After The Wire deemed Sunburned Hand of the Man the leaders of the “New Weird America” in 2003, Four Tet’s Kieran Hebden knew he had to be involved with the experimental collective. Thus, Fire Escape, the newest prog-addition to the Sunburned catalog. Recorded in about four hours in Hebden’s London-based studio The Exchange, Fire Escape then became a massive project for Four Tet’s jazz-minded producer.Read more »
Fall 2007 sees the members of San Diego-based indie-rock outfit Pinback prepping a new album for Touch and Go. The appropriately named Autumn of the Seraphs is another collection of tightly arranged, straightforward tracks dominated by guitar chords and Zach Smith's pleasant vocal range, but what makes this album noteworthy is the bonus EP that comes packaged with all pre-ordered copies.Read more »
Fresh off a recent jaunt through the US, the sample-happy, minimal pop producer Axel Willner (a.k.a. The Field) joins electro-pop craftsmen !!! for another bunch of dates in the States. Willner's debut longplayer for Kompakt, From Here We Go Sublime, is a trippy dancefloor filler with plenty of samples and a sense of humor. Meanwhile, the Brooklyn-based seven-piece is notorious for melodramatics and mayhem while creating racket onstage. Sounds like a match made in heaven.
There have been masses of shoegaze revivalists, but few have gained as much attention as Germany-born Ulrich Schnauss, whose musical resume includes the gorgeously crafted A Strangley Isolated Place and Far Away Trains Passing By, and remixes of everyone from Depeche Mode to Mojave 3. Shoegazers, to your knees!
No one does shoegaze quite like A Shoreline Dream, who started our week off with a dreamy and dramatic new video. Though some xlr8r.com readers hated it, we're kind of digging the street-friendly "What You Think," from Heiro Imperium's newest signing Knowbody. Goofy-yet-lovable French outfit TTC gave us "Travailler," and Liars redefined the term bizarre with its latest video.Read more »
Ah Glasgow. Home to gloomy weather, bad food, and two of the artists featured in this week's slew of downloads. Slam dropped four minutes and thirteen seconds of the same, pulsing electronic music that put the duo on the map four albums ago, and producer Rustie showed off his ability to mash dubstep, electro, and hip-hop together. Moving on to Germany, Yuno brought New Order-inspired chord progressions with soft synths, and David Last ensured Berlin's Social Registry imprint got funky for a hot minute.Read more »
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