Posts Tagged ‘Electronic’

Soundtrack2 Ep. 96: Swells

Pacific UV, A.C. Acoustics, A Place To Bury Strangers, Mmoths, Maria False & more

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Back in action and catching up!

1.  A Place To Bury Strangers – I Lost You
The consistently noisy, blistering Brooklyn crew don’t disappoint on this new track.

2. Grandparents – Flathead
Indie fusion gives way to a dark hippie dance party. Like!

3.  Iowa – Panic Attack
The Dinosaur Jr.-ness of their earlier tracks is waning, and it’s good to see them find their voice. Check out Never Saw It Coming.

4.  Eric’s Trip – Sunlight
Classic dark indie pop from the New Brunswick.

5.  Unicycle Loves You – Wow Wave Cinema
Lots going on here, but above all it’s slaphappy noise pop.

6.  Galway – Air #3
Bit of a gloomy day in, filled with small regrets. But after two and a half minutes, things start looking up.

7.  The D’Arcys – Peg
I never thought my love of the Dan would manifest itself on this blog/podcast. Not sure Soundtrack2 listeners would like this song off their Aja covers album, but it’s a surprising take that should stand on its own.

8.  Piatcions – Red Van
A strong wind blusters through this track from the UK band.

9.  Maria False – Venera 4 – Take My Fever
Marvellous ringing psych.

10. A.C. Acoustics – Love Lies Broken Piece
I love this tragically overlooked Scottish band. Huge thumping bass choruses on this track.

11. MM – These Walls
Slow brooding track with ominous, distorted vocals. And it was recorded LIVE.

12. Glissade – Untitled
Engrossing feedback instrumental. Perfect soundtrack to the view from a plane as it soars above the clouds.

13. Seabright – Swells
Groovy San Jose trippiness from last year.

14. Pacific UV – I’m Here (But It’s Not Me)
Claustrophobic ode to a future lover?

15. Mmoths – Heart (feat. Keep Shelly In Athens)
Divine chillwave.

16. Ocean City Defender – Balance Of Terror
Is this a new M83 track? Sounds it, but listen closely and you’ll hear a different kind of melancholy: “Remember when we last touched…”

17. Steve Hauschildt – Batteries May Drain
This one’s been on my include list for a while. Kind of futuristic electronic pop.

18. Zammuto – F U C-3PO
The track of the week. It starts like Meddle, then comes the vocoder, synth and sound effects.

19.  Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Ffunny Ffrends (The Naked And The Famous remix)
Kicking things into high gear as we charge to the finish line.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 92: On Impulse

Tokyo Shoegazer, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Menkena, Reina Republicana, Lilys & more

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It’s 2012! Let’s get to it.

1.   Buddha On The Moon – Coastal Hwys
Killer Houston shoegaze off the well-named Stratospheric album.

2.   Swirlies – San Christobal De La Casas
Stone cold crunchy shoegaze classic from a criminally overlooked band.

3.   The Boo Radleys – Take The Time Around
Giant Steps anthem, complete with the weird cut out in the middle. You should check out what that part looks like in WAV form. A hidden message?

4.   Tokyo Shoegazer – Just Alright
There are walls of guitar, and then there are wall of guitar. Very nice.

5.   Lilys – The Hermit Crab
Another gem from Eccsame The Photon Band which nicely documents their shift from In The Presence Of Nothing shoegaze to the mod-pop The 3 Way. BTW Kurt, if you’re listening: new album please? It’s been six years!

6.   The Domino State – For Now
This London band sounds like a more blissed out version of Dears.

7.   Violet Age – Caledonia
Some nice dream rock out of Vancouver.

8.   We Were Promised Jetpacks – Act On Impulse
Intense, glorious rock and roll off In The Pit Of The Stomach. “We died alone…”

9.   Dive – Reverberation
Full on midtempo Japanese shoegaze from 2003’s Freeze Frame.

10.  Tearwave – Nothing’s Wrong
Slowdive-indebted ethereal pop tune from apparently defunct band.

11.  The Fauns – Cool Stuff (Mastermind Mix)
Very nice dream pop offered as a free download at the end of the year. More please!

