Video: “Bones” by Cash+David

Video: “Bones” by Cash+David

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I’m just not good at figuring out what music videos mean.  Although, do you really have to know, to appreciate one that is artistic, beautiful and a great compliment to a song?

Here’s the treatment for “Bones” featuring some intriguing couples shielding each other from something,  created by James Willis of Bullion Productions (known for his work with Disclosure and Katy B).

London folks, Cash+David are set to debut their live show at Birthdays on Nov. 18th.  Go and tell me how it goes.

Currently Listening To: Sego

Currently Listening To: Sego

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I’ve got this song stuck in my head today,  LA band Sego‘s incredibly catchy “Wicket Youth” (off their debut self-titled EP).

The band (comprised of duo Spencer P and Thomas C) approach their music like the duality of their personalities:  “small-town boys living in the big city, equally drawn to both the cutting edge and the timeless, refusing to surrender flesh-and-blood humanity in an increasingly digitized and technologically driven world”.  Like their bio says, I can already hear those intoxicating melodies & pulsating rhythms, plus I’m stoked to hear more.

Toronto kids, they’re at the Horseshoe this Tuesday (Nov. 18th).

And here’s the video.

The Amazing’s (Amazing) “Picture You”

The Amazing’s (Amazing) “Picture You”

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The Amazing‘s breed of psychedelic folk rock has always found a way to pierce me in times of reflection.  Being a creature of seasons, The Amazing have typically been my soundtrack to autumnal contemplation with their alluring lyrics and meandering melodies, drawing the mind to The Moody Blues, Tame Impala, and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.

Their latest track, “Picture You“, is a fleshed-out epic that, while clocking in at over nine minutes, does just enough to keep the dream down on the ground.  The Amazing are no strangers to long instrumental breakdowns, but its forthright, affirmative delivery in this track is a welcome change.

The candidness remains the same, but “Picture You” is an anthem from a band that may be discovering that contemplation may not necessarily be kept to one’s self.  The track will be released on the band’s upcoming LP of the same title, out February 17.

“Red” by Mt. Wolf

“Red” by Mt. Wolf

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The e-mail recently I got told me that Mt. Wolf was back, although I didn’t know they had gone anywhere at all.  I actually didn’t know who this London band were at all, yet in my research, I seemed to have missed the boat completely on this heavily buzzed about London band that disappeared from the scene, right when they were just starting to get traction.  Returning with their dream-folk sound, the band have officially dusted off their soundcloud and put up “Red”.

The haunting lyric in the chorus (“I’m going away for a long time”) couldn’t help but remind me of Lord Huron’s “Ghost On The Shore”, that uses the same and somewhat similar feel.  Mashup anyone?

New Music From The Dodos, “Competition”

New Music From The Dodos, “Competition”

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San Francisco duo the Dodos have announced their new album, Individ (out January 27, 2015 on Polyvinyl/Dine Alone), and have premiered the first single from the record, “Competition.” For the Dodos “the best time to make a record is right after you’ve finished one” says vocalist and guitarist Meric Long.  Having just wrapped up the sessions for their last album “Carrier,” the duo immediately began laying to tape another batch of songs.  Channeling more of a sound akin to their 2008 commercial breakthrough Visiter, the duo focused on the movement that occurs between just two instruments, as evidenced in “Competition” (duelling guitar lines that overlap above and below a persistent drum beat as Long’s assured vocals soar above it all).

Every Age

Every Age

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I was really excited to see José González’s name pop up recently on the announcement of his new album “Vestiges & Claws”, upcoming tourdates and our first listen to a song off the record (“Every Age”).  I’m just surprised its taken me this long to get something up on the site….

“Vestiges & Claws”, his first album in seven years, will be released on February 17, 2015 and was produced by González in his home as well as Svenska Grammofonstudion, both in Gothenburg, Sweden.   It consists of years’ worth of musical sketches; an album that is less purist, less strict and a “collection that is simultaneously confident, free and uncertain”.  González revealed the first single and video from the album titled “Every Age.”, featuring a balloon’s-eye-view of this world we live in.

Take a look.