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by Devin Mainville

6 Dec 2010

Balancing between dance and pop has become a popular line to walk and no one does it better than the latest Danish export, When Saints Go Machine. The electronic four-piece matches their electronic sound with classical instruments and moving lyrics. After gaining some recognition in Denmark, the band is ready to take on the world. Their first single, “Fail Forever”, is a haunting commentary on how we, as a society, never really say what we think; someone asks how you are and you say fine, when in reality that is hardly ever the case. Recently XLR8R posted “Fail Forever” and it quickly became the top rated and most downloaded MP3 on the site.

Check out the video for “Fail Forever” below and keep an eye out for When Saints Go Machine’s EP in January 2011 and a full album later in the year.

by J.C. Sciaccotta

6 Dec 2010

The brainchild of producer Derek Vincent Smith, Colorado-based Pretty Lights have built quite a reputation on the live festival circuit. With appearances at Bonnaroo, Rothbury, and the 10K Lakes Festival, they have become one of the premier electronic music experiences of the moment. As described by Smith himself, Pretty Lights “gives the people what they want; electro organic cutting-edge party rocking beats that fill venues with energy and emotion and send dance floors into frenzies.” And if you’ve ever been to one of their raucous live shows, you know they aren’t kidding.

They are also quite prolific in the studio, having released three full-length albums and a trio of EPs over the past few years (all of which are available as free downloads on their website). Their new video for “Future Blind”, from one of their 2010 EPs, Making Up a Changing Mind, is a colorful, fixed-perspective melodrama between a couple who apparently have a lot in common with Peter Parker. The song itself is excellent in its own right, its laidback groove and spectral keys lulling you into a chill, downtempo hypnosis.

Pretty Lights recently released its third EP of the year, Glowing in the Darkest Night, and have a couple of year-end shows lined up at the Congress Theatre in Chicago, 12/30 and 12/31, with Major Lazer and Holy Fuck supporting.

by Crispin Kott

3 Dec 2010

Jarvis Cocker has always been a busy fellow, what with his various solo and Pulp endeavors and appearing in Harry Potter and Wes Anderson flicks and the like. But with the Pulp reunion still months away, how are we supposed to tide ourselves over in the meantime?

Fret not, friends. Cocker has lent his laconic vocal stylings to the new single by French duo Discodeine (a.k.a., Pilooski and Pentile, producers extraordinaire.)

“Synchronize” is pure sexy Eurodisco, with Cocker’s contribution nothing less than a beat-heavy, nerd happy come hither. The combination is clearly designed to get people moving their midsections in as suggestive a manner as any given dancefloor will allow.

But don’t take my word for it. Download the radio edit yourself and be transported into the swanky hidden pied-à-terre in the darkest corner of a Parisian discotheque.

“Synchronize” is out on DFA Records on December 6.

by J.C. Sciaccotta

2 Dec 2010

Times are tough on the amateur superhero circuit. At least that’s the impression given by John Grant’s “Chicken Bones” video (from his outstanding solo debut, Queen of Denmark). When Grant’s Wonder Bread Man isn’t getting underpaid by little old ladies crossing the street, he’s off hustling deals at the flea market and scraping by on fried chicken dinners.

The video takes a left-turn when John returns home from an epic battle (or bumfight, depending on your point of view) with a supervillain in an empty backlot. Upon nursing his wounds
with a few swigs of homemade potion, a psychedelic jouney ensues through the Wonder Bread Man’s haunted past. Things only get stranger (and more hilarious) from there.

by Timothy Gabriele

1 Dec 2010

I recently heard this track as mixed into a Sonic Router podcast. It caught me off guard, mainly because I hadn’t listened to the band in about 10 years, but also because I’d forgotten how the band at their most shining can sound like the proto-metalgaze of Hum.  If only they’d make an entire album like this. Oh yeah, and by the way, this music video is frickin’ gorgeous.

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