Releases under the ‘pop’ Category:
as heard on radiospin on May 24th, 2013
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Jack Tatum‘s gleaming nocturnal synth pop as Wild Nothing produced not only an incredible string of recordings, but also spearheaded a micro-movement of indie-level dream pop more rooted in the ’80s synth reflections of acts like Echo & the Bunnymen or Aztec Camera than the mumbly fractalized bedroom productions coming from chillwave circles.
Empty Estate, follow-up EP to the critically acclaimed Nocturne, sets itself apart by exploring different absent-minded stylistic detours on almost every track. You know, Wild Nothing has always worn his sensitive songwriter’s influences on his sleeve. That’s why Empty Estate finally seems a thoroughly pleasant but unexpected long walk on a summer evening, with Tatum stopping for a moment to say hello to all his various different inclinations for a moment before moving on.
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as heard on radiospin on May 21st, 2013
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Daft Punk‘s Random Access Memories was one of the most anticipated albums of not only the year, but maybe even ever. This of course begged the question: does it live up to the hype? The best saying for this is the good old “aim low and you’ll never be disappointed,” which, albeit somewhat demotivational, does allow for a “better than expected” result. The French duo were being very ambitious by creating such a buzz, but can we expect any less from Daft Punk? Maybe not. For everywhere Random Access Memories lacks, there is an equally smooth and velvety groove to combat it. Unfortunately, this creates a very inconsistent album that has too many lull moments for it to be an overall winner in disco music history. The whole album is layered with 70′s funk, reminiscent of those fuzzy guitar solos and sweet licks we all grew up on and this makes it an extremely fun and upbeat type of record that has been filled to the brink with A-list cameos (please see Pharrell Williams, Julian Casablancas, Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder and so on). So, in the end, Daft Punk have delivered an exceptionally well marketed album, which unfortunately has an overall lacklustre feel. It is definitely worth a spin, but worth two spins? It’s up to you.
01. Give Life Back to Music [04:34]
02. The Game of Love [05:22]
03. Giorgio by Moroder [09:05]
04. Within [03:49]
05. Instant Crush [05:38]
06. Lose Yourself to Dance [05:54]
07. Touch [08:19]
08. Get Lucky [06:10]
09. Beyond [04:50]
10. Motherboard [05:42]
11. Fragments of Time [04:40]
12. Doin’ It Right [04:11]
13. Contact [06:21]
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as heard on radiospin on April 23rd, 2013
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Famous for their high-energy live shows and relentless touring schedule, !!! (pronounced Chk Chk Chk) have really focused their efforts on crafting an album with tighter song structures, and the results are stunning. The album, is titled THR!!!ER and was produced by Jim Eno, the drummer from Spoon. Like many people, Jim was a fan of !!!‘s live show, but he felt that they too often tried to capture these performances in the studio. Instead of trying to chase this feeling, Jim encouraged them to create a different type of excitement by using weirder sounds, inventing new dynamics within each song and introducing unexpected changes.
Something more honest, more interesting, more fun than ever before.
01. Even When the Water’s Cold [03:48]
02. Get That Rhythm Right [05:06]
03. One Girl / One Boy [04:04]
04. Fine Fine Fine [03:54]
05. Slyd [04:15]
06. Californyeah [04:34]
07. Except Death [04:37]
08. Careful [05:37]
09. Station (meet me at) [03:55]
PREVIEW: !!! (chk chk chk) – Fine Fine Fine
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as heard on radiospin on April 17th, 2013
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Ultramarine is the name and colour of Young Galaxy‘s 4th LP, the first album they have made away from Montreal, across the sea, all together. Like 2011‘s Shapeshifting, Ultramarine was made with electronic producer Dan Lissvik, but this time it was made in Göteborg, Sweden at Lissvik’s own studio. This time five musicians stood in a room with Lissvik, playing their instruments: this time every song was sung by co-founder Catherine McCandless, with eyes on a blue horizon. These are ten tracks of shining, glimmering electronic pop-songs that scatter across the dance floor, swim through headphones, ringing out like a cold new summer. A modern record, beautifully now, and in a way more direct than anything Young Galaxy have ever made. This band has always loved pop music: here they lean into this love, finding lyrics that speak more to the beat than to intimate autobiography.
