I’ve always enjoyedCarter Tanton’s knack for an ultra hazy sound but his new project is something else.
Under the new moniker, Luxury Liners, Tanton throws a heavy low end under his reverbed vocals in his latest single, “Caribbean Sunset.” Still present are the warping loops but there’s more of a harshness to it alongside plenty of push and pull between the percussion and the glittery synths. Off of the forthcoming LP due out April 2nd (via Western Vinyl),They’re Flowers should be an interesting direction to say the least.
Grab your copy of the track below and stay tuned over the next couple of months for what drops next.
If you’ve been a reader of the blog for awhile, you may have picked up on the fact that I’m from Maryland. And I love that god damn state. Philadelphia suits me, and I have had a great time living there for years after college but Maryland, that’s my home.
It’s safe to say I’m pretty excited to be working here this weekend, I even made a long trip out of it so I could see friends and family. So, it’s perfect timing that Chelsea got up another Etsy treasury before our trip south of the Mason Dixon line. Check out her hand-picked curation, I now have crabs and beer on my mind.
I can’t get enough of the song, “Brains,” which is probably my favorite Lower Den’s track so far off their upcoming album, Nootropics, set to drop May 1st.
It begins with incessant drums until Jana Hunter’s haunting vocals start to fill in and lay out the story. She’s got an incredible knack of building anxiety with her voice, control of soft and loud along the mounting electronic noise. Droning guitars that lap like waves in the background heed to the group’s intriguing experimental sound.
In Living Colour – Land & Peoples Dreamy pop that swirls around your eardrums, these Baltimore natives have already won my heart. “In Living Colour” is a track full of “ohhs” and hazy guitars, not overcomplicated yet you’re still left with such a lush sound. Check out their latest here.
Montana – Youth Lagoon I love listening to lo-fi music loud. Hearing the amplified tape-hiss kind of just warms me up and Youth Lagoon is no stranger to that. “Montana” builds and builds, layering piano and electric guitar, soon handclaps and more. It’s basically everything I could ask for in a song.
Marathon Runner – Yellow Ostrich Besides being a fantastic track off their new album, Strange Lands, we actually witness what was once a bedroom pop project turn into a flush three-piece right before our eyes. I love the evolution.
Baltimore’s Smash Gordon, not to be mistaken with Flash Gordon, recently put out this old mix he did when he was “goofing around a bit hungover” all the way back in 2010. It sort of blows my mind considering how dirty nasty this is and thinking if I were listening hungover, I would probably throw up immediately.
Anyway. I just got finished listening to this whole thing and despite its somewhat (what I consider) abrupt ending, it’s really awesome. Lots of good electro songs to help you Hulk-out and smash things.
But poor Smash forgot the track list and is actually running a contest to see who can name them all. If you’ve got it in you, email Alex@steezpromo.com with all the track names and you will win a sub-human prize pack (with a bottle of jack daniels, a few shirts, some stickers and more!)! SWEET!
And e-dubble does it again folks. This native Philaelphian-turned-Balitmore hip-hop phenom (minus the musical talent, did we trade places?) has been slowly and steadily crafting his skill and gaining a slew of followers.
Instantly I knew this track was going to be something hard and something gritty. In, “Changed My Mind,”e-dubble’s got swift lines and a grizzly power in his voice. This guy is confident with his stream of consciousness style and even throws in some light electronica, with just enough scaling synths.
“I went to sleep and I woke up dead but I changed my mind and I want to live.”
What an anthem.
BONUS TRACKS: I haven’t had much time to write lately but just trust me, I’ll have made it well worth the wait with these ones.
So, I’ve been lurking around the Coachella message boards like a creep. Hey, I just wanna know what’s up, that’s all. I wanted to get a feel for some bands everyone seems to be real pumped to see..and I want to see how much it varies from my own pre-determined list.
Here’s a handful of artists that are hyping up people’s countdown to Coachella..
Gogol Bordello – These guys are wacky. They seem to incorporate anything and everything into their gypsy-esque music. People are going wild over them and claim they’re a must-see. If you’re expecting some normal indie-rock, nah, don’t even bother clicking. If I get a chance to see them out in the desert, it should be interesting to say the least..
Animal Collective – I mean, this band really speaks for itself. They’ve been dominating the indie-music sphere for quite some time now. They’re avant-garde and of course I love that they claim Baltimore as their hometown. Check out these experimental tracks that will challenge your ears from their album, Merriweather Post Pavilion.
When I first heard a track from these guys last year I thought it was a joke. They sound so nonchalant that it makes you think they’re two dudes hanging out, spitting some clever rhymes with their feet up on the coffee table.
That may not be far from the truth, but Nick Often and Greg Ward are quickly making moves producing mixtapes and records on the regular. Plus these guys are from my native state, Maryland, which almost makes me a bit sad that I’m posted up in Philly and not able to check them out in their Baltimore scene.
Ingenius lyrics with an “I don’t give a fuck attitude” is the key to my heart. Right-click and download, you won’t be disappointed. Make sure to check out their new new as well.