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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SALES – “Getting It On”

SALES – “Getting It On”

There’s really no ambiguity in “Getting It On” by Orlando outfit SALES: rediscovering a lost intimacy can be scintillating.  The track crafts a charming and simple, yet mature lo-fi pop melody, perfect for that mixtape in any season.  It comes across as a feeling that needed to be put to song, knowing that the haste of laying it down carried more punch than any polish could.

“Getting It On” leaves nothing to the imagination, but when something so frank is so desirable, why bother imagining?  The track comes from their now-available self-titled EP.

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.