Playlists are up! Here’s what I thought was the best of July 2014 on Rdio, Soundcloud, Spotify and Youtube. July was great for new music, check songs from Phoria, Operators, Broods, Lowell, Kate Boy, The RAA and many more.
Hey! You! You over there! You know that moment when a song sounds like a certain time of day? The clock has just hit 3pm, it’s a warm summer sunday and you’re full from the best meal, tired from the best laugh-loop and life feels as warm as the temperature outside. Meet 19-year-old Leo Stannard from a tiny village in Leicester. If Paolo Nutini, Bon Iver and Ben Howard were ever family members – this would be their little brother. Just over the 2 minute mark, he slows down the pace and all that’s heard is his voice echoing over, “And I found my place now I can’t go”.
Happy for you to stay, Leo.
Here’s the official music video for “Archie, Marry Me,” from the self-titled debut Alvvays album, out now on Polyvinyl (US) / Transgressive (UK) / Royal Mountain (CAN). Lead singer/guitarist Molly Rankin said of the video shoot: “…we made another super-8 video, one where we take ‘take the plunge’ to the logical extreme. The camera exploded at sea so we neutralized the black battery goo with vinegar and kept shooting. My hasty retreat via doggy-paddle was left on the cutting room floor.”
I wonder how many takes this took to get it just right? Here’s Lowell‘s latest video for “The Bells”, shot in Toronto by director and photographer, Norman Wong. The one shot clip opens with Lowell, a baseball bat in hand and surrounded by a ghoulish dance gang, cheerleaders, roller derby pals and a marching band in a twisted fantastical dance party.
Serious case of the mondays today, on this first tuesday of August. I just came off an excellent road trip to Virginia with friends and even though I’m physically in the office, my mind is still on the road, looking for adventure. Wish I had put this song on my iPhone before we left on our journey, it would have fit nicely with the songs I was pulling from what I’ve posted in the last couple of months. This is the latest track from Prides called “I Should Know You Better”, turn it up!
Joanna Gruesome are one of my favorite groups in the past few years, largely in part of how well they mesh things that are pretty with things that are, well, not-so-pretty. The outcome is never off-putting, but rather biting and delightful twee pop.
“Jerome (Liar)” is a stripped-down continuation of this sound. It’s short, pretty on the melody, and has just a small bit of discord in the background to keep the energy up. If you’ve been listening to a lot of polished music and need a bit of a palette cleanser, this is it.
Listen to “Jerome (Liar)” below.