12.  Engineers – Twenty Paces (A Shoreline Dream remix)
I loved their two previous records, but it took some time for To An Evergreen to speak to me.  Lovely futuristic sound on this track.

13.  Menkena – Rocketships
Great buildup – from dusty roads to the deepest reaches of space. One of the many great tracks on With You I’ll Travel.

14.  Reina Republicana – Verano
The track of the week comes from Pamplona, Spain. Great electronic synths during the verses explode into orchestrated choruses.

15.  Eleventhfloorrecords – Jassafraine
Nice Swedish electronic dream pop that I’ve wanted to drop for a while.

16.  Narrow Sparrow – Moon Temple
Every so often there’s a track that doesn’t really fit anywhere. So why not put it at the end of a mix?

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 90: Invisible

Maribel, Screen Vinyl Image, School of Seven Bells, The Chambermaids, Deardarkhead & more

1.   School of Seven Bells – The Night
New sublime electronic dream pop that should make you very happy. Look for it on Ghoststory.

2.   Pterodactyl – School Glue
Noise rock that seemed to go perfectly with the previous tune.  Now I’m not so sure…

3.   MaoTzu – Case Closed
Freak frenzied folk psychedelia out of Chicago.

4.   Yakari – Higher Sphere
Arctic indie rock that brings to mind a more-blunted Archers of Loaf. Also – I think this is the first time we’ve featured a Swiss band on S2!

5.   The Faux Noise – Oh Father (Hymn)
Wonderful head-nodding shoegaze.

6.   Earthquake Party – Pretty Little Hand
Walls of garage guitar meet guy/girl pop harmonies.

7.   The Chambermaids – Whirlpool
This is very special. Imagine chords and vocals from Pink Floyd crossed with the Fleet Foxes sound.

8.   Deardarkhead – Invisible
Recently released on Captured Tracks’ new Oceanside: 1991-1993, this is just one of several killer tracks from this obscure shoegaze band.

9.   Maribel – Jezebel Jive
My ears perked up at this new track from their second album Reveries due out in 2012. It’s hard to describe their sound, so according them: “Maribel play dark, slow-burning dream-pop drawing on a wide range of influences from film noir to J Dilla.”

10.  Screen Vinyl Image – Revival
Rip-roaring drone garage from the might SVI. Check out their latest album Strange Behavior.

11.  Ufesas – Part Of The Night
Uruguay band takes us on a journey deep into psych country. So glad this tune is on the mix. It’s intense.

12.  Coolrunnings – Rusk
Where the hell did this come from? Low chant-like vocals interrupted by explosions of psych guitar.

13.  Nova Drones – Leech
Now we’re back to what sounds like an actual tune!

14.  Tashaki Miyaki – Somethin’ Is Better Than Nothin’
Can’t tell if this is a The Jesus And Mary Chain cover or a wonderful homage.

15.  All In The Golden Afternoon – All In The Golden Afternoon
Trippy tune to soundtrack a bad dream sequence.

16.  Galaxie 500 – Tugboat
Stone cold classic from Today.

17.  Mystic Chords Of Memory – We Could Send Letters
Aztec Camera track given the full blown hippy cinema treatment by a now-defunct band composed of members of The Aislers Set, The Tyde and Beachwood Sparks.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 89: Passion Is Dead

Death In Vegas, 93 Million Miles From The Sun, Odonis Odonis, Tearjerker, Ringo Deathstarr & more

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There’s a ridiculous amount of good music coming out these days. I’ve eased back on my vault digging and pushed well beyond one hour this week! Enjoy…

1.   Fevers – Passion Is Dead (Long Live Fashion)
Smash! Did the opening chord get your attention? Huge dancefloor dreaminess from Ottawa, Ontario that’s stuck in my head.

2.   Elika – We Have Failed
The party continues until you get hit with this heavy chorus.

3.   The Mekano Set – You Make Me Feel Like A Cure Song
Bit of death disco out of the UK. Check out their latest album Fades.

4.   Handsome Furs – Serve The People (Young Galaxy remix)
Fresh from Thursday’s fantastic YG show with Austra, I had to play this great take on “Serve The People.”

