Fans of The National, Glavegas, or The Darcys are probably going to want to take a listen to Irish post punk band M O S C O W M E T R O. They passed along a link to their Spirit Of A City EP, which is set to be released next month.
Meeting through mutual friends, the quartet’s early rehearsals took place in a storage warehouse; a ten foot by ten foot metal box that shook with sound vibrations, leading to the inspiration for the name M O S C O W M E T R O. Their music deals with the subjects we don’t talk about, the things we bury deep. Taking inspiration from every aspect of life including films, writers, art; the band’s influences are diverse, from The National to Blade Runner, Walt Whitman to The Cure.
Spirit Of A City explores several dark themes; feeling trapped by your situation, death and loss, social tensions and escaping the aftermath of a failed relationship. Contrasting hope and fear; Spirit Of A City is dark and brooding yet also elated and uplifting.
Here’s the video for “Spirit of a City” but please take note of my favourite, the 2nd track, “Future Fades”.
“Gas and Cigarettes” by synth pop duo LCTRISC; a band I haven’t featured in a few years since my post on “Sunbird” (try here). “Gas and Cigarettes” is the first single from their upcoming debut LP The Fire in the Distant Future, out today.
Check out the video for “Coffee” by Sylvan Esso, directed by Dan Huiting. Filled with swirling colors to match the song’s eclectic beats, we are taken from an Appalachian contra-dance, to a proper Durham, NC house party, and finally to a 1950s-era sock-hop that explodes with a sexy, synchronized dance routine drenched in neon.
I was listening to PAPA‘s 2013 album Tender Madness this morning when I got word of a new track from the band. “I’m Not Sorry” is a B-side to the album, previously unreleased.
Have you heard the record yet? Stereogum has an album stream.
03/25Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo (Red Bull Sound Select)
05/23 San Francisco, CA @ Independent
05/25 George, WA @ Sasquatch
05/26 Missoula, MT @ Top Hat
05/28 Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
05/29 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
05/30 Madison, WI @ Frequency
05/31 Detroit, MI @ Pike Room
06/01 Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
06/02 Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
06/04 Burlington, VT @ Monkey House
06/05 New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine
06/06 Boston, MA @ Great Scott
06/07 New York, NY @ Governor’s Ball
06/09 Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel
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06/14 Dallas, TX @ City Tavern
06/15 Austin, TX @ Red 7
06/17 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
06/18 Tuscon, AZ @ 191 Toole
“Feel” by Bombay Bicycle Club, off their most recent release, So Long, See You Tomorrow. The song is based around a sample from a famous snake-charming scene in the film, Nagin, which is still widely celebrated as one of the biggest Bollywood movies (1954). The video is appropriately set in Bollywood, filmed in Bollywood, with original Bollywood actors and an authentic Bollywood director/production company.
I willingly surrender to anything that Slow Club present and this track is no exception. The duo who’ve been together for a whopping 9 years will be releasing their new album “Complete Surrender” on July 14th, and here’s the title track to go with it. With vocals as vigorous as a diva in a dance hall – it’s good.