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Soundtrack2 Ep. 107: Shadow

A Place To Bury Strangers, Stars, Grizzly Bear, Wild Eyes, Glass Vaults & more

Photo by Phil Askew

Lots of strong new releases this week. Not to mention that two of the featured bands have the word “wild” in them.

Dig in.

1.   Dan Deacon – Lots
Absolutely slamming new anthem starts the party. Download on his site.

2.   Young Galaxy – Youth Is Wasted On The Young
Seems with every new release, this band steps further into the 1980s. Not that that’s a bad thing.

3.   Stars – The Theory of Relativity
Somebody’s been listening to a lot of M83. Nice to hear fresh sounds from this band, also available on their site.

4.   Wild Nothing – Shadow
I can see this fictional airbrushed, longing music video playing in my head.

5.   It Hugs Back – Half American
This song hugs me in a very nice way. Imagine a poppier Broken Social Scene.

6.   She’s So Rad – Rockin’ Back Inside My Heart
Shimmering chillwave and vivid choruses make this the track of the week.

7.   Wheat Fields – Heaven Is A Place Where Nothing Ever Happens
Some beautifully wistful dream pop.

8.   Grizzly Bear – Sleeping Ute
Can’t say many other GB tunes stood out for me, but this latest folk electric psych single is just riveting.

9.   Richard Hawley – Leave Your Body Behind You
What’s in the water these days? First Paul Weller  psychs out and now it’s RH’s turn to get trippy. A crooner from the Standing At The Sky’s Edge album.

10.  Archers Of Loaf – Dead Red Eyes
I was mainly into their early 90s records, but as part of its reissue series Merge has dropped a great track off 1998’s White Trash Heroes.

11.  Exitmusic – The Sea
A mysterious quiet/loud mini epic.

12.  Amen Dunes – Bedroom Drum
Through Donkey Jaw track that I can’t stop listening to.

13.  Glass Vaults – Into Clear
Prodding, almost ambient drifting tune that builds to an amazing finale. Was a little slow to realize how awesome this track is.

14.  Rancho Relaxo – Wisdom Blackout
Damn catchy Brian Jonestown Massacre-style psych…I keep finding great tracks on my iPod from these S2 faves.

15.  Broken Water – Drown
Fantastic, primal drone psych out of Olympia.

16.  Black Night Crash – Baby It’s You
This new shoegaze track off the excellent Drawn Out Days has been driving me nuts. This singer sounds exactly like someone else, but I’m at a loss. Can somebody help?

17.  Six Organs Of Admittance – Waswasa
Sometimes you just have to shred. This new Ascent track embodies glorious rock and roll abandon.

18.  Wild Eyes – Ride
Chugging motorik shoegaze? Check.

19.  Pagiins – I Don’t Feel Anything
The surfers head to the biker bar for an after party.

20.  A Place To Bury Strangers – Revenge
Good to hear this band continue scorching the earth on their latest Worship.

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Soundtrack2 Audiocast14: Shadowproof

Radio Dept., Sciflyer, Archers of Loaf, A Place to Bury Strangers, Memory Cassette & more

New Radio Dept.! New Radio Dept.! New Radio Dept.!

In other news, lots of other great bands putting out good stuff that is rocking my ‘phones. Liked the way this one came together, but I’m pretty biased.

Check out Soundtrack2 Audiocast14 here.

1.   Averkiou – Give ‘Em What He Wants

Light shoegaze pop kicks things off with great guitar and a bit of Death Cab influence on the vocal. This one’s off the Floridians’ Throwing Sparks album.



2.  Apostle of Hustle – How To Defeat A More Powerful Enemy
Off their new Eats Darkness album, AOH continues to fly the flag for Broken Social Scene‘s skewed take on indie rock.

3.   Sciflyer – Like An Ion

Droney slice of downtempo rock and roll from San Francisco changes things up a bit.

4.   Maribel – Ecstatic

Love the bright multi-tracked vocal with ringing guitars. “Ecstatic” indeed – turn it up! Off the Norweigan band’s Aesthetics album.

5.   Archers of Loaf – Toast

Re-discovered Icky Mettle and realized that their righteous wallop was perfect for Soundtrack2. This near-instrumental’s a bit weirder than their usual stuff, but I dig it.

6.   Autohaze – Shadowproof

Is that John Cale on the mic? Probably not, but this is a cool one off the Australian band’s Mild Steel Flat album.

7.   Collapse Under The Empire – Quiet Dimension

Off Systembreakdown, some Halloween-style piano builds towards a full-on finale.

8.   A Place To Bury Strangers – To Fix The Gash In Your Head (Peter Holmstrom Remix)

Love Holmstrom’s – of the Dandy Warhols no less – ultraviolent industrial funk for APTBS from a few months back.

9.   Ceremony – Dull Life

Off Disappear, this one’s been passed over for past audiocasts, but no longer. Very, very good. Props to Built On A Weak Spot.

10.  Abe Vigoda – Don’t Lie

Peculiar track but a real grower. Plus any band with a member who sports a Phantom of the Opera t-shirt on their MySpace page is sure to offer a unique perspective.

11.  Ride – All I Can See

Classic cut of hazy psych pop from Smile.

12.  Radio Dept. – David

Intriguing new single from a great band. Can’t wait for this record to drop.

13.  Windy & Carl – Snow Covers Everything

ST2 goes all post rock with this track off Songs For the Broken Hearted. Too mellow?

14.  Guitar – Just Like Honey

Holy crap is this an amazing mash of noise, rock & roll and beats. Why didn’t I discover this until now?

15.  Memory Cassette – Surfin

A bit of Cocteau blended into this nice dreamy track. Swedish? No – from Joisey.

16.  Basement Apartment – Vegas Streets

Indie pop goodness for driving on a sunny day. Don’t see the Vegas bit though…feels more like Chicago.

17.  Cut City – My Hands Are Bloody

From February’s fantastically-named Nacissus Can Wait 12″, Cut City rains all over the parade with some noisy, moody guitars.

18.  DulceSky – White Fields

Going out in style with this veteran band. Don’t know much about ’em – other stuff good too?

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