Yukon Blonde today shares a fourth single “Too Close To Love” from their forthcoming album. Opening with nostalgic ’80s tinged, pulsating synths, “Too Close To Love” epitomizes the feeling of the record and sits comfortably between a guitar heavy post-punk and club ready dance music aesthetic. Inspired by Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being the track ruminates about the heaviness of decisions when dealing with matters of love.
After linking up with producer Tony Hoffer (The Kooks, Beck, Air) for their upcoming fourth album Critical Hit, out June 22 via Dine Alone Records, Yukon Blonde are aiming to show that they’re much more than just rock, incorporating elements of electronica and erratic pop with their familiar garage rock sound. The 13-track album is a deeply personal proposition on dating in the digital age. The record channels the varying emotions experienced while navigating the sometimes treacherous waters of today; It’s sometimes tenuous, sometimes depressing, and sometimes jubilant. “It’s hard to do a song by song breakdown, because as much sarcasm and wit as there is on this record, there is some intensely private shit in the lyrics too, and sometimes the vibe is just more our obsession with synthesizers and drum machines, aesthetics over lyrics,” vocalist Jeff Innes says.
After sharing the erratic lovesick synth-pop anthem “Crazy” and the surf rock tinged track “Emotional Blackmail”, Yukon Blonde returns today with “Love The Way You Are.” The garage party anthem rides low on a gritty electric guitar rhythmic strut that recalls The Strokes, with the chorus blooming in a gang-vocal sing-a-long: “if you want something baby, go out and get it.”
Yukon Blonde recently teamed up with Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat) for two new songs, “Crazy” and “Emotional Blackmail”. Those two tracks are available to purchase on limited edition, screen-printed clear 10” vinyl via Dine Alone Records. Limited to 1000 copies, the vinyl also includes an instant download of both tracks.
Today, the band is also sharing the new lyric video for “Crazy”, a song which arrived while frontman Jeff Innes was living in Madrid, Spain where he was joined sporadically by his bandmates to write new material.
“The idea for the song came about just before a show in Munich at the end of the tour,” says Innes. “I was just outside of the club and I could hear the rest of the band sound checking one of our songs. I had the chords mixed up in my mind so it sounded like a completely different tune. As I was humming this melody outside, I was simultaneously trying to think of what to say to defend my slightly erratic behaviour to a girl I had met in Spain. And so as I was writing to her, I ended up writing the lyrics to the song.”
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The year is coming to a close and I’m sitting here looking back on another year of blogging; another year of so many great tunes.
It’s always a challenge to try and sum up your year in one playlist. Here’s my best attempt, with my favourite songs of 2015 (via Soundcloud, Spotify, Youtube and new streaming site Playmoss). In my playlist I feature the likes of Leon Bridges, Day Wave, Big Data, Jack Garratt, Steven. A Clark, and many more.
*Note: This is not meant to be a Top 50 list where #1 is my favourite song. I love them all the same, plus the songs had to go in some order.
Signing off for 2015,
1. Favela – “Gong”
2. Leon Bridges – “Better Man”
3. Day Wave – “Drag”
4. Borns – “Electric Love”
5. Jack Garratt – “Weathered”
6. Beck – “Dreams”
7. Tame Impala – “The Less I Know The Better”
8. EXGF – “We Are The Hearts”
9. CHVRCHES – “Clearest Blue”
10. Kalle Mattson – “Avalanche”
11. Ben Khan – “Blade (Tidal Wave Of Love)”
12. Jose Gonzalez – “Leaf Off / The Cave”
13. Kate Boy – “Midnight Sun”
14. Bravestation – “Haven”
15. Christine And The Queens – “Tilted”
16. Martin Crane – “Physical Therapy”
17. ON AN ON – “Drifting”
18. Ryn Weaver – “The Fool”
19. Satellite Stories – “Heartbeat”
20. Austin Basham – “See You Soon”
21. Foxtrott – “Driven”
22. Hot Chip – “Dancing In The Dark”
23. j.viewz – “Don’t Pull Away”
24. Zibra – “Wasted Days”
25. Niki & The Dove – “Play It On My Radio”
26. Big Data – “Clean”
27. RAC – “One House”
28. City Calm Down – “Rabbit Run”
29. Passion Pit – “Lifted Up”
30. Refs – “Pain Goes Away”
31. Moon King – “Apocalypse”
32. Mt. Wolf – “Red”
33. The Wombats – “Give Me A Try”
34. Young Empires – “Uncover Your Eyes”
35. Panama Wedding – “Infinite High”
36. The Japanese House – “Teeth”
37. Ra Ra Riot – “Water”
38. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Multi-Love”
39. Rebecca Clements – “Pure Wasted”
40. Seoul – “The Line”
41. Will Joseph Cook – “Message”
42. The Elwins – “Show Me How To Move”
43. Vance Joy – “Fire And The Flood”
44. Sorcha Richardson – “Petrol Station”
45. Yukon Blonde – “Saturday Night”
46. Stone Cold Fox – “Sold”
47. Kassassin Street – “To Be Young”
48. Tanlines – “Slipping Away”
49. Steven A. Clark – “Can’t Have”
50. The Tallest Man On Earth – “Sagres”
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It’s a bit sad to think that this might be the last month I post a monthly playlist on Rdio, as the service has announced its closing. Of the multiple online platforms I use, Rdio was my favourite and will be missed here at Indie Music Filter. Good thing I’m making these playlists on Soundcloud and Spotify as well. Maybe I’ll bring back Youtube too.
This month’s playlist is an eclectic mix featuring some gems (from bands Wild Ones, St. Lucia, Beach House), collaborations (Ra Ra Riot and Vampire Weekend’s Rostam, j.viewz and Milosh, RAC and Filous) and covers (Great Good Fine OK and Panama Wedding doing “Easy Lover”).