Yeasayer has been spotted on dozens of blogs and websites since the release of All Hour Cymbals in October, and with good reason. The Brooklyn-based four-piece has a knack for blending dancefloor-friendly rhythms and upbeat indie rock riffs with apocalyptic lyrics about the current state of the world. The result is an album that constantly swings between anxiety and absurdity which, after all, are pretty much the dominant feelings about today's world.
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Glass Candy whips this track from synth-pop outfit Ssion in to an Italo-disco frenzy, with plenty of thudding beats and stabbing synths. It's a collision of new wave, punk, rave, and disco, that, despite the connotations many of those genres have come to gain in that recent past, is good, solid fun for the dancefloor.
Since the strange "hiatus" for Deerhunter was announced last year, frontman Bradford Cox has been busy making music under his Atlas Sound guise, crafting what he called, in a recent interview, "a quiet rebellion." Cox's music under this name is markedly more ambient and melodic than that of Deerhunter, though his lyrics are no less urgent and cathartic.
For his latest release, the über-prolific Daedelus unleashes a live set from his July 2007 appearance at L.A. weekly Low End Theory. Armed with his monome, he drops one banging track after another of glitch-hop, avant-rap, IDM, and numerous other styles, all mixed and mastered by Low End Theory resident Daddy Kev.
Producer Lapsed teams up with turntablist Nonnon for his third full-length, and the combination produces an album that's somewhere between the triangle of glitch, electronic, and hip-hop, with an equal dose of machine-made sounds and organic scratching.
Formerly just the antics of Charlie Salas-Humara, Panther is now comprised of Humara and drummer Joe Kelly, and the addition of another member has taken the band into surprising directions. The forthcoming 14 KT God still bears some of the clipped, falsetto vocals and screaming beats that made Panther famous, but also sees more traditional, dare we say melancholy, song structures.
Armed with synthesizers and other electronics, Faunts originally created the tracks on their new EP for three short films. Compiled into a 40-minute release, the tracks create a moody, cinematic landscape that should set imaginative minds racing.
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