Here we are, in all our neonatal glory, opening for Tigertronic and Gracias, Pero No Gracias. Thanks to all that came and showed their support! We had a blast. Check out more of our homegrown recordings here or connect with us on Facebook for real-time updates.
Four years after their last effort, 2008’s Keep Your Eyes Ahead, Portland-based indie rockers The Helio Sequence are set to release their fifth LP Negotiations this fall on Sub Pop Records. Earlier this summer, the duo unleashed “October”, a simple gem of a pop song rife with soaring melodies and spacious, Eno-esque production. Now they’ve treated us to “Hall of Mirrors”, a song with equal parts of melodic goodness and sonic interest. Both are streaming below for your listening pleasure.
Sometimes music is like sex. It can be awkward and clumsy. Messy. Repetitive. But most times, it is an ecstatic pleasure without comparison. It can heighten the senses and take us to a world between reality and fantasy.
Hello Party People,
In Harsh Light editor Richard Sanchez here. Bandmate Tayne Kim and I (a.k.a., Panda Sanchez) are playing at DC9 tomorrow night in NW DC. Doors open at 8PM. The Panda takes the limelight at 8:30 PM, opening for Tigertronic (9:30 PM) and headliners Gracias, Pero No Gracias (10:30).
A couple months ago, a rather odd (viral) film emerged out of the Icelandic ashes of one Valtari* (XL; 2012), the latest soundtrack-friendly album by Sigur Ros — one of the seminal pre-millennial disestablishmentarian tilrauninas (Icelandic for “experimenters”) that helped define and shape the very landscape of what many music connoisseurs affectionately refer to as “post rock.”
The video is an alchemical stew of LSD, beat-synced 3D rendering, and an Elmer Fud cartoon. In other words: Awesome. “Brats” comes from WIXIW (pronounced “wish you”), their latest LP (Mute; 2012), which I last touched on in May. For more details on the album, go here. Check out the video, embedded below.
Hey party people, Goodbye, Labrador (the Brooklyn-based indie punk band that got especial mention in our IHL Music Round-up last Friday) is releasing their refulgent, glimmering track, “Memoir,” as a free download here. It’s also embedded below for your ease of comfort (noise cancellation headphones recommended. You know you own a pair).
Round-Up: Land Observations; Velvet Underground & Nico; Goodbye, Labrador; Cold Specks; Harry Oakwood; and Elliott SmithAugust 3, 2012
Mute Records recently announced the signing of Land Observations, alongside debut album Roman Roads IV – XI, set to release on September 4th, 2012.
Dirty Projectors have always come across as more of an experiment than a traditional band. Between their 2003 debut The Glad Fact and 2009’s landmark Bitte Orca, singer/songwriter David Longstreth and his collaborators treated each album as an opportunity to explore new, uncharted sonic territory. Like scientists of sound, they drew from such diverse palates as African drumming patterns and R&B vocal runs to create their unique and intellectual compositions. Dirty Projectors seemed inventive, but their uniqueness also lent itself to an air of pretension.
After listening to Swing Lo Magellan (Domino; 2012), Dirty Projectors’ latest release, I was thrilled to discover that David Longstreth has finally relaxed. Both lyrically and sonically, this is the simplest record that the group has ever produced. The sparse arrangements, distinctive vocals and full harmonies are refreshing, yet they feel more comforting than Bitte Orca did three years ago. If that album was a wave, then Swing Lo is a breeze. Gentler, warmer and ultimately, more rewarding.
In the sphere of mildly-to-wildly unlikely indie/pop music collaborations (see The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends and/or Little Broken Hearts), a quirky co-LP comes in the form of Love This Giant (4AD), courtesy of St. Vincent‘s Annie Clark and former, iconic Talking Heads lead David Byrne. According to the excerpts on their official site, the pairing was a clever matchmaking effort by Housing Works (a HIV/AIDS awareness community) in the fall of 2009 to conjoin Clark and Byrne for a night of new music on behalf of a charity event.
Hello folks, In Harsh Light (IHL) editor Richard here coming back from a barren, tumbleweed-ridden hiatus. Fear not, however, as I’m gradually finding new footing in advance of planned content, so thanks for bearing with the dearth of the regularly scheduled updates, reviews, and pseudo-intellectual drivel you’ve inexplicably grown fond of (like an ugly but endearing pug) over the past few months.
Earlier today, Halifax Pop Explosion announced the stellar initial lineup for the 20th edition of the five-day event, set to take place in the third week of October. The festival is known for its innovative programming, pairing up international headliners and up-and-coming talent on the same stage. Artists who have been announced so far include psych-pop group of Montreal, electronic/darkwave singer Zola Jesus, Cold Specks, Atlas Sound and perennial east coast favourites Wintersleep. You can check out the full list of announced artists below, or visit the festival website for more information.