One of my favorite things to do as Coachella soon approaches is to peruse through the extensive lineup and find artists and bands that I haven’t heard of – or perhaps, not enough of.
Chicago’s Wild Belleare a snazzy two-piece that completely bend genres, taking an already overdone sound and instead, infusing it with warm, reggae tones. I love the tropical vibes, steel drums and plenty of brass that can be heard in their few singles teasing their debut, Isles, due out in March.
Also check the outrageous video for track, “Keep You,” below.
Neo-psychedelia all the way from France? Never would have guessed but I’m actually super digging it. There’s remnants of 60′s influences all over Dead Horse One’ssound with their droned-out hazy vocals and churning electric guitars.
Heavenly choir of jet engines may only be 4 tracks long but it offers everything for fans of The Beatles/Brian Jonestown Massacre/and the like. Up for free on the group’s bandcamp, make sure you grab your copy here after you get on that preview below.
ckers Chief Mart’s. An instrumental outfit that’s been around since 1998, they’ve proven their staying power dropping releases every few years or so.
I recently stumbled upon their last release, Peter Erdnuss, which surprisingly was made in 2005. Each track is a bit different, some more progressive than others while some take on a cool, jazzy vibe such as in “Mr. le Berquot.” Is it a little odd? Yes, but these gentleman prove their musicianship from start to finish.
Drew Bandos is back again with new experimental electronica to grace our ears. This time around though, he’s expanded the sound. From personal bedroom project, he’s now enlisted the help of other musicians to lend their instruments, vocals, and even some additional programming/percussion to the mix.
Is and of The’s latest release, Know Not, is literally a splash of sounds. Each track intricately layered with various noises and sounds holding your ears hostage. I really enjoy picking apart the tracks, listening to each different set of loops that cut in and out, even trying to dissect the sometimes indiscernable lyrics.
I really like this direction a lot, check out Know Not below and download at your own price.
Whoa, people are going absolutely nuts over Conveyor’srecently dropped debut album. Best thing is I can’t say they’re wrong, the self-titled release is a stream of lucid-guitar rock with incredibly intricate layers of vocal harmonies and a host of experimental sounds.
It’s peaceful and relaxing yet lively and animated all in one. That’s why I’m declaring their album as Nice In The Headphones. Plug into your monitors and minimize all windows, this 11-track premiere will quickly solidify Conveyor’s place deep within your music library.
A couple of weeks back we had our launch party for Philly creative organization, Collaborate Philly. I had an awesome time inside the mausoleum-turned art/venue space meeting tons of artists from all over the spectrum.
One woman I met, Diane Roka, told me about how she sketches the artists she sees live. Of course this immediately sounded like an amazing concept to me and I asked her to email me some of her work. Over the course of this week I will be featuring her drawings on the site along with some music from the artists themselves.
First up, Warpaint, the all-female quartet who create churning psychedelic guitar lines and post-punk percussion all while layering haunting vocals over top. Roka caught the group back in December and was inspired to recreate it on paper.
Listen to their most recent album, The Fool, while taking a look at Roka’s work below.
Whew. It’s been quite the month and now it’s already August? I had a feeling July was going to escape me…
I’ve been having a very surreal year so far. I have been going through a fairly decent career shift, which explains the lack of posts lately. Two industries I’ve tried my hardest to keep separate in my life and this week I think I finally relented. Sharing on this blog almost every single day has been an amazing ritual for me, but I know deep down I’m allowed to give other things my full commitment as well. I’m reaching a balance that I’ve been searching for.
And I think that’s what we all need sometimes. To reach a balanced point, recharge from different parts of our lives, and move on. It’s a cycle and I know this lull of free time is going to be very, very short lived. I’m already jam-packing my day with things to do and it’s not even noon yet.
But I’m back y’all, ready to throw at you some great music again. is and of thesent me over some new tunes and I’ve finally been able listen to them all the way through. They’re perfect soft psychedelic electronica with plenty of vocal and guitar looping to help you coast through your Friday. Enjoy.
Long car trips and weekends equal creating playlists that can endure the mileage and my attention span.
Grimes’ recent track, “Oblivion,” was almost too perfect to jump start my drive. It’s like electronic doo-wop in the very best of ways, similar to the way Little Dragon owns their sound. In her video, I love that Claire Boucher has no qualms of singing her song at various sporting events. She’s completely out there and that’s totally everything I enjoy.
Watch below and be sure to download the third track off her recently released album, Visions.
Where have these Chileans been hiding? Loud beats and fabulous rhythm, I absolutely am loving on Astro at the moment.
These electro-rockers will win your heart with their playful and dynamic energy. Central and South America sure ate them up with their first EP release, Le Disc De Astrou, they released back in 2009. Forming almost as an accident, these guys stuck together and have only enhanced their sound to date. Grab a couple of tracks from their self-titled sophomore effort below and keep an eye on these guys, it’s summer tour season.