They’re fusing Indie-Pop with Soultronica with a sound akin to Santigold and Sonnymoon but San Fransisco hailing band The Seshen have offered an insightful look into their own direction with this, their new self-titled debut album. We first featured these guys back in November ’11, when they released their single ‘Oblivion’ – it’s exciting to see from that how they’ve shaped their full long player…
Musically rich, their album is brimming with elaborate arrangements – they interestingly combine arpeggiated chords with deep subs and dominant drum patterns. They also incorporate an ethereal Pop aesthetic – in parts (see: ‘Time War’) reminiscent of Ladyhawke. On vocals Akasha Orr provides a strong performance, displaying an emotional investment, gelling everything together.
Listen and download ($5) below…
Daring Brittany Bosco. The one they couldn’t put in a box. The woman they haven’t known for a long time how to quite handle or perceive musically. With Pacer‘s directional change last year, a stunning new 3-track has just been released, once again with her band Bosco. They’re a cast of Atlanta musicians on the same progressive wavelength, including members of punk-soul quartet Tendaberry.
Straddling the genre lines as always, Brittany exudes her gusty voice over Trip-Hop, Experimental Soul, Indie Pop, and Post-Punk. From the clash of amplifier signals to soaring wall-of-sound vocals, you’ll feel the ruffled, emotional undercurrent surging through this mini-set. It’s a powerful work, but more importantly, self-assured.
Available now to buy here.
After spending an hour supremely peeved that we weren’t able to view the stream of this vid in the UK (cyber democratic fail) – all is well – see up top.
Recently the leading-edge artiste gave an interesting interview to Pitchfork discussing the trajectory of her career so far, criticizing Pop’s state and insight on long-awaited (we’ve been counting the days since ’08) Master of My Make-Believe due March 7th on Downtown/Atlantic, read here. Whilst today she also confirmed the cheeky correspondence on twitter about a potential collab with the great prisoner/ex-convict/escapee of Samoa, Earl Sweatshirt, is indeed happening!
Enjoy curious Santi day-tripping to a lost island with some bugged out voodoo orphans over this Post-Punk Dancehall rattler. Directed by Sam Fleischner and Ms. White herself. Do you love this woman as much as we do?
Willis Earl Beal is an artist clearly destined to create gracefully beautiful music. Balancing the weight of Soul, Blues, Indie and (anti)Folk he exemplifies the power of subtlety, delivering a poignant and emotive moment with a few chords and a near-whisper. Plus he records everything to tape – for added dirt and rebellion from digital.
I’ve always felt ‘Futile Devices‘ was one of Sufjan Steven’s most beautiful records, falling somewhere between the final flakes of winter and spring’s first rays. Full on emosh overload every time the first two bars of piano hit the back of the neck hairs and Steven’s woodland whisper creeps in.
Now, Michigan’s Shigeto is one of those producers that’s risen well out of the overflowing international beat scene, gaining respect as an electronic musician in all the right publications over the last year. His recent Aaliyah remix was superb at honing groove, but take a listen to his edit of the more dainty ‘Futile Devices’ – the harmony between sub bass expulsions escorted into upright bass, handled with the care such a delicate piece of audio needs. It’s more Sunday morn that Saturday night, but when the party’s over later and you’re at the bottom of the bottle, pop this one on.
Shigeto’s mini-LP Lineage is out now on Ghostly.
Brand new signing to Push & Run Records (the same label housing wizards Ifan Dafydd and Pedestrian). U.T.R.B. stands for Until The Ribbon Breaks – an experimental singer-songwriter from Cardiff who’s been quietly building a following under the radar.
With it’s explicitly barefaced 808 bass kicks and industrial twistiness, this piano-pronged ballad is certainly different to the rest of his label’s output thus far, but intrigues the same and feels again poetic in it’s execution.
Available as a free download below.
Newly signed to XL Recordings, Willis Earl Beal has quickly become one of our recently admired young musicians. The gifted 27 year old is showing a lot of promise, re-sculpting any box critics attempt enclosing him into. We featured his Radiohead reminiscent debut single ‘Evening’s Kiss’ in January and now arrives his self-illustrated, self-directed video to accompany. Watch the hand drawn animation up top…
Debut LP Acousmatic Sorcery is out April 3rd, plus you can catch Willis in Europe in Feb & March – peep dates here.
‘DoYaThing’ is the smashing new single from Gorillaz featuring James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem (on hook duty) and Outkast’s André 3000. As standard the God-emcee delivers a killer verse – throwing even more fuel on our desperation for a new album – the song as a whole works nicely, reminds me a little of Gnarls Barkley.
Update: Added the new 13-minute version…
After last month’s brilliant track & vid combo for ‘Big Mouth‘, supreme Philly madame Santigold pops up looking all kinds of fabulous alongside a Basquiat-cut sporting MC Spank Rock. This is the brand new video of her collaboration from Spank Rock’s 2011 album Everything Is Boring and Everyone is a Fucking Liar
Driven with a contagious Post-punk Funk rhythm and Santi’s charmed turns, you can almost play it in your imaginary vintage Porche 911 turbo with the top down and breeze against your arms. The wardrobe styling in the video is smash, as is the minimal yet ornate set design, powder wash colour grade and gradual conclusion with Avatar blue boobs & polythene. It’s got low budget, high art swag.
(via Rolling Stone)