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Apr 10, 2014
With senses of discipline, grandeur and a pinch of acid, Deerhunter demonstrates to the masses why they are atop many indie-rock playlists. Since 2001, this quartet has been producing some of the most innovative and smooth sounds to hit the scene.
Their latest album, Halcyon Digest, is no exception to their ever-evolving rhythms and melodies. Bradford Cox lays down smooth and precise riffs from his guitar that match astonishingly well with his smoky yet crisp voice. Making the sound even more incredible is the addition of Julian Casblancas-esque effects over the vocal track. In the background, Moses Archuleta crafts innovative and stylish drum beats as Locker Pundt and Josh Fauver accompany Cox using their respective instruments, guitar, bass, organ and synthesizers.
Deerhunter focuses on the ambience on their fourth album. Singles like "Helicopter" really highlight the overall attitude and sound of the album, making it their best creation to date. If you are looking for something ambient, mysterious and overall a great listen, check out Deerhunter.
Check out the ambient indie rock of "Helicopter":
Mark Ronson is most frequently recognized for his abilities as a DJ and producer. However, when he collaborates with other artists to make music of his own, he creates a unique sound all his own.
Born in London, Ronson came to America for college. He went to New York City clubs in order to showcase his talent and make a name for himself. From there, he quickly gained respect and fame in the underground club scene.
Record Collection, his third studio album, certainly sets itself apart from his earlier work. On his last album, Version, released in 2007, he had a funk and jazz-like feel to the album. In Record Collection, he infuses electro-beats with hip-hop and R&B. His music marries the genres beautifully, making it seem as though they were meant to be together. Songs such as "Lose It" and "Glass Mountain Trust" are prime examples of the synth/R&B hybrid genre.
On the album, Ronson works with artists like Boy George, Ghostface Killah, Andrew Wyatt from Miike Snow, Q-Tip and Spank Rock. Ronson even sings on one of his tracks, something that he's never done before. With so many different collaborations and voices, each song has a different feel to it.
Listen to Mark Ronson marry hip-hop and soul with his upbeat synths in "Bang Bang Bang":
Glasser is a singular voice rising above swarming percussion and syrupy synths. Glasser is luxurious. Glasser is a silky blend of worldly sounds and atmospheres. Glasser is one woman: Cameron Mesirow, who recorded her album, Ring, in studios in Los Angeles and Stockholm. Glasser is a highly intimate sound magnified over grandiose chimes, drums and howls. Glasser is an experience.
If music was visual, Glasser would be like a kaleidoscope. Blending colorful percussive creations of hand drums and slinky cymbals with dreamy vocals yelps, Glasser succeeds where others like Björk have previously—creating moods and textures with simplicity and ease. Between the tremendous dreamy highs and lows of her singing, Glasser fills the space with quick voice snippets (howls, barks and clicks). All of the efforts to make a final beautiful product are successful, and Glasser swells into magnificence.
Immerse yourself in the majestic "Home":
Singer/songwriter Pete Yorn has been playing music since the age of 9, when he taught himself how to play the drums and the guitar. Music has been a part of his life ever since. After playing music throughout high school and at Syracuse University, Yorn moved to the west coast and officially started his career in Los Angeles. The release of his first album, Musicforthemorningafter, helped him to gain international fame.
Nine years later, Pete Yorn is back with his sixth full-length album, an album he wanted to record so badly, he did it despite the fact that he was sick with the flu and his voice wasn’t perfect. You’ll understand why after one good listen. Pete Yorn, his latest album, is his most focused and mature album yet, both lyrically and musically. From recovering from a broken heart on “Precious Stone” to trying to understand that the only person he can change is himself on “Sans Fear”, Pete Yorn embraces hard life lessons and sets them to rock music that can get almost anyone to bop their head despite the melancholy messages.
Listen to "Sans Fear":
While bands that release multiple albums often talk of tightening up as a group, Carnivores have purposely gone in the other direction. They have loosened up their sound so much on If I’m Ancient that they take off in directions never previously imagined.
