of Montreal has just shared the third single from its upcoming album lousy with sylvianbriar. With its crisp guitar tones, galloping pace, and another hard-hitting vocal performance from frontman Kevin Barnes, “belle glade missionaries” doesn’t at all pull back from the badass 60′s rebel rock esthetic of previous singles “fugitive air” and “she ain’t speakin’ now.” Enjoy!
lousy with sylvianbriar is due out October 8 via Polyvinyl.
A piece of oddball indie rock from the boys in Disco Doom that mixes elements of 60s psych pop and dirty ol’ indie rock. These guys have a new record on the way via Exploding In Sound Records in December. Stay tuned!
After last month’s “fugitive air,” of Montreal is back with the second single from its upcoming album lousy with sylvianbriar, “she ain’t speakin’ now.” The track is a tumultuous piece of 60′s psych rock, featuring a tour de force vocal performance from front man Kevin Barnes. Barnes claims to have written the song while his wife and daughter were bedridden with a terrible illness, so the lyrics are appropriately worrisome for their well-being; but at the same time, he is worried that he might catch what they have, so an amusing element of rational self-interest also comes through.
lousy with sylvianbriar is due out October 8th via Polyvinyl. Check out a review of last year’s Paralytic Stalks:
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes third full-length album feels even rougher than last year’s Here. However, the band is going in a slightly more retro direction, embracing the sonic palate of 60s psychedelic pop.
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Ex-Moldy Peaches member Adam Green and Little Joy’s Binki Shapiro has a new, self-titled collaborative album out, and “Just To Make Me Feel Good” is one of the lovelier tracks on it. It’s just received some visuals via the music video above, and it’s a cute split-screen affair that features images of Binki and Adam mirroring one another in loneliness.
Tame Impala drops a new track from its forthcoming album, Lonerism, which is looking at an October 9th release in the US right now via Modular People. The Australian band’s throwback sound feels incredibly punchy on this new track titled “Elephant.” The guitars keep a steady, rock hard groove with some fuzzy distortion on ‘em. The drums sound fantastic, and make it impossible to sit still during this 3-minute piece of vintage stoner rock bliss.
The organ is a great touch as well, and the more I listen to the track, the more it grows on me. Yeah, I wasn’t a huge fan of the band’s last album, which is mostly due to how steeped in Beatles worship it was, but I’m ready to enjoy Lonerism if the tracks bring a nice variety of sounds and a more distinct angle.
If you’ve been keeping up with my videos, then you know how much I’ve fallen for this new, up-and-coming singer-songwriter duo known as Foxygen. They’ve got a new EP titled Take the Kids Off Broadway coming this July on Jagjaguwar, but the band has this EP streaming in full on Bandcamp right now. So feel free to listen, pre-order, and all that jazz.
Here is a track from Jagjaguwar’s latest signing, Foxygen. They’re a songwriting duo consisting of Sam France and Jonathan Rado. First track, first listen, it was love. It was love, guys! But I have to admit I’m sure that has a bit to do with how familiar the territory these guys are trudging in is to me.
Foxygen may be young, but they’ve got old souls, embracing the artsy rock and pop sensibilities of the Velvet Underground while simultaneously bringing the gusto of old school Rolling Stones. Oh, yeah, and the impressive, varied instrumentation and production of a great Kinks record like Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround (Part One). While Foxygen’s style has been done time and time again, they’re undeniably eccentric and creative with it. It’s to the point where they really manage to leave their own mark.
The opening muddy guitar and wailing synth on “Make It Known” give way to some pretty dramatic vocals. It’s a nice start to the track, but then Sam France’s voice reaches down deep and starts delivering these passionate, Jagger-esque vocals that I can’t help but fall for.
Things get weirder with strange vocal noises, some “ooh la la” chorus vocals, and some swelling horns. The track manages to change gears quickly around 1:20 mark, and becomes a straight up rocker complete with strangely mixed hand claps. Some saloon-style piano interjects into the middle of the track and brings the song into its third phase. Screams of “TALK TALK TALK” make things feel pretty liberating and exciting.
A large, church-sized chorus appears almost out of nowhere, and just shines gloriously. A big, horn-kissed, and jazzy finish brings the track to a close, giving the track a feel of a stage show or Broadway performance. Every musical transition feels like a costume change or an attention-demanding plot-twist.
Wow! Just wow. These guys not only have penned a tune thats as memorable as it is varied, but the production on here goes above and beyond. Way beyond. It has a vintage, messy feel; however, it’s also incredibly detailed. Almost too detailed for words. I could listen, listen, and listen again, still picking up new sonic nuggets.
Scope the cover art to this forthcoming EP, Take the Kids Off Broadway, below. Look for it on July 24th.