5.   Ringo Deathstarr – Shadow (SPC ECO remix)
Recent, thumping hazy goodness from two great bands.

6.   Blackout Beach – Be Forewarned, The Night Has Come
Slowing things way down. This BC band sounds like The National crossed with James Blake.

7.   Tearjerker – Down
Cool CanCon from their excellent Rare album. A band to keep an eye on.

8.   Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – These Days
Integalactic garage rock. Check out this Mexican band’s mighty On Welfare album.

9.   Odonis Odonis – Basic Training
Two minutes of glammy garage. Yet another great Canadian band (I’m stacking the deck this week, it seems) with a new album out – check out the fantastic Hollandaze.

10.  Imandra Lake – Ole Mu Laev
Estonian band takes us to beautiful widescreen.

11.  93 Million Miles From The Sun – Time Lasts Forever
Never been a huge fan of this band. But  songs like this from their latest album Northern Sky are starting to win me over.

12.  Vinyl Williams – Stellarscope
Groovy mellow goodness that seems to be from Egypt.

13.  Range Lover – Route Nationale Sexe
Very nice hybrid of krautrock and shoegaze with vocal samples. Hard to find many details on this band though…

14.  The Two Koreas – Boy Teen Oslo
An oldie but goodie from Toronto stalwarts with a style all their own.

15.  Cousins – Droit Du Seigneur
Bright noisy postpunk off Axthoxy.

16.  Silver Dapple – M’Sorry
Montreal noise pop rounds out the Canadian bill.

17.  Death In Vegas – Black Hole
Was stoked for ages to hear the latest DIV record, and I’m still slowly coming to terms with it. My ears perked up most at this shoegaze Pixies impression.

18.  Borax – Sunshine Boy
Estonia representing twice on one mix! Dig this older indie pop track off Tallinn.

19.  Para Siempre – Where Would You Be (Without Me)
Yes! Closing with an intense ringing garage rock anthem.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 87: Fading Out

Al Lover, Boris, SPC ECO, Girl Loves Distortion, Blouse & more

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Burning up, then fading away…

1.   Spacemen 3 – Starship
How the blues should’ve turned out – from the 2007 rarities album of the same name.

2.   Darker My Love – Blue Day
Shredding glam garage rock and roll.

3.   Verma – Salted Earth
Imagine “Radar Love” played by a bunch of  motorik-obsessed psych heads.

4.   Outrageous Cherry – Girl You Have Magic Inside You
’67 psychedelia re-incarnated.

5.   Thee Oh Sees – The Dream
Slightly abrasive, yet stellar ringing garage.

6.   Al Lover – Black Magick Starter Jacket
Killer throbbing psych drone anthem from Satanic Tambourine. Almost asked how I had never heard of him before, but then I remembered his Beefheart tribute. This is way better.

7.   Girl Loves Distortion – Psychic Raygun
Been wanting to play this one for ages…yes.

8.   Vinyl Williams – Higher Worlds
Nice, slightly off-kilter groove here.

9.   Boris – Spoon
You had me at the intro. This is what shoegaze is all about. Thrilling track from upcoming record New Album, due Nov. 25.

10.  Lush – The Invisible Man
This band’s never been among my fave early shoegaze bands, but they’re definitely under-represented on S2.

11.  SPC ECO – Fading Out
This band’s done a lot of great stuff, but I like how this new track off  You Tell Me really channels the Cocteaus.

12.  Blouse – Time Travel
Cool Broadcast-style dark electro popper. Wish I knew what that classic synth sound was from…

13.  Eight And A Half – Scissors (Tokimonsta remix)

Broken Social Scene member’s tune gets the glitchy electronic treatment. Pick ’em both up at the link above.

14.  The Blanche Hudson Weekend – Screen Test
Can’t say I love everything on their new album You Always Loved Violence. But this lonely desert ballad’s drone drew me in.

15.  Icarus Himself – MCO
This reminds me a more muscular Low. Get it on last month’s Career Culture.

16.  Zombie Girlfiend – Sleeping Song
Epic slow burner off The Great Plain.

17.  Chatham Rise – Gone
This band is named after an area of the ocean floor near New Zealand. Real underwater psych drone.

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