We told you all about Tourist back in April and he’s back now with a new single off of an upcoming EP that has him showing that he can mix something a little darker. Tonight builds like Placid Acid does but shows a breadth in style, I dig it.
Local Natives announced today that they not only have a new single but that they will be releasing their sophomore album, Hummingbird, in January 2013 (!!!!). Fans have been waiting not so patiently for something new from the band whose first album was one of the most solidly produced albums I’ve ever listened to.
Local Natives’ new single, Breakers, proves that they are still able to knock it out of the park even after a 3 year break. It has a hint of Grizzly Bear’s sound that seems so popular this fall BUT Local Natives has done it right, they still sound uniquely like themselves with their harmonizing and solid percussion.
New Brighton based artist Tourist, or more easily Google searched as William Phillips, is someone who I’ve been meaning to write about for months now. A friend sent me a link to Placid Acid back in January and I couldn’t get enough. I sought out everything else he had recorded to tide me over until he released his first EP which dropped just a few weeks ago (and is fantastic). Luckily, he also posts remixes under the name Little Loud that are just as great to listen to. Placid Acid feels like there should be lyrics to memorize even when none are present. It’s reminiscent of Jamie XX and Animal Collective without feeling like a knock-off which is refreshing in the middle of the EDM era we’re currently in. His sound is versatile; translating anywhere from easy-listening to dance floor.
Check out Placid Acid before he gets big, I promise you won’t regret it:
Little known New York five-man-band Caveman has crept into the music scene with Thankful, a jam that seems to be the perfect precursor to fall. Originating only in January of 2010 it is next to impossible to find enough of their music to satiate my desire to listen to them all day. Luckily, Thankful is a song that you can put on repeat and it doesn’t get old. The hollowing percussion paired with irresistible guitar gives me hope that their LP debuting on September 13th is going to be something none of us will want to miss.
Danger Mouse has inevitably been a part of what seems like every other musical project over the past few years. Recently (but not too recent, this project was five years in the making) he paired up with Italian composer Daniele Luppi to create Rome. Needless to say I love it. One of my favorite tracks is Black which features Norah Jones showing off the darker side of her vocal abilities.
This single has been floating around for only a few weeks now and remixes are already flooding Soundcloud. Personally, I think Calvin Harris has made a single that doesn’t need someone else tampering with it. It has an updated feel from his previous work but still ultimately sounds like a Calvin Harris piece. I love it, there’s nothing else to say.
Best Coast is quite possibly the one band that I would truly categorize as the perfect summer music. Simple chord changes, airy vocals… it just feels like the beach. Best Coast has participated in the Adult Swim Singles Program which I’m grateful for since it means new (and free!) music from a band whose last album dropped an entire year ago. Check out Adult Swim and also listen to Gone Again here: