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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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“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.

SPEAK Stay Shiny with “Gates”

SPEAK Stay Shiny with “Gates”

I’ve been keeping tabs on Austin outfit SPEAK for a little over a year now hoping to hear about a new album. After sporadically releasing a few tracks over the past few months, their new LP Pedals has been given a June 24 release date, and to hold us over until then, they’ve shared a new track in “Gates“.

Keeping some of the new shine they flashed with “Be Reasonable, Diane“, “Gates” is restrained by comparison to some of the past songs, but in not being as busy, it successfully draws focus to the rhythm and some of the best lyrical work we’ve heard from them. The song is several years in the works, and though it clocks in at just under four minutes, the ending comes at a bit of a surprise. It certainly makes me ready for this new album!

“Gates” is currently available for preorder.

New Track – “Eyes” by Futurecop!

New Track – “Eyes” by Futurecop!

English electronic duo Futurecop! have always amazed me by creating nostalgic music that makes me yearn for memories that I’ve never experienced. “Eyes“, featuring Toronto indie-pop artist Lyon, is an ambrosial hymn of romance meant for summer stargazing.

“Eyes” is a dropping of much of the Casio-synth schtick that made their past releases so identifiable, but the fresher loops and piano riffs keep with their trademark rhythmic melody. The nostalgia hasn’t gone anywhere – it’s just moved to a different season.

Futurecop!‘s next release, “Fairytales of Summer Shoegazers“, will be out this summer, just in time to be the soundtrack to memories that actually exist.

New A Sunny Day in Glasgow – “Crushin’”

New A Sunny Day in Glasgow – “Crushin’”

Philadelphia/New York/Sydney noise-pop act A Sunny Day in Glasgow are soon to release their much-anticipated next album “Sea When Absent” via Lefse. Their latest sampling from the record, “Crushin’”, is noticeably airier than their usual bombastic anthems, but still carries the impassioned weight of their past work.

On the album, “Crushin’” follows the absolute melodramatic onslaught that is “In Love With Useless“, and the comedown is nothing short of beautiful.  From a Cocteau Twins-like vocal collage to the delicate guitar work, the song is a slow fantasy to get lost in.  The emotional crescendo continues to build into the song’s end, but just as it seems close to going off of the tracks, the air clears into a delayed synth pattern and settles.

I’ve followed this band for several years now and this is quite possibly their best and smartest example of their dream-pop songwriting prowess.  If this band has ever been too loud for you, I encourage you to give “Crushin’” a spin and reconsider.  “Sea When Absent” is available for preorder here and is out June 24.

Fickle Friends are Back to “P L A Y”

Fickle Friends are Back to “P L A Y”

Brighton synth-rockers Fickle Friends released their first track, “Swim” just a little over three months ago.  That one track got over three-hundred thousand plays on SoundCloud alone, and when one hears that catchy guitar line paired with splashy synth and smooth beat, is there any wondering how?

I’ve been waiting eagerly for another track by this five-piece, and “P L A Y” is proof that their first release was no fluke.  Leaning on more power-pop songwriting tendencies rather than the late eighties R&B elements from “Swim”, Fickle Friends craft much more of a foot-stomper this time around.  It holds some differences, but the fun synth-lines and Natassja Shine’s lyrical work remain delightful staples.

2014 is going to be a fun year for this band, and it may do well for you to join in with them.