Archive for October, 2012

Cat Power – Ruin

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

So apparently Cat Power’s new release “Sun” was the first original release put out by Chan Marshall in the past 6 years and it is truly original. She performed and produced the entire album herself. Also, considering she started her professional musical career before I was in Kindergarten, she looks damn good. I’m a really big fan of this single from “Sun.” The bass line, drum, and piano parts are playful and make this track very light and keep the pace nice and fast. Chan’s vocals are also really light and she keeps it interesting with her vocal harmonies and dissonance. Keep an eye out for her as she will continue to make waves in the indie scene.

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Macklemore – The Town

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Okay, so now that Macklemore is a household name, he has the perfect soapbox to step upon to spread his message. When Macklemore isn’t hitting the Thrift Shop, he’s busy repping mine and his city (Seattle), advocating marriage equality, supporting music for kids in public schools, and trying to ease the animosity surrounding the rap and R&B scene. But most importantly for me, this guy single-handedly makes me proud of the place where I am from. This is one of his tracks that really attracted me to his sound. You should know that he does rep his city hard and this is something I feel everyone can appreciate, no matter where you come from. Finding an artist who is humble and will not sell out to the game is rare in the music business but is absolutely unheard of in the rap industry. Macklemore is truly one in a million; I am a proud supporter and you should be too.

Yeasayer – Henrietta

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

I’ve listened to this song many times but I still think of “Disparate Youth” by Santigold for the first 30 seconds. This song is nothing like that song though. It’s a huge soundscape that evolves from a vibrant, dynamic strain to a slow, heartbeat-like ballad. All-in-all, it needs to be listened to from start to finish at least a couple times and I promise you will be yelling along with it “OHHHHHH HENNNNNNRIETTA” like I do pretty frequently. It’s been tough for me to get into Yeasayer in the past, and apparently they are better enjoyed while you are high, but that is unfair. I’m sure they are making this music for everyone to listen to and enjoy and their newest release “Fragrant World” is full of some awesome tracks that will keep you entertained for many, many plays.

Class Actress – Bienvenue

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Welcome! If you didn’t know, I am a self-diagnosed Francophile; so anything French I’m pretty much going to fall in love with instantly. The video is shot on location in Paris and it kind of makes me want to start up a band, come up with a whole bunch of song titles in different languages, and travel around the world shooting videos. A worthy goal, to be sure. Back to this track, it’s crazy fast, and has a great foot-tapping beat that the other singles don’t quite have. That being said though, songs like “Keep You” and “Weekend” are also very good. It’s almost a crime that I haven’t listened to their full album yet. So looks like we both have some homework to do, so you check out the rest of their stuff and I will too.

Grizzly Bear – Yet Again

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Every once and a while a band can really make a comeback in your mind. For me, Grizzly Bear has done that with their new release “Shields.” It’s full of great tracks. After a couple listens to “Sleepless Ute” (the other single), I though to myself “there they go again playing stuff I just can’t get into.” Well, I listened to it a couple more times and started to enjoy it. I listened to the whole CD and found this track and enjoyed everything that I heard. It reminds me of how much hope I had in them when I heard “Two Weeks” from their last release, the only difference is, this release does not disappoint. It is totally worth a listen and if you can’t dig the whole thing, hopefully you enjoy this track.

Body Language – You Can

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

You know here at Le Rez-de-Chaussée we have those dreamy jams in great plenty. Here’s another one. I can’t find much about these guys, all I know that this song is awesome and the rest of their stuff is basically just as catchy. I’m a fan of modulation and this song really kills it on this note especially mixing it with that high-register synth. Good music to drive to, great music to have going at a chill kickback, and just good music to enjoy with some good headphones and try and pick out all the layers. Enjoy generously!

CHVRCHES – The Mother We Share

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

I don’t think I could have found a better song to have as my 50th post. I downloaded this song and have listened to it (brace yourself) a total of  114 times in 24 hours. I know, I know, that’s a little excessive. It is just so good. This concerns me though, because they have yet to announce a debut album and I fear that it will not be up to my expectations. Well, until then, we have this track to enjoy and enjoy it you should! They have a great dream-pop thing going on, much like M83 and Purity Ring. This trio is out of Glasgow and has made some waves with this track on indie radio (how I heard it). It’s practically all they play…and literally all I play. The lead’s voice is just so haunting and clear. The bassline begs to have your foot tap to it. The synth makes you repeat it like a drone. If you don’t believe in subliminal messages, this should be all the proof you need to prove it exists. It is telling you to listen to it over and over again.