Monday, 17 February 2014

This Week's New Music feat. Phantogram, Slasher Flicks, Yumi Zouma and more...

It may be that day for obligatory romantic gestures(I originally wrote this up on valentines day), but romance won't get in the way of my weekly delivery of new music...

Yumi Zouma - The Brae The Brae, a track by up and coming New Zealand three-piece Yumi Zouma has been one of those tracks where I find my self reaching for the repeat button. It's a perfect, condensed piece of retro leaning dream pop bearing the marks of New Zealand's indie heritage with its clean guitar tones and a layered vocals all mixed together into a sound that you could sink in to. It's the best debut release I've heard so far this year, the Yumi Zouma EP came out this week on Cascine.  

Wild Beasts - Sweet Spot
 Sometimes an act releases two great track within weeks of each other and whilst I try to avoid talking about the same acts all the time I can't help but post about it. It last happened with the first two singles from St. Vincent's new album and it has happened again. This second track Sweet Spot, teased from Wild Beast’s soon to be released fourth album Present Tense is even better than thir first single Wanderlust. Like that track it features a solid and static beat, accompanied by lush vocal harmonies and that synth line, whilst only repeating five simple notes, somehow completes the song perfectly. Present Tense is out on Domino on the 24th February.  

Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks - Little Fang
This week has offered up some great indie pop tracks and this track from a new group Slasher Flicks formed by Animal Collective's Avey Tare with ex-members of Dirty Projectors and Ponytail. The track seems to be part lo-fi disco, part 60's bubblegum pop (especially the sweet backing vocals on the chorus) all mixed with the kind of playful sounds you'd expect from a member of Animal Collective as Tare's vocal shifts pitch and gets swallowed by effects over the track. The group's first album Enter the Slasher House will come out April 7th on Domino.  

A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Atomos VII I utterly adored A Winged Victory For The Sullen's 2011 debut album so I was more than a little pleased to hear some new material from the two piece, made up of Adam Wiltzie from Stars of the Lid and pianist Dustin O'Halloran, this week. Through group have a second album ATOMOS on the way later this year which began as a score for a dance piece choreographed by Wayne McGregor (who also choreographed the video for the Radiohead track 'Lotus Flower'). Before that album the group are putting out an EP for one of its tracks Atomos VII, filled with string swells and drones that were prominent on the first album but with the surprising addition of electronics encroaching later in the track, it's still a sound that is utterly stunning and absorbing. The EP is out in April through Kranky and Erased Tapes.  

SBTRKT – Hold The Line Mary Anne Hobbs basically does my job for me here, revealing that before SBTRKT’s next proper LP, he will be dropping a series of 12″s comprised of new material in the vein of his early singles. Hold the Line is the first track of his new material and features skittering clipped percussion, video game snares and a melody that dances around the track never staying in one spot for long. Expect this track to get a release sometime in the coming months.  

Phantogram - Bill Murray
I don't think this track has much to do with the veteran actor in its title but it's still a great piece of electronic pop from the New York duo. On this track they create the unlikely mix of slide guitar and strings with their drum machine beats and synth rhythms to create an expansive and starry eyed track. Their album Voices is out next week via Republic.

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