Top Pops! Chad Valley w/ Glasser & Twin Shadow, Teenage Sweater, Still Corners

“Pop music shouldn’t always get a bad rap,” says Top Pops!, a recurring selection of pop music highlights across a selection of styles. Here’s a cheerful post with Sub Pop Records’ Still Corners, Born Gold’s Teenage Sweater, and UK musician Chad Valley, of Jonquil, featuring Glasser‘s Cameron Mesirow.

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Chad Valley

Glasser‘s Cameron Mesirow turns everything to gold with her New Age delicacy, and Twin Shadow‘s George Lewis Jr. churns out fanatic fans like none other. So it is that both musicians take the ’80s pop-inspired tracks of Hugo Manuel (aka Chad Valley) to the next level. The comparison to “’80s pop” is not used lightly here; Chad Valley pretty much epitomizes the genre, complete with the most straight-forward pop vocals you’ve probably heard in a while. “Fall 4 U” and “I Owe You This” come from Young Hunger, out on Cascine, and the whole record boasts additional contributions from similarly-minded guest stars include El Perro Del Mar, Active Child, and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs.

Full tracklisting to follow, along with an upbeat remix by Lissvik.

Chad Valley Ft. Twin Shadow – “I Owe You This”

Chad Valley Ft. Glasser – “Fall 4 U” (Original)

 

Chad Valley Ft. Glasser – “Fall 4 U” (Lissvek Remix)

CHAD VALLEY – YOUNG HUNGER TRACKLISTING
1. I Owe You This (Feat. Twin Shadow)
2. Tell All Your Friends
3. Fall 4 U (Feat. Glasser)
4. My Girl (Feat. Jack Goldstein)
5. Evening Surrender (Feat. El Perro del Mar)
6. Interlude
7. Up and Down
8. Young Hunger
9. Fathering Mothering (Feat. Anne Lise Frøkedal)
10. My Life Is Complete (Feat. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs)
11. Manimals (Feat. Active Child)

 

Teenage Sweater

Simplicity in synths and drums create a cutesy, vibing track in “Coconut Water”, from San Francisco’s Teenage Sweater. They are now on tour with a limited number of Wes Coast dates, including a Seattle date with rad space-punkers Battle Stations (it is recommended you check them out HERE)!

TEENAGE SWEATER TOUR DATES
October 18 – ABCO Warehouse w/ Casy And Brain – Oakland, CA
October 19 – Campbell Club – Eugene, OR
October 20 – Boom Bap! w/ Prescription Pills – Portland, OR
October 21 – Vermillion w/ Battle Stations – Seattle, WA
October 23 – Valentine’s w/ Virgin Blood – Portland, OR
October 24 – Bows And Arrows w/ Jang, Portraits – Sacramento, CA
October 25 – Storey House – Santa Cruz, CA
October 26 – Twin Lemons Collective – Woodland Hills, CA
October 27 – ADC Warehouse – Los Angeles, CA
October 29 – The Dial – Murrieta, CA
November 10 – Bottom of the Hill w/ The Octopus Project – San Francisco, CA

 

Still Corners

Still Corners have recently released a 7″ with “Fireflies” and “Heart Of Fools”, with a full-length to follow in Spring 2013, on Sub Pop. Dream pop has long been exhausted, and “Fireflies” is certainly bordering on that, but its romantic lethargy and ridiculously catchy synth line saves it. You can also listen to “Cuckoo” HERE.

 

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Vivian Hua is the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE magazine, as well as a master of globetrotting for free and evading traditional 9-to-5 work schedules. She enjoys observing human idiosyncrasies perhaps more than anything and is a magnet for homeless people (a joy) and bug bites of all types (absolutely terrible). Marshmallows – while not really food – are one of her favorite foods, especially if they are freezered, stale, or fire-toasted. She doesn’t want to space travel, really, which is an unpopular view these days. Her design work, astrological chart, and other crap can be seen at www.inallthings-patterns.net.

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