Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Caddywhompus - The Weight

Caddywhompus is a two piece from New Orleans that delve into a lot of experimental noise pop with some influences of math rock as well. This song has a really great Animal Collective-esque part starting around 2:20, and I love the massive buildup of noise and the slow pulsating scratching noises that close the song. It also leads very well into the next song on the EP, which is avaliable for free here.

Caddywhompus - The Weight

Monday, April 25, 2011

No Age : Nouns

Amazing album. Highly recommended.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Motorifik : Secret Things

Motorifik is the collaboration from Phil Kay (from Working For A Nuclear Free City) and French songwriter Idrisse Khelifi. This album has all that wonderful production that is normally associated with WFaNFC albums, but this time around there's more focus on a pop aesthetic (albeit with a large shoegaze influence) and less on the experimental end. The songs on this seem to have a myriad of influences; and on their myspace the "sounds like" category stretches on for miles.

When I listened through Secret Things I certainly wasn't blown away, but it was definitely an enjoyable listen. I'm sure I'll be coming back to listen to Strange Weather and Ghosts. Here's the title track from the album.

Motorifik - Secret Things

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ducktails - Art Vandelay

Ducktails is the solo project of Matt Mondanile, better known for his work as the guitarist for Real Estate. It comes off his newest LP Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics. Despite it's name, the album has more to do with washed out surf pop than 80's video games.

Duck Tails - Art Vendelay

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Painted Palms - Water Hymn

This one comes off of Painted Palms Canopy EP, which you grab for free here. Definitely getting some Animal Collective vibes coming from this, albeit more tropical and blissful. Makes a good transition from winter into spring.

Painted Palms - Water Hymn

Friday, March 4, 2011

Seamonster : Two Birds EP

"Seamonster makes music out of sounds and noise out of words and memories out of life."

Pay what you want at his Bandcamp.

Seamonster - The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Field : From Here We Go Sublime

Sometimes you have an album in your collection for a while that you enjoy a song or two off of and don't think much else about it. Then one day you decide to dig deeper into the context and realize that what you had is a masterpiece. This happened to me last year with this album, and since I would definitely put this in my top 10 albums of all time. The way it bridges the gap between ambient, trance, and sample based music is seriously impressive. It's also great when you recognize the samples he's using; for instance Coldplay on Silent and Lionel Richie on A Paw In My Face

Of course this kind of music isn't perfect for every mood that you're in; but when you're ready for it this album clicks into place perfectly.

The Field - The Little Heart Beats So Fast

The Field - Silent