Posts Tagged ‘The Faux Noise’

Soundtrack2 Ep. 106: Tenderhearted

The Faux Noise, Cadence Weapon, PS I Love You, Crocodiles, No Joy & more

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The essential summertime shoegaze mix? Perhaps.

1.   Alligator Indian – Our Love Was A Crime
How could it have taken this long for us to feature a post punk band from Asheville? Bucket list one step closer to completion.

2.   The John Candy – Anyway, Anywhere, Anyhow
Breathless C86 indie pop from a few years back, complete with delirious guitar riff.

3.   Mandarinaduck – Tenderhearted Destroyer
A perfect mixture of tension and soaring choruses out of the Ukraine. I won’t say anything about the band’s name.

4.   PS I Love You – Death Dreams II
This band really stretch their legs on the superb Death Dreams. If you’re free and in TO, they’re making an appearance at NXNE this Thursday.

5.   Fort Lean – Sunsick
This tune kind of got stuck in my head.

6.   Crocodiles – No Black Clouds For Dee Dee
Endless Flowers, one of the most anticipated albums in ages, finally dropped. Of all the tracks this groovy psych number stood out for me.

7.   Miniatures – Midwinter (Air)
Melbourne crew dives into some heavy shoegaze on this gem.

8.   Pink Mist – Touchdown Kid
“She gives me nothing for nothing…” Brooding intro gives way to a dark Hawaiian dancefloor.

9.   No Joy – Junior
Great shoegaze single from one of Montreal’s finest. Coming out soon on Negaverse.

10.  Cadence Weapon – Conditioning
We at S2 love hip hop, but we never thought it could fit in our mix. Of course, that’s until we heard this superb new track off Hope In Dirt City.

11.  The Faux Noise – Leave Her To Heaven
Curious mixture of beats and dream pop. “Forgive me one more day…”

12.  Autolux – Plant Life
Still mining the masterpiece that is Future Perfect.

13.  The December Sound – Truth Hearts
Boston band takes us down with drone and shoegaze.

14.  ivansxtc – Yesterday
Crooning dream pop tune from a few years back that I only recently discovered.

15.  Brother Sun, Sister Moon – All You Need
Turn off your mind…

16.  Bark Psychosis – 400 Winters
This sounds like a collaboration betweenTim Buckley and Broadcast. Gotta play more by these late 80s/ early 90s heroes.

17.  Great Northern – Low Is A Height
Speaking of defunct bands, my iPod recently served up this stunner from Turning Twilight Into Daylight.

18.  2 Hearts and Chemicals – Froid (ft. Guylaine Vivarat)
The mellow vibe rolls on with hushed French vocals and strings out of L.A.

19.  Family Band– Night Song
Closing the curtains with an eerie riff and lines like “hold me here till morning takes my eyes…”

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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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