01. Pretty Boy [03:56]
02. Fall For You [04:24]
03. New Summer [04:13]
04. Fever [02:58]
05. Hard to Tell [04:38]
06. What We Want [03:57]
07. Out the Gate Backwards [04:10]
08. In Fire [04:29]
09. Privileged Poor [03:14]
10. Sleepwalk with Me [03:55]
PREVIEW: Young Galaxy – Fever
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Kat Parsons comes to the end of her trilogy releasing the final installment of her three-part EP series (following the previous Talk to Me and Oh!), each showcasing a distinct image and sound. Again, with this It Matters to Me, Kat Parsons brings her multifaceted personality and talent to the forefront, highlighting her writing style and singer/songwriter sound akin to a modern Carole King. Because pop is always a serious matter, even when it’s so sweet.
01. I’ll Be Here [04:23]
02. It Matters to Me [02:47]
03. I Won’t Ask [03:28]
04. Harder than This [02:34]
05. One Day [04:12]
PREVIEW: Kat Parsons – It Matters to Me
ARTIST: Lava Lava Love
ALBUM: Au Printemps
directed by Stefano Piccardo
directed by Charlie Gerszewski
as heard on radiospin on March 30th, 2013
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You, RS reader, should know: Vague-à-Bonde is Nicole Brenny: a 24 year old French Language scholar turned producer, songwriter and musician who released her debut album Involution/Evolution nearly a year ago. Driven by the need to challenge herself beyond academia, Nicole used her awkward post-college years to teach herself production, all about analog synths and how to arrange and write songs: she quit most of her normal jobs and spent the majority of her time working on music & traveling throughout North America. So now the time has come for 222, a 5 song EP that catches the traveler at a moment of repose between journeys: these are deeply reflective tracks, digging through the past with an eye to the future, a moment of preparation & planning before the next journey begins. You can only enjoy this future-retro electro-pop ( but always lost into its strong roots made by earthy analog synths and live instrumentation) and then start again.
To nowhere, just like a Vague-à-Bonde.
01. Broke [04:49]
02. Evolved [03:51]
03. Our Love [04:01]
04. BP! [03:23]
05. New Pop [04:12]
PREVIEW: Vague-à-Bonde – Our Love
as heard on radiospin on March 27th, 2013
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The fourth studio-album by The Veils offers ten new great songs by the alternative rock band. Time Stays, We Go follows on from the band’s third album release Sun Gangs, released back in 2009, which seemed to offer a new slant to the band. It seems that the coming and going of band members hasn’t drastically affected the sound of The Veils’ music, with the tracks on the album sounding pretty much as good as anything else the band have produced thus far. Time Stays, We Go is a strong album, and can easily be called one of the best albums The Veils’ have produced up to now, if not at least on par with their previous work.
01. Through the Deep, Dark Wood [03:07]
02. Train with No Name [04:39]
03. Candy Apple Red [04:09]
04. Dancing with the Tornado [03:44]
05. The Pearl [03:57]
06. Sign of Your Love [04:29]
07. Turn from the Rain [03:33]
08. Birds [04:30]
09. Another Night On Earth [03:55]
10. Out from the Valley & Into the Stars [04:27]
PREVIEW: The Veils – The Pearl
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as heard on radiospin on March 25th, 2013
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Everybody’s favourite wyrd sisters CocoRosie are set to return to earthly shores this year with Tales of a Grass Widow. The record is the 5th studio album from Bianca (Coco) and Sierra (Rosie) Casady, and the American duo this time around choses ad the leading theme the transformative ecstasy in the face of harmful neglect told through their trade-mark avant-folkish language. Right. Makes sense. Maybe.
01. After the Afterlife [03:04]
02. Tears For Animals [05:19]
03. Child Bride [04:19]
04. Broken Chariot [02:15]
05. End of Time [03:20]
06. Harmelss Monster [03:08]
07. Gravediggers [05:26]
08. Far Away [04:37]
09. Roots of My Hair [05:58]
10. Villain [04:19]
11. Poison [18:18]
PREVIEW: CocoRosie – Child Bride
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ARTIST: Florence & the Machine
directed by David La Chapelle & John Byrne
The Strokes are back with their poppiest album yet, indulging the 80s synth-pop of Casablancas’s 2009 solo effort and underpinning it with the band’s familiar garage-rock hallmarks. That’s why you won’t find lots of indie clichés on Comedown Machine, but only a surprisingly playful clutch of tracks that could happily sit on a Kitsuné Maison compilation and still keep pace. The Strokes will never get back the raw magic of Is This It? but, with Comedown Machine, they’ve cast a different spell entirely: one that’s almost joyful.
