The Raveonettes, Moon Duo, Junip, Swans, Ambulance Ltd. & more
1. Junip – Without You
Beautiful, pastoral psychedelia from José González’s other band that ascends heavenward as the synth comes in. Wow, this Daytrotter session really deepened their sound.
2. Panorama – Sol Brillar
What could be a lost gem from Dark Side of the Moon, but straight out of Medellín, Columbia. Available via above link.
3. Ambulance Ltd. – Swim
A classic midtempo tune from their brilliant self-titled album from quite a few moons ago. Great chord progression.
4. Stumbleine – Lunar
Love the broken soulfulness of this track. Just fantastic, genre-defying music that may take a few listens for you to fall in love. And they’ve been nice enough to make it available on their Tumblr.
5. Slowness – Black & White
San Frans drop some trippy power pop, with nice guitar effects towards the end.
6. April Fool’s Day – Being Phil
Great guitar-driven, crunchy rock and roll. Hard to tell where they’re from…Spain?
7. Jetman Jet Team – Cosmic Age
Clandestine stratospheric shoegazing by promising Seattle-ites.
8. The Raveonettes – Evil Seeds
Don’t be fooled by the (not so good) post-rock intro. This dark guitar pop tune from new record Raven In The Grave gets darker and deeper. Nice to see them mess with their formula.
9. Mock – Poppy
10. Sphere – Low-altitude Flight
Wall of sound over loud beats and great female crooning vocals. Chorus kicks it up a notch.
11. Transistor Photograph – Like A Dolphin
Flash of sound and light, with a steady groove and sweet breakdown.
12. Last Remaining Pinacle – Students Of The V.U.
Drone, sitar and – is that a zither? Theremin maybe? Nuff said…
13. Moon Duo – Fallout
Now add some rock and roll to the drone and you’re off. Yes!
14. Swans – The Great Annihalator
More sitar! This corker’s off the LP of the same name, but this recently re-activated band is touring again.
15. Ty Segall – Standing At The Station
No words can describe the joyful cacophony here. And don’t ask me what this song has to do with a station.
16. Royal Bangs – Triccs
Ripping new post punk/rock and roll with a wonderful, distorted bottom end that gives it a great dirty groove.
17. The D’Ubervilles – Magic Arrow
Fellow Torontonians do such a stellar cover of Timber Timbre‘s track that I actually prefer it. The mood they create here really breathes life into the song.
18. Achievement House – Summer Spirit
Summer’s not here yet, so we’ll describe this as the soundtrack to a glorious Spring day. It brings to mind free spirits in Broken Social Scene.