Sufjan Stevens- Silver & Gold



Poor Moon- “Holiday”

It’s easy to dismiss Christian Wargo and Casey Wescott’s band Poor Moon as simply a Fleet Foxes side-project, but this group should not be reduced to spinoff status. Although Poor Moon’s ambitions are tempered more than Fleet Foxes, this band has some interesting ideas of their own. Their new single “Holiday,” which will appear on the group’s forthcoming self-titled LP, is a breezy, bossa nova influenced piece with a gentle melody that is not unlike the Vampire Weekend song of the same name. The vintage production and shiny electric instrumentation are refreshing displays of originality, but those lush harmonies are undeniably Fleet Foxes. I’m that Wargo and Wescott recognize what makes their work in Fleet Foxes so enthralling; “Holiday” indicates that they know better than to stray too far from a formula that works.

Poor Moon is out August 28th on Sub Pop.

Crystal Stilts- “Practically Immaculate” ‡ MP3

Crystal Stilts drop a holiday track for the world to enjoy. They’ve got an album dropping in 2011. Chomp on this and their new single in the meantime.

MP3: Crystal Stilts- Practually Immaculate


Beach House- “I Do Not Care for the Winter Sun” ‡ MP3

As long as this blog is getting in the Christmas spirit, here’s a new track from Beach House titled “I Do Not Care for the Winter Sun.” I like the more skeletal approach on this track. It almost makes me wanna put Devotion on the record player for a little while. That weeping guitar is a great touch, too. Dig it:

MP3: Beach House- “I Do Not Care for the Winter Sun”