Even though everyone on the east coast is cautious of getting let down by false foreshadows of spring, I am confident that true spring weather is imminent in the next few weeks. During April showers I am listening to T I N D E R G R A M non stop while waiting for May flowers. T I N D E R G R A M is a currently faceless producer who knows exactly how to coax warm vibes out of samples of any sort and this first tape exhibits that perfectly. Made up of 11 simple, loop-based songs, T I N D E R G R A M plays through like its name-sakes, with abbreviated and instantly gratifying scenes that make up the perfect background music for daydreaming of the sunny rooftops and cold beers of the forthcoming summer. Stream my two favorite tracks off of the tape below, and buy the cassette via Paxico Records to search for the secret T I N D E R G R A M tracks that are yet to be discovered.
12 Ghosts is the project of Nemo Simulacra, a dude who I know very little about. His newest (probably not first, but again I really don’t know… I should do my research) release, electric sheep, was just put out by the cool dudes over at Staring at the Ceiling and is definitely one of the coolest and weirdest releases I’ll recommend you listen to all day. Opening track, “concept album”, does exactly what it needs to do. Over a frantically strummed guitar, Simulacra simultaneously lets the listener know that electric sheep is a concept album and that he has a knack for writing weird-pop. Later, on “sun will rise”, he half-sings over warbling lo-fi instrumentation recalling early Animal Collective. Although albums usually clue listeners in on what kind of musician the artist is, electric sheep will probably leave you with more questions than answers. But it’s probably better that way. 12 Ghosts’ future is way too wide open to try and define now.
Satan Mating is like a long night out drinking. The beginning is all energy, blown out and impossible to grasp the next day without blurring everything together. Then around 4AM or so, everything changes. The world gets all slow and all the lights and all the people are tired from wasting away. It’s beautiful in an ugly sort of way. ”Sansex” is the end of that night, when the hangover hasn’t quite hit but the drunk has been exhausted. It’s a weird kind of twilight hour. One that Passion Pusher paints orange and red with his guitar noodling and droning voice. Listen to his entire Satan Mating EP here.
Now that BlueHost has managed to get us back up and running again, it’s time to post some music at a semi-regular pace again. To start things off slow we have this slow-burning track from UK band Hunck. ”Toy Trucks” is a gorgeous slice of guitar rock that takes its time to work its way into your brain. Where it will probably stay for a long time. For two dudes they definitely manage to leave a big impression.
After dropping their new single a few weeks back, we’ve finally had the pleasure of listening through acab rocky’s newest sara. As the album art suggests, sara is a dark, gothic tinged ride through the home recordings of acab rocky who possess a maturity in song writing well beyond their years while remaining an album that could have only been produced by musicians their age. ”delusions” is probably one of the best punk songs that will be put out all year and on tracks like “intermission” and “interlude” they demonstrate that they have an ear for composition that reaches beyond their lo-fi aesthetic. Sam Wells also shows off just how adept of a singer and lyricist he is, pushing into lower registers on the emotionally charged “mother” (I can’t get the lyric “she never learned not to breath in smoke” out of my head). I honestly didn’t expect how fully developed acab rocky would sound on sara. The way they effortlessly blow through thrashing punk tracks to orchestrally adorned lo-fi puts them leagues above several of their emo-revivalist peers. Stream two of my favorite tracks below and the entire EP after the jump.
CT homies Ghost Row finally released their debut project with Cadence Collective, and its everything we had hoped it would be. If you’ve listened to Ghost Row’s music before or read PK’s interview with Chef the Chef you know that Color Plus and Chef aren’t too concerned with sticking to trends and are much more interested in carving out their own path within their genre. 800 Diamonds does just that. The beats switch from aggressive in tracks like “Visitor” to incredibly smooth in “Cranberry Octave” and standout “Golden Delicious” without ever succumbing to following trends or sacrificing chemistry. I’ve known for a while that Ghost Row were an especially talented duo and I think 800 Diamonds is by far the best example of this so far. Stream “Golden Delicious” below and stream and download the tape after the jump.
I don’t know if chillwave or bedroom-pop are still dirty words on the blogosphere but it’s really hard to care when Zoo Brother’s newest EP is this blissfully good. Taking a page from TV Girl, Zoo Brother works with short bursts of sampled joy to construct his beats and layers his vocals over the beats for hypnotizingly gorgeous effect. ”Psychic Whatever” speeds up a carnival medley for an off-kilter and dreamy romp that stretches beyond the 4-minute mark. On tracks like “Dreamwalking” and “If I Could (You Would Know)”, Zoo Brother demonstrate that they have evolved to become more than just the bedroom project of William Karmish. While many bedroom projects suffer when making the leap to the live stage, Gemini Girl shows off how ready Zoo Brother are. They’re definitely more than just another TV Girl (seriously, what happened to TV Girl anyway?).