As Autre Ne Veut did with his mind-blowing sophomore outing Anxiety in 2013, Reptar have a way of taking dozens of seemingly disparate sounds, throwing them together, and coming up with some wildly inventive and fun pop tunes. Such is especially the case with Lurid Glow, Reptar’s second studio LP, which is described as “indie-electro-guitar-pop-weirdness” in its press materials. That description isn’t far off. There’s a definite goofiness to this music—after all, a band doesn’t name themselves after a Rugrats character without a bit of tongue in cheek—but it’s that very goofiness that gives a little levity to the at times tricky experimentation. On paper, a track like “Cable” appears nothing more than ‘80s pastiche; filtered through the personality of Reptar, “Cable” becomes something best described as ‘80s workout video music from hell—in a good way, of course. With a Zappa-esque approach to pop music and its possibilities, Lurid Glow stands out amidst the early year crop of releases.
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The Glasgow musician and DJ Hudson Mohawke is set to drop his newest LP, Lantern this summer. This release will follow what has been a productive spring for him, which included appearances at the just-concluded South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.
Below you can stream “Very First Breath”, where Hudson Mohawke is joined by French vocalist Irfane.
islands, the debut album by Bear’s Den, is out now on Communion Records/Caroline.
Sylvan Esso’s most recent LP is their 2014 self-titled outing, which features the original take of “Coffee”. Regarding that record, PopMatters Associate Music Editor Matthew Fiander wrote, “Sylvan Esso would be an impressive statement for a long-established act, but considering it’s a first step for this duo, there may be no ceiling for an act that can rumble the dancefloor like this.”
The studio version of “Satellites” will be released on Mew’s forthcoming + - (‘plus minus”) LP, the group’s first studio outing in six years.
There’s really only one way to describe the title track of the New Jersey band OWEL’s forthcoming EP, Every Good Boy: a darn good pop tune. Right from the outset, it tips its cap to the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and the other luminaries of ‘60s pop with its vocal harmonies. Where it really gets traction, however, is its violin riff, a bold and catchy thing that grabs you and draws you into this sun-bathed number. “Every Good Boy Does Fine” is the kind of upbeat, infectious tune that shows just how much the world of pop music has left to mine from the respective playbooks of the Beach Boys and the Beatles. Years later, their styles still feel fresh. OWEL has done their homework when it comes to songwriting, and the payoff shows splendidly with the new EP.
Every Good Boy EP follows OWEL’s 2013 self-titled debut. The EP was produced by Mike Watts, who has also worked with As Tall As Lions, the Dear Hunter, As Cities Burn, Tides of Man, and several others.