Let the summer anthems rule! New tunes by Holy Ghost! and Empire of the Sun pave the way for this latest playlist. Debut albums from the Olms, Palma Violets and Secret Colors are juxtaposed next to the latest from Divine Fits, Portugal. The Man. and Cold War Kids. During the next heat wave, why not cool down by listening to the breezy acoustic strumming of the Olms, ambient music from Eluvium, Bibio’s electronica and more?
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One morning, I finished my announcements and started the track I had loaded up. Suddenly this beautiful, lush, and violent sound filled the studio - pianos and violins played by madmen, yet accompanied by an almost jazzy bass and drum section. And then this voice, haunting, yet mollitious, crooning, “I lay down by the river / Shadows moved across me inch by inch / All that I knew / Was the war between the water and the bridge.”
Rapper, producer and beatmaker Da Poet has earned the affectionate name of “DP King” in his native Turkey, where for years he’s been working the hip-hop circuit, cutting quality albums and putting together an inspired set of mixtapes to add to his rather wide repertoire of work. When Da Poet is not experimenting with his rhyme-techniques, he’s usually exploring new ways in which to layer texture and sound into his beats.
Elegies and Laments is part spoken word, part jazz/rock/indie musical composition, and part heartrending string orchestra (scored by composer, Christopher LaRossa). Hilbert narrates from his 2009 book Sixty Sonnets, transforming the poems into an audio experience that is both in-your-face and ethereal.
The band’s new sound features a more synthesizer-heavy backdrop coupled with strong baselines and the beautiful hurricane of singer Sarah Negahdari’s vocals. Negahdari, most recently playing bass on tour with Silversun Pickups, charms at the top of the room on “Galaxy”, leaning into the duet as a sea of swirling guitars spin around her. The Fleetwood Mac influence - and Negahdari confirmed this isn’t just critical speculation - is less easy to spot on “Galaxy” than it is on “Endless”, but the guitar acrobatics give a mild hint, discrete objects held aloft, a spinning infinity. If modern rock and alternative radio producers have an ounce of vision, “Endless” will be at radio by the end of the summer and Amethyst will be making its case for one the best independent rock records of 2013. (32ft/second)