That’s not to say this album is sloppy. On the contrary, it’s a very developed sound. Carnivores achieve their desired sound: pure acid punk. At times melodic, others times driving with relentless force. If I’m Ancient takes its songs and drives them deep into your head, weaving their way into your thoughts and dreams. They achieve a sonic tone that uses super feedback and reverb drenched vocals.
The middle of the album is where If I’m Ancient’s best material resides. “Planet Dream” and “Parent’s Attic” showcase Carnivores’ ability to tighten up and break down at the same time.
If I’m Ancient is at times surfboard rock, psychedelic punk and garage rock all at the same time. It is a very strong showing and is definitely worth a listen. It’s music that sticks together in your head, even while it’s falling apart in your ears.
Check out the tropical acid punk of "Parent's Attic":
WSBU-FM's license was up for renewal in 2006, but due to a possible mix-up on the part of the F.C.C., notification about the renewal was never received by the station. The station is now off the air while the F.C.C. tries to rectify the situation for us. We have applied for a permit called a Special Temporary Authority permit, which will allow us to resume broadcasting, and we expect to be back on the air within a few days.
The Migrant is the brainchild of Bjarke Bendtsen, a Dane with a flair for psychedelic dream like pop. The album is his first and was recorded with some fellow Danish friends in a cabin on the coast. With the vocal stylings of Fleet Foxes, the laid back feel and silly lyrics of Devendra Banhart and the pleasant plicking of bells that would make Page France proud, The Migrant is catchy and subdued at the same time.
Like any well put together album, the first song, “The Organ Grinder,” catches your attention. It’s a bit slow at first, but by the end of the song the melody moves along nicely. It is this way for a lot of the album – a slow start, but an awesome fully developed ending complete with violin and trumpet galore. Definitely a must listen for anyone whose has the desire to be a gypsy in the Baltic Lands. And who wouldn’t want that!
Check out "The Organ Grinder"
After three long years of settling into their own sound, Klaxons have released their sophomore album, Surfing The Void. You shouldn’t be surprised by the outburst of melodic lyrics and strong vocal harmonies exploding from the first track. Right away, these 2007 Mercury Award winners show their full potential.
“Echoes” is the perfect re-introduction for Klaxons. They prove they’re back from the very first note. It pulls you in from the first verse and attacks you from all angles. Don’t let this lead you to believe that the rest of the album doesn’t match up to this caliber.
If you want to repel your grandparents, throw on “Surfing The Void,” and listen to the thrashing bursts of guitar and drums that line the song. It is the center of the album mistakenly placed as the third track. It grabs and drags you to the deeper meanings of the album.
Klaxons have smashed their debut with Surfing The Void. It is an artistic breakthrough in the world of indie rock and should be in everyone’s library.
Listen to "Echoes":
So, you're buried in leaves as autumn weaves into the air. A child builds another pile and destroys it in a dive. The air is brisk, but your breaths aren't yet visible. Your face flushes with the breeze. It's almost dinnertime, and Mom's baking pumpkin pie for dessert.
Breathe Owl Breathe is the voice of your father calling you in for supper.
Micah Middaugh's voice croons over natural, minimal orchestration. "Own Stunts" peddles mindfully, if slowly, but builds to a picturesque finale. The band's presence and embodiment of that autumnal feeling feels unique, though it's been done before. There's something refreshing about the band's sound; something stands out. Like a slow gulp of hot apple cider, Breathe Owl Breathe satisfies a seasonal craving, though their promise extends past winter.
Dive into "Own Stunts":
Owen Pallett is a multi-instrumentalist, artist and composer known for his flavorful string compositions. Pallett co-wrote the string compositions for the Arcade Fire‘s first two albums and he also worked on some of the string arrangements for the Arcade fire‘s latest album, The Suburbs. Pallett has also written arrangements for Beruit, Fucked Up, the Mountain Goats and Great Lake Swimmers.
With each album or EP, Pallett always seems to outdo the previously release. This can be said with Pallett‘s second release of 2010, A Swedish Love Story, which clocks in at just under 17 minutes. A Swedish Love Story differs from Pallett‘s earlier release this year, Heartland, in that the songs are more cheerful. The mind-bending string arrangements flow exceptionally well especially on the opening track "A Man with No Ankles."
Check out the lush orchestration of "A Man with No Ankles":