Young Jesus

Watch: Young Jesus: “Fourth Zone of Gaits” Video

Dec 17, 2018

One of the better breakout band of the year was Young Jesus. Their record The Whole Thing is Just There was one of the better albums of the year as well, and the track "Fourth Zone of Gaits" might just be the best song on it. Today, Young Jesus shared its video, directed and animated by Peter Nichols. Young Jesus videos thusfar have been artful and clever and this one is no different. Check it out.

"We chose to work with Peter on this video because we'd seen his work and we knew that a sort of other-worldly pacing was a part of it. I had him and the rest of the band over to my apartment where we brainstormed as the song played on loop. He asked us thoughtful questions, we responded with lots of stories and feelings. The name, Fourth Zone of Gaits, is a reference to horse gaits, a trot, a gallop...John was imagining a gait that feels like something else. I think of it as moving along a wave, if you accept it as your context and listen to it, you float. None of us surf but we talked about waves a lot, which Peter understood. Light waves, radio waves, sound waves, the fact that matter exists as both particles and waves. Maybe God is a harp player that invented physics. This is what's going on in the video." – Young Jesus

Adult Swim

Listen: Adult Swim Synth Compilation “Fever Dreams”

Dec 14, 2018

Adult Swim just released a 15-track synth compilation titled Fever Dreams. It's described as a collection of "cybernetic road trip soundtracks, futuristic dancefloor anthems, and instrumental sojourns to hell and back." Fun. It features tracks from the likes of S U R V I V E, Com Truise, and Alice Glass.

Its curator Dana Swanson, a senior writer/producer and voice actor for Adult Swim, looked to create a melange of Hughes-ian bedroom synth, Outrun-era car jams, and dark basement beats.

“I’m a giant fan of Synthwave and was inspired to create something that sounded incredible while driving at night,” states Swanson. “I’m also beyond fascinated with the dichotomy of the dreams that you have when you’re sick and half-awake: anything is possible, but someone else is behind the wheel."




Fever Dreams 

1 Lazerhawk - Executeables (feat. Joey Division)
2 Dance With The Dead - TENSION
3 Com Truise - Simulation Cluster
4 Alice Glass - I Trusted You
5 Drumcell - Vapor Sleep (Hypoxia Mix)
6 GosT - The Call Of The Faithful
7 Jasper Byrne – Night
8 Carpenter Brut - Hush, Sally, Hush! (Run, Sally, Run! Remix)
9 Lovelock - The World is Upside Down
10 Power Glove - Haunted
11 NINA - The Calm Before The Storm
12 Maria Davidson - Chasing the Light
13 S U R V I V E - Full Raggo
14 Majeure - Stratos
15 GUNSHIP - The Video Game Champion

Spirit Was

Watch: Spirit Was “Golden Soul” Video

Dec 11, 2018

Spirit Was is a band from Brooklyn headed by Nick Corbo of LVL UP. Today they shared the video for "Golden Soul", directed by Tara Bayat, off their just released 2 track illustrated 7". The two tracks are "demos" from an album in the works. Nice sounding song and a nice looking video. Looking foprward to more. Here's a little from Corbo from the band's bandcamp page:

"Experimenting repetition, and with recording an intentional, melodic, distorted rock n roll band where I sing and get to play the electric guitar and record everything on my own and go nuts. Songs about maybe peripherally seeing something, and about listening. About lending a name to a projected creative energy and trying to learn to communicate to them without sacrificing your ability to communicate with anyone else."

Sigur Rós

Listen: Sigur Ros Liminal 3

Dec 07, 2018

Liminal is an ‘endless’ Sigur Rós ambient playlist brought to you by Jónsi, Alex Somers and Paul Corley. The project began back in May and the third installment is live now. As stated on its bandcamp page, t will be built over linear time into a never-finished project. Albums will be released, volumes added to. Liminal, both live and locally, takes the listener to a place neither here nor there; a “liminal" space. 

Thom Yorke

Watch: Thom Yorke perform acoustic “Open Again” From Susperia Soundtrack

Dec 04, 2018

Thom Yorke has been busy away from Radiohead lately. His wonderful score for the horror classic remake Susperia just came out and he has been playing songs from it on the tour of his solo electronic albums. Today we see an acoustic performance of the Susperia track "Open Again"

The Beths

Watch: The Beths KEXP Live Session

Dec 03, 2018

I knew I really liked the Beths 2018 debut album Future Me Hates Me, but realized just how much when this posted. The New Zealand indie power-pop band stopped through KEXP for a live session in October, playing Future Me Hates Me, Uptown Girl, Little Death, and Happy Unhappy. Cheryl Waters hosts.

Nils Frahm

Listen: Nils Frahm “Spells”

Dec 01, 2018

Synth-piano composer extraordinaire Nils Frahm is releasing an EP as an extension of his album this year All Melody. Encores 2 is out January 25th, 2019 and is the second in a series of EPs accompanying the beautifully tense All Melody. Here's the 12-minute ambient odyssey "Spells".

And here's a bit more from the press release, plus upcoming tour dates:
While Encores 1 focused on an acoustic pallet of sounds with just a solo piano and harmonium, Encores 2 explores a more ambient landscape from the All Melody sessions, the pinnacle of which is the astral 12-minute showpiece "Spells". Recorded through an amplified stone well Frahm found on Mallorca, Encores 2 is at once unique but familiar; orbiting the universe of All Melody while inhabiting its own world. 
"The idea behind Encores is one we had from before All Melody;" says Frahm "To separate releases each with their own distinct musical style and theme, perhaps even as a triple album. But All Melody became larger than itself and took over any initial concepts. I think the idea of Encores is like musical islands that compliment All Melody"

Nils Frahm Tour

March 11

Orpheum Theatre - Vancouver BC

March 12

Moore Theatre - Seattle WA

March 13

Roseland Theater - Portland OR

March 15

The Warfield - San Fransisco CA

March 16

Walt Disney Concert Hall - Los Angeles CA

March 17

The Van Buren - Phoenix AZ

March 19

Emo's - Austin TX

March 20

Texas Theater - Dallas TX

March 22

Carolina Theatre - Durham NC

March 23

Big Ears Festival - Knoxville TN

March 24

9:30 Club - Washington DC

March 25

Mr. Smalls Theatre - Pittsburgh PA

March 26

Union Transfer - Philadelphia PA

March 27

The Wilbur Theatre - Boston MA

March 29

Brooklyn Steel - New York NY

March 30

Brooklyn Steel - New York NY

March 31

State Theatre - Portland ME

April 1

Higher Ground Ballroom - South Burlington VT

April 2

Palace des arts Wilfrid Pelletier - Montreal QC

April 3

Danforth Music Hall - Toronto ON

April 4

Majestic Theatre - Detroit MI

April 5

Symphony Center - Chicago IL

Adrianne Lenker

Watch: Adrianne Lenker “symbol” Video

Nov 29, 2018

Adrianne Lenker of Big Thief gifted us with undoubtedly one of the best, and most personally resonant albums of the year in abysskiss. Today she shared the video for "symbol". Here's a bit about from the press release:

Directed by Adam Gundersheimer and V Haddad, it features Adrianne exploring Coney Island, meeting and connecting with different people she encounters. "The sincerity and intimacy of symbol inspired us to take a documentary approach to the music video," say the directors. "The project is a sort of tribute and love letter to New York City, Coney Island, and all of the people who make those places so special. We spent a couple of days walking the boardwalk and taking video portraits of people we met. We documented whatever they felt like sharing. It was such a warm experience – each person was so giving." 

If you haven't listened to abysskiss yet, do yourself a kindness, find a quiet place, and do.