I meant to get this track up last week, but seems like I put the post together but never hit the old publish button. Here’s the latest track from Montreal band Seoul, “The Line” off their upcoming debut album “I Become A Shade” (out June 9th on Grand Jury in the US and Last Gang Records in Canada). The trio have separated the album into three distinct suites, equal parts gauzy dream-pop, reverberant R&B, and speculative ambient. Fans can see them on tour this Spring at SXSW and on a co-headlining run of dates with Ballet School.
Absolutely drifting away here listening to the magic of Patrick Watson‘s title track from his upcoming release of “Love Songs For Robots” (out May 12th via Secret City). Featuring a dreamscape of swirling synths and ethereal vocals, Watson calls the song “A meditation on the human connection in our mechanical impulses”. I call it a great way to get us excited about his new record.
Watch the album trailer here.
Finally, finally, finally! Icky Blossoms just released the first track from their forthcoming album, ‘Mask’, and it’s as awesome as you would expect it to be if you heard their first album! I confess I’ve been waiting for this for a while…
But ok, first things first. For those of you who never heard of Icky Blossoms before (you’re missing out!), they’re an electronic trio from Omaha, Nebraska, and they are incredible. Just to give you an idea of how impressed I was with their work, the first gift I ever gave my boyfriend was their special edition vinyl. They are bold, experimental, sometimes freaky, sometimes romantic, often sexy and, most of all, incredibly interesting. You’ll never get bored. So go ahead and listen to “In Folds”, it’s totally worth a few plays on repeat.
P.S. – ‘Mask’ will have a 3D cover, so the physical versions of the album will come with 3D glasses. Quirky!
The great songs just keep pouring in this week. Here’s “Drifting” from Minneapolis trio ON AN ON off their upcoming sophomore album (out this summer). I’m not a stranger to this song though. Last year, I first heard this track from the Red Brick Songs “Red Album”; “Drifting” emerging as my favourite result of the publisher’s up-north songwriting retreat, and a song I’d later declare as one of the Best Songs Of 2014. Fact is, right now I’m already thinking about adding this version to my Best Songs Of 2015 list.
Can I even do that? Well, there’s no rules to writing this blog other than to make sure I’m telling you about great music. This song sure does qualify.
The song is “inspired by falling asleep behind the wheel and trying to forget unforgettable things” and was recorded (with the album) at the famous Sunset Sound in Los Angeles with legendary producer Joe Chiccarelli (Spoon, White Stripes, The Shins, My Morning Jacket). I like this recording, featuring a few more background elements and instruments, along with a new drumbeat that leads us out of the song. It’s still haunting hearing singer Nate Eiesland’s “Gotta get out” appeal (at 3:00).
Yup, this one is staying on repeat all day here. Check out “Sagres”, the brand new track from Kristian Matsson (aka The Tallest Man On Earth), from his upcoming release of Dark Bird is Home (out May 12th via Dead Oceans). This beauty opens the album and has Matsson singing with a little more accompaniment that what we’ve heard from his previously.
This just made my whole week.