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Soundtrack2 Ep. 109: Mind Flood

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

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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. 107: Shadow

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

Photo by Phil Askew luminouslives.com

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 Ep. 98: Still Lost

Bear In Heaven, White Rabbits, Drowner, Vibravoid, Bishop Morocco & more

1.   White Rabbits – Temporary
Boom! I’m guilty of loving electronic rock like this, straight out of the Phoenix school.

2.   Beach Fossils – Shallow
Chiming guitar pop of the Real Estate variety. Lots of this stuff coming out of Brooklyn nowadays.

3.   Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Helium
Recently I heard someone describe music as fitting into one of two categories: sounding like New Order and not sounding like New Order. I’d put this hazy electronic track in the latter category, with a bit of 8-bit thrown in.

4.   Bear In Heaven – Sinful Nature
The track of the week is off I Love You, It’s Cool out April 3. And it’s killer.

5.   She’s So Rad – Sinful Nature
If you like pounding electronica with layers of guitar and synth, crank this.

6.   Vibravoid – Save My Soul
Their website calls them “Europe’s #1 psychedelic and acid rock band.” This track is proof.

7.   Lazyflux – Trail Blazers
Eastern-tinged psychedelic folktronica out of the UK.

8.   Bishop Morocco – Melt My Mind
Local Toronto boys drop a gem off their latest album.

9.   Drowner – Tiny Ship
Slow-building beauty that just explodes! Best thing to ever come out of Houston?

10.  West Indian Girl – Still Lost
Nice ethereal groove from a few years back. Wasn’t sure if they’re still around, but their Twitter account says an album is in the works.

11.  The Magnetic Fields – Heroes
One of my favourite David Bowie tunes gets a superb, pretty faithful cover here. Minus the screaming…kind of  a shame.

12.  The Beta Band – Needles In My Eyes
Chill psych classic off the Scottish band’s 3 EPs. Way more than the sum of its guitar, drums and organ parts.

13.  Los Ingenieros Alemanes – (por el) Teorema de Gauss
This Madrid  band does the best Built To Spill impression I’ve heard.

14.  Big Sugar – Wild Ox Moan
A Low-like classic from the band’s early bluesy days. Complete with yodelling and amazing guitar/falsetto vox solo.

15.  Kontakte – Life’s Road Movies
First you’re floating in space, then you’re jumping on your bed playing air guitar.

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