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UNDER THE RADAR: ÁSGEIR SHARES TRANSCENDING NEW SINGLE ‘STARDUST’.
A taut and gleaming piece of electro-pop, R&B-smooth keys creating a reflective pool off which Ásgeir’s shimmering vocals bounce.”
Second album “Afterglow” out May 5th, via One Little Indian (UK)/ Columbia Records (US).
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IN CONCERT: Explosions in the Sky @ Capitol Theatre | Pitchfork Live.
6:47 – The Birth and Death of the Day
14:14 – Logic of a Dream
21:25 – Greet Death
30:54 – Human Qualities
39:00 – With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept
51:40 – Disintegration Anxiety
56:23 – Your Hand In Mine
1:05:25 – Catastrophe And The Cure
1:14:35 – Colors in Space
1:21:49 – The Only Moment We Were Alone
UNDER THE RADAR: Timber Timbre – “Sewer Blues”.
Canadian gothic folk trio Timber Timbre have announced the follow-up to their JUNO Award-nominated 2014 album Hot Dreams. Written during the politically turmoil of 2016, Sincerely, Future Pollution is set for an April 7th release via City Slang Records.
Unlike with past efforts, frontman Taylor Kirk did not bring fully mapped out songs into the studio. Instead, he relied more on bandmates Mathieu Charbonneau and Simon Trottier to help flesh out his ideas. They recorded with drummer Olivier Fairfield at La Frette chateau on the outskirts of Paris, leading to nine tracks that are “the cinema of a dizzying dystopia, rattled by the science fiction of this bluntly nonfictional time.”
Lead single “Sewer Blues” well exemplifies the album’s thrust. The track is dark and skulking, while streaking synths belie frightening implications.
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UNDER THE RADAR: Father John Misty – “Total Entertainment Forever”.
For a song targeting the world’s obsession with celebrity and technology, the video for Father John Misty‘s “Total Entertainment Forever” does an excellent, if bizarre, job of capturing the sentiment.
George Washington uses a virtual reality helmet to plug into a world where Kurt Cobain (played by Macaulay Culkin) is being flogged by a group of McDonalds representatives (I mean, they’re not exactly Ronald, right?), followed by Father John Misty himself crucifying Cobain.
And did I mention, he has hooks for hands? Watch the insanity below. The clip was directed by the Moldy Peaches’ Adam Green, who along with Culkin, Thomas Bayne, and Toby Goodshank, runs the Four Gods and a Baby video production house.
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LIVE SESSION: Father John Misty – “Ballad Of The Dying Man”, Live at Coachella 2017 Friday, April 14th
UNDER THE RADAR: HIGH TROPICS – “15 YEARS”.
High Tropics, fronted by Josh Stewart (formerly of The Ninjas), are emerging with their debut single, ’15 Years’, and an accompanying music video that premiered earlier this week on Pilerats.
“Kinda like old school The Strokes mixed with current day Violent Soho, it’s all fuzzy guitars, driving bass and thumping drums. Elegant in its simplicity, 15 Years is cracking debut from a band we reckon are gonna do some very good things, very quickly, on the Aussie rock’n’roll scene.” — Pilerats
UNDER THE RADAR: Skating Polly – “Hail Mary”.
Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse, the two stepsisters behind the Oklahoma City trio Skating Polly, were not yet born when Veruca Salt were taking over alt-rock radio. (Mayo is 21, and Bighorse is 16; they were 14 and nine, respectively, when they started the band.) But they still got Veruca Salt co-leaders Louise Post and Nina Gordon to help write the songs from their forthcoming EP New Trick. And a song like “Hail Mary” has some of the grand, large-scale fuzzy melodicism that’s largely gone extinct from the ’90s. It’s a very cool song, and it has a very cool and arty video from director Dave Smith.
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