I think my heart just made a sound. Michael Maleki, aka Kodak To Graph has the wielded the ability to do that to you. After his first North American tour with the band Braids and also Hundred Waters, he captured quite a bit of footage spanning across Texas, California, New York and Ontario. He wrote the song Glaciaa for the sole purpose of accompanying the footage. It’s strong enough to stand all on its own, which quantifies just how strong the propulsive set of rhythms are that he has created. With a nostalgic melody washed with grainy-synths and haunting reverb, it’s quite a teleportation device if you ever need to ‘wonder’ off somewhere.
This is yet another powerful music-video combination coming out of the brilliant minds of Scottish band Mogwai, this time with a little help from director/photographer Antony Crook. The video was shot in Hawaii and works perfectly with the slow and hypnotising sound of ‘The Lord is Out of Control’. Let the music take you to an imaginary playground and swing to the rhythm of the trapeze artists. It’s quite an experience, I promise.
The new album ‘Rave Tapes’ will be out in January, so keep an eye out!
Husband and wife duo Big Harp just released a new video for the track ‘Waiting For Some Drunk’, from their album ‘Chain Letters’. Not only do Chris Senseney and Stefanie Drootin share a great love story, they also made the decision to form a band together and have been letting their music evolve and develop as if it were a living creature. This track will be particularly enjoyed by those wishing a very different (and better) New Year: it has that bit of sorrow mixed with hope, and Big Harp really know how to pull it off.
Today, we’ve got a new followup single to “Old Fears” from LA’s Satchmode called “Best Intentions”. Both songs were recorded and mixed at the band’s home studio in LA and mastered by Dave Cooley (M83 and Silversun Pickups) and will appear on the debut EP Collide, out this coming January 16th.
Lincoln Jesser and I have a good little thing going on right now. He sends me an e-mail with a new track, I get hooked on it, then post it to IMF. This time though, I asked him for more info about him, as when I checked my previous posts on the site I found only great songs from an artist I knew very little about.
Lincoln Jesser is a 23 year-old from Indio (home of Coachella) who writes, produces and sings everything on these songs himself. He also works as a producer and guitarist for renowned Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna, who he collaborated with to create a remake of George Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun”, that landed as the closing song of Oliver Stone’s film “Savages” last year.
We’re to expect a lot of live shows and new music in 2014.
Its coming up to that time of year, where us bloggers try to look back on the year and compile those “best of” lists. I have the most fun with making the best songs list. I dive back into the blog, searching for those songs I posted all year and the ones that made my monthly playlists. And of course, the ones I might have missed, or that fell through the cracks.
One track that will definitely be on my list is Wild Cub‘s “Thunder Clatter”, which now has a lyric video (featuring the photography of Margaret Durow). The band have just announced a Jan/Feb headlining tour, you can check those dates here. Stay tuned for my “best of” posts, coming up.