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Moon Duo’s psychedelic twosome of Wooden Shjips Erik Johnson on guitar and Sanae Yamada on keyboards have produced their new album in the unfamiliar territory of Germany, in stark contrast to San Francisco where their first album was created.
The first single from it, ‘Mazes’ (also the title of the album) is a sweet little, trippy pop tune. It’s difficult to follow of course, but if you are listening to Moon Duo you are hardly expecting easy listening with epic arena choruses. No, instead you are offered up a mix of subtle melodies and gently floating vocals and noodling guitar riffs. At first ‘Mazes’ sounds like a bit of a mess, like if you threw Animal Collective and David Bowie at each other. It grows bigger, though, morphing into a catchy dance floor beat.
If Moon Duo were thinking of good times to release this song though, there is no time like the present, with the UK bathed in glorious sunlight and this song sounding like if Vampire Weekend and the Drums put all their warm summery energy together. It’s a perfect fit; I can just hear it as you sprawl out in your garden while a barbecue sizzles in the background. The perfect background to a lazy April day. Watch the promo video for it below and while you’re at it, you can also listen to the audio of the song and download it for your personal collection below as well.
Moon Duo’s single ‘Mazes’ is available now. The album of the same name will be released on the 18th of April on Berlin label Souterrain Transmissions. The band will be touring in the UK in May – details here.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 14th April 2011 at 10:00 am
White Denim will be headlining TGTF’s stage at the Great Escape this year (more information here). So why not have a listen to their track ‘Anvil Everything’, from their forthcoming album to be released on 6 June in the UK? You can hear and download it below.
By CoCo Wong
on Wednesday, 13th April 2011 at 10:00 am
I have been keeping my eye on Is Tropical ever since a friend shared ‘Tan Man’ with me on Facebook. ‘The Greeks’ is their newest release and will appearing on their debut album entitled ‘Native To’ (to be released on the 13th of June) and one month earlier on on ‘Kitsune Maison’s 11 Compilation’ (released on the 16th of May). I can’t wait to hear their debut in full! But in the meantime, you can listen to ‘The Greeks’ and download it below.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 8th April 2011 at 10:00 am
Norway’s Royksopp hasn’t released an album since last year’s ‘Senior’ (the record that understandably followed 2009’s ‘Junior’). ‘Keyboard Milk’ is the new track from them and it’s got a heavenly vibe to it. That is, you would expect such chill music to be coming out of the gates of heaven if, you know, God liked electronica. Listen to and download it below.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 7th April 2011 at 10:00 am
Well, it was inevitable, wasn’t it? The title track of Dutch Uncles‘s forthcoming album on Memphis Industries, ‘Cadenza’, has been remixed by their fellow Marpleians and mates Delphic. While there is an angular dance vibe to the Dutch Uncles sound to begin with, Delphic’s take has made it dancefloor ready. Listen and download it below.
‘Cadenza’, the new album by Dutch Uncles, will be released on 25 April on Memphis Industries.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 31st March 2011 at 10:00 am
Cut Copy‘s Australian contemporaries Architecture in Helsinki have remixed ‘Need You Now’, the second single to be released from Cut Copy’s album released this year, ‘Zonoscope’, and you can listen to and download it below. Also below is a Midnight Magic remix of the first single from ‘Zonoscope': it’s a jazzy interpretation of ‘Take Me Over’.
Cut Copy just appeared at Ultra Music Festival last weekend and are now on a tour of North America.
MP3: Cut Copy – Need You Now (Architecture in Helsinki Version)