I got a note from Philadelphia artist Andy States this week, telling me some great news, that his band Cruiser (now called CRUISR out of respect for the existing Scottish band Cruiser) had signed with one of my favourite record labels, Vagrant Records. Vagrant is set to release a three song EP called All Over, which was produced and mixed by Andrew Maury (RAC, Panama Wedding, Ra Ra Riot) and demonstrates how fantastically Andy’s mind is able to translate pop hooks.
Take a listen to the title track.
It’s 4pm on friday of the long weekend and I’ve cracked a beer while tending to a few last minute to-do’s before I can get out of here. I meant to get this post up a little earlier in the week, but what can you do when you’re moving.
California’s synth-pop prodigy Lincoln Jesser is back with another new track, “Untold”, from his forthcoming debut album Modern Color (out 9/23). The album features nine emotionally engaging, feel-good electronic pop tracks, all written, produced, recorded and performed by Jesser. Tourdates below, and you can download “Untold” instantly when you pre-order the album.
09/05 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House (w/ Yuna)
09/07 – Long Beach, CA – Gaslamp
09/13 – Sacramento, CA – THIS Midtown Street Festival
10/03 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Globos
10/04 – San Francisco, CA – Brick and Mortar Music Hall
10/10 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
10/11 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands Gallery
“Dangerous Days” by Zola Jesus. Directed by contemporary visionary artist Tim Saccenti, the video is an awe-inspiring backdrop to this anthemic new song from Zola Jesus. Saccenti explains, “The song is a pure emotional plea, a future primitive call to arms. To create a moment of light in these dark times was our hope. Eschewing a heavy narrative we let the images of the Earth, filmed in wide screen and mixed with a tense unnatural presence, wash over the viewer while Nika communicates her powerful message.” Nika (of Zola Jesus) describes the video making process, “Working with Tim was effortless. His creative ambition to turn the abstract into a tangible feel is a rare treasure.”
“Dangerous Days” comes from the album TAIGA, due for release October 7th, 2014 on Mute.
It’s been really quiet on Indie Music Filter this week, as I’ve been occupied with an office move to a new place in the East End in Toronto. My business partner found a building with great potential on Gerrard St. East and for months, has had the space renovated to what is now our new office space. There’s been a series of delays, so many in fact, that I’m surprised we’re actually now moved in. Too bad we can’t find the box that had almost all of the office phones…..
As I write this, I’m sitting in my nearly set up office, with a window looking out towards the back patio. It’s totally dark everywhere and I’ve got the tunes turned up. Like this one, the song “Young & Free” by Sucré. I tweeted this track a week ago while perusing Rdio’s latest releases, noting that there was just something awesome about this tune. Today, while catching up in the feeds, I read more about the band on All Things Go. The French sugar/band is a musical group led by singer Stacy King, produced by multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Larson and her husband (and Mutemath drummer) Darren King.
And now back to regular posting….