HOUNDS OF LOVE (Kate Bush cover)

"Hounds of Love" by Nite Jewel // Originally by Kate Bush 

The October issue of Mojo features a special tribute entitled “The Dreamers”, which will feature artists putting their own spin on the works of Kate Bush. That’s enough reason to get excited, but when you see that some of the artists lining up to participate include The War on Drugs, Caribou, I Break Horses, and much more - including this electro-ethereal take on “Hounds of Love” by Nite Jewel. It’s a must-listen for many reasons, but mostly because Nite Jewel takes it in a completely fresh direction that maintains the heart of the original, but otherwise is an entirely new beast. And a lovely beast at that. Highly recommended. 

"Lower Your Eyelids to Die with the Sun" by M83 // Before the Dawn Heals Us - Deluxe Edition (Out 8.25.14 via Mute)

Next week, Mute is going to be re-releasing the first three albums from M83 for the first time available in their entirety on digital platforms. To celebrate the release, frontman Anthony Gonzalez has dug out a previously unreleased music video for the stunning closing track to Before the Dawn Heals Us, “Lower Your Eyelids to Die with the Sun”. It’s loaded with gorgeous visuals and is a firm reminder of just how impressive M83 has been since the start. 

Invisible Arguments

"Invisible Arguments" by Ballerina Black // Injureless EP (Free Download Now via Soundcloud)

The Los Angeles based post-punk quartet, Ballerina Black, are in the process of prepping the release of their new full length, and in the lead-up they are sharing b-sides and demos cut over the past couple of years. Up first is the gorgeous, shadowy ballad, “Invisible Arguments”. On this track, the band shifts gears into more of a glimmering slice of new wave balladry that feels like it could have been some massive hit from an alternate universe where The Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees were the biggest bands of the 80’s. That’s not saying that the song sounds dated. Not at all in fact. It’s actually one of the best tracks that I’ve ever heard from the band, and I’m a big fan. You can grab a free HQ download of the track from the band’s Soundcloud page. Be sure to check back on that page for a new b-side every week until the new album drops. Highest recommendation!

Real Estate - Linger // AV Undercover

"Linger" by Real Estate // Originally by The Cranberries (AV Undercover / Series 5)

This is just a case of two of my favorite things crossing paths. Real Estate stopped into the AV Club recently for an episode of AV Undercover and they chose one of my all time favorite songs to cover, “Linger” by the Cranberries. They don’t mess with the formula at all, but that’s a great thing as the song ends up sounding like it could be one of Real Estate’s own gems. You can see the video of the band performance at AV Undercover

Bishop Allen - "Why I Had To Go"

"Why I Had to Go" by Bishop Allen // Lights Out (Out 8.19.14 via Dead Oceans)

It’s been a handful of years since Bishop Allen dropped an album, and thankfully, that came to an end today with the release of their new full length, Lights Out. A few weeks back, the band dropped the lovely, nostalgic pop gem, “Why I Had to Go”. I didn’t get around to writing it up then, but with today’s release, it’s as good a time as any to take a stroll back through the wistful world of folk pop by-way-of synth pop. The band’s frontman, Justin Rice has said that the track is inspired by the feeling he was getting when he would return to New York City after having moved upstate - that feeling of sweet nostalgia that only lasts as long as it takes to remember the reasons that you moved on in the first place. That is certainly a feeling in which I can relate. So, hit play and check out one of the prettier tracks to come down the aisle in months. Highly recommended. 

The Twilight Sad - There's A Girl In The Corner

"There’s a Girl in the Corner" by The Twilight Sad // Nobody Wants to be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave (Out Soon via Fat Cat Records)

It’s been a couple of years since we last heard new material from The Twilight Sad, so the release of a new single in anticipation of a new, forthcoming LP, is great news. What’s even better is that “There’s a Girl in the Corner” finds the band at their absolute best. The new track doesn’t shy away from the heavy emotional weight of many of the band’s best songs, but it does deliver those emotions in a stalking, ominous sound built on an eerie piano refrain and a focused, heavy drum beat. It’s a gorgeous autumnal sound, and the shadowy tone makes it all the more intriguing. Highest recommendation. 

