DELTA HEAVY – Get By (video)

Delta Heavy’s video for Get By is super great. The song isn’t awe-inspiring, but the video is totally worth watching.

Boy Crisis – L’Homme (video)

Super cool music video from Milena Petrovic for Boy Crisis‘s L’Homme. Check it.

Phantogram – Nightlife EP

all you do is shake shake shake
keep your body still, keep your body still

I had a really hard time choosing a song to feature from this EP, which, in EP terms, is an exceptional sign. The reasons I finally settled on “Don’t Move” are two-fold: First, the beats are excellent; Second, it’s a patient jam. This is a must-listen EP, and in spite of my decision to attach only one song, it should be appreciated in its entirety.

Phantogram – Don’t Move

M83 – Midnight City (video)

follow the medium sounds

As was said so eloquently by someone, not myself: The track of the year gets an official video. Definitely not the video of the year, but still pretty awesome.

Air Review – America’s Son (music)

that I am america’s son, and I’m not the only one
I am america’s son, and I’m so inclined to run

This is my first exposure to Air Review, a Dallas-based group that has already released one album (Landmarks). I was linked to America’s Son,¬†and liked it immediately. The song, while not immediately minor, expresses a soft resignation that reminds me of the feeling that comes with situational sadness and stress. Hopelessness with a touch of optimism. A wary look forward, a slightly negative future paradigm and resignation to that outlook. Arresting.

Air Review – America’s Son

Bon Iver – Perth (music)

you’re breaking your ground

As I walk through the soft summer rain in Seoul, the new album by Bon Iver, and this song in particular, strike a emphatically familiar but still entirely different chord from his previous album. While the desperation that marks his previous is noticeably absent, it has been quietly replaced by a patient yearning confided to us by nearly every chord and turn of the music. This creates an experience that is surprising, wonderful, but also equally meaningful to For Emma, if somewhat unexpected after the release of Blood Bank.

Bon Iver – Perth

The Antlers – French Exit

everyone I’ve loved, kept me tangled in my heart
you’ll tie that knot a bit too lose, not enough to tease apart

This is not a first reaction. This is not even a second reaction. The process by which I came to lend voice to this song, this album, this evolution of sound created and put on display by The Antlers, was separate. In spite, it remains a valuable one, as does this glowing example from what can only be considered the only rational and positive and possible next step in this two-step discography. The Antlers have not yet fallen with age.

The Antlers – French Exit

Wild Beasts – Smother (music)

it means all that the heart requires
is what it can’t compromise

One week ago today I listened to the new Wild Beasts album, entitled Smother, during a nearly perfectly long ride on the metro. Besides being an excellent album, it represents a subtle but significant change for Wild Beasts from their previous: While polishing the sound and style they established with Two Dancers, the new album also delivers a very different emotional core which is at the same time melancholy and hopeful. All told, Smother represents a subtly jarring evolution of the band’s style ambitions. I’ve reproduced one track below… if the opportunity presents itself I also would suggest catching them live, they give an enchanting performance.

Wild Beasts – Loop the Looper

Thao & Mirah – Little Cup (music)

…and when you see me cry, you ask me, but I think that…
…you already know why, I’m staring up at the sky…

As oft happens, I was just settling down into what seemed like several inevitably boring weeks without new music when this fell into my lap. A big fare. A really big fare. The tune is soft, moody, and upbeat, but the lyrics are so strong they nearly burst from the melody. I can’t vouch for the rest of the album, but this single certainly worth a listen (or six).

Thao & Mirah – Little Cup

Oh Land – Sun of a Gun (music)

you’ve got them all fooled, but I’m burned out on this rush

The Oh Land full length, due out in a couple of days (March 15), is a fantastic addition to what has already become an incredible year for music in only its third month. A mix of electronic and pop, the album touches on all of the necessary pillers to create what I can only describe as some of the most fun but also heartfelt new music I’ve heard this year. I’ve included two songs – the original one for which I wrote this post, and their more well-known single, Wolf & I. These two represent the album well in terms of its reach.

Oh Land – Sun of a Gun
Oh Land – Wolf & I