This track catches the ear immediately with its combination of staccato synths, breathy vocals, and ghostly reverb that all appear within the first thirty seconds of the song, and it's a good introduction to what the listener is in for with Fight Bite. The Denton, TX-based band–formed only late last year–combine founding member Leanne Macomber's pension for sad love ballads with the songwriting capabilities of Jeff Louis. The latter has a knack for weaving melancholy harmonies around and multi-instrumental layers around Macomber's original work, adding a keyboard strain here, a xylophone there, and a few drum machines as well. Minor chords reign supreme here, and if you're not in tears by the end of this track, you must truly be dead inside.
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One has to expect good things from an outfit that goes by the name Doomtree. The Minneapolis crew of producers and rappers is nine men strong and finally, the members have united for their first-ever all-inclusive release. Doomtree is, at its core, a hip-hop album, but the crew brings in elements from multiple genres, from indie-rock to punk-rock. "Game Over" features a hard-hitting beat, bubbling basslines, scratches, and crisply uttered lyrics.
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If it's dreamy, shoegazy songs you're after, look no further than Edmonton, Alberta-based five-piece outfit Faunts. The band's M4 EP is still, several months after its release, a musical tear-jerker and one of the most gorgeous discs to drop in 2008, with gauzy guitar chords, gentle, persistent snares, and densely layered synths. Formed in 2000, the band has shared a bill with the likes of fellow Canadians Broken Social Scene and Do Make Say Think, and are set to embark on their first-ever West Coast tour this fall. Check "M4 (Part II)" for all the shoegazy goodness needed this week, and for the truly avid fans, we've also got "M4 (Part I)" available for download.
Tussle's back! With a new bandmember, a new album, and a forthcoming tour in the works, the S.F.-based experimental band is keeping very busy in 2008, but they did have a few minutes to lace us with this track off the new full-length. Cream Cuts took the band nearly two years to complete and finds the four-piece outfit playing with elements of psychedelic and dub elements, as well as incorporating its usual round of precise hi-hats and kicks, courtesy of the band's drummer extraordinaire, Warren Huegel.
Delicious Vinyl's RMXXOLOGY compilation is the brainchild of Peaches and label founder Rick Ross, and came about when the two decided to commission a handful of contemporary electronic music artists to remix classic hip-hop tracks from the likes of Masta Ace, Fatlip, and Young MC. Production duo The Philippians assumed the challenge of reworking The Pharcyde's classic 1995 cut, "Runnin," and here, the Echo Park-based team adds dreamy acoustic chords and distinctly electronic programming to the synths and beats found on the original. Though they played with the vocals to some extent, chopping and staggering the chorus, the lyrical coming-of-age message is retained throughout this modern reworking of the song.
Asthmatic Kitty's newest signee comes in the form of Indianapolis-native David "Moose" Adamson, and just like the name of his Grampall Jookabox moniker (meant, apparently, to sound like a child slurring its words), the producer and songwriter has a taste for idiosyncrasy and off-kilter musical arrangements. This track might start off with a straightforward, chugging indie-rock guitar chord, but Adamson is quick to incorporate disparate rhythms made by triangles, tambourines, and kick drums, add some vaguely Arabic vocal chants, and drench his lyrical content in gallons of reverb.
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