypnosis. It’s an edgy and restless meditation, strange and delightful in every way. You too can pre-order Loma’s debut album, here.

March 22, 2017

I first fell in love with Mike Hadreas’ project Perfume Genius back in 2012, just before he released second album Put Your Back N 2 It and acquired much critical acclaim for the stark and honest hymnals he’d diffused the album with. My friend and I even went to see him at the intimate Swedish American Music Hall when he toured through San Francisco. Let’s just say the night has forever been etched into our memories. On May 5th, Perfume Genius will be releasing his fourth album, No Shape, via Matador Records. Slip Away is the first song and video from that album, and it’s both visually and aurally stunning. It steps gingerly to begin with a baroque whimsicality before it bursts forth with technicolor brilliance and heroic gallantry. We never needed more proof of Mike Hadreas’ true genius, but here we are again with the facts staring us right in the face, if not flowing ever so eloquently through our ears. You can pre-order new album No Shape, here. Perfume Genius will be touring in support of its release from May through July, with a stop at the Independent in San Francisco on July 18th. 

February 9, 2017
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Aside from lo-fi noise pop project Grass Widow, singer songwriter Hannah Lew is also involved in a project named Cold Beat, also set in San Francisco. And that project happens to be preparing to release a new full length. The lead single from Chaos By Invitation is a gazey synthpop meets gauzy rock fluttterer named 62 Moons. The song orbits about us with ever rippling, nostalgic strumming animation. Cold Beat’s new album Chaos By Invitation arrives on April 7th via Crime On The Moon. There seems to be a lot of lunar love going on.

September 23, 2016

If you’re a devout follower of the blog, then you probably know about my love for Operators, a project created by Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits) and Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks). Operators released a new album named Blue Wave earlier this year on Last Gang Records. I couldn’t get enough of the vivacious fusion of new wave, synthpop, and brooding post-punk found within that album. Get ready to move your body as we dive into newly announced album single Control. The track is one of the danciest jams off the album, a full blown electrifying shock of analog buzzing, icy rocking splendor. Control drops as a single on Last Gang come October 7th.

August 21, 2016
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Australia’s Jagwar Ma gave us one of the best albums of 2013 when they released their debut, Howlin’. I couldn’t stop blasting that LP, over and over again, so deep was I enthralled by their acidic dance music and psychedelic pop. The trio will be releasing their sophomore album, Every Now & Then, on October 14th, and I can hardly contain my excitement. Give Me A Reason comes as its latest potent taste, a spiraling entrancing, florescent rippling seven minutes of heady electronic bliss. Jagwar Ma takes us on an epic trip and leaves us ever ravenous for their next album. Pre-order Every Now & Then from iTunes. Now, can anyone shed some light on how you do the “amoeba” dance that they mention near the end of the song?

June 17, 2016
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Our march into absolute sonic intoxication continues with this sensational new tune from UK songwriter and producer Oli Bayston. Jist is the latest from his project, Boxed In, and it’s a disco funky, krautrock hypnotic eruption of sleek enrapturing magnificence. The dance propulsive single is infused with an abundance of spacey psychedelia and deep thrumming beats. Jist’s heady dynamics is reminiscent of a brilliant list of other indie electronic acts, including LCD Soundsystem, Formation, Holy Ghost!, and Hot Chip, making this a thoroughly inebriating, punchy chromatic tune. Jist will be on Boxed In’s just announced sophomore full length, Melt, which is set to arrive on September 23rd via Nettwerk Records. 

May 2, 2016
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Autonomic, by definition, refers to the involuntary or unconscious, and my love of DBFC’s new song of the same name is undeniably out of my control. The Anglo-French collective, who describe themselves as a club and not a band, deliver hypnotic dance brilliance on Autonomic, a funky dance punk and psychedelic electronic dazzler with hints of LCD Soundsystem, Soulwax, Jagwar Ma, and Kraftwerk all rolled up in one. The exhilarating single is out now on Different Recordings. It’ll get you feverishly moving and grooving. If you’re in the UK or Europe, you can move and groove to them live as they’re heading out on selected dates May through July, including stops at Art Rock Festival, The Great Escape, Sakifo Festival, Rain Forest Festival, and Paleo Festival.

March 27, 2016
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Magic Bronson hits us with some snappy hooks on the Los Angeles based band’s cheeky new tune, a synthpop and dance rock concoction named Hell With A Water Pistol. Though I certainly would never want to be caught in such a situation, the experience sure seems like much bustling fun when heard through Magic Bronson’s incredibly infectious new taste off their forthcoming EP. Hints of Krautrock imbue the wonderfully punchy and swiftly vigorous treat. Magic Bronson’s self titled EP will be out April 8th. Hell With A Water Pistol is available now from iTunes.

February 10, 2016
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London’s Teleman revealed their new single Dusseldorf, a track from the band’s forthcoming album Brilliant Sanity, out April 8th via Moshi Moshi. On the new song named after the German city, Teleman is wonderfully pop quirky and krautrock jaunty, delivering a dashing, shiny, synth rocking jam. Pre-order Brilliant Sanity on their website and get an instant download of Dusseldorf. Teleman will be touring the UK and Europe from March 2016 with NZCA Lines in support.

February 9, 2016

I became hooked on Nada Surf and Rogue Wave at around the same time in the mid 2000′s, thanks to those venerated The OC soundtracks that so many of us were much addicted to and influenced by back in the day. As a result, thinking of one band often leads me to think of the other. Nada Surf recently made an unexpected return, and oddly enough, Oakland’s very own Rogue Wave has surfaced with new material, too, alongside the announcement of their sixth full length. Delusions Of Grand Fur will be out April 29th. Zach Rogue and company have dealt out the lead single, What Is Left To Solve, and it’s surprisingly dark and new wavey, a gripping, brooding departure from some of their prior lo-fi rock. The new song comes at us today with some intriguing visuals. Oakland music sure is going strong these days with a wave of emerging new talent, and now, the great return of Rogue Wave themselves.