Top Pops! April 2014: Mirah, Wild Ones, Eyelid Kid, Tourist ft. Will Heard, Lianne La Havas

Mirah returns with Changing Light, Portland’s Wild Ones pump out their debut album, California’s Eyelid Kid is a grower, and Tourist guest-stars Will Heard and Lianne La Havas.

MORE »

Orcas – Yearling Album Review (Morr Music)

Yearling, the second album from Orcas — the collaboration of Thomas Meluch, better known as Benoît Pioulard, and Rafael Anton Irissari, who also makes graceful ambient shoegaze under the name The Sight Below — seems very intent on a time and a place. In this case, a summer in Germany, where most of these songs were written. To shift between subject and setting, Yearling switches between ambient drift and yearning ambient pop, with plaintive vocals courtesy of Pioulard. This can be seen most evidently in the one-two punch of album openers “Petrichor” and “Infinite Stillness”, the former being a glowing nimbus of field recordings and swelling organs that sound like the backlit tree on the album cover, and “Infinite Stillness”

MORE »

Cloud Boat – Carmine Music Video (MV of the Week)

Sometimes words can take on more profound meaning when spoken by complete strangers, and regardless of whether this is the intention behind the music video for Cloud Boat’s “Carmine”, this is indeed the effect. Directed by Chris Toumazou, this video is executed in a simple laundromat setting and carried by the lipsyncing of a number of ordinary yet expressive characters, which seem to lend weight to the emotional gravitas of Tom Clarke’s vocals. Cloud Boat consists of Sam Ricketts and Tom Clarke, and their upcoming record, Model of You, comes out July 8th on Apollo Records.

MORE »

GOAT Live Show Review (Neumo’s, Seattle)

Here is a quick summary of GOAT, and the story is meant to be taken with as many grains of salt as possible. GOAT originally hail from Korpilombo, Sweden, from a community that has a history of voodoo worship. At various times, the incarnation of GOAT has lived on for 30 or 40 years amongst members of this village, and now, the current incarnation of GOAT contains three members from Korpilombo, augmented by a few folks from Gothenburg. All bands need good stories, and GOAT’s is one of the better ones. A quick Google search of Korpilombo and voodoo yields nothing but GOAT-related results. Combine this wonky backstory with the fact that live, the members of GOAT all wear cloaks

MORE »

Shy Girls – Voyeur’s Gaze Music Video w/ Director Tony Lowe & Bailey Stiles Interview

Talk about perfection in voyeurism! This music video for Shy Girls “Voyeur’s Gaze”, directed by Tony Lowe and featuring Chez Deep drag collective’s Bailey Stiles, is a one-take that’s all about the setting. Drawing inspiration from Russian webcam rooms, its aesthetic combines those cyber antics with the lives and times of many a boy-crazy teenage girl, to create a hazy wonderland full of stuffed animals and soft pastels. Read on, as Tony Lowe and Bailey Stiles give some words about self-love and empowerment.

MORE »

Spectral Hypnosis, April 2014: Factory Floor, The Notwist, Throwing Snow, David Douglas

Spectral Hypnosis is a recurring series, featuring mesmerizing songs for one to lose sense of time and space, mind and body. This post features the music video for Factory Floor’s “How Do You Say” as well as new tracks from The Notwist, David Douglas, and Throwing Snow, featuring Adda Kaleh.

MORE »