The brainchild of Los Angeles artist Adam Finkel, Alek Fin specializes in electronic music that straddles gentle pop, adult contemporary, with just enough experimentation to give it enough edginess. The twitchiness of Thom Yorke, the smoothness of James Blake, and the crooning of Patrick Watson, if you will.
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Starting off with a wicked opening riff nicked straight from Wire, the new track by Los Angeles band the Singles (the real Singles, not the celebrity band formerly known as the Singles) quickly shifts into the kind of hooky garage punk rock ‘n’ roll that they’ve always excelled at. It’s a small taste of what you can expect from their fourth album, which will be released in early 2016.
Back in early August we premiered the contagious powerpop title track from A Fragile Tomorrow’s new album. Bearing an endearing similarity to XTC and Big Star (what better bands to emulate?) Make Me Over is a rich and wonderfully catchy album by the South Carolina band, and although it comes out on 16 October, it’s too good not to share a week early. The band agreed, and the album can be streamed below.
Evan Sawdey: “Let’s embrace the point of no return.” Yeah, let’s do exactly that. While the pairing of Disclosure and Lorde (for an original song, finally) is nothing less than an electro-pop wet dream come into fruition, “Magnets” doesn’t amaze so much as it simply satisfies, its chorus and verse swinging and bouncing while maintaining a solid groove that you already know will be stretched out to seven minutes or more on an endless stream of remixes. As it stands though, everything, from Lorde’s growing vocal confidence to her appropriately insane dancing in the video, is a welcome treat from two great modern pop icons. Yeah, some were expecting more, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with what we ended up getting. [7/10]
Dustin Ragucos: When I saw the amount of dislikes regarding “The Love Within” video, I only assumed that Bloc Party might’ve gone experimental and that this turn wasn’t easily palatable. This song isn’t stripped down and naked. This is bare-boned. I expected more than this from the band that made “Helicopter”. [3/10]