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Watch Out For: Daughter
Elena Tonra first punched our hearts with her EP The Wild Youth. And now, after signing with 4AD the whispy songstress along with guitarist Igor Haefeli, and drummer Remi Aguilella have released their debut record, If You Leave. With vocal strengths comparable to Florence & The Machine and more enchantment than Feist we can’t believe Daughter hasn’t already blown up on the scene.
Currently Obsessed With: Junip
Junip, the self-titled second album by the indie-rock trio is a beautiful coming of age record for the band. After forming nearly 15 years ago and taking a hiatus from collaborating while front man Jose Gonzalez took time to promote his solo career the group has reunited and produced a more polished and unique sound than we’ve ever heard. The album doesn’t skip the sensation of nostalgia you experience when listening to Jose’s bashful vocals, and highlights drummer Elias Arya’s rhythmic talent and keyboard player Tobia Winterkorn’s methodic keystrokes. Junip is the perfect formation of unpretentious mood music for your farewell to a friend or the drive home after an epic weekend in the desert.
New Music Profile: Deerhunter
Deerhunter is back with a new album, Monomania (May 7th on 4AD), and that means more of Bradford Cox's erratic behavior. We can't help but love it. Honestly, the guy wanted to sing to a live rat on camera for the band's performance on Jimmy Fallon, but the NBC suits shut it down for fear of the animal rights groups. (Ha!) This band isn't solely about the antics though; their back catalog is complex and diverse (Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest is our favorite, but you really can't miss with any of it).
Hear the first single, Monomania, of the album below. The song itself is jagged and aggressive compared to the more polished sounds of Halcion Digest. Sort of like a more punk version of what their sound was before (and not in a mall punk way either). This song has serious edge. The second single Back to the Middle, which was just recently released has that same edge but in a much more subversive way. It's not nearly such a punch in the mouth as it is a backhanded compliment. We expect the record to contain more of the top quality stuff from the first two singles, so check it out May 7th!
Freshies: Ok Go I’m Not Through
Ok Go just dropped a new techno-funk single and we like what we hear. The track brings a body groove that’s different from the bands usual pop-melodies. We're hoping this is just the beginning for a new sound for the bands upcoming album.
Video of the Week: Daft Punk | Random Access Memories | The Collaborators: Chilly Gonzales
Episode 6 of a look behind the creation of Random Access Memories features harmony enthusiast, and piano mega-talent Chilly Gonzales. Chilly dives into how he came to work with the Robots describing that his role was more based on filling in a detail than “providing help” and creating a musical bridge between two ballads for their next album.