One thing I’ve learned about Stone’s Throw Records, is that you should always trust Stone’s Throw Records. Their ever-expanding line-up is solid for a reason.
From the very first listen of those wavering synths followed by such a light and dreamy guitar line, I knew my ears were in for quite the treat when I hit play on Boardwalks’ debut single, “I’m To Blame.” Amber Quintero’s hazy vocals drift ever so naturally over the entire production.
I’m also pleased to say, we’re not left with just one lonely single. Their full length is more than just hazy lo-fi. Leading track, “I’m Not Myself,” has a steady rhythm and such rich guitar – I could play this song on loops for days. Less is more in this case and Boardwalk shows fabulous restraint from adding too much to the mix.
What I think makes me love these guys more is their backstory. From a simple introduction from mutual friends, the two decided to test their quickly-accelerating chemistry via the open road. From there, “I’m Not Myself,” was born, and so was the rest of a hopefully long-lasting musical relationship.
Listen to a couple of tracks below and be sure to listen to the rest over at Stones Throw.
Ernest Greene, otherwise known as Washed Out, has done a phenomenal job with his latest release. Further extending himself and pushing boundaries, I absolutely love this new direction he’s embarking on. Stream Paracosm below and be sure to grab the vinyl via Sub Pop.
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Loud rambunctious guitars, loose chords, pummeling percussion, and so much lo-fi I could die. I really am enjoying their first full length and pieced together track listing – this is one band you do not want to miss this Summer.
Stream the chugging 10-track album below and be sure to grab your very own copy for keeps here.
Remember when I posted about synthwave muscian-part-Maxillofacial Surgery resident? Philadelphia’s Skeleton Lipstick is back and this time he’s created an awesome video for his track, “Hearts Keep Beating,” off of his impressive Glows then Melts release.
I’m more than mesmerized by the bright colors and super lo-fi shots of Chris doing his electronic thing all over his vast amounts of equipment. But what I’m more fascinated with is the actual tones and sounds that the song is comprised of. Catch what the doctor had to say about the process:
The music I make is recorded with real instruments. The sounds aren’t software code or presets. Every sound is PAINSTAKINGLY built in the real world from a waveform first, or if its a simpler toy keyboard or sample, it is circuit bent and/or run through multiple effects peddles.
With the same amount of detail and precision he must have to use each and everyday in the medical field, Skeleton Lipstick lays it down and absolutely blows my ears away with all of the textures he meticulously creates. Enjoy the video above, re-listen to his debut album here, and be sure to check in again soon – his sophomore release is almost wrapped up.
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Silver Firs’ latest single, “Motherland,” is a Summer night anthem. Peppy guitar riffs, lo-fi vocals, and an easy foot-tapping rhythm set the evening mood just right. These Swedes have got it down.
Grab the first track off of their upcoming EP due out at the end of this month. If you like what you hear, check out the rest of their releases on bandcamp.
Right-click and enjoy.
Lo-fi is alive and well, the warmer temps are forever the cure.
From Long Island, NY, The Post Nobles effortlessly play loose chords, hazy choruses, and all around solid psychedelic rock with plenty of surfy riffs to brighten things up. Their self-titled EP is a quick snippet of what these four are truly capable of. With such an easy going sound, it’s not hard to cruise through this album and be left with only wanting more.
With tracks like upbeat pop tracks like “Summer Toons,” or the incredibly catchy “Nickel and Dime,” this EP is definitely loop-worthy. Thankfully all 6 tracks are free and up for grabs on either their bandcamp or Soundcloud page.
Sometimes, I just don’t feel that my words are necessary.
My ancestors from Sweden lived on a Fjord…
This is my second full length album and its title is Fjords. In many ways I believe that it is very different from Corridors, but at the same time very much alike. The drive and influence behind the songs strongly relate to those of Corridors. These themes will never be erased from my music because they have influenced my life so much that I couldn’t possibly stop writing about them. Fjords is about growth and change. Exploring the unexplored and seeking new vantage points. I think that each song stands for itself and has a separate message rather than contributing to an overall theme. I would try to tell you what each song is about and what actually inspired each one, but that is something I do not even completely know yet. I wrote all these songs as they came to me without stopping to question what they meant or why they existed in my head. So with that said, maybe you can help me with revealing what they mean by listening to them and providing yourself with an explanation of your own. With time and aging, perhaps each song will reveal itself.
The footage is mind-blowing, consisting of vast aerial shots of mountainous ranges along an eerie soundscape. The sepia tone fits perfectly with the tape hiss of the analog recording. I love the barren landscape and the deserted empty feel that Boards of Canada has set to create for their newest music video and single, “Reach for the Dead.”