Monday, January 23, 2012

Looking Forward - Part 2

For some reason, I convinced myself that the release of The Big Pink's Future This would satisfy my neverending search for new music. And while it's no secret that I dig Future This very much, it only made my need for new sounds a bit worse. February is almost/only a week away but it couldn't get here fast enough. I'm promised a lot of new releases that month: School Of Seven Bells' Ghostory, A Place To Bury Strangers' Onwards To The Wall, hell, even a new Sleigh Bells album! So being that I'm very impatient (and maybe a tad obsessive), I've gone and put together a 2nd mixtape of music both new and new-to-me, in an effort to speed up time. But before we get there, a quick rundown of some of my favorite new discoveries that made it onto this mixtape:

I stumbled across this band only because I found out that they'd be touring with The Joy Formidable (along with A Place To Bury Strangers -- it's safe to say that I'm ├╝ber-stoked for this tour to come to Boston.) After listening to "The Hours" I was pretty mesmerized. I'm a little late getting to their debut EP, From Silence, but better late than never, right? Especially since I can't stop listening to them...I've described them to friends as a slightly darker Beach House.

Someone mentioned to me that this UK band was opening for The Horrors overseas. And one listen to their instantly addictive debut single made it apparent why they'd be paired with them. Just like The Horrors, TOY mixes Krautrock, psych, and even a bit of shoegaze. Even better is that they've made their first single, "Left Myself Behind" and its b-side, "Clock Chime" available as a free download.

HVN233 - TOY 'Left Myself Behind' & 'Clock Chime' by heavenlyrecordings

OK, so I have a thing for British bands. This band has got hype going for them and have already been compared to The Vaccines (last year's overhyped British band crush.) Even more impressive is the fact that to date, the band has only released 3 singles. It was tough for me to choose which one makes the mixtape; it was between a ballad with handclaps or a rousing sing-along. Handclaps won, obvi. But here's the rousing sing-along as performed on Later...with Jools Holland.

Black Marble
This Brooklyn duo plays up to all of my weaknesses. Post-punk with cold minimal synths that end up sounding like early Cure with a touch of Joy Division. It should go without saying that there's a little gothiness to this. I kind of love it.

And now, a couple of streams that I'm not able to included on the mixtape but am still super excited for (both due out in February.)

Sleigh Bells, "Comeback Kid"
I'm still a total sucker for this noise-pop duo. Between the shredding guitars, the machine gun rhythms, and Alexis Krauss' sugary vocals, I don't know what my favorite part of their sound is.

Comeback Kid by Sleigh Bells

Band Of Skulls, "Bruises"
This band is proof that not everything I listen to falls under dreampop/shoegaze, post-punk, or industrial/goth. A power trio that specializes in brawny Zeppelin-sized rock. The chorus of this one makes me want to throw devil horns into the air.

  Band of Skulls - Bruises by Vagrant Records

Now, finally, onto the mixtape:

Anticipation 2012 - Vol. 2
1. Exitmusic, "The Hours"
2. School Of Seven Bells, "Lafaye"
3. Spector, "Never Fade Away"
4. TOY, "Left Myself Behind"
5. Cloud Nothings, "Cut You"
6. Black Marble, "Pretender"
7. Expensive Looks, "Nothing More"
8. Trust, "Sulk"
9. Porcelain Raft, "Put Me To Sleep"
10. Santigold, "Big Mouth"

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