Music To Start The Week With #087
by: Diego Martínez
May 27, 2013
In theory, the earliest stages of the week shouldn’t be a bore. In theory. They actually turn out to be worse than we thought at first. There is that major void of goodness we experienced during the weekend but at The WILD’s HQ, we figured we might as well fill the void with lots (and lots!) of music.
On this edition of “Music To Start The Week With,” we indulge in deeply emotive and somewhat creepy tracks, failed romances, trips to psychedelia,Â exercisesÂ in punk and avant garde pop and, of course, some good old booty-shaking melodies.
Do yourself a favor and start this week in style with our very own Top 10:
To kick things off here is Pat Grossi’s contribution to the soundtrack for The Host, the new Stephanie Meyer magical-teen-romance film adaptation. The set also includes other alt-ish hit makers like Ellie Goulding and Imagine Dragons, but “Evening Ceremony” is and sounds like the ultimate highlight. It’s delightfully melancholy pop track, utterly compelling from start to finish, showcasing Grossi’s beautiful falsetto and equally brilliant lyrics that speak of a desperate scenario between lovers: “Even if I never meant to hurt you, would you hurt me / Even if I wanted to pray for you.” Swooning!
Next up is Jodie Lowther and Johnny Vertigen, a London pair who “fell out of a bin screaming at some point in 2012″ and “write songs about dreams and nightmares and points of interest in between.” Makes total sense that they would come up with aÂ borderlineÂ creepy lullaby like “Soft Bodies,” included in the compilation Soft Bodies Don’t Bleed. It sounds like maybe what Beach House would have sounded like had they joined a traveling carnival act instead of signing to an indie label. The spooky keyboard lines and child-like vocals are a bit different, but in my humble opinion being ‘a bit different’ is always good.
Many were bummed a few years back when the Dutchess & the Duke, the musical partnership of Jesse Lortz and Kimberly Morrison, was no more. For the prolific Lortz, it was only the beginning of his journey as Case Studies, a project which saw him drift away from twangy, dark garage pop of mid-60s Stones and more towards the lush, shadowy folk-pop Leonard Cohen was making around the same time. Case Studies’ debut The World Is Just a Shape to Fill the Night closed with “The Day We Met,” a third-person perspective on love gone wrong, armed with just an acoustic guitar and vocal harmony. His sophomore record is set to be released on June 11th via Sacred Bones.
Secret Colours is a young band from Chicago that proudly identifies itself on Facebook as Â “the bastard seed of ’60s psychedelia and ’90s Britpop bloodlines.” They frankly know damn well who they are, as their roots are heavy on The Beatles, Pink Floyd and the Stones, with a newly emphasized streak of influence from that other wave of guitar-slinging, drug-munching Brits who came around during the last decade of the 20th century. The result of such blend is a track like “Blackbird (Only One),” from their second album Peach. Lovers of stoner rock and beyond, this is for you.
Matt Reilly and Ian Vanek, AKA Japanther, joined forces more than a decade ago and have taken on multitude of creative endeavors since. Known for their unconventional live performances, the band has appeared alongside synchronized swimmers, atop the Williamsburg Bridge, with giant puppets and marionettes, in the back of a moving truck in Soho, and at shows with giant dinosaurs and BMX bikers flying off the walls. After a over a dozen albums already released, the duo is back with a new LP Eat Like Lisa Act Like Bart and the lead single “Stolen Flowers,” a short, melodic cut with fuzzed-out guitars and a driving beat that gives listeners a taste of the duo’s signature punk rock-infused sound.
As always, we turn our heads and ears to the endless possibilities of the digital refreshment, by way of a remix, of an old favorite. On this occasion, Nacey grabbed a hold of the already-catchy “Knot In My Heart” by Vancouver’s avant pop act The Zolas and turned it into a synth-soaked dance jam perfect for a listener with many musical tastes. It sounds like something else, with lots of synthesizers and drum machines while keeping the original vocals intact, leaving nothing to be disappointed about.
Despite producing some of the most reinventing remixes out there, LA House music duo Classixx had no full-length to speak of. That is, until now. Michael David and Tyler Blake’s long awaited debut LP Hanging Gardens is out on Innovative Leisure and as expected, it’s clearly inspired by the pop and disco sounds of the 80s, with several collaborators like Nancy Whang, Jeppe and Jessie Kevel. On “A Stranger Love,” they recruit vocalist Sarah Chernoff for a lush, airy and dreamy track, more on the chilled side than usual. Having listened to it in full, we’re making Hanging Gardens one of those coveted soundtracks for a summer in the city.
If God is a DJ, then it is Giorgio Moroder. For an entire hour, heÂ surprisedÂ dance goers at Brooklynâ€™s Output who witnessed the electronic pioneer’s first ever live DJ set, vocoder-talking included. And what a marvelous experience it must have been. The list spanned his entire career, from his seminal, synth-heavy work with Donna Summer in the mid-70s, to his much talked-about collaboration with Daft Punk, “Giorgio by Moroder” (included in the French duo’s Random Access Memories.) One of the songs he played was the epic soundtrack for Google’s latest multi-player experiment: Racer. The tune’s also an experiment in itself: a throbbing, insistent bassline meets some semi-creepy synths. All in all, it’s a definitive Moroder.
What could be sweeter than a Summer jam with the sultry voice of miss Mary J. Blige? London deep house producer Jett took to Blige’s 1994 song “My Love,” originally written about a failed relationship, and delivered a Garage House beat which jammed well with her sped-up voice and the overall sensual vibe of the production. PS: check your pulse if you don’t feel the need to groove to the track’s strong backbone.
We finish this WILD playlist remembering a talented House producer/singer who left us way too soon early in the month: Anthony Moore, better known as Romanthony. For some, he’s the voice of Daft Punk’s memorable hit “One More Time” but his work dates back to 1993 with brilliant singles like “Make This Love Right,” “Let Me Show You Love,” “Bring U Up,” and “The Wanderer,” released throughout the 90s and beyond. Anthony’s untimely death set a shock wave to those influenced by him: Tiga, Felix da Housecat, Erol Alkan, Louis La Roche, Justice, Digitalism and Boys Noize, to name a few. He will be missed.