Posts Tagged ‘Her Vanished Grace’

Soundtrack2 Ep. 109: Mind Flood

Tame Impala, Her Vanished Grace, Arc In Round, Snøskred, Thee Oh Sees & more

Texture, courtesy Vanessa Murray

1.   The Oh Sees – Lupine Dominus
Start off this week’s mix by imagining you’re at a groovy 60s dance club, but the go-go dancers are posessed.

2.   Landing – We Lie In Fields
Veteran ambient crew pick things up on their engrossing self-titled latest album.

3.   Tame Impala – Apocalypse Dreams
They’re back! Good to hear their familiar sunshine psychedelia a la Magical Mystery Tour, but hoping their full-length will kick things up a notch.

4.   The Raveonettes – Observations
Here’s a group who is messing around with their signature sound on Observator. Great piano and smooth vocals give a much smoother sound, but just as sinister.

5.   French Kicks – Also Ran
Digging through digital crates on these next few tracks. Listening to what’s coming out these days now, I wonder if the ethereal groove rock on 2006’s Two Thousand was ahead of its time.

6.   Delays – On
Always enjoyed 2004’s Faded Seaside Glamour by this British band. Fabulous guitar and harmonies.

7.   Sam Roberts – Mind Flood
My fellow Canadians know Sam as a straight ahead rock and roller. But I’ve always loved this slightly epic tune that explodes into  intense psychedelia at 4:25.

8.   Oblisk – Overcast
This tune matches the slow/fast dynamic of the last tune, but swaps the downtempo rock for drone psych.

9.   The Telescopes – There Is No Floor
Pushing deep into the red with this classic from Taste. Plus I love this title.

10.  Snøskred – We Are
Big up to superb blog Sounds Better With Reverb for pointing me to this great single. Sounds like a shoegaze version of the Broken Social Scene.

11.  Black Market Karma – Cocoon
Really digging their latest record, also called Cocoon.

12.  Her Vanished Grace – Break Down
Track of the week comes from their latest album Star-Crossed. This killer tune with a chorus that could light up the sky. The album comes with a few very nice nods to the Cocteaus.

13.  Shallow – Out Of Focus
Love me some minimal, hypnotic reverb-drenched shoegaze.

14.  Arc In Round – Time Spent
I’ve been looking forward to this band’s latest self-titled record for agesDefinitely worth picking up if you like both the smooth shoegaze pop heard here and something harder.

15.  She’s So Rad – Confetti
New Zealanders’ latest continues their tradition of wrapping infectious melody around electronic pop.

16.  Saint Saviour – Midnight City (M83 cover)
As M83 continues his never-ending tour, here’s a great cover from the UK. To me, this sounds as if Kate Bush has channelled jazz legend Mark Murphy‘s talent for brilliantly vocalizing instrumental parts.

17.  Parlovr – You Only Want It ‘Cause You’re Lonely
Montreal “sloppy pop” trio deliver this captivating gem.

18.  Echodrone – Cold Snap
This band’s melodic post rock continues to grow on me with this latest album Bon Voyage.

19.  Honey – Cape Canaveral
Could’ve sworn this was an American band until I read they’re from Glasgow. Goodnight folks.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 71: Finally Home

Her Vanished Grace, Colourmusic, Boris, Night Music, SPC ECO & more

Photo by Phil Askew, www.luminouslives.com

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.

11.  Sri Aurobindo – Towards The Sun

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.

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