Every once in a while I come across tracks like “Breathe”, by UK band Fractions, and I just assume that the band is already big and well-known. Then I check and realise this is only their first single, and their Facebook page only has a few hundreds of likes. It doesn’t make sense. Fractions sound like they’ve been there for a while. They sound like they could have opened for The Cure or played alongside Warpaint and CHVRCHES in a big open air festival. Maybe I’m just really interested in seeing how they sound live, especially because of their alleged “insular working environment“…
It’s Friday and since 7am I’ve been knocking e-mails out of my inbox to get an early start on this weekend. At this point its definitely possible, but its still so early, who knows what will happen today…..
I heard the newest track from Astronauts, etc. yesterday, but couldn’t find the time to get it up on the blog for you. Oaklander Anthony Ferraro is back, announcing that his lead single “Fuss” comes from the upcoming release of the Sadie EP, on Sept. 6th via Hit City U.S.A. “Fuss” marks a departure from previous efforts, aiming to reconcile two distinct moods which characterize the main sections of the song. Fans of Jai Paul, James Blake will dig this track, check it out.
Woodkid knows how to say farewell. He’s off to work on some new projects (that I’m personally very curious about) but gave us a last bit of his genius before walking out. “Do You Love Me After All” is a one take demo about love, pain and destruction. It is pure, fragile and beautiful in its rawness.
Yes, I will miss this.
I love a dark and cinematic music video as much as the next gal, but sometimes you just want something that makes you smile, and Phox‘s latest video for single “Kingfisher” is just that.
Directed by Zach Johnston, the video follows lead singer Monica Martin through a dreamy forest scape, complete with bubble snow and even a cat playing the drums. The song is a surprising mix of quirky instrumentation that builds into an ethereal soundscape, rich in vocal harmonies in its stunning choruses.
Catch the Wisconsin band on tour in a city near you now, they’re playing shows across Canada and the United States through mid-August.
For fans of London Grammar, or the voice of Florence Welch, check out Sydney-based artist Little Deed and her song “NEON”. Starting as an acoustic bedroom project has become a full-bodied craft, Little Deed has traded in her years of guitar-driven indie folk, to exploring the union between the chaos of industrial electronic sounds and lush, acoustic instrumentation.
Take a listen to “NEON”.
If James Brown was the “Hardest Working Man in Show Business”, Dan Boeckner (Handsome Furs, Wolf Parade, Divine Fits) is making a case to be the “Hardest Working Man in Alternative Music”. His latest mysterious project, Operators is another addition to his already-acclaimed resume.
There has been little information regarding Operators other than the inclusion of drummer Sam Brown (also of Divine Fits) and Devojka. Their first sample of their work, “True”, is a foray into eighties new wave with a modern cleanliness. The pulsing rhythm and flat tones coming from the synth indicate an analogue alternative to the Handsome Furs‘ delightfully gaudy digital polish.
More information will come along about Operators as they continue to perform, but Boeckner’s ability to lead is enough to keep us eager for more fantastic listens. Listen to “True” below.