In a year filled with much such dark social turmoil it's a relief to know that the underground music world continues to produce such shining gems. This video by Phantogram is my choice for video and song of the year. It features an incredibly well designed pastiche of spliced samples to accompany its cascading, seductive vocals which are at key times punctuated by a punchy classic bass synthesizer sound. The entire sonic piece moves without letting you go, capturing you in a sonic net which you'll never be free from as you "fall in love" with it.
Locally it was great news to hear about this act returning to full strength with their ever-inventive guitarist reuniting with their rock-solid rhythm section. This track has a particularly powerful punch, one that emulates taking a sip from any sort of party punch bowl, one where you don't really know what you may be drinking, but you just immediately know it tastes good and you will hang on and expect the very best results from all the twists and turns that beverage takes as it winds through your system. Quick, have a sip...of Peggy!
It was fairly recent I became seriously addicted to the dance floor friendly sounds of Medio Mutante, after being introduced to them by a friend. I couldn't get enough of the MM sound, yet I was very discouraged to discover that their material is limited and they had disbanded. Later after a brief sadness, I became uplifted yet again when I heard certain key members are involved in acts such as the above featured 'Boan' as well as others such as //Tense//. October will take me to my Babylon!
I was happy to learn that this previously featured artist has released an equally compellingly listenable album this very year 2014. Shabazz Palaces has maintained their expansive experimentative approach, yet now adds to the ingredients some of the discipline brought on by their experience and growth as artists. This new mix of sounds has generously provided us, the music fan with a spectacular collection of multi-use sonic pieces wrapped in the gift package they have entitled "Lese Majesty." The monarchs might not like it, but we the proletariats sure could be served well by a listen or two.
Artist: Shabazz Palaces
Origin: Seattle, Washington USA
This month restores TionTunes to its original flagship mission of identifying those tracks that are highly likeable on the very first listen. This track definitely fits the bill with its cascading rumble of opening guitar chords that frame the crystal clear, and delectable vocal talents of its talented lead singer. Hearing this track gives a bit of reminiscence towards the amazing girl fronted tracks of the early 90's. Give it a listen and discover how its 'fingerprints' will imprint on your musical memory.
This month's featured artist rides in on a lovely yet ugly tidal wave of distorted synths, with an undercurrent-like supporting system of strong cowboy western beats. The voice is oddly submerged, which only adds to the tension and pushes the listener to hear more of this track in an attempt to maybe decipher what is being transmitted on the third, fourth or eighty-ninth listen. A powerful track which would be great ammunition for the dance clubs that matter. In fact, I'm considering spinning it myself at my next appearance.
Going to start off June with a gem of a discovery! First time I heard this was in the morning, and I heard an immediate paradox towards the way lots of things usually go. Just as in the tune, there is a progressive alteration/switch of reflection versus high energy which lasts almost entirely throughout the process of what you are going to do, until a sluggish feel finally shuts the event down. The art and visual design of this video is absolutely fantastic, it features various hand pencil drawn images which eventually peels off to reveal great cinematography of the band. I really think this group has lots of potential and can't wait to see what else they will create in the future.
Artist: Each Other
Origin: Montréal, Québec Canada.