A pretty fun music video from Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, which involves a number of different, creative facial manipulations performed on a number of actors who are all lip-syncing to this incredibly catchy track from Thao’s latest full-length album, We The Common. Enjoy!
The kings of French House return with a new album that pays homage to the roots of their roots.
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As one half of the group formerly known as Hype Williams, a duo which now goes under the more self-explanatory title Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland, Dean Blunt has specialized in obtuse, abstract electronic pop, though I use the term “pop” this loosely. With the idea of pop tends to come a relateable sort of accessibility with the potential for wide appeal, but it was this fundamental characteristic which Dean and Inga seemed determined to obscure. On last year’s Black is Beautiful, the pair buried their humanness under a lo-fi haze of synth-based instrumentals. Dean Blunt is not even the artist’s birth name, nor is Inga Copeland her’s, with their true identities having yet to meet the public light. In removing themselves from so many aspects of themselves which artists often offer in order to be connectable to their audience, Dean and Inga were essentially creating anti-pop.
With Dean Blunt’s new LP, The Redeemer, however, the veil is being peeled back tentatively yet noticeably. Samples are much higher in fidelity, with lush orchestra clips giving off a convincingly cinematic feel, and much more clearly mixed vocals revealing deeper angles of Dean’s persona. An especially apt example of the album’s vulnerability is the first track to drop from the LP, “Papi,” in which Dean’s voice subtly suggests emotional longing alongside a wistfully romantic Pink Floyd sample. As Dean is gradually exposing more of his character, his statement becomes more coherent and ultimately more effective.
Look for The Redeemer via Hippos in Tanks.
Vampire Weekend’s latest album is a worth sequel to 2010′s Contra, presenting songs that truly stand on the merits of their memorable writing and lush instrumentation.
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New york dance pop outfit Holy Ghost! has dropped a new single for their sophomore album, Dynamics, which will be on DFA Records later this year. Check a glowing review for their self-titled debut below:
A fun, nutty video from the boys in Foxygen for one of my favorite tracks from their latest album, which you can check a review for below. If you dig on ghost towns, cowboy hats, car crashes, and weird faces, then this video will totally be up your alley. Enjoy!
Phoenix’s latest album sees the French pop rock outfit incorporating more synths and electronics into the equation. Really, it’s to the point where many tracks here have an overtly new wave feel.
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The Internet’s most NSFW outsider musician has a new album release out with the good people at Woozy Tribe. The title: Red Wine, which is aptly covered in a somewhat disturbing image of Tonetta himself adorn in a strangely fitting red dress. Like his past releases, Red Wine seems to be built out of songs from across the Tonetta catalog. There’s even a second version of the song “Drugs Drugs Drugs” on here.
A few oddly alluring ballads make it onto this release–specifically “Is There Any Meaning To Love?”–but I’m sure most ears will gravitate toward the throbbing, dance beat-backed tracks where Tonetta spills some of his filthiest lyrics. Enjoy!
Check a review for Tonetta’s 777 Vol. 1 below: