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“You & I” was my nomination for “Happiest Song of the Year,” but now I’m just trying not to associate it with (spoiler alert) trees and birds getting blown to bits. Elliot Sellers directs this twisted tragedy for British/Basque band Crystal Fighters’ latest single off of their second LP Cave Rave, to be released later this month on May 27th via Atlantic. Keep an eye out for them as they will be touring North American for the entire month of June.
Bonus: “You & I” gets a super dancy Gigamesh remix. Lend your ears to dem beats below, or download the track here.
It goes without saying that any double album, takes some sort of commitment to lay back and immerse into. But then again, any artist who has the nerve to release such work, deserves a heap of respect for their mutual commitment and balls for going against the grain of the old three minute roundabout.
Kurt Vile’s Wakin on a Pretty Daze, is a monumental record that proves that rigorous attempts to develop the KV cred are always worthwhile. The seventy minute, eleven track wonder from Philadelphia’s finest is something that I had been waiting for with anticipation. 2010’s Smoke Ring For My Halo was a magical, awe-inspiring, album that, stopped everyone in their tracks, had they heard it. Vile instantly created himself an identity and following of musicians and dreamers alike who were left wanting more.
Wakin On A Pretty Daze presents a totally new language. The sense of absence from Smoke Ring is now a sense of maturity, and the hard work that Vile commits himself to. He has risen the standards for what rock music strives to be and should be; transcendent and unnerving.
Get the album now via Matador, then watch Vile introduce you “Never Run Away” and finally download the track for free here.
London dreampop duo Still Corners have just released a video for their new single “Berlin Lovers.” The track is taken from their forthcoming third album Strange Pleasures, which comes out on May 7th via Sub Pop. The video was directed by Christian Sorensen Hansen. Watch it below, and then grab the track for the price of an email in the embedded widget afterwards.
Good news! Still Corners are back with a new album—their first since 2011’s Creatures of An Hour—and they’ve just made the first song from it, “Berlin Lovers,” available for download via the widget below. The third album is titled Strange Pleasures and will be released by Sub Pop on May 7th.
UK-based trip-hop producer Bonobo (aka Simon Green) is down to release his next album, The North Borders via Ninja Tune this April, after a long three years since his last album Black Sands. Thankfully, he’s given us a sneak preview to tide us over: “Cirrus” is first single off the album. Airy and ethereal bells and deep rhythmic bass work beautifully together to produce this cozy track. Listen to it paired with the trippy, retro-inspired music video directed by the reputed British freelance animator Cyriak Harris, which you can watch below. If you like what you hear, catch Bonobo’s North American tour; the dates have recently been revealed on his site. While you’re there, why not download “Cirrus” for the price of an email?
Unsigned London-via-Sydney electronic artist Jackie Knight, who goes by the name V.E.E.N., has just shared a video for his track “Thyreoalis.” The NSFW visuals (nudity) accompanies a sound that sometimes reminds us of Passion Pit, Hot Chip and Urban Cone. We dig it, and if you do as well, you can download the track by liking his page on Facebook here
Passion Pit’s “Carried Away,” a track from their latest album Gossamer, gets the fromage treatment by trance producer Tiësto. Who cares, right? Indeed… except that the remix comes paired with a music video that makes it somewhat bearable. It was directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada, and it involves these hipsters ingesting some kind of powdered substance that magically gives them the ability to physically split apart. Makes zero sense, but it’s fun to watch. You can download the track here if you dig it, but it comes with the risk of your friends seeing you “like” Tiësto in their Facebook newsfeed.
Father Tiger, aka Greg Delson and John Russell, are a fresh, smashing indiepop duo from LA that are garnering lots of love for their upbeat synth-wrapped sounds since the release of their first EP earlier this year (creatively titled EP 1 and downloadable for the price of an email in one of the widgets embedded below) . Listen to their excellent chill dancey single “Everyone Knows” (download widget also below), from their forthcoming Winter Solstice EP that they’ve paired with a makes-you-think music video, directed by Jeffrey McHale. Watch the video below.
And here’s a nice bonus for you guys, since Christmas is coming up and all: Father Tiger’s synthpop take on the good ol’ “On Christmas Day,” also directed by McHale, and featuring a flannel-shirt-and-red-beanie-wearing Santa. Can’t be beat.
Tokyo Denmark Sweden is a new indie dance trio from Sydney to keep an eye out for. They’ve just released a video for their single “When It Breaks,” taken from their self-titled debut EP which you can purchase via iTunes, and it’s a perfect reminder of why we’re happy that Summers in Australia happens during our Winters (answer: so that we can get to listen to carefree summery tracks year round). You can download the track for free here and watch the video, directed by Nick Pes and Shannon Pope, below.
Charli XCX’s track “Cloud Aura (feat. Brooke Candy),” taken from her Super Ultra mixtape (which you can still download for free here), now has a video. It was directed and cut by Ryan Andrews and you can watch it below.