“A Dream Of You And Me” by Future Islands. Did you happen to catch them on Letterman recently?
I for one, have missed people dancing in videos. I wonder what it is about a well timed, well shot, well choreographed dance routine that gets me so excited? The corners of my mouth curved upwards within seconds of the first few beats and if we may lets put the gushiness that we sprawled all over the site last year – aside – this funk-alt-synth-pop group from London are busy earnin… my respect (…and a slew of genre tagging).
The energy of the song combined with the video is quite honestly delightful but wait until that last tracking shot.
I knew I was going to like the Brooklyn based band Lucius as soon as I saw a screenshot of their video for ‘Turn It Around’. The retro look and the geometric visual effects are right up my street. Turns out that the track is also pretty cool, and I am excited to listen to the rest of the album, which will be out internationally by the end of March. If you’re lucky enough to live in the US or Canada, you already have access to all eleven tracks and some nicely presented fan packs.
So much hype has been created around Lykke Li‘s new album I Never Learn that this is probably old news for most of you, but it’s still worth mentioning just because it’s so good. The Swedish artist claims that she never learns, but I say she doesn’t need to. She’s nailing it as it is, and her move from pop to this deeper, more introspective kind of work is a very assertive manifestation of her capacity to grow and evolve.
In less than a week, Lykke Li released two new videos: “I Never Learn”, a trailer for the album which will see the light of day in the beginning of May, and “Love Me Like I’m Not Made Of Stone”, a beautiful yet incredibly tormented power ballad in which deep sadness and helplessness take the form of a heartfelt cry for help.
You should not miss this. Unless you are severely depressed.
Lost In The Dream, the upcoming album by The War On Drugs is, as of right now, one of my top 5 most anticipated releases in March – so it’s no wonder they’ve just given us some tantalizing pre-gifts to wet the palate and enthuse the mind. It’s for the first single “Red Eyes” and shows all the members of the band posing as judges in a talent contest I would most probably end up in. It’s completely sweet and real – which is the exact sentiment their songwriting exudes. Here’s the link to pre-order the album and you’d get a big “X” from us, if you don’t.
Now dance monkey, dance!
Its this time of year where my heart sinks a little bit, knowing that I won’t be in Austin next week for SXSW. If I were there though, I’d try to see one of French Horn Rebellion‘s 5 shows in 24 hours! Here’s the latest from their camp, a collaboration with HAERTS for the song “Swing Into It”, off an EP of the same name (b-side features a track with St. Lucia).
Check it out!