Monday, August 17, 2015

Neon Indian


It's almost like the opening dangling seventies-style cosmic synth tones gradually give way and invite you to share in a great party that splices lots of elements from parties across time and space over the last few decades.  This pastiche mix seems to promise all kinds of good bouncy things for one and all once you swing into it and the finale of the track seems to provide a complimentary ticket for the following weekend or tune, whatever comes first.

Artist: Neon Indian
Origin: Denton, Texas

Friday, July 24, 2015

Craft Spells

This video is much late in coming and is actually one of the acts that precursed this very video blog, rocketing into existence.  Craft Spells is a relatively new band that offers incredibly beautiful songs that coincide with their brilliant videos.  Watch this one from start to  finish, it has elements of humor that meld gently with its darker themes.  Those jingly-jangly guitars and professional bouncy bass seems to come right out of The Smiths school of songwriting. I personally feel their style of guitar based orchestration is very well suited to fit this band's casually smooth vocalist.

Artist:  Craft Spells
Origin: Seattle, Washington USA

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Talking Heads

This track earns the heritage award for the Summer 2015. It was one of the early voices of pro-environmental policies way back in the 1980s. It's even more relevant now, Thanks Mr. Byrne. It features an all-star cast of some of highly lauded musicians including The Smith's Johnny Marr, and the late vocalist Kirsty MacColl. The video itself also features some groundbreaking video technology at the time, which are the moving typefaces that run all over the screen at key sections.

Artist: Talking Heads
Origin: New York, New York USA

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Death Grips



First song I've heard in a while that lyrically shoots a bird directly at the daylight and at the sun.  If only for that, in the midst of the stranglehold of humidity that has arrived once again for summer, it's a winner.   Furthermore, and more expansively I can't but help to bow deeply to the best song of 2015 that I've heard thus far.

Artist: Death Grips
Origin: Sacramento, California USA

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Made in Heights

Crossover appeal!  A friend from L.A. turned me on to this pair of musical whiz kids. Their impressive blending of 90's styled drum'n'bass beats with modern catchy female lead vocals coincide with supporting layers of gentle, cascading synths that that seem to be of New Age origins.   I really foresee big things for Made In Heights, just because they would fit on various radio formats even up to including *gasp* Pop/Top 40! If only we, collectively, should be so lucky!

Artist: Made in Heights
Origin: Los Angeles, California USA



Friday, May 1, 2015

Captive

Happy May Day, workers of the world! There has been a slew of labor lately in the music making business towards recreating the magic of the post-punk era. I managed to find one of the shiniest examples coming across the video tubes hailing from Austin. These guys show a really good restraint in not letting their electronics overpower their wonderfully organic Martin Hannettish echoey production style.  Listen to their tracks, and you will definitely be held Captive.

Artist: Captive
Origin: Austin, Texas USA

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Dan Deacon

Now this is what I like to see and hear when I think of the word "originality."  Dan Deacon provides a bit of what could be described as a convenient department store of sonic techniques that provide the perfect accompaniment to its slick and fascinating video theatre.  Vocoded voices bounce and resound inside a texture of well placed clicks and rise up to meet the catchy sing song chorus which heavily hammers its way into the sonic pleasure zone.

Artist : Dan Deacon
Origin : Baltimore, Maryland U. S. A.
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