Youth Lagoon’s “Year of Hibernation” was pretty high on a good deal of those year end “best of” lists. The weak yet sweet sounding little vocals from Trevor Powers are extremely reflective of the nostalgia of growing up. The innocence of childhood. This whole album really reminds me of the book, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” in that same kind of personal intimate sort of way.
“Bedouin Dress” is a rich acoustic track from folk staples Fleet Foxes. This song honestly warms my heart as the vocals get a little louder, the percussion a bit heavier, and more instruments added along to the mix.
If you don’t have their latest album, Helplessness Blues then I highly suggest you grab a copy because I’m sure the phrase, “one of the best albums of 2011″ has been well worn.
To wrap up the year, Denver’s Signal Path recently released the final installment of their 2011 four-part season quadrILLogy. The idea behind these releases was to drop a new (and FREE) EP on the very first day of each season. A very fine idea if I do say so myself.
Check a few select tracks from all 4 Eps and head on over to the ole band camp where you can cop em all for free!!
It’s finally here, we’re on the brink of a new year.
My plans tonight? I’m ashamed to say I haven’t seen the talented Good Old War live while I’ve been residing in their city. So, tonight’s my lucky night. The trio is throwing a New Years Eve bash at TLA in Philadelphia and I’m beyond excited. Earlier this month they dropped the single, “Calling Me Names” off their upcoming album Come Back As Rain. It’s a bit more produced but don’t conjure up a negative connotation, the three-part harmonies are only that more lovely.
It’s hard to deny one of the leading artists in the chillwave genre the title of putting out one of the best records of the year.
Yeah, you may have gotten tired of slowed the down synths by the end of this summer but Ernest Greene, otherwise known as Washed Out, released his first full length album, Within and Without. The album is brilliantly composed and tugs at the heart strings leaving you with a deep sense of longing.
“Amor Fati” is still one of my most favorite songs of the year. Incredibly enjoyable for the ears, this track reminds me of the reasons why I loved the rest of his album. I could listen all year round, the music somehow adapts to my surroundings and allows me to just relax and focus on the sounds (and I won’t question anything that does that). Greene takes the genre (even electronic music for that matter) and adds a depth to it quite like anyone else has.
Snag a couple of the tracks below from Within and Without.
I heard of the synth-pop group called FM Belfast awhile back when I caught wind of their tracks “Underwear” and “Par Avion.” I always thought they were a bit odd but they produced some catchy songs.
But you know what? They really grew on me. These Icelander’s organic debut remind me much of Brazil’s CSS the way they carry themselves with the same experimental confidence. The group ranges in size with a few static members but that doesn’t hold back their highly-energetic nature. Although having extreme success with their debut, How To Make Friends, I feel as if their sound is lost on most people. Their 2011 response, Don’t Want To Sleep, is chock-full of heavy electro-pop that immediately gets your limbs moving.
A few select tracks for your enjoyment, right-click to download.
While I despise making year-end lists (for many reasons), I don’t mind commenting on some of my favorites of the year.
Beach Fossilscreate lo-fi guitar-line focused music. The lighter surfy riffs sometimes disguise the heavier content matter, but sometimes I like that. What makes their sound different and stand out is the rooted 80′s pop elements they have managed to blend.
Below is the music video they teamed up with Urban Outfitters to produce for their song, “Adversity.” I really like the shots in the forest and how they play with exposure and shadows with darkness and light. It feels like a collection of fleeting memories..
Joywave has been on and off my unconscious radar for months now.
I’ve been downloading tracks the music blogosphere has been throwing out every now and then, leaving them on my iPod and random mix CD’s. And still..no post dedicated solely to this up and coming indie-pop group.
MeetJoywave, coming at you straight from Rochester, NY. I’m not sure how they created such smooth, warm music from such a frigid area of the country. They’re genre-defying..maybe indie, maybe pop, string it together with some soulful beats and you’ve got yourself Joywave. Each song I’ve encountered I have loved for different reasons. “Golden State” was the very first I heard which has this heavy indie-rock feel to it, but has such a nice light chorus. Then I went on to listen to, “Traveling at the Speed of Light” which completely slows their sound down, a lot more production going on in this one. And then there’s my most recent obsession, “Betelgeuse” (which apparently is the 8th brightest star – thanks wiki) which has got some incredible lyrics with a great keyboard beat that starts the entire song off.
Joywave is all over the spectrum. They’re not for everyone’s ears. You’ve got to be patient with this band, but they will blow you away. Back in March they released an 11 song mixtape which features many samples from all over the place like from The Pet Shop Boys and The Flaming Lips…all for FREE right here.
Here’s some heavy, driving-guitar tracks for your Tuesday evening.
Less Unless – Civil Civic Now this is some good fucking noise. I absolutely love the music these Euro-based Australians create. A little bit of lo-fi mixed with some thick, jamming guitars and hard-hitting drums and you’ve got yourself Civil Civic. I really couldn’t decide whether to post this track or my other favorite, “Run Overdrive.” Their blog is entertaining as well.
Gatito – Guadalupe Plata I have no idea what they’re saying but I like this rockabilly jam. I’m not too keen on these Spaniards but they’re currently at SXSW. It’s a quick, fun track from this three piece who keep it real and stick to an old-school bluesy rock style. We shall see what’s to come, I’m curious to hear about how they played down in Austin.