Painted Zeros are a three piece rock band from NYC. Made up of Katie Lau, Andy Dymond and Jared Kaner the band have played a string of shows in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the U.S.’s north-east. I first heard the track Palm Tree and I have been hooked ever since. For me it sounded like taking a power washer to the mundane and I have used it as a benchmark when listening to other bands ever since.
Now they are back with 3 new tracks which you can (and should) listen to below.
Call Back, // and Masochist manage to sit above the usual dreamy and reverb drenched crowd and deliver enticing results which in itself is a thing of beauty. I might be getting carried away but I don’t think I am so listen for yourself.
‘Ghost’ was one of the first tracks I blogged about last year and this live version is somehow even more mesmerising. The biggest disappointment about this band is that I won’t get to see them until they come to the UK. If there is any peeps state-side, please go see these guys.
New track ‘Gold’ is filled with a big beat, crunchy pianos and beautiful vocal melody. Man, I fucking love this band.
Head back a year and Bondax were just writing tracks in their bedrooms but after really breaking it last year, 2013 holds big things for the duo. They released their new single ‘Gold’ earlier this month and are in the studio working on their debut album. More big things to come from these boys.
The new Salt Ashes track is Gold by name, Gold by nature. Produced by Cruelty, this Brightonian’s newest track is so ridiculously good I’ve had it on repeat for the most part of the weekend. With vocal flairs of Niki & The Dove and production style similar to Nicolas Jaar mixed with 80’s poly synth, this is scored as a big fucking yus.
I’m a real sucker for downtempo-icy-piano-spacey music and Wanderhouse deliver big style. The duo is made up of Marie Moreshead [singer] and Dr. Rosen Rosen [Producer] and hail from Los Angeles. Judging by the style of ‘Sugar’, this could be a massive year for them.
They’ve got some other corkers on their page, but still trying to get over this one first.
I got a crush on Tough Love Records at the moment uploading two up-coming releases on their Soundcloud over the last week; Girls Names ‘Pittura Infamante’ and Cymbals ‘The Natural World’.
First of all, Girls Names.
The Belfast band hit the scene back in 2009, but are moving away from their surf indie roots into a much darker vibe; its a real nice ‘82 Manchester sound to it. I know what I mean.
‘The New Life’ will be release on February 18th.
Next up is Cymbals making a stunning entrance to 2013 with a peach of sparkly dance music aka ‘The Natural World. This song makes me look like a right dick, dance-walking to work [emphasising the synth riddims with hand movements] but hey, fuck you. It’s great.
‘The Natural World’ will be available to buy from 23rd January.
Set 18th March 2013 in your filofaxes folks. Deptford Goth’s debut album ‘Life After Defo’ will be released on Merok Records.
Daniel Woolhouse a.k.a. Deptford Goth describes his music as ‘sitting somewhere between real and synthetic’. It’s like sonic neo-skeuomorphism. Or something.
I really tried to pick out the singles on the album but came to the conclusion, potentially, they all could be. ‘Feel Real’ is such a treat, with such exquisite production especially on his vocals. Today I’ve been mostly listening to ‘Objects Objects’; a track that eats you whole.
Having already had comparisons to James Blake, as well as fans of The xx falling for him, the album could be the highlight of the year. Drawing those comparisons to Blake might be construed as a sign of lapsing originality. But that is far from the truth. He’s managed to create his own sound within a space/bass culture; it’s a phenomenal feat.
Four Tet just announced the release of a new LP 0181 giving it away as a free download. On his facebook page he stated: ‘I am going to release a new Four Tet LP today’ before teasing his fans for a couple of hours. The LP is structured as a mixtape and only includes material produced by Hebden between 1997 and 2001, preceding his debut LP Pause. Four Tet promised that it will soon also be available on vinyl
Four Tet’s distinctive style can be recognized immediately on each track, but the mixture of smooth downtempo and nu-jazz is this time strongly tinged with darker hints of techno and breakbeat. It brings to mind a clouded memory of a rave you left in the morning still buzzing, and forgetting that the music you’re hearing is only playing in your head. It then morphs into a chilled out come down session with a cup of tea, spliff and a blanket where you and your mates play tunes to each other, slowly parachuting together from the night havoc.
RBMA’s Exeter returns with a remix of Rich Boy’s - Throwing Some D. I really admire the movement from typical halftime trap beat to full-time, almost ambient drum’n’bass. This will be on repeat for a while.
Free Download from here; it’s a hella of a way to start the week.
The New York art punk trio the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have announced the release date of their fourth album Mosquito. After a four-year hiatus, the band’s long overdue record will be on UK shelves on 15th April 2013.
So far we know that producers involved in the making of Mosquito include TV On The Radio’s Steve Sitek, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and Nick Launay who previously worked with the trio on It’s Blitz and the IsIs EP.
Judging by the newly available album teaser we can expect to hear the Yeah Yeah Yeahs returning to their gritty noise roots. Backed up with the completely otherworldly artwork Karen O revealed in a statement: ‘I think this record has more moodier and tripped-out songs than you’ve ever heard from us. You might catch some roots reggae and minimalist psychedelia influences in there. This is a feel good, food for the soul, chicken soup for the ears Yeah Yeah Yeahs record — which doesn’t mean easy listening — it means kind of raw, kind of chaotic, kind of dreamy. Very us.”
It’s just become available to pre-order globally on limited edition CD bundle from here.