Daft Punk - Instant Crush ft. Julian Casablancas
Cool kids united… Video directed by WARREN FU and produced by Daft Arts. It’s inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” and the TV show “The Twilight Zone”. Casablancas’ face was fashioned by Tony Gardner, the man behind the design of Daft’s legendary helmets.
Morning Parade - Shake The Cage
Now look who’s back… MORNING PARADE releases the first track “Shake The Cage” off their new Alienation EP, to be released on the 10th December 2013. Of the song lead singer Steve Sparrow writes:
"Living in a tight, confined physical and mental space for so long does strange things to you. I got bored of censoring and having to contain myself – I didn’t feel like I was getting anything genuine across, like I’d lost myself. It comes from boredom and frustration, of myself, patterns and repetition, of popular culture and of people and all of the nonsensical bollocks they’re concerned with, everything. All of the things I need, just so I have something to grind against. I just wanted to destroy everything and start again."
Welcome back boys.
Rathborne - Soft
Check out RATHBORNE's new record, “SOFT” out now on DILETTANTE/True Believer. Video directed by Jack Schurman. Find him on the road this winter with Albert Hammond Jr.
SOHN - Lessons
SOHN’s sounds are entirely appropriate as darkness arrives sooner and the weather gets cold and progressively dreary. Heartbreak, loneliness and isolation seem to be the painful precursors to a creative outpouring for the Vienna-based Englishman.
Last night SOHN played to a room full of huddled and curious listeners at The Echo in Los Angeles. Two songs stood out from the bunch, namely “Oscillate” and “Lessons”. “Lessons” (video above), is a web of plucks and chirps woven ‘round a pulsating arpeggio with an unmistakable TRON influence. Here SOHN matches his music’s tension with vocals drenched in defeat, outlining a period of dark reflection where his inability to end an unhealthy relationship becomes apparent, along with the realization that his downward spiral is far from over.
SOHN’s full-length is en route in 2014.
Lion Bark - Two Prongs
LION BARK perform “Two Prongs” live from a rowing boat… filmed by Louise and George Nindi. Having originally met at music school in Brighton, Lion Bark’s four members all decided to drop out before the end of their first year once realizing they had already formed the band each of them had dreamt of creating when they first started college. They moved into a flat overlooking the sea, taking up a variety of part-time jobs (one member is a postman, the others work in cafes and call-centres) to allow them to finesse their sound.
The results are already beguiling – classic British Pop mixed with hazy post-punk guitars, affecting vocal harmonies, and the tenacious tenor of lead singer Guy Bangham.
"Two Prongs" salutes influences like Real Estate and Wild Beasts. Be sure to check out their follow-up "Longhorns" which, is more upbeat while the melancholy remains. The song was inspired by two of Guy’s best friends moving to Texas, and their newfound local college football team (go UT Austin!). It’s a fitting tribute to distant friendship and being left behind…though Lion Bark are no doubt going places themselves. Listen to "Longhorns" here.
Drowners - Luv, Hold Me Down
New York’s DROWNERS release the PETE VOELKER directed video for “Luv, Hold Me Down,” off their upcoming self-titled full length out January 28 on French Kiss Records.
Cub Sport - Paradise
The Aussies are coming! Another band from Down Under arrives on the scene. Brisbane’s CUB SPORT may be young but they pack a snap, crackle & pop-punch. Above the video for “Paradise”.
The Preatures - Is This How You Feel?
THE PREATURES are a self-proclaimed “small to mid-level band” who hail from Sydney, Australia. The reference points are all very much of-the-moment… including Haim’s unfettered love for the sing-along radio hits of 1970’s pop. Singer Isabella Manfredi’s range and cadence is reminiscent of Feist’s, while the production nods to the 80s’ tightly sequenced, understated and rhythm-focused pop. “Is This How You Feel?” is a groove-based confection that explodes into a dangerously catchy chorus. Also recommended is “Manic Baby” off the same EP. Watch out for these guys…