With reverbed guitars and layer upon bright layer of synth horns, Brian Eno and Underworld co-founder Karl Hyde deliver “The Satellites,” which is the opening track from the forthcoming collaborative album Someday World. This thing is looking at a release on Warp Records on May 5th!
While basic in its elements, “The Satellites” is a very moody, pretty piece of tuneage. It’s got the smooth, steady pacing of an old new wave or krautrock track, but has the clarity and color of something more modern. Enjoy!
Check a review for Eno’s last album here.
Austere and cold and knotty. These are some words I would use to describe the second track to drop from the new White Hinterland record, Baby. This title track is dramatic, playing with multiple layers of Casey Dienel’s voice (some of which are under some sort of robotic effect), skittering beats, and synth stabs, while still retaining the lite-R&B vibe she has taken to as of late. The refrain of “Is this my weakness?” grows more and more insistent, until the glorious climax, where all of her voices come head to head in their beautiful, gruff imperfection. Ending with a short coda of completely unadorned, almost-screeching voice is a brave move on Dienel’s part, and it pays off immaculately.
Baby is out April 1, via Dead Oceans.
A synthy slow jam named after Bill Murray? Mmkay, you got me. Phantogram have unleashed this new track, and it’s pretty great. From Sarah Barthel’s honeyed, smooth voice, to the lithe slide guitar, to the buzzy keyboards. It almost sounds like a Beach House song if they were a little more reliant on electronics. I’ve always liked when Phantogram slowed things down a bit, and this is a prime example.
Their new record Voices is out February 18 via Republic.
A video for the latest single from Swedish singer-songwriter Jenny Wilson. This cut comes from her latest record, Demand The Impossible. With the aged recording and faux futurism going on in the music and visuals here, there’s no doubt that Jenny Wilson’s got an active imagination. Strong electronic beats pulsate against robotic vocals and eerie lead melodies on this thing, and it takes a while setting the stage with some patient piano chords. Definitely some epic ambitions flowing through this thing.
Check another video and single from Demand The Impossible below:
Caged Animals are bringing out a quirky and infectious pop sound with “Cindy + Me,” and it’s hitting all the right notes. The synth and bass grooves definitely add a lot to the already infectious aspects of this song–like the constantly ascending and descending guitar leads.
The quirky vocals and lyrics are hilariously accented by a pretty strange video filled with monkey scientists that are carrying out all kinds of sick, disturbing tests on this man who is clearly suffering from a broken heart. Enjoy!
The kings of French House return with a new album that pays homage to the roots of their roots.
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An eerie fusion of electronic music and hip hop on this new track from When Saints Go Machine, “Love and Respect,” which is a cut from the Danish quartet’s new album, Infinity Pool. It’s dropping this week via EMI Records and !K7 Records.
A beautifully eerie new cut from oOoOO titled “Mouchette,” which should be featured on the project’s debut full-length, Without Your Love, toward the end of June via Nihjgt Feelings. Dig the murk and the bass on this one! The vocal samples are an incredibly beautiful touch as well, and reminds me a bit of early Crystal Castles tracks as well. Enjoy!
Ceephax takes a break from his typical acid techno-tinged song production style to create a collection of electronic pieces that sound a bit more epic, cinematic. Numerous cuts of Cro Magnox sound as if they could serve as the perfect soundtrack to a b-movie produced in the 80s–preferably some kind of action, sci-fi hybrid.
Even funkier tracks like “Natural Specturm” have a beautifully eerie quality to them. It’s nice to know that this guy can produce danceable tracks as well as stuff that’s a little more cerebral. Enjoy!
On their third full-length album, the Mary Onettes don’t make much of any significant changes to their sound, but they do deliver some really sharp, catchy jangle pop tunes.