DREAMING IN REVERSE // #004
"You Said Nothing" by Epic45 (2004 // Wayside & Woodland)
I’m sorry for the recent delay in new Dreaming in Reverse posts, but i’m back with an absolutely stunning track from a band that is massively underrated. Epic45 is a British post-rock/dream pop band that has been quietly releasing gorgeous albums for more than a decade. “You Said Nothing” is the track that first found me. It’s also the kind of song that is intertwined some very important moments in my life.
Unlike the earlier Dreaming in Reverse posts, I’m not going to dig out the nostalgia in order to establish why I chose the song. Instead, I’m going to recommend that you use one of the links below to sample the track in it’s entirety.What you’re going to find is a gentle, hushed lullaby that is as sweet as it is heartbreaking. When I think of the time in which I discovered the song, it’s almost always in the context of Autumn. The album itself namechecks the season, and rightfully so. This is melancholic music for the changing leaves and early evenings and quiet walks under cold black skies. 
The song is a decade old, but it sounds like not a day has passed. since its release. I still crave music like this on a daily basis. When there’s nothing new to excite my ears and heart, I can always bring up “You Said Nothing” and fall in love all over again.
LISTEN to “YOU SAID NOTHING” by EPIC45:  Soundcloud // Youtube 
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DREAMING IN REVERSE // #004
"You Said Nothing" by Epic45 (2004 // Wayside & Woodland)
I’m sorry for the recent delay in new Dreaming in Reverse posts, but i’m back with an absolutely stunning track from a band that is massively underrated. Epic45 is a British post-rock/dream pop band that has been quietly releasing gorgeous albums for more than a decade. “You Said Nothing” is the track that first found me. It’s also the kind of song that is intertwined some very important moments in my life.
Unlike the earlier Dreaming in Reverse posts, I’m not going to dig out the nostalgia in order to establish why I chose the song. Instead, I’m going to recommend that you use one of the links below to sample the track in it’s entirety.What you’re going to find is a gentle, hushed lullaby that is as sweet as it is heartbreaking. When I think of the time in which I discovered the song, it’s almost always in the context of Autumn. The album itself namechecks the season, and rightfully so. This is melancholic music for the changing leaves and early evenings and quiet walks under cold black skies. 
The song is a decade old, but it sounds like not a day has passed. since its release. I still crave music like this on a daily basis. When there’s nothing new to excite my ears and heart, I can always bring up “You Said Nothing” and fall in love all over again.
LISTEN to “YOU SAID NOTHING” by EPIC45:  Soundcloud // Youtube 
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DREAMING IN REVERSE // #004
"You Said Nothing" by Epic45 (2004 // Wayside & Woodland)
I’m sorry for the recent delay in new Dreaming in Reverse posts, but i’m back with an absolutely stunning track from a band that is massively underrated. Epic45 is a British post-rock/dream pop band that has been quietly releasing gorgeous albums for more than a decade. “You Said Nothing” is the track that first found me. It’s also the kind of song that is intertwined some very important moments in my life.
Unlike the earlier Dreaming in Reverse posts, I’m not going to dig out the nostalgia in order to establish why I chose the song. Instead, I’m going to recommend that you use one of the links below to sample the track in it’s entirety.What you’re going to find is a gentle, hushed lullaby that is as sweet as it is heartbreaking. When I think of the time in which I discovered the song, it’s almost always in the context of Autumn. The album itself namechecks the season, and rightfully so. This is melancholic music for the changing leaves and early evenings and quiet walks under cold black skies. 
The song is a decade old, but it sounds like not a day has passed. since its release. I still crave music like this on a daily basis. When there’s nothing new to excite my ears and heart, I can always bring up “You Said Nothing” and fall in love all over again.
LISTEN to “YOU SAID NOTHING” by EPIC45:  Soundcloud // Youtube 
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DREAMING IN REVERSE // #004

"You Said Nothing" by Epic45 (2004 // Wayside & Woodland)

I’m sorry for the recent delay in new Dreaming in Reverse posts, but i’m back with an absolutely stunning track from a band that is massively underrated. Epic45 is a British post-rock/dream pop band that has been quietly releasing gorgeous albums for more than a decade. “You Said Nothing” is the track that first found me. It’s also the kind of song that is intertwined some very important moments in my life.

Unlike the earlier Dreaming in Reverse posts, I’m not going to dig out the nostalgia in order to establish why I chose the song. Instead, I’m going to recommend that you use one of the links below to sample the track in it’s entirety.What you’re going to find is a gentle, hushed lullaby that is as sweet as it is heartbreaking. When I think of the time in which I discovered the song, it’s almost always in the context of Autumn. The album itself namechecks the season, and rightfully so. This is melancholic music for the changing leaves and early evenings and quiet walks under cold black skies. 

The song is a decade old, but it sounds like not a day has passed. since its release. I still crave music like this on a daily basis. When there’s nothing new to excite my ears and heart, I can always bring up “You Said Nothing” and fall in love all over again.

LISTEN to “YOU SAID NOTHING” by EPIC45:  Soundcloud // Youtube 

Man On The Coast

"Man On the Coast" by Seatraffic // Beauty in the Night (Out 9.14.14 // Self-Released)

It’s been a little while since I’d checked in on Seatraffic, and as luck would have it, they’ve got a new track for me to get excited about. “Man on the Coast” finds the band in top form - a shimmering synth pop beauty with a widescreen cinematic feel and featuring a big festival-ready sing-a-long vocal. This is Seatraffic at their most anthemic and it’s a sound that suits them well. Highest recommendation.

