Entries in Experimental (15)
A lot of people tend to write off Chillwave music, but by now I am pretty sick of the term. It seems to instantly define a song as being sub par. There are a lot of "chillwave" bands making crappy music (just take an endless stroll through bandcamp) but Blackbird Blackbird is not one of them. Even with amazing songs like "Aura", "Hawaii" and "The Outside" (most featured on old blogmail/KYFR mixes) I think "Waikiki" has become my new favorite Blackbird Blackbird song. If this is any indication of things to come from his new Ep Boracay Planet that will be out later this year, I think he will make people take "chillwave" more seriously. ENjO!
MP3 "THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME" - ZAMMUTO
This song is likeable and weird at the same time.
Sprouting from the same mind that created the Books - one of the most acclaimed and innovative groups of the past decade - Zammuto marks a deep reinvention of the highly detailed, genre-defying spirit that made seminal albums such asThe Lemon of Pink and The Way Out possible. Given the Books' success as an experimental collage-pop project, founder and namesake Nick Zammuto could have comfortably extended that thread. Instead he has given us a record that is progressive and forward-looking, intense and driven, with hugely varied rhythms and melodies. The whispered, folksy vocals that became a trademark of the Books are for the most part shed in favor of an uncharacteristically confident, soaring delivery, often fueled by a wide array of vocal effects. The result is a man-machine sensitivity that ultimately enhances the songs' emotional intensity. With dense and beautiful string arrangements by Gene Back (the Books) and brain-warping drum performances by Sean Dixon, the radical and varied sound of Zammuto leaps out of speakers with a searing directness. Making music that sounds and feels like no one else is nothing new for Zammuto, but making music that doesn't even sound like his own past is a whole other impressive feat in itself. - Temporary Residence
Zammuto - ST is out April 3rd.
Atmospheric indie rock sci-fi dreams might clog your brain with laser nebulas and dark matter face melting star implosions after listening to these two song by Spokane, WA band NUDE.
Ethereal highs, visceral lows, and swirling guitars. "A Dream", is surprising from start to finish.
Somebody please sign them. ENjO!
Just wanted to share this song I heard today. It's pretty magical and sets a perfect tone for a late afternoon cat nap under a coconut tree.
Band Bio: In 2008, synth-driven indie pop group Gardens & Villa formed in Santa Barbara, California. With an album's worth of sugary, celebratory tunes under their belt, guitarist Chris Lynch, keyboardist Adam Rasmussen, bassist Shane McKillop, and drummer Levi Hayden traveled to Oregon to record their self-titled debut. Gardens & Villa was completed over the course of two weeks, under the supervision of Secretly Canadian labelmate Richard Swift, and released in the summer of 2011. Around this time, multi-instrumentalist Dusty Ineman was brought on board for live shows.
Whistle Peak, from Louisville, Ky., is pop music in disguise and experimentation at its core. It is music that takes you on a journey of the imagination, inhabiting fantastical lands while drawing from life experience. It is the particular phrased in the universal. It is children’s stories told by grown men. The music is upbeat and hypnotic, pulling you closer with each listen and surprising you with small amulets layered beneath continuous melody. - Facebook bio
New album out February 14, 2012 on Karate Body Records.
"Stuphin Boulevard" by Blood Orange (Devonté Hynes) is just plane bonkers good. Grab a switch-blade comb, your favorite denim jacket, peg your jeans, throw this song on your Walkman and find the closest dark ally way and dance-walk while you pretend you are being filmed. At the 1 minute mark grab a wine cooler or Zima and smash it against a dumpster. This song owns you@ ENjO!
Incredible Yacht Control (props on a super cool band name) is a musical landfill for the perpetual unfinished half ideas from the attention deficit ridden mind of Bret Vogel. Live he has been clever enough to fool members of the Mint Chicks, Crosstide, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Sleepy Villain into joining his band. IYC will without a doubt take you on a weird wild ride. Imagine if David Bowie was the captain of the boat in Willy Wonka...mix in a dash of Deerhunter and Black Moth Super Rainbow and you might be getting close to the type of voyage you will experience.
Stream the entire album below or from the bandcamp page. Stand out tracks include: "02 Ungrateful Gohd", "03 Japanese Skyline" and "06 Wall Wart". ENjO!
Band info: BANDCAMP
The album cover pretty much sums up the song. The production value is pristine, maybe too much so that it feels like hotel art...but in a good way? The dude singing it is obviously on the fringe of something unique. Is he a genius hobo or a Jesus bearded experimental pop savant? I'm not sure, but this song makes me feel heaps of awkward alarming joy.
Thanks Stereogum for the link.
Band info: OFFICIAL
"In The Yard" by Bowerbirds is on the verge of being so many things all at once but never seems to cross the line. This might seem like a negative but it actually works magically. I love it when the guitar purposefully goes off key for just a bit. I might describe this song as a campfire sing-a-long for the Berklee Alumni. You'll understand when you hear it. ENjO!
The Clearing is available on Dead Oceans starting March 6, 2012.