The San Francisco indie rock sweethearts in Deerhoof will release their latest 14-track offering, Offend Maggie, next month. In the meantime, we are bringing you the introspective album’s namesake track to download. For this short-but-sweet song, the band has paired singer/bassist Satomi Matsuzaki’s endearing vocals with contrasting harmonies from drummer Greg Saunier over John Dieterich's beautiful and detailed acoustic guitar work. The result is a classically deerhoofian pop-rock lullaby with memorable hooks that will “ring, ring” (like Matsuzaki on the chorus) in your head long after the song has floated away. Lulu McAllister
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High Places is found-sound enthusiasts Mary Pearson and Rob Barber, and for their self-titled debut album, the two utilized not just manipulated samples, but a boatload of instruments that range from guitars to Kalimbas (listen for the banjo too). This track manages an interesting feat, which is to keep the listener both relaxed and expectant, as tinkling bells and gently plucked guitars move over an off-kilter beat that constantly changes both rhythm and time signature. Suffice to say, the duo pulls this off with ease.
Baltimore-by-way-of-Brooklyn-by-way-of-Sydney three-piece outfit The Death Set released its noisy debut album, Worldwide, earlier this year. The band has gotten Bonde do Role, Australian DJs Bumblebeez and Gloves, and American Treasure Fingers to sign on for "The Death Set Remix" 12”. Here, Treasure Fingers (of “Cross the Dancefloor” fame), has taken the band’s happy, electro-punk ditty, “Negative Thinking,” and dried it out for the dirty set. With its stripped-down, distorted vocals, grittier synths, and a harder hitting beat, this version has left no room for negativity. Lulu McAllister. Photo by Josh Sisk.
Those freak-hoppers in Restiform Bodies are gearing up for the release of their anticon. debut, TV Loves You Back, and instead of waiting until after the album's September 30 street date to start pushing the remixes, the trio enlisted Black Moth Super Rainbow boss Tobacco to get on the mixing board asap. Naturally, the latter added lots of wobbly, warped synth lines to the hip-hop flavored number. Throw in some off-kilter beat programming and rhymes spat in double-time, and a true weirdo-hop track has officially been born. Photo by Mathew Scott.
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The Icelandic power-quartet and blog darlings M.E.G.A., Kali, Demo, and A.C. Banana$, a.k.a. Steed Lord, just laced us with a sneak peek from their debut full-length, Truth Serum. "Thirst To Burst" is a straightforward electro-house banger, which, if we didn't know any better, could have easily been sent straight from Paris, but that's a good thing when the result sounds like this. In the vein of DatA or Kavinsky, with distorted, over-compressed basslines and epic synths aplenty, this track should keep everyone on their toes until Truth Serum drops this Fall. Photo by Magnus Unnar.
Written over the course of a year-long trip to the tropical Thai island of Koh Samui, the third long-player from Toronto-based Milosh carries a deep sense of isolation that the classically trained musician was experiencing during his time away from all things familiar. As with his previous two albums, iii is a very personal, intimate affair. His very own style of romantic downtempo and distinct falsetto voice often ride the fine line between joy and deep sadness, with the intention of being interpreted whichever way the listener chooses. The album won't hit stores until September 23, but starting today, it's available through iTunes, along with one exclusive, digital-only bonus track titled "Low Tide." iii 01 Awful Game 02 Another Day 03 Gentle Samui 04 Remember The Good Things 05 Warm Waters 06 Hold My Breath 07 Wrapped Round My Ways 08 Leaving Samui 09 The World
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