“Hey, Doreen” by Lucius from their debut album “Wildewoman“.
I’ve been covering LA dream pop band Satchmode for quite a while now, always excited to hear a new track from the duo (multi-instrumentalists Gabe Donnay and Adam Boukis). From their second EP called Afterglow (out Jan. 2015) comes “Hall & Oates”, a song about “realizing that you don’t love someone anymore, and that once you’ve fallen out of love there’s no way to bring it back. You keep clinging to the relationship because you desperately want that feeling again, but you know deep down that it’s gone for good”. The song evolved out of the main synth riff in the verse, with the melody and lyrics coming quickly after, followed by months of perfecting the arrangement.
Since their first EP (Collide), they’ve added a full live band. Rather than program the drum parts, they had their drummer record with a full kit, then layering synth drums over that to keep their electronic, dancey vibe.
Want to hear more? Check out this interesting remix of Bon Iver’s “Holocene”.
You know how a song can transport you? I’m using “Who We Are” by Golden Coast, to take me out of this cold, dark Toronto November day, back to the warm and sunny beach I spent most of last week on. Physically, I’m still slightly freezing in my office, but mentally I’m totally in a different world.
The duo (comprised of Denny White & Steven Mudd) met in college while producing and writing for various artists before finally deciding to team up and release a project of their own. Golden Coast combines the best of both their skill-sets: a mixture of electronic and organic instruments, tight production, and sanguine themes set to no shortage of instantly hooky melodies. “Who We Are” comes from the bands’ upcoming sophomore release “Dream And An MPC” and features “vocal stutters, beefy drums and a siren of a synth hook”.
Take a spin.
Playlists are up! Here’s what I thought was the best of October 2014 on Rdio, Soundcloud, Spotify and Youtube. This past month had no shortage of great songs from bands like Cathedrals, Snowmine, Pauma, Saint Raymond, Close Talker, Seoul and many more.