Allo Darlin' - Romance And Adventure

"Romance and Adventure" by Allo Darlin’ // We Come From the Same Place (Out October, 2014 via Slumberland)

This October sees the return of the London based indie poppers Allo Darlin’ who will release their new LP, We Come From the Same Place through the always reliable Slumberland Records. In the two years since the band last dropped some of their lovely, sophisticated pop gems, the band has underwent some life changes (marriage, moving, success), and in turn have developed a more mature, nuanced sound. The first single is the jangle pop beauty, “Romance and Adventure”, which carries a propulsive energy that serves the tracks’ breathless romanticism well. Of course, fans of the band’s earlier material won’t be left out in the cold, as the band’s infectious melodies and dreamy pop production are still front and center. Highly recommended for fans of Belle & Sebastian, Camera Obscura, and El Perro del Mar.

Dan Svizeny - New Hope Is A Bad Scene

"New Hope is a Bad Scene" by Dan Svizeny // Every Weekend (Out 8.19.14 via Forged Artifacts)

Over the past few years, Dan Svizeny has been producing some truly stellar experimental lo-fi sounds under his Cough Cool moniker, but later this month he will be releasing a new album under his own name, entitled Every Weekend. This new LP will sidestep the more abstract experimental sounds of Cough Cool and instead showcase Svizeny’s talent of crafting fuzzed up pop beauties. The artist has called he new album a breakup album, but not with another person so much as an entire city - in this case, his hometown of Philadelphia. The first single, “New Hope is a Bad Scene” is a reverb-drenched bedroom pop gem - all fuzz pop guitars and power pop harmonies. It’s a killer track and another reason to be excited about anything coming out of Forged Artifacts or Dan Svizeny for that matter. Highly recommended. 

Michael CeraRuth

"Ruth" by Michael Cera // True That (Available Now via Bandcamp)

Last night, Michael Cera dropped a surprise album entitled True That. Yep, that Michael Cera. It’s not a total surprise, I suppose as Cera has long dabbled in music and music related projects, but this is his solo debut and it’s surprisingly solid. The 18 tracks that make up True That are generally sweet, lo-fi, bedroom pop in the vein of Coconut Records and Mimicking Birds. Still not sold/? Check out one of the album highlights, “Ruth” - a gentle acoustic number that sounds like a cool autumn evening feels. 

I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness - "Faust"

"Faust" by I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness // Dust (Out 10.28.14 via Secretly Canadian)

It’s been eight years since the Austin based post-punk collective, I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness, have dropped a new album. A lot has changed in those eight years, but from the sound of the band’s first new single, “Faust”, they still know how to create dark, energetic, jagged slices of post punk. It’s truly a welcome return. This is a band who’s debut album stuck with me for a good long while, and in the ensuing eight years, I’d just assumed that they split. Luckily, I was totally wrong because they’re new album, Dust, drops just in time for Halloween (October 28th to be exact). Hit play and fall back in love. 

Engineers - Fight or Flight (from Always Returning)

"Fight or Flight" by Engineers // Always Returning (Out 8.18.14 via Kscope Music)

It’s been a while since I’ve listened to anything new from the criminally underrated London based shoegazers, Engineers. As luck would have it, they have a new album coming out next week (on vinyl, digital available now), and the lead single is a shimmering electro shoegaze beauty. “Fight or Flight” bubbles to life with spaced out electro beats, orchestral synths, and shimmering guitars that sounds as good as anything the band has ever done. Another selling point are the lovely male/female vocals that shadow each other, creating an otherworldly dreaminess that is absolutely gorgeous. You can grab a free download here. Highly recommended for fans of M83, Ulrich Schnauss, and Spiritualized.

Basement

"Basement" by Waterfalls // Sein Dasein (Available Now via Bandcamp)

Waterfalls is a post-punk / dream pop band from Leon, Mexico. Surely, that’s not a place that you immediately think of when seeking out new sounds, but having heard “Basement” by the aforementioned Waterfalls, it might be time to start. Or at least, keep an peeled for these guys because this is an excellent track. Building from a charging beat and layers of shadowy atmospheric synths, “Basement” offers an urgent, melancholic sound that takes equal parts post punk rhythms and dream pop guitars to lock you in for a killer three and a half minutes. In the recent rush of new dream pop bands, it’s that urgency (and post punk influences) that seems to be missing in so many songs. Here, Waterfalls offers a haunting, autumnal atmosphere that stands out among a lot of what’s currently making the rounds. You can grab the bands "Sein Dasein" EP for a name-your-price fee at Bandcamp. Highly recommended!

Dont Need Love

"Don’t Need Love" by Night Panther // Don’t Need Love - Single (2014)

I can’t imagine anyone accusing Night Panther of not being a good time. The past couple of years have found Night Panther dropping a new track here and there via their Soundcloud, and each time they do it’s a euphoric blast of synth pop that could be the soundtrack to your favorite party of the year. “Don’t Need Love” is no exception. In fact, this new jam feels like some time traveling dance gem that could be at home at the coolest party of any of the last several decades. There’s a clear 80’s influence that could sound a little cheesy in lesser hands, but by the time you even process that thought, Night Panther is already spiraling out into another sound and it’s easy to love it all. Sounding like some immortal love child of Blondie, Oingo Boingo, Franz Ferdinand, and Cut Copy - “Don’t Need Love” is an absolute blast and it’s not afraid to have a good time. Highly recommended.