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Unlikely Gathering Of Sounds

Unlikely Gathering Of Sounds

There’s a lot of music you miss when you’re ill for a long time. You tend to replay old playlists and seek comfort in familiar albums – effortless and effective. So when I tried to catch up, I found enough good tracks to feel adrift. Here’s my attempt at making sense of at least a small fraction of it. This is NOT a “best of 2014″ list – just a tiny collection of some of the pretty little things I missed over the last few months.

1) Airling – “Wasted Pilots”
Brisbane’s Hannah Shepherd makes beautifully dreamy tracks, with almost-childish-like clear vocals that contrast with a surprisingly mature composition. Her EP “Love Gracefully” could be the soundtrack to a mesmerizing sunset in the company of the ones you love the most. It is soft, strong, fragile, sexy and wild, all at the same time.

2) Eyedress – “When I’m Gone (feat. GEoRGiA)”
Idris Vicuña’s witch-house project Eyedress is a bedroom-made project, perfect for bed-ridden days. Idris is a young Filipino producer with an enormous amount of talent and I strongly recommend keeping an eye on him.

3) FKA Twigs – “Video Girl”
I surrender to FKA Twigs. She is such a talented musician, dancer and altogether amazing artist that I never know where to start when I want to describe her. She is beautifully weird. Her incredibly versatile and sensual voice, paired with disconcerting lyrics, convey a unique sense of femininity and frustration, independence and vulnerability. “Video Girl” may not be my favourite track, but it certainly is a powerful one… and the video itself is fabulous, so go ahead and watch it!

4) DEATHS – “Sold”
Dark and deep, this Berlin act should be gathering a lot more followers than it currently is. There is something disturbing and moving about their music, and “Sold” is a great example of the lush synths, unsettling vocals and earthy rhythm that this band is capable of.

Best Songs Of 2014

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It’s been another great year for new music, 2014 did not disappoint at all.  This post is always my favourite one to put together, the problem is always trying to keep the number of songs down.  I settled on 50 tracks (listed here in playlist order, not a ranking) that rocked my year, take a look below and agree, disagree, discover of just hit play.  As usual, I did my best to make these playlists on soundcloud, spotify, rdio, youtube and this year on Dropmark (which I use for saving videos).  For those who like to watch your playlists, try out my collection.

1. The War On Drugs – “Red Eyes”
2. Jungle – “Busy Earnin'”
3. Saintseneca – “Happy Alone”
4. Ryn Weaver – “OctaHate”
5. Broods – “L.A.F”
6. Death From Above 1979 – “Trainwreck 1979″
7. Brolin – “Swim Deep”
8. Bastille vs Haim – “Bite Down”
9. Moscow Metro – “Future Fades”
10. Austin Basham – “All Is Well”
11. Alvvays – “Archie, Marry Me”
12. Sego – “Wicket Youth”
13. Ghost Beach – “Moon Over Japan”
14. Sucre – “Young And Free”
15. Strand Of Oaks – “Shut In”
16. Lowell – “The Bells”
17. Arkells – “Come To Light”
18. Nate Eiesland – “Drifting”
19. Future Islands – “Seasons (Waiting On You)”
20. Ben Khan – “Youth”
21. Prinze George – “Make Me”
22. Bombay Bicycle Club – “Luna”
23. Sylvan Esso – “Coffee”
24. Caribou – “Can’t Do Without You”
25. Fickle Friends – “Swim”
26. Snakadaktal – “The Sun II”
27. Old Man Canyon – “Wiser”
28. Chad VanGaalen – “Monster”
29. Cloud Nothings – “I’m Not Part Of Me”
30. Skaters – “Miss Teen Massachusetts”
31. Spoon – “Inside Out”
32. Haerts – “Giving Up”
33. Kevin Drew – “You In Your Were”
34. Wye Oak – “Glory”
35. SOHN – “Artifice”
36. Hey Rosetta! – “Kintsukuroi”
37. Wolf Saga – “You Only Live Once (Strokes Cover) feat. Lyon”
38. Seoul – “Stay With Us”
39. Panama Wedding – “All Of The People”
40. Magic Man – “It All Starts Here”
41. Phoria – “Atomic”
42. Vance Joy – “Mess Is Mine”
43. New Pornographers – “Brill Bruisers”
44. Tove Lo – “Habits (Stay High)”
45. Prides – “Messiah”
46. Operators – “True ”
47. Snowmine – “Tidal Wave”
48. Still Parade – “Beach”
49. Breakfast In Fur – “Shape”
50. Odesza – “Say My Name (feat. Zyra)”

BEST SONGS OF 2014 (RDIO PLAYLIST) / BEST SONGS OF 2014 (SOUNDCLOUD PLAYLIST) / BEST SONGS OF 2014 (SPOTIFY PLAYLIST) / BEST SONGS OF 2014 (YOUTUBE PLAYLIST) / BEST SONGS OF 2014 (DROPMARK VIDEO PLAYLIST)

Video: “Daydreamer” by Bipolar Sunshine

Video: “Daydreamer” by Bipolar Sunshine

I’m expecting that 2015 will be a big year for Bipolar Sunshine as he builds momentum up to his summer release of his next album.  Last month, we got to hear a taste of whats to come with the song “Daydreamer“, a single that’s out on January 25th.  The song was a collaboration with SBTRKT and produced by Fraser T Smith (Adele, Lily Allen, Sam Smith), which now has a video, a kaleidoscopic vision of a daydreamer’s wild mind directed by Tomek Ducki.

Prides 2014 Mixtape

Prides 2014 Mixtape

This is the kind of thing I’m talking about when I say that I’m looking for bands that are doing something different.  Bands take notice, this is a great way to get on a blog (especially in December, when it’s all about year end content).

Glasgow’s Prides recently recorded themselves at The Old Mill Studios performing a mixtape of their favourite tracks, including Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”, Ryn Weaver’s “OctaHate”, and Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” (to name a few).  Here’s a note from the band:

2014 has been a year where we spent a lot of time in a van listening to the radio. We decided to wrap up the year with one of our mixtapes of our favorite tracks, but this time we decided to play it live. These are the songs that we sang on the way back from shows, played incessantly whilst out on tour, and cranked when they came on the radio. Hope you enjoy!

When I look back on 2014, I’m really glad that Prides popped up on my radar.

Shot, Directed and Edited by Something Something
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Take You Out

Take You Out

When I get an e-mail from Louisville, Kentucky band The Pass, I know there’s always going to be something good inside.  The electro-pop foursome pass-ed along their latest single, “Take You Out”, off an EP called High Road (out Dec 9th. via SonaBlast! Records).  I think these guys deserve a little more attention, as I would have expected they’d be massive by now!  Well, the synch world has noticed their craft, as apparently they’ve licensed their music over 40 times to tv shows and films.

Head over to their soundcloud page to get a little more familiar.