Oh Mercy. Sometimes everything comes together in a song. Sometimes those songs surprise you. They come out of nowhere and snap you out of focus, and you scramble to discover what you’re listening to. That happened to me with ‘Mercy’. It jumped out of my headphones and demanded several repeat plays.
Gang Signs have appeared on J2B before, making it early on for their track ‘Prequel’ which has a heavy HUMANS influence that is just as delicious today as when I first heard it. ‘SW’ takes a slightly different path, bringing a bit of post-punk along with vocals that could fit right in with the XX.
Channelling a bit of Real Estate, a dash of Wild Nothing and a pinch of Craft Spells, DIIV have a sunshine bathed single that doesn’t let up for four minutes. DIIV’s new album will be their second, and it’s been a 3 year gap between albums, giving their fans the opportunity for anticipation to boil over. If this single is any indication, the album will be a great backing to the coming Fall beauty. I can’t wait to hear more.
Holy shit Foals.
Foals is transforming, becoming a bigger beast and their new-found heaviness is a very welcome sound. Between ‘What Went Down’ and ‘Knife in the Ocean’, I’m very excited to hear what’s in store later this month. From what we’ve heard, it sounds like this will be an amazing album.
I just got back from Osheaga. First, I don’t think festival life is for me. It’s for bros, it’s for dudes, it’s for flower crowns and party drugs. All I want is the music. I don’t want to see all the down-sides of youth culture.
But, what was good was the friendship and shared experiences. And every day as we got ready to go in the hotel, this song somehow came on. And it gave me the tiniest burst of energy to fill my body with sun and beer once again. I also saw them play, but Osheaga goofed and put them on when the sun was still up. It didn’t redeem the fact that I missed them two years ago when they closed out the night.
You should go ahead and listen to their soundcloud. There is a rawness, a small feeling about this music that really pours through you. It’s rainy day music. It’s music to feel a little down to, but where you soak it in instead of trying to get away from it.
Not only do I love the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, but I love Wolf Saga and everything he touches. He might be the electronic king of building songs up to incredible climaxes. This is no different, and is a great play on the original. Check out his other remixes and original work for even more gems. If you needed something for summer, this is it.
Even though his musical direction has shifted and turned over time, his music always has one significant common thread. Youth Lagoon (Trevor Powers) is able to create intimate and powerful songs that pull you in and then pull you around an emotional spectrum. You can feel his music, always. And he’s always evolving. His new song, ‘The Knower’, is no different. Darker than most YL songs, thanks to some heavier times for Trevor while making his new album, it starts out a little empty but keeps adding layers to become something bigger than you expected coming in. If you don’t already listen to Youth Lagoon, you now have a mission for the next week.
Beach House return, to do the thing they do best. And that is continuously make haunting and beautiful albums that deliver. They are a golden duo and we’re lucky to have such talented and beautiful people making music right now. ‘Sparks’ takes the Beach House formula, and throws some My Blood Valentine shoegaze in the mix. I actually love it, and long for even more guitar fuzz in there. I can’t wait to hear what’s next.