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Fever The Ghost – Source

January 22, 2014

Fever The Ghost have just come out with their debut Crab in Honey EP and if you caught yourself doing a double-take at the album art then you are not alone. Can’t say I know or understand the basis behind it, but I’ll give them points for originality if not a few for weirdness as well. The track “Source” is also quite the intriguing concoction of strange synths, a funky guitar melody, and the distinct vocals of singer Casper Andrizzo. This California psychedelic rock group has been turning heads in their native L.A. since the release of the track “Rounder” back in 2012. And it seems that once people catch onto the awesomeness of their new EP the buzz surrounding Fever The Ghost will extend way beyond their California borders.

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Ramesh – Requiem

January 21, 2014

Ramesh’s “Requiem” is one of the more refreshing tracks to come out in recent years. At a time when musicians feel the need to overload their music with unnecessary sounds and effects, Ramesh comes along with merely a piano melody and his voice to put those artists to shame. It takes a hell of an effort to sustain a full song with just those two elements, but Austin-based singer/songwriter Ramesh Srivastava pulls it off in an intensely beautiful fashion. His debut album The King is out now and if you can appreciate the heartfelt sincerity of tracks like “Requiem” then you’ll surely enjoy the rest of the record as well.

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Beck – Blue Moon

January 20, 2014

Not that you would know it by the music I post here, but my two all-time favorite artists are Beck and Nine Inch Nails. As Trent Reznor came through for me last year with NIN’s first record in 5 years, Beck is now getting set to release his eleventh studio album (the first since 2008) titled Morning Phase. I will spare the details on how utterly excited I am, especially since it’s been described as most similar to Beck’s 2002 masterpiece Sea Change (even the album covers are similar). As a musician and producer, there is no one in the business more versatile than Beck Hansen. Only he would be capable of making an album as quirky and outlandish as Midnight Vultures and then follow that up with one of such heartfelt conviction like Sea Change. The first new single “Blue Moon” is something of a country-folk ballad that’s got a surprisingly uplifting spirit to it. While it might seem lighthearted on the surface, if you pay close attention to the dreary, lonesome lyrics then all the previous Sea Change comparisons make a little more sense. Morning Phase is set to be released February 25th on Beck’s new label Capitol Records.

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Draper – Aftermath

January 17, 2014

Draper had a pretty solid 2013. He received a ton of deserving recognition for his self-titled Draper EP and also came

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through with one of the sickest remixes I’ve heard in a while. Well he’s already back at it this year (technically late December) with the newly released Sonder EP. “Aftermath” is one of the chiller tracks on the album highlighted by a nice beat, warm synths and the ever-so-crucial deep-screwed vocals. I definitely wouldn’t object to the track being a minute or two longer, but I suppose that can be countered by simply setting it to repeat. If you dig this song be sure to check out the rest of this emerging UK producer’s catalog.

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Young & Sick – Magnolia

January 16, 2014

I was first introduced to Young & Sick by way of the ridiculously lovely Mmoths track “For Her”. From the little I’ve so far learned this guy tends to showcase quite the array of talents. When he’s not dishing out wonderful RnB jams like “Magnolia” you might find him creating artwork for some of LA’s biggest acts. And if that’s not enough the guy is also a successful fashion designer. Even though he’s only released a handful of songs, Young & Sick is primed for his biggest year yet as he just signed on to play Coachella Music Festival. Hopefully he can find the time in the midst of all his other endeavors to put out a much anticipated debut LP.

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Lanterns on the Lake – The Buffalo Days

January 15, 2014

Lanterns on the Lake’s 2011 debut LP Gracious Tide, Take Me Home is one of my all-time favorites. If you can appreciate especially sincere, low-key folk tracks then I’d highly suggest you give it a proper listen. So I am sure you can imagine my excitement for their follow up album Until The Colours Run which was released in the U.S. yesterday. This record takes a much different approach than their previous work as most of the tracks are a bit more rock-oriented than what I am used to. And what might have begun as a brief moment of skepticism resulted in delight as LOTL puts together another complete collection of heartfelt, albeit often intense tracks. “The Buffalo Days” is as powerful as it is emotional, building and building until it finally reaches an Explosions In The Sky-like epic conclusion. So be sure to check out this track as well as the entire LP to see why we’re so high on this UK folk rock collective.

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Mkaio – Stars

January 14, 2014

After watching the film Her over the weekend, I got to thinking what current music will best emulate what we’ll be listening to in the future. As much as I was entranced by that film, lately I’ve been equally mesmerized by the work of Hawaiian-born electro producer Mkaio. His new track “Stars”, in particular, has got an incredible chillwave melody accompanied by some lovely robotized vocals that I can’t seem to get enough of. It’s apparent with his newly released tracks that he’s constantly growing and evolving his sound, and with that brings much excitement as to where his musical inspirations and ambitions will take him next.

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Goodbye Chanel – Kalifornia

January 13, 2014

Here’s a track we are admittedly late to the party in discovering. It’s most definitely a song meant for summer, but lately I’ve been absolutely entranced by the dreamy guitar melody in Goodbye Chanel’s “Kalifornia”. Out of Leeds, UK, Scott Johnson is the man behind the moniker and it appears he’s new to the party as well with just the single EP released so far. What I especially appreciate about his work is the depth and substance behind each track. It’s easy to make a superficial summer pop song, but Goodbye Chanel is intent on taking his sounds to the next level. We’ll be on the lookout for another album from this talented act in 2014.

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Wild Beasts – Wanderlust

January 10, 2014

Three of our most anticipated albums of 2014 are undoubtedly Beck’s Morning Phase, TV On The Radio’s – TBA, and Wild Beasts’ fourth LP Present Tense. To put Wild Beasts in as high regard as those other two is definitely a statement we’re willing to stand by. Their first single “Wanderlust” is an interesting piece to say the least. It begins rather uneventfully with some heavy bass and choir-like synths, but as it progresses and morphs you realize this is the same group that brought you the brilliant Smother just a few years ago. Present Tense is out on February 25th and frankly it couldn’t come soon enough.

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Dan Casey – Empty City

January 9, 2014

We haven’t featured a good folk song in a little while so we figure it’s a great time to introduce you to Berkeley-based singer/songwriter Dan Casey. As a plain folk artist this guy is already good enough, but what really blew me away was learning that he’s behind the electro pop outfit Yalls as well. The contrast in sounds from Yalls to his solo efforts are as drastic as they come – a testament to Casey’s versatility as a musician. “Empty City” is the opening track on his debut LP of the same name and I’d say it falls along the lines of a mellow Beck track. But this song is all about the minimalistic, yet entrancing guitar melody that’s bound to get an emotion or two stirring. Whether it be with Yalls, as a solo artist, or a completely new endeavor, we can’t wait to hear what this young talent comes up with next.

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