Archive for the ‘80s’ Tag

YACHT – L.A. Plays Itself

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

From YACHT, we get another new look at their upcoming album (“I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler”) in the form of my now-favorite song by the band. It’s called “L.A. Plays Itself” and it’s a glitchy little number with enough playful, circuity synth to make your heart smile. Take a step back and while you’re listening to the chorus, you’ll hear glimpses of 112’s 2001 hit, “Dance With Me.” That’s one of the great things about this song, it spans so many generations with it’s sound. It’s a bit funky Seventies, a skosh prog-synth Eighties, and a smidgen dance-pop Nineties while remaining very current.

Carrying over themes from the documentary of the same name, this song hits on some bigger issues of the vanity of the city  that every Angeleno can identify with. That said, there is something about this city that gets more difficult to leave the longer you are here. A certain draw that could be attributed to you learning “…all the simple things are free.” Getting down to the meat of it, “you never get caught if you’re never locked in,” so if you don’t like it, I guess that means more sunshine for the rest of us!




The New Division – Shallow Play

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

This band is just great. They draw influences from Joy Division and New Order (hence the name?). They really keep to their influences but they somehow have their own sound and unique feel. It’s the kind of 80’s feel that we get from M83 but it’s so much better than a whole lot of stuff coming from the 80’s. Everyone can and should enjoy this track and even more so because these guys pretty much remain unknown. Share this with your friends and get the dance party started!

Wild Nothing – Nocturne

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

So I’ve basically listened to this album non-stop for the past couple days. It has such great replay value. Wild Nothing seems to have a familiar sound much like Cut Copy, only throw in some more 80’s inspiration and take out a little of the funk. It definitely makes for a mellow feel and this song best exemplifies that. All the echoing vocals and reverbed guitars almost make you feel like you are listening to the album in a large hall or underwater. This all makes for a quite surreal experience and I have found it is best listened to in the background. This is a killer jam so enjoy.