I discovered this Dallas native’s music at the end of 2010 when he was just uploading a few demos to the web, and I’m stoked to see him flesh out the project a bit with his first collection of work: the Sketches pt. 1 LP. His sound is laid back, driven by chillwave synths layered under a banjo skin(!), and while that might sound like an odd combination, it results in lovely, ethereal, crafted music. This is one of those albums that it’s hard to pick just one song to blog - they’re all top-shelf. Don’t miss the video for this piece, too.
A little more than a week ago a friend of mine suggested that we do a cover of The Weeknd. The idea was definitely a stretch for me but I figured it would be an interesting challenge. The end result of our version of The Weeknd’s “The Morning” is like a forensics TV show soundtrack mets sleezy lounge jazz mets saskatchewan. I hope you enjoy.
Probably one of Seattle’s most celebrated, and more than worthy of praise, independent bands is Hey Marseilles. Last I had heard, after successfully releasing an album that left listener’s hearts earnestly crying out for more and a tour that had tickets coveted by anyone praying for a glance to witness a quality of instrumentation that many had believed our generation would fail to witness again, Hey Marseilles headed into the studio to record their second album.
Although they have not yet accomplished this feat, they have released a wonderful EP to qualm the worried minds of fans that may have feared the bands dissolution before the release of their second album. And I have nothing but good things to say about it.
One of the greatest things about Hey Marseilles is that although they are heavily laden with an odd (and equally brilliant) assortment of instruemts, they never allow this to muddy up their sound. Each line flows together with losing it’s vibrancy, quality, or distinction. Just as each line rises another follows and the predecessor skillfully wanes to leave room for more musicality. The most generous form or creative tag. A splendid addition to your collection.
As usual, they leave us with admiration, and words of wisdom,
There is something about music that has a guitar driven jangle to it. I don’t know if it’s the free feeling and the urge to bob my head in time with my foot tappin’. In the same essence of a chiller Beach Fossils these Parisians have captured that feeling of the motions of this in slow motion. Really looking forward to hearing more from these French dudes.
Bos Angeles are currently recording their debut EP, this is something they put together in the time that they weren’t recording future pop hits. It sees a departure from their standard tropical beach jams as they enter a lot more grungyterritory as they take on something written by prolific Winchester songstress KEEL HER.