Track of the Day..."Genesis" from Grimes
Arbutus Records / 4AD 2012
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The new Grimes (a/k/a Montreal's Claire Boucher) release VISIONS is getting a lot of well-deserved attention. Newly signed to famed independent label 4AD, Grimes explores a variety of genres from synth-pop to atmospherics, drawing from influences as diverse as Enya, TLC and Aphex Twin.
The track “Genesis” is an excellent example of Grimes's approach to the use of reverb, layering, arpeggios, chunky beats and obscured vocal melodies.
The Canadian vinyl from Arbutus records includes two additional bonus tracks (plus download).
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Track of the Day..."I Didn't Know (Erik Omen Remix)" from Tristesse Contemporaine
"I Didn't Know (Erik Omen Remix)"
Dirty / Pschent (2012)
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Named for a book on the main moral and intellectual movements of the 19th century, La tristesse contemporaine by Hippolyte Fierens Gevaert, Tristesse Contemporaine are a group of like minded musical vagabonds from Japan, Sweden and London. Each of the members, Narumi, Léo and Maik, bring a unique style of their own to the group ranging from influences such as Godard, Primal Scream, Cocteau Twins, Talking Heads and London trip-hop. It’s the trio’s coalescence through their love of Paris that unites them into an exciting and evocative band to watch.
On their stellar new Erik Omen remix track “I Didn’t Know”, the band unveils a slinky and sexy, beat driven, lounger that displays the highlights of their influential range.
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Track of the Day..."Young Dreams" from Young Dreams
Modular People (2011)
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In 2010, Bergen, Norway band Young Dreams uploaded three songs to Facebook including “Young Dreams”. The song touches on the issues of the transition of youth to adulthood.
The song features a wall of sound of ethereal harmonies said to be inspired by some of the lesser known works of classical master and Norway hero Edvard Grieg.
Watch the excellent Kristoffer Borgli directed video for “Young Dreams” here.
Track of the Day ... "Ta Ta Dana" from Tomten
"Ta Ta Dana"
from Wednesday's Children
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Seattle, Washington based quartet Tomten are often described as "Baroque Pop" for their retro organ driven sound. Formed in 2010 by four Cornish College of the Arts students and started performing regularly in Seattle that summer, they soon recorded their eponymous debut LP in late 2010. Soon after Tomten won First Place in the EMP/SFM's Sound Off! Competition which secured them a slot at Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival 2011.
After spending the summer of 2011 preparing and recording new material for their 2nd LP "Wednesday's Children" they traveled to Iceland in August to perform at Menningarnot in Reykjavik. The "Ta Ta Dana" EP will be released on April 10, 2012 on Flat Field Records with the full length due in the summer.
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