About Sam Veal

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Sam Veal is a film worker, freelance writer, and music enthusiast based in Atlanta, GA. He has worked in production with several major studios, such as Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, and Disney. He also spends time as a writing and editing consultant. While not working, he spends his time watching/playing soccer, cooking new things, and ineffectively trying to comb down the front part of his hair.

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Gemology – “First & Last”

Gemology – “First & Last”

I think what impresses me the most about Brooklyn’s Gemology is how impressively they stop short on so many elements.  “First & Last” is a soft piece of sensual electropop, evocative both vocally and in its melodic layers.  One more layer and it becomes cluttered.  Any more focus on the vocals and it becomes too explicit.  This track finds a fantastic balance of substance and sexy.

I suppose the song served its purpose: I need more fromGemology.  Listen to “First & Last” here.

 

Listen to The Juan MacLean’s Disco Epic, “A Simple Design”

Listen to The Juan MacLean’s Disco Epic, “A Simple Design”

From the opening seconds, there’s no hiding it – The Juan MacLean are on a mission to make you dance. This has been the project’s M.O. for over a decade now, but “A Simple Design” exudes a confidence not yet seen by both John MacLean and Nancy Whang.

This new assurance is found in the track’s contrasts: Whang’s deeper tones are rich when bouncing off the ping of the analog synth. It contains much of the repetition we’ve come to know from them, but when it spends such a great deal of time exploring so much tonal depth, the seven minutes and change seem much too short.

Come get lost in the odyssey.  “A Simple Design” will be on the band’s upcoming album, “In A Dream”, out September 16 on DFA.

Mr Twin Sister’s slow burner, “Blush”

Mr Twin Sister’s slow burner, “Blush”

On one hand, I’ve always appreciated the versatility Mr Twin Sister (formerly known as Twin Sister), whether they were tackling lofi dream pop ballads or full on disco stompers.  On the other, they all seemed like enjoyable experiments of a band still searching for their core.

Blush” retains all the enchantment of their past work, but nothing about it seems makeshift; this is as well composed as we’ve heard them.  A clean combination of strings, guitar work, and sultry vocals form a sexy slice of AM R&B radio gold.  If the first three minutes were successful in enchanting you into late night indulgence, then you will find the closing saxophone solo to be absolutely unfair.

Color me excited to hear more from the rebirth of this band. Listen to “Blush” below.

Joanna Gruesome – “Jerome (Liar)”

Joanna Gruesome – “Jerome (Liar)”

Joanna Gruesome are one of my favorite groups in the past few years, largely in part of how well they mesh things that are pretty with things that are, well, not-so-pretty.  The outcome is never off-putting, but rather biting and delightful twee pop.

“Jerome (Liar)” is a stripped-down continuation of this sound. It’s short, pretty on the melody, and has just a small bit of discord in the background to keep the energy up. If you’ve been listening to a lot of polished music and need a bit of a palette cleanser, this is it.

The track is part of an upcoming split with Trust Fund, out in late September via Happy Happy Birthday to Me Records in North America and Reeks of Effort in the UK.

Listen to “Jerome (Liar)” below.

“True” – Operators

“True” – Operators

If James Brown was the “Hardest Working Man in Show Business”, Dan Boeckner (Handsome Furs, Wolf Parade, Divine Fits) is making a case to be the “Hardest Working Man in Alternative Music”. His latest mysterious project, Operators is another addition to his already-acclaimed resume.

There has been little information regarding Operators other than the inclusion of drummer Sam Brown (also of Divine Fits) and Devojka. Their first sample of their work, “True”, is a foray into eighties new wave with a modern cleanliness.  The pulsing rhythm and flat tones coming from the synth indicate an analogue alternative to the Handsome Furs‘ delightfully gaudy digital polish.

More information will come along about Operators as they continue to perform, but Boeckner’s ability to lead is enough to keep us eager for more fantastic listens. Listen to “True” below.

NEW CARIBOU – “Can’t Do Without You”

NEW CARIBOU – “Can’t Do Without You”

Fellow IMF contributor Lior and I raced to our emails to give each other the same news: the wait is over!  Dan Snaith has dropped a new song in “Can’t Do Without You” that will appear on his first LP under the Caribou moniker in four years, titled Our Love.

Dan Snaith’s compositions have always featured beautiful build-ups and swells, and this one is no different. It isn’t until almost halfway through that all of the pieces come together into quite the simmering, sexy stew. Lyrically, the sentiment may be easy to relate to, but this track is not at all a back-to-basics: It builds, it burns, and it tantalizes.

Our Love, featuring spots from Owen Pallett and Jessy Lanza, is out on October 7th.