This passionate, smooth little piece of indie rock comes courtesy of Future Islands. Their new single “A Dream of You and Me” has a really appealing sensitivity to it, especially in the lead vocal’s just-on-the-brink-of-quavering sincerity. The bright guitar, bass, and keyboard tones add a playful element to the proceedings, everything combining to make an emotive, catchy track. It’s accompanied by some slightly abstract images that move along in what looks like stop-motion.
Future Islands’ new record Singles is out March 25 via 4AD.
I’m astounded by the level of bad-assery this new HAIM video reaches. But just what is it that makes it so damn captivating? The concept is simple – the three sisters are moving along (choreography courtesy of Fatima Robinson) to Days Are Gone cut “If Could Change Your Mind,” an earworm if there ever was one. And there’s little in the way of set design; the glowing “HAIM” sign being the only piece, really. Of course what decor there is, it’s all very, very retro.
But HAIM’s execution, as always, is what keeps things from becoming that awful kind of “sickeningly retro.” The sisters aren’t romanticizing the past for the sake of it or because it’s in style. Frankly, they look a little dorky doing their thing in this video. Still, when Danielle pops the collar of her leather jacket here, you’d better believe it’s a sincere gesture. Really, this video as a whole is a sincere gesture – the HAIM sisters are making the music they want to make and you can tell they’re having a blast dancing to it.
And most importantly, they look completely assured. If you don’t wish you were up on that stage dancing along with them; well, tough shit – it’s your loss.
Indie rock outfit Pile drops the a-side to a new single that’s on the way, and it’s a good’n. While the instrumentation may seem straightforward, the band’s emotions and songwriting is always complicated–especially with this new track reaching the 7-minute mark. Enjoy the song above, and check a review of the band’s last full-length below:
The new Angel Olsen track, “Hi-Five” is the definition of a “woozy rocker.” The song is driven by a nice, crunchy indie rock groove, and Olsen’s forlorn vocals sure match the looped visuals of the accompanying video – closing with a shot of Olsen apparently strewn across the confetti-covered floor of a venue she just played. Enjoy!
“Hi-Five” is to be featured on Burn Your Fire for No Witness, due out February 18 via Jagjaguwar. Check out our review of 2012′s Half Way Home here:
If you like your rock music to have catchy hooks, wordy verses, and lots of smart-ass remarks, then I see no reason why you won’t dig the new Future of the Left album.
While the Debauchees songs and sound are admirably weird, there’s a certain stiffness in their playing that leaves me cold on a few tracks on this full-length debut.
Some emotional hardcore that features some crushingly passionate melodies on this new EP from Atlas At Last. The second track exemplifies some close attention to detail on the lyrics as well. While I can’t see this EP appealing far outside of the already set fanbase boundaries for genres like emo and screamo, it’ll surely hit hard for those who are into said style.
Stream it via the widget above, and grab it via a pay-what-you-want sorta thing via Bandcamp. Enjoy!
I’ve been on the fence about many albums this year, but this is one of the few where I’m torn. For every great moment on the new Arcade Fire record, there’s one that falls incredibly short of whatever stylistic mark the band was shooting for. Rather than deliver another cohesive set of songs, Reflektor embarks upon a stylistic hodgepodge full of hits and misses.
Like a cross between the Raincoats and Screaming Females, this new track from the Debauchees is funky, off-kilter, and danceable. The band’s debut album Big Machines and Peculiar Beings is dropping on November 12th via SonaBlast! Records. Enjoy!