New Music From Young Empires, “So Cruel”

New Music From Young Empires, “So Cruel”

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Colour me stoked today as I write this with a new track from Toronto band Young Empires playing in the background.  Last week, Fader premiered the song “So Cruel” (out Feb. 24th via Pirates Blend Records in Canada and Votiv Music outside of Canada), comparing the track to “British dance-pop aesthetes Friendly Fires”.  It’s in the same ballpark, definitely belongs on the same mixtape and will get a ton of spins here in the coming months for sure.  Check out the electro-pop bliss of “So Cruel”.

 

 

Crybaby Demon

Crybaby Demon

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(from soundcloud)

The first single from Crocodiles’ forthcoming album Boys offers a gaze into the salsa-punk existence the band lived while recording in Mexico City. It is the sound of helado and cervezas; bottles smashing against heads in Cuauhtémoc bat-caves. Charles Rowell’s psychedelic guitar swirl starts “Crybaby Demon,” immediately followed by an infectiously repetitive bass line and Latin trashcan percussion. Brandon Welchez’s sneering vocal floats above, telling the tale of a fallen angel, head still in the clouds, abusive and abused. The flip side is a joyously noisy retelling of Hot Chocolate’s 1975 disco classic “U Sexy Thing” and adds to their ever growing collection of oddball influences. 

Listen: “Blowtorch” by The Go! Team

Listen: “Blowtorch” by The Go! Team

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Here’s another phenomenal track from The Go! Team from their highly anticipated forthcoming album.  Featuring “thunderous drums, duelling sitars and jangling guitars with a blast furnace melody”, check out “Blowtorch”.  Band leader Ian Parton says: “I wrote the song just on an acoustic but when it came to the recording I had the idea of building it from chords from loads of different sources, so say the G chord was a second sample from one song, the D chord from totally different kind of song and it went on – the process of layering all these turned it into a wall of sound. Combined with vocals from Sudden Ensemble and Vinyl Tiger’s singer Doreen Kirchner it became this kinda bratty, super melodic thing.”