01. Tap Out [03:42]
02. All the Time [03:01]
03. One Way Trigger [04:02]
04. Welcome to Japan [03:51]
05. 80′s Comedown Machine [04:59]
06. 50 50 [02:43]
07. Slow Animals [04:21]
08. Partners In Crime [03:22]
09. Chances [03:37]
10. Happy Ending [02:52]
11. Call It Fate Call It Karma [03:25]
PREVIEW: The Strokes – 50 50
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as heard on radiospin on March 18th, 2013
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Featuring charming keyboard-based dream-pop tunes with evident craftsmanship and interesting textures, Past Perfect by Finland’s Paperfangs is a debut LP worthy of note. The tones are remarkably clear (of course, it is Scandinavian pop) and warm, with plenty of vibrato. The vocals are conversational and intimate, with a male voice taking the lead and the female voice adding depth by softly chiming in from time to time. About as perfect for late night headphones listening.
01. In Age [02:46]
02. Bathe in Glory [03:19]
03. Selfless [03:44]
04. This Power [03:26]
05. Repeat [03:28]
06. Darkling, I Listen [03:38]
07. Widow’s Song [04:00]
08. Avenue of Splendours [04:09]
09. All Girls Are Grey [03:09]
10. His Famous Last Painting [02:42]
PREVIEW: Paperfangs – Selfless
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as heard on radiospin on March 14th, 2013
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It’s been ten years since we heard the familiar sounds of Brett Anderson’s powerful and stirring vocals, and this promises to be an album that’s been worth waiting over a decade for. Bloodsports it’s a story about lust, about the chase, about the endless carnal game of love.
So will Suede live up to their melodic, dramatic and historical past? That’s the hope.
01. Barriers [03:42]
02. Snowblind [04:04]
03. It Starts and Ends With You [03:52]
04. Sabotage [03:45]
05. Fot the Strangers [04:12]
06. Hit Me [04:04]
07. Sometimes I Feel I’ll Float Away [04:04]
08. What Are You Not Telling Me [03:12]
09. Always [04:43]
10. Faultlines [04:04]
PREVIEW: Suede – Sabotage
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as heard on radiospin on March 9th, 2013
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All things considered, this record it’s a matter of pop. But, think about it, pop is a matter of cooking. Then this record is a matter of cooking. First of all, the right ingredients: melodies, influences, sounds and fuzzy guitars, interweaving vocals, addictive choruses. Last but not least, the right doses: and here we enter a field called talent. A field where Lava Lava Love always feel comfortable. The band shakes everything together and provide us 12 catchy tracks ready to eat. Well, to listen, we mean. Put aside the zombies of their full-length debut and everything that could smell like “indie”, Lava Lava Love usher into spring in advance and, with this Au Printemps, they build the perfect place where almost everything (from Abba to The Smashing Pumpkins, from The Beatles to Foo Fighters, from Madonna to R.E.M. while winkling to every bubble that could float in that melting pot called “power-pop of the 90s”) can coexist. Pastel colors, tweeting birdies and blooming flowers: better times are yet to come, but you can already start smiling.
01. Both [02:55]
02. Before You Were Born [02:31]
03. (your heart) Beating the Wrong Time [01:59]
04. Don’t Try to Get in my Life [01:52]
05. It Snows in Hell [02:41]
06. All the Children Want Their Milk [02:11]
07. Right Time [02:41]
08. The Light at the End of the Tunnel [03:23]
09. I Hate the Summer [02:41]
10. Annie Serena Malahus [01:53]
09. Worth the Lie [02:47]
10. Another Love Song [03:03]
PREVIEW: Lava Lava Love – Both
as heard on radiospin on March 7th, 2013
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Still a four-piece when they recorded their self-titled debut album (although the band name always indicated that these two twins from Reykjavík were in fact the heads of the operation – Pasqual Pinon was a two-headed Mexican, a sideshow attraction in the early 1900s), Pascal Pinon is now, with this Twosomeness, essentially comprised of Jófrídur and Ásthildur, with occasional help by Kristín (and then there’s also casual member Sylvía). Together they have created a many-layered soundtrack to growing up on a volcanic island in the Atlantic: a small world of its own, with all its marvels an all its Good and Bad Things.
A DIY Icelandic tiny dream.
01. Ekki Vanmeta [03:17]
02. Þerney (one thing) [03:37]
03. Somewhere [03:10]
04. Evgeny Kissin [03:15]
05. When I Can’t Sleep [03:42]
06. Annar Logi [00:47]
07. Kertið [02:51]
08. Sumarmál [03:44]
09. Bloom [03:55]
10. Fernando [03:17]
11. Good and Bad Things [02:29]
12. Rifrildi [03:09]
PREVIEW: Pascal Pinon – Þerney (one thing)
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