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Matt James said of “Genesis” back in February, “‘Genesis’ has enough spiraling flags, firecrackers and carnival dragons to kickstart a Chinese New Year and comes decorated with such an elegant piano break Vince Guaraldi could’ve used it to cheer up Charlie Brown.”
Toro Y Moi (a.k.a. Chazwick Bundick) has a side project called Les Sins to indulge in the latest EDM craze. He has two songs which will be released as a 7” on Dan Snaith of Caribou’s label, Jiaolong, but listeners can find them streaming on Soundcloud. Bundick’s music was a big part of the new chillwave sound of a few summers ago (he met like minded musician Ernest Greene of Washed Out during their days attending the University of South Carolina). But he has recently alluded to how he felt ready to move on, and these compositions definitely do just that.
Chandeliers are a Chicago-based art-rock group who create a lush form of jazzy, electro rock. Chicago winters can be quite dismal—though notably the last one—and to fight the winter blues Chris Kalis, Scott McGaughey, and Harry Brenner ensconce themselves in a studio and record warm summery jams rather than grim cold weather tunes. Chandeliers draw influence from sources as diverse as Kraftwerk and Herbie Hancock, and perhaps most obviously, Can. Their latest release is Founding Fathers and today we present the online premiere of the psychedelic video for opening track “New Times”. Kalis says, “as far as what I really like in today’s music, I’m into the new.. I’m into that Japanese Funk, that pop-funk, you know I think Prince is the future, among a lot of other things.”
In anticipation of their upcoming album, Old World Romance, indie band Sea Wolf has released a live rehearsal video of the lead off track “Old Friend”. The percussive intro instantly intrigues the listener and it’s already picked for PopMatters’ next New Music Playlist. The rest of the album is full of the solid songwriting skills of frontman Alex Church, allowing things to build with time in nuanced arrangements of subdued musical moments. Church is a California native who first hit the scene as a part of the dreamy psychedelic pop band Irving in 1998, until he began to create home recordings under the moniker Sea Wolf in 2003.
Old World Romance is due out 11 September, followed by a tour in support of this fourth collection by the group (see dates below).
// Sound Affects
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