In the time since New Order first rose to prominence, they have always been a huge influence in the Indie Rock world, and now that it is approaching 30 years since they released Power, Corruption, and Lies many bands are trying to emulate their sound. Some take the New Order influences too far, and some, like Craft Spells and Twin Cabins, are able to find a perfect balance. On “Cool Kids” off of Twin Cabins’ awesome debut album I’m Sure, Twin Cabins creates a sunny vibe with light and reverbed guitar strumming over a slightly over-produced (in a good way) drum track with mellow vocals that recall Beach Fossils’ self-titled album. Even though we are about to reach the winter solstice and this song was released in August, I kind of feel like this is the time of year we need sunny San Diego music like this the most. Stream “Cool Kids” below and hit the jump for the whole album.
When TV Girl stormed the blog scene with their fantastic first single “If You Want It”, it seemed like a song the San Diego outfit would never be able to live up to. Fortunately, TV Girl have stuck with it and have become one of my favorite and most consistent bands. All of their EP‘s and Singles have maintained the same qualities that made “If You Want It” great while still always bringing fresh new qualities to their music. Now they have finally dropped their first full length project in the form of a mixtape released on Heems’ record label, Greedhead, and the result is just as awesome as I had hoped. The Wild, The Innocent, The TV Shuffle will make a perfect soundtrack for all the barbeques and shenanigans we all hope to get into this summer, so download and sync to your iPod right away because you never know when it will come in handy, although it will probably be quite frequently.
I would like to go to San Diego some day because judging from the music that people from San Diego make, it seems like the sunniest, happiest place on Earth. Even a song called “Misery” sounds incredibly happy and up beat. “Misery” makes use of a recognizable oldie sample, as many other TV Girl songs do, and breathes new life into it with a beautifully arranged percussion track, and some more upfront than usual vocals from TV Girl lead singer Trung Ngo. TV Girl will be releasing their debut full project in the form of a mixtape on Heems (of Das Racist)’s record label, Greedhead, in May and I am sure that it will be one of the more perfect summer soundtracks to be put out in a while.
P.S. If you want to read about the song’s birth, death, and eventual reincarnation from Trung himself, head over to Portals for the scoop HERE