In October last year we shared Chicago indie rockers Filligar new track “Photos Of Madrid” and predicted quite a few things in terms of their sound taking a little hop and skip toward a new direction – a direction we were only too ecstatic to hear. Now they’re working on their sixth album and shared another gem with us called “Motor Shine”. According to Paste – where the song just premiered – the new album was recorded in a studio that the band built inside an old boat warehouse in California. “Motor Shine” and its hooky chorus allow for Jonny Mathias’s vocals to lead the way yet again, and the soothing familiarity and warmth of the melody certainly sound as relaxed as the summertime in California and really only mean one thing: we can’t wait to hear the rest of the album!
French Style Furs is the result of NYC meetups with Cold War Kids and LA compatriot We Barbarians. Naming themselves after a nearby Greenpoint storefront called French Style Furs, “Is Exotic Bait” is their upcoming release.
Take a listen to a track off the record, “Turn Or Burn”.
I posted the latest track/video from Hooray For Earth, over at aux on friday. Here’s what I was talking about.
It’s been over three years since I posted a track from NYC band Hooray For Earth, so its about time I put them up here again.
The band are just about to release their next album “Racy” (the follow up to Hooray For Earth‘s highly acclaimed 2011 debut True Loves). Co-produced by Chris Coady (Grizzly Bear, Beach House, Future Islands) and band leader Noel Heroux, they set out to craft a more fluid listening experience with Racy. This mean a more active role in the studio for Noel Heroux’s longtime bandmates—bassist Chris Principe, drummer Joe Ciampini, and keyboardist/vocalist Jessica Zambri. “I’m still writing, arranging, and doing the preliminary recording,” Heroux says. “But then it’s all funneled out through our scrappy rock band.” Racy is more of a rock album, nine finely etched songs rendered to life by Coady’s crystalline production.
Our first listen of whats to come is the killer track “Keys”, take a listen.
Director Beau Burrows talks about the video.
“Hooray for Earth has a wonderful ear – and, unsurprisingly, eye – for the foreign-yet-familiar and seductively strange, so when they came to us with the prospect of working on a video for their new album, we got excited….we developed and programmed a computer-controlled system of lights and motion control rigs that would flash and move in sync with the song. This allowed us the freedom to shoot different objects and at different locations while keeping the perspective and lighting consistent; It’s motion and light control, all in one. Noel and everyone in Hooray for Earth brought a lot to the table during these exploratory shoots, which made collaborating closely with the band an integral part of the creative process. We certainly had a blast shooting it, so we hope everyone enjoys watching!”
Anything involving/created by or composed with members of the bands we love are naturally going to set the bells ringing in our ears, so when it popped up that Michael Angelakos (Passion Pit lead singer) co-produced a new pop song we had to press play. The track title is “OctaHate” and it’s by New Yorker Ryn Weaver. Another one to stack atop all the other Summer tunes.
There are moments in the spaces between her lyrical verses (in the beginning and the end of the song) that shouts Jessy Lanza’s track “Kathy Lee”, which I’ve put below, because well why the blimming not. Interesting to see how foundations can be built on by different artists covering various genres.
Its always every once in a while when I get something like this in my inbox. Fall in love this song “Dust” from Australian three-piece Little May. The track embodies what the outfit have become so widely respected for – “vulnerable and honest lyrics with an undercurrent of otherworldly darkness”.
The song is out digitally via Dew Process, take a spin.