Bombay Bicycle Club

13 05 2009

The four Londoners of Bombay Bicycle Club graduated high school just last June, but don’t let that fool you. Already quite prolific for their years (2 EPs, 2 singles, and an LP on the way) the band delivers a mature sound with charmingly timorous vocals and perfect indie-rock melodies. No surprise that Island Records scooped them up late last year. Jim Abbiss (who’s worked with Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian) produced their debut album I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose which drops on July 6, with second single “Dust on the Ground” to be released June 22. First single “Always Like This” is summer yearning put to music and it’s oh-so-catchy, with a fantastic remix by James Rutledge that ups the electro ante.

Bombay Bicycle Club – Always Like This

Bombay Bicycle Club – Always Like This (James Rutledge Remix)

Bombay Bicycle Club – Evening/Morning

Bombay Bicycle Club

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Dirty Projectors – Latest Single

28 04 2009

Following 2007’s Rise Above, Dirty Projectors are back with their fifth album Bitte Orca, due out June 9. The first single “Stillness is the Move” was released last week by Domino Records, and it’s a fresh one. I can’t decide what I like best about this track – the lyrics (love + existential crisis..my favorite), the music (fantastic composition, just enough melody), or the R&B flavor (for real). I don’t think it’s possible not to like this song..if you’re not immediately convinced skip to the last 2.5 minutes where the magic really comes together.
Dirty Projectors – Stillness is the Move

 

Below, the band teams up with David Byrne in the first track off of the Dark Was The Night compilation.
Dirty Projectors & David Byrne – Knotty Pine

Dirty Projectors





Damn, I wish I was your cover

22 04 2009

Here’s my first of many ‘covers that are better than the original’ posts. And by ‘better’, I really just mean that I like it better, because objective reasoning is beyond my pay grade here.

First up is the Bat for Lashes/Fionn Regan/Maps rendition of “Higher Than the Sun” by Primal Scream, performed live for the BBC program “In the Company Of” back in August 2007. True, we’re dealing with a classic here, Screamadelica being a groundbreaking album (that I love), but props to Natasha Khan’s vocals (with slivers of Regan’s voice echoing in the backround) for taking a trippy acid house track and making it so emotive and moving…my heart melts a little every time I hear it. This makes my top 25 all-time. 

Bat for Lashes w/Fionn Regan and Maps – Higher than the Sun (Primal Scream cover)
Primal Scream – Higher than the Sun

 
Bonus track – “Loaded” remixed by Terry Farley (one of the producers of Screamadelica). Man, I love this version..makes me want to go pub hopping in Scotland.
Primal Scream – Loaded (Terry Farley remix)





Swoontastic

17 04 2009

Swan Lake is the collaboration of Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown), Dan Bejar (Destroyer, The New Pornographers), and Carey Mercer (Frog Eyes). Their second album Enemy Mine (named after this sci-fi flick) came out in March (via Jagjaguwar). Showcasing three distinct artists, the album’s a bit all over the place – sometimes poignant, sometimes exhausting – but worth a listen overall. Krug’s tracks (“Paper Lace”/”Settle On Your Skin”/”A Hand at Dusk”) are the highlight for me…classic poetic/obtuse indie fare, dripping with romance. His songs bring me back to my college days when I would spend my time analyzing cryptic indie song lyrics instead of studying..”Pink Bullets” comes to mind..ahh to be young again.

I love love love this song. “What’s in the world? What’s in the hearts of pretty girls?”
Swan Lake – Paper Lace // alt download [mediafire]

Swan Lake – A Hand at Dusk // alt download [mediafire]





Metric – Fantasies

16 04 2009

Four years and a soul-searching trip to Argentina later, we get the much-anticipated new studio release from Metric, whose latest album Fantasies dropped on Tuesday. There’s a couple forgettable songs, but overall I think it’s a solid record, with pockets of greatness. The star of the show, as always, being Haines’s voice/songwriting. The slower/more restrained moments on the album are where its at for me…standout tracks being “Collect Call”, “Blindness”, and of course “Help I’m Alive”. Didn’t think “Help..” could get any better, but it did once The Twelves got their hands on it (also, check out the acoustic version on the band’s website).

Metric – Help I’m Alive (The Twelves Remix)
Metric – Collect Call

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Sweet Instrumentals

8 04 2009

Not sure I like their name, but the music is swell, with classical elements and a bit of a cinematic flair. Balmorhea (pronounced bal-more-ay) is an Austin-based 6-piece..their new release All Is Wild, All Is Silent is out now via Western Vinyl.

Balmorhea - All Is Wild, All Is Silent (2009)

 
Balmorhea – Harm & Boon
Balmorhea – Settler

(right click/’save file as’ to download)





James Yuill

8 04 2009

Caught the short and sweet show by James Yuill, UK folktronica artist, Monday night at Mercury Lounge. He runs a pretty simple setup just a mixer and his guitar and that’s all he needs for the perfect acoustic/electronic blend. Beyond great originals, he’s done some nice remixes..loved his Rod Thomas mix from last year. Turning Down Water for Air was released in the UK October of last year, and gets its US release on May 26.

James Yuill - Mercury Lounge (4-6-09)

 

James Yuill – No Surprise
James Yuill – This Sweet Love (Prins Thomas Sneaky Edit)
Rod Thomas – Same Old Lines (James Yuill remix)