Archive for the ‘Tycho’ Tag

LRDC This Week New Music Playlist 7/13/16

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Dang, so I’m a day late, but better late than never. And boy, do I have a list for you. It’s dynamite and we’re starting off strong with a song from an individual that goes by Grenda out of TJ, Mexico! It certainly doesn’t sound like it’s from a guy out of Mexico, but rather straight from a dream. It’s smooth and beautiful. Moving on, the next two tracks from Weaves and Manwomanchild are pure, indie-pop tracks that I really was happy I found!

Following these is another killer track from Local Natives fully building the suspense and excitement for this upcoming album! I literally cannot contain my excitement, but I must, there is music to write about! We have some cool returns from artists we haven’t heard from in a while, including Pixies, Crystal Castles & Tycho. They are all very different tracks, but if you’re fan of any or all of these artists, their newest tracks will be right in your wheelhouse!

Skipping ahead a bit, we have another dreamy track, and this one is from French Indie outfit Tahiti 80. It’s straight jams and I really can listen to this song over and over and over again. This really applies to their whole album that was released last Friday and is called “…And The Rest is Just Crocodile Tears.” Keeping with the dream-pop, we go a bit psychedelic from the solo project of Jay Watson (of Tame Impala & POND) called GUM. It totally has some Tame Impala vibes with a bit of Panda Bear’s weirdness. I like it! Now, last up is a LOOOOOOOONG track. I do not say this lightly, as it is almost clocking in at 21 whole minutes. MAN, is this song a good one. Literally, all the way through, so go ahead, give it a listen and see what I’m saying. I really can’t get enough! It’s certainly sounds like a couple songs strung together yet it remains pretty cohesive. There’s a bit of 80’s sci-fi with some crunchy synth and some funk thrown in for good measure. While my girlfriend just told me to turn it off because it’s annoying, I think it’s totally cool!

Enjoy, dudes and dude-ettes.

Greg

LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 1/5/16

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Happy New Year Everyone! With the holidays and a lapse in new music being released, I took a bit of a hiatus, but WE’RE BACK and I’ve compiled a healthy amount of sick tracks to start your new year off right! A quick note that most of the songs featured this week are not brand spanking new, but many of the artists will have releases coming out in the first part of the year.

The first track this week I found poking around the music charts on Spotify this week. It’s from Swedish producer Danrell and Swedish singer Småland and called “Hostage.” It’s hard to escape how catchy this song is, which is how it’s been able to break through and gain some traction. This track is a study in minimalism with a simple yet airy beat, but tho song as a whole sounds complex and orchestrated. There’s no doubt a ton of production behind it, but it certainly makes for the smoothest of jams. Let’s keep in that same mood, but float over to Los Angeles electronic group, Goldroom. According to the interwebs, this guy is pretty popular, so apparently I’m late to the game. The track “Pacific” is Goldroom’s most recent offering and it seamlessly blends trance-inducing waves of textures into prominent Caribbean drums. A perfect track to teleport you out of the doldrums of winter.

I find songs of love are often my favorite and electronic music has continually been exploring way to express love through deep bass and soaring leads. The next track has neither of these things (except for the end, okay!), but it also does not come off as cheap; rather it comes off very authentic. After doing some research, I found Echos has actually covered this track “All I Want” which was originally performed by a bloke named Dexter Tortoriello (or probably better known by his artist name of Dawn Golden). The song could drive anyone with empathy to tears, and to me, that’s what a great love song does. Tears of joy, tears of loss, tears of want, just tears of emotion. It’s a powerful thing, and something to admire within the electronic world.

Okay, so electronic music isn’t your shtick? Well, I haven’t forgotten about you. How about underproduced lo-fi? Yeah? Perfect, so let me present to you “Mixer” by Nap Eyes. I’m guessing these Canadian rockers capture the live sound so well that they just record their honest-to-goodness tracks in one take. Straight out of the 60’s, these guys are a real trip and they probably put on one of those shows where you never realize quite how loud the music is until you hear it live.

To be honest, until I put them on this week’s list, this is probably the first time I’ve ever heard The Besnard Lakes. I know they’ve been around for “like forever,” and while I’ve heard of them, I never got to listening to them. I’m kind of bummed that I didn’t have them through my adolescence, much like the first time I appreciated Fleet Foxes (far too late). This  song, “The Plain Moon”, is a…brash…track with oodles of rough guitar riffs and overlapping vocals, and I love it just the way it is. With many layers of echoed-out vocals and a consistent crash of instruments, it just sounds like a cacophony that just somehow works in perfect harmony. Don’t believe me..give it a listen.

Let’s get to this week’s other featured tracks:

Public Memory – “Ringleader” – I may abuse some words on here. I’ll be the first to call myself out on this, but when I say this track is haunting, I mean that in every sense of the word (and in the best sense of the word). I mean I’m actually going to be hearing tambourines following me around and that creepy little jingle @1:10!!! All that said, I freaking love this in all it’s “no mom, please leave the nightlight on tonight” glory

Lushlife, CSLSX & I Break Horses – “The Waking World” – So I had a friend in college who was pretty in tune with the new music pulse and he introduced me to CSLSX in 2009. I’d all but forgotten them before I found this track. There is a ton going on in this track, but none of it bad. Lushlife offers up his lyrical prowess, CXLSX kills it with the electricity, and I Break Horses softens it all up with her dreamy, shoegaze.

Port St. Willow – “Ordinary Pleasure” – This ambient music outfit is the solo project for Portlandian Nick Principle (great name right?). Diving into the first few seconds of this track, you’ll begin to feel a calming feeling throughout your entire body. A feeling where all care melt away and nothing is harsh except for the discordant orchestral sounds you hear as you drift in and out of consciousness. Woo, almost lost it…

Ra Ra Riot – “Absolutely” – WAKE UP!!! Okay, so in my opinion Ra Ra Riot has been flirting with the line between “indie” and “pop” and I think they’ve decided which side they want to stand on with this track. Not a bad thing, just an observation. It’s “Absolutely” a pick-me-up song and I like that RRR has always found a way of sounding cheery without being too flowery like you experience with the rest of the indie-pop world.

Have a wonderful week,

-Greg

Chet Faker – 1998

Friday, June 20th, 2014

This.Guy.Is.Going.Places! Think of an upbeat Tycho with vox and this is exactly what this song is. This is easily one of my favorite songs right now. Crisp drums, hard hitting synth in a lower BPM, distorted lyrics…what else do you need. Chet Faker (né Nicholas James Murphy) hails from Melbourne, Aus and he certainly won’t be staying there for long. His debut LP came out in mid-April, so you should definitely grab that as I am sure he will become big very soon.

Tycho – Coastal Break

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Umm….are you listening to this. Is it not the chillest thing you have ever heard? I thought so. Like you just picture an infinite coastline to the left and right while you are in ankle deep in the ocean. Or better yet you are driving into the night with the one you love with your hearts beating to the tempo of the music. Scott Hensen is the mastermind behind Tycho and if you check out his album, there will be much more of this. He also has the best online shop that I’ve seen for every musician (http://www.merchline.com/iso50/) complete with vinyl, artsy tees, and lithos. Pretty sweet stuff. Now put some nice headphones on and enjoy the Coastal Break.