Some dark dance for a Friday…. the intro to Matthew Dear’s ‘Her Fantasy’ is pure class. It opens his 2012 album Beams and is a great way to usher in a weekend in late January. Have a good one.
Dump was a solo home-recording project from James McNew, better known as the bassist of Yo La Tengo. Although it came into being as early as 1991, the project’s output was intermittent throughout the 1990s and 2000s. Its crowning glory (IMHO) came from an unexpected but magical set of ingredients. ‘NYC Tonight’ is Japanese inspired disco-style cover arrangement of the classic by G.G. Allin, the “most spectacular degenerate in rock & roll history”. The only version on Youtube is a further permutation… a collaboration remix of the song by Shintaro Sakamoto. Enjoy… back on Monday.
The Magnetic North was a musical collaboration between folk-rocker Erland Cooper, multi-instrumentalist Hannah Peel and The Good, The Bad & The Queen’s guitarist Simon Tong. In 2012, they released a concept album Orkney: Symphony Of The Magnetic North as a celebration of the Islands. The second track on the album is the ethereal sound of the ‘Bay Of Skall’ on the west coast. “It’s all there/Coming in like an arrow/Coming up over the sea.” The vikings are coming…
Some blog gremlins today… sorry about that. Nitzer Ebb will have to wait for another day, but I can’t take back of Montreal. Consider it a cotton-candy wrapped gift, in which founder and singer-songwriter Kevin Barnes tries to win over a girl only to discover she’s a fish-murdering crazy girl. The song was the second track on the band’s 2012 long player False Priest. I am not sure what part Janelle Monáe had to play in all…
Dave Allison (aka Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee) has been a prolific producer of funky, disco cuts for the last decade or so. ‘Straight Up’ is an edit of Benjamin Latimore’s classic ‘Let’s Straighten It Out’. The piano disco refresh and vocal makeover gives it a beach vibe for a sunny weekend.
Mixer, producer and DJ Kieran Hebden has been making music as Four Tet since 1997. 15 years in, he released a collection of dance singles as Pink, his sixth studio album. Continuing to draw from his Indian roots and his love of jazz, techno and hip hop, he opens the album with ‘Locked’. Cosmic dissonance abound for a chill Saturday. Have a great weekend.
Light Asylum were a post-punk/darkwave act that shone so brightly before they split when Bruno Coviello left the band in 2012. Raphael Radna assumed keyboard duties in 2012, but it was shortlived. However, their digital-only label from Brooklyn, New York, did manage to release their eponymous and only album. The single ‘Shallow Tears’ stood out.
Delta Spirit are from California and we know it. The group consists of Jonathan Jameson (bass), Brandon Young (drums), Matthew Vasquez (vocals and guitars), Kelly Winrich (multi-instrumentalist) and William McLaren (guitar), but it’s Winrich who wrote ‘California’ about his East Coast girl. They were having troubles. The song features on their self-titled third studio album. Have a great weekend.
‘Wait’ is taken from the M83 album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. It was the final episode of a trilogy of sci-fi music videos following the adventures of a group of children with X-Men-type powers. It also brough to an end a collaboration between the French band and the directorial team Fleur & Manu.
I don’t feature much pop, but one should make an exception for Rihanna’s piano ballad ‘Stay’. It was the second single off Rihanna’s album Unapologetic. It features guest vocals from Nashville singer-songwriter Mikky Ekko, who also wrote the song. In fact, he wrote it with another breakthrough artist, the English songwriter Justin Parker. Parker had already made waves working with Lana Del Rey on her standout hit ‘Video Games’.
It is hard to categorise Matthew E. White’s sound on ‘Big Love’. Larger than life, the song featured on his 2012 album the Big Inner. The bass groove, honky-tonk piano, the Philly strings, the backing singers, the sax and something celestial… it’s a very tasty soup.
This is a peach of an indie track – conjuring up both 1970s rock and noughties americana. ‘Hero’ features on Family of the Year’s second studio album Loma Vista. It had first appeared on the band’s 2010 EP Through The Trees in a format far too short. Earnest, nostalgic and timeless, the song deserved the extended play.