Music To Start The Week With #048
by: Diego Martínez
August 27, 2012
Cheer up Sleepy Jean! it’s Monday and if you happen to have followed The WILD for the past 48 weeks, you know that time has come to showcase the hottest and distinct sounds you’ll ever hear this side of the Web. From indie to avant garde rock, dance and back again, we promise we won’t disappoint.
From 1 to 10, here are this week’s selections:
We kick things off with the lovely Tamaryn, a new queen of atmospheric shoegaze. This style of music just keeps on giving, and her take (helped by longtime collaborator Rex John Shelverton) on it is quite exceptional; a feel that is seductive, serene and sultry. Sort of an invitation to transcend the mundane world and live in one of her own creation. Tamaryn’s album Tender New Signs is out October 16 on Mexican Summer. If you happen to love her as we do, catch her live this fall, with tour dates available on her website.
Carrying on with the sweet sounds is the promising Minneapolis trio Night Moves, who will also be on the road across the U.S. during the fall in support of their debut on Domino, Colored Emotions. They recently released the second single off the album “Country Queen,” a perfect mix of slide guitars, organs, pummeling drums and yearning vocals, all rolled up in a cosmic package.
It baffles us that we haven’t featured London’s five-piece Citizens!, but then again it’s never too late to do just that. The boys have been playing at all the major festivals in Europe and it’s time for stateside to fall in love with their danceable electropop confections. Their debut LP Hear We Are (produced by Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos) is out October 9th via Kitsuné/Cooperative Music, two days before their first U.S. tour kicks off in L.A.
There is a great absence of Norwegian acts these days, especially those with a style tailor-made for a crossover success. Ungdomskulen are not that new to begin with (they have been playing together since 1999) but with each release, they sound fresh and original by experimenting with avant garde, punk and dance influences. The frenetic “Askefast” (from the band’s fourth studio album Secrecy) is inspired by the 2010 volcanic events at Eyjafjöll in Iceland which caused enormous disruption to air travel across western and northern Europe.
Everybody’s making that mix between rock and dance but many remember The Faint being there first. That’s why songs like “Take Me To The Hospital” feel so vibrant to this day. The tune is just one of the bonus tracks included in a remastered release of their excellent 2001 full length Danse Macabre, a project promoted with a tour starting the first week of November that will find The Faint performing Danse in its entirety for the first time ever, as well as fan favorites and new tracks.
As always, we take a look back at some tunes you may or may not know. This time we are featuring the criminally under-appreciated Scottish New Wave band Altered Images, fronted by this week’s cover girl Claire Grogan (see above.) After enjoying success with “Happy Birthday” (later versioned by The Ting Tings on Yo Gabba Gabba!) they found another hit in 1982 with “I Could Be Happy,” a shift from their early indie-rock to unpretentious, chart-conquering pop.
Not every Dance track has to be fast. They could also be kinda slow and tug at your heartstrings at the same time. Londoners CYMBALS are proving such facts with their latest single “Like An Animal,” a hypnotic 9-minute number designed for those moments where it’s hard to leave the club after an epic evening.
Chazwick Bundick is better known for being one of the best chill-wavers out there thanks to his work on Toro Y Moi. He also has a knack for dance, evident in his side project Les Sins. The single “Fetch,” released with its B-side “Taken” sees Bundick experiment with a collage of sounds and samples within a pretty consistent beat. We are liking this one.
Van She is serving up Hardcore 90′s trance realness with Unicorn Kid’s remix of “Jamaica,” a tune from the Australian tropical pop group’s sophomore album Idea of Happiness. Think Ibiza instead of Jamaica and you’ll get the picture. It’s got all the ingredients to blow your brains out, with a nod to Olive’s “You’re Not Alone” in the track’s reworked melody.
We close doors with prolific Baltimore rockers Future Islands and their new track “Tomorrow.” If everyone can agree on something, it’s the power that lies beneath Samuel T. Herring’s voice, a strange but effective combination of Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Meatloaf. His effort is sweetened by the doo-wop harmonies of Jenn Wasner (from Wye Oak) and Lexie Mountain. A rather theatrical ending to our WILD playlist, but a real good one.