Blue Sky Black Death – “II” ft. Child Actor

Seattle electronic music duo Blue Sky Black Death have taken things in a new direction with their new album Glaciers. Oh, their music is as lush and as chill as ever, but this new effort sees the twosome crafting sprawling ambient and instrumental hip hop odysseys that range from 8 to 14 minutes in length. Above, give a listen to the LP’s second track, featuring a captivating vocal performance from Child Actor.

Glaciers is out now via Fake Four, and can be streamed in its entirety here. Enjoy!

Moderat – II

Stream: Moderat – II

Berlin-based electronic music project Moderat has made the follow-up to its 2009 self-titled effort available to stream via NPR. Moderat is a collaboration between dance duo Modeselektor and producer Sascha Ring, a.k.a. Apparat. Like its predecessor, II is loaded with infectious synth hooks and grooves, which range from IDM to 2-Step in style. Enjoy!

II will officially be released on August 2nd through Monkeytown Records worldwide and Mute Records in the States.

Makthaverskan – II

Swedish punks Makthaverskan go a wee bit jangle pop on this sophomore album of theirs, and the results are pretty catchy.

 

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Makthaverskan – II

Sweden’s Makthaverskan embraces the tenants of jangle and noise pop on this new collection of tracks, II. While the band’s punk roots still remain on many tracks here–especially “Distance”–they show up in subtler ways: light distortion, fast tempos, and frontwoman Maja Milner’s sharp, abrasive voice.

The songs are as catchy as they are energetic. Don’t expect nothing but sugar on this thing, though. Milner’s lyrics put some pretty dirty laundry on display. Just try not to wince at the bitterness that comes through on a track like “No Mercy.” Enjoy!

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark)”

I’m not sure if you’ll see a stranger music video than this in the month of March. Unknown Mortal Orchestra has dropped some visuals for the track “Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark),” which is a cut off the band’s latest record, II.

The video takes no time in establishing itself with puppet masturbation, therapy sessions, personal anguish, and more puppet masturbation. While there’s an element of sadness to the main character’s emotional problems, his, uh, “sickness” leads to happiness in a pretty hilarious ending.

Also, check out my review for the band’s latest record:

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II

On II, Unknown Mortal Orchestra rockets past a somewhat lackluster debut with a longer album that features more variety, melody, and personality.

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “So Good At Being In Trouble”

Psych rock and pop outfit Unknown Mortal Orchestra shows its soulful side on the track “So Good At Being In Trouble,” which has recently gotten some visuals via the music video above. The video is pretty hilarious to me, but I don’t feel like I should be laughing. In short, it’s about a young dude looking for a missing girl, but it turns out she’s joined some kind of weird, polygamist hippie commune. He tries to “rescue her” from her new lifestyle choice, and that’s when things get dicey.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s latest album, II, is out now on Jagjaguwar.

GRGDRZA – II

Ambient music, noise, and plunderphonics meet in a beautifully odd haze of texture on this new GRGDRZA release, II. Stream it via the widget above, and listen to your conceptual grasp of sound melt away.

Crystal Castles- III

While Crystal Castles continues writing some decent electropop tunes, on III the Toronto duo sees fit to decorate all of them with generic drum timbres and an overabundance of reverb.

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Nude Beach- II

Brooklyn-based Nude Beach are bringing back some old school rock ‘n’ roll with their new 10-track LP, II, which is available on Bandcamp. The vintage power pop sounds on this album are delivered with a bit of a punk spirit–much in the same way a band like the Undertones did back in the day. However, Nude Beach is what’s worth focusing on, not their influences. This is mostly due to their energy in a lot of these songs, fronted by vocalist Chuck Betz who has a really great, raw delivery.

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