Archive for June, 2011
The Sky Drops, Skylar Grey, Paquin, Superhumanoids, Bloody Knives & more
1. Zombie Girlfriend – Driving Song
Perfectly titled opener from the Baja, Hungary band.
2. Odonis Odonis – Mr. Smith
My fellow Torontonians drop some ecstatic post punk a roll.
3. Bloody Knives – Whatever You Want
Airy Austin dreamy shoegaze.
4. Caged Animals – Girls On Medication
Love this wiry track and the buzzsaw guitars.
5. Swervedriver – Blowin’ Cool
In honour of them hitting town last weekend, here’s a gem from Mezcal Head.
6. The Sky Drops – Cut That Corner
Love listening to whatever they put out. Think The Posies with more edge. Am I the first to make this comparison?
7. Drowner – Written
Melancholic, beautiful Cocteau Twins inspired classic shoegaze. Fantastic vocals and choruses. “When I see your face….”
8. Paquin – Tether
New Zealand band drops this slice of shoaring shoegaze.
9. Skylar Grey – Dance Without You
Huge, distorted tune over thumping beats. This one’s a sneak peek of her upcoming album.
10. The Fauns – 1991
Just gorgeous shoegaze classic off their seminal self-titled album. A few weeks back they put out this fun video to update their fans.
11. The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored
Found that the lead-off track to their a truly great album slots in nicely here.
12. Flying Saucer Attack – Wish
Running down more classics, this time a 1994 shimmering psychedelic beauty.
13. The Dandy Warhols – Insincere
Always loved the floating in space vibe from this one, taken from Welcome To The Monkey House.
14. Silver Swans – Mother Of Pearl
Light electronic pop tune with a hint of 60’s girl group.
15. Superhumanoids – Mikelah
16. Starfire Connective Sound – Electric Whore
Brazil band drops some mysterious, dark techno.
Her Vanished Grace, Colourmusic, Boris, Night Music, SPC ECO & more
Lots of great stuff this week, including three bands named after interesting people. Enjoy!
1. Colourmusic – Yes!
Want pounding, slightly feverish rock and roll with great use of noise? Look no further than this US/UK group. Taken the very good My ________ Is Pink album.
2. Headtime – Slowly
Echo And The Bunnymen-style opener gives way to explosion of rock and roll. Couldn’t find much info on the band – anyone?
3. Endless Wave – Land Of The Sun
Boston band drops some shoegaze with great Zeppelinesque choruses.
4. SPC ECO – Gone
Regular listeners know that we love SPC ECO here at S2, so we just had to feature another tune from the Big Fat World EP. Huge, ethereal shoegaze loveliness by former Curve man and friends.
5. Her Vanished Grace – Passenger
Is this from the new Ivy album? Nope, it’s some dreamy power pop outta New York. [Update: I’ve replaced the band link above, which also has this track available as a free download.]
6. Rebecca Peake – In The Park
A Google search reveals several Rebecca Peakes, but none of them have much to do with this band’s sound. Dig in for 7+ minutes of ringing, distorted guitars over midtempo shoegaze melodies.
7. The Chemical Brothers – Let Forever Be
Psychedelic dancefloor classic with killer vocals from Noel Gallagher. It’s off Surrender.
8. Boris – Hope
Pulled from Attention Please, one of two new albums by the band. This is their shoegaze-y one, which has some good tracks and vocals by Wata. Like the use of strings on this.
9. The Men – ( )
Holy sh!t. If there were any more guitars on this, I’m sure it’d set a world record. Iggy-inspired rock and roll overload from Leave Home.
10. And So I Watch You From Afar – Gang (starting never stopping)
Irish band drops a frenetic combination of Battles, fusion heroes like Billy Cobham (see Spectrum), and Van Halen. This has been out for a while but I haven’t figured out where to slot it in till now.
Named after a famous nationalist from India, these guys have their drone down.
12. The December Sound – Drone Refusenik
Speaking of drone, prepare for a psychedelic journey eastward on this track.
13. Moonbeams – Sundays
Stephen Merritt-indebted shoegaze off their latest album The Daisy Chain.
14. Honey – Counting Seasons
This Glasgow band seemingly came from nowhere, but we’ve fallen for this epic dream rock tune from Taste It And See. Free download through link above.
15. Illogical Time Concerns – Holes Of Colors
Another one by this San Fran band, but from Post AD, downloadable for free via above link. Love the dripping vocals over shadowy beats: “Don’t say too much…don’t say enough…”
16. Alan Watts – Jukebox Dad
Named after the American philosopher and Buddhist, this band delivers a subterranean, highly distorted psych dirge.
17. Night Moves – Finally Home
First: this track is from their wonderful album Coloured Emotions, available for free via their website. Go get it. Second: on this track the Minneapolis band somehow managed to bottle Broken Social Scene during their beautiful, quiet moments.