Posts tagged acoustic

Chelsea Wolfe - The Waves Have Come

"The Waves Have Come" by Chelsea Wolfe // Pain is Beauty (Out 9.3.13 via Sargent House)

Chelsea Wolfe has been on a pretty incredible streak these past four years. Each year has found her releasing a new album (plus the occasional EP), and with each release her talent shines a little brighter. Call it experience or finding her comfort zone, but whatever the case, she’s been turning out some wonderful work and on September 3rd, she’s set to drop what might be her best album yet, “Pain is Beauty”. A couple of tracks have already made their way to the public, but her third and most stunning pre-release single has just made it’s way online. “The Waves Have Come” is a gorgeous slow burner, that builds from a haunting folk whisper to a soaring chamber pop beauty that swells to a fever pitch before receding back into the shadows once again. This is easily one of the best tracks to come down the line in the past couple of months. Highly recommended. 

"I Know" by Fiona Apple & Blake Mills // Acoustic Session (2013)

Here’s an interesting clip of Fiona Apple performing the absolutely brilliant, “I Know” while being accompanied on acoustic guitar by tour mate Blake Mills. The video feels very off the cuff, as evidenced by their reactions to the background noise. It’s all very sweet and playful, which is in pretty stark contrast to the heartbreaking nature of the song, which for my money is one of my favorite songs of all time. Enjoy!

"Satan Made A Mansion" by Coma Cinema

"Satan Made a Mansion" by Coma Cinema // Posthumous Release (Out 6.11.13 via Fork and Spoon Records)

Just as I was praising the excellent new Elvis Depressedly single, Mat Cothran goes and drops another new track for his other band, Coma Cinema, and out does himself all over again. Clearly, it’s been a busy year for the talented artist, what with two full lengths from two separate projects set to release within two months of one another. Luckily for the fans, Cothran is not the kind of artist who’s content to just repeat himself. Previous Coma Cinema releases have a ragged, lo-fi beauty that sways from heartbreaking confessionals to hazy, acoustic bloodletting  that doesn’t try to hide it’s narcotic inspirations. There’s a darkness in those songs, and that’s by no means a bad thing. Cothran has become something of an expert at working on his demons through song and I’m sure the new Coma Cinema album will be no exception, but if “Satan Made a Mansion” is any indication, the presentation might be evolving. Instead of a somber, lo-fi, acoustic based track with some synth flourishes to flesh out the sound, here we have something that borders on a rollicking beat, complete with a driving guitar line, lovely harmonies and an Elliott Smith-like vocal delivery (somber in tone, but oddly upbeat in energy). It’s exciting as all hell to hear an artist working, growing, evolving in such a short amount of time. The truly exciting thing is that it feels like Cothran is just scratching the surface of all of the beauty that he’s capable of producing. Here’s hoping that he has a wonderfully exciting year ahead of him following the release of these two albums. Highest recommendation. 

"Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings" by Father John Misty // Pitchfork’s “City of Music” (2012)

Here is a stripped down take on one of my favorite songs of the year, “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” by former Fleet Fox-er, J. Tillman (Father John Misty). It’s a slowed down, intimate performance but it’s not lacking in power in any way. Tillman is a fantastic writer and his live performances are powerful. This is a pretty accurate representation of those things. Definitely a must watch. 

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"Anonymity" by HOUNDSds // The Chiller Part 2: House on Haunted Chill (2012)

Chill Mega Chill have recently released their second Halloween compilation, entitled “The Chiller Part 2: House on Haunted Chill” which is available now at Bandcamp for a whatever-you-can-pay price. The compilation is 24 tracks strong and touches on all sorts of your seasonal listening needs (everything from ambient to dream pop to blown out electro and experimental). One of my favorite stand outs is the track “Anonymity” from dream poppers HOUNDSds. Sure, it’s not loaded with creepy synths or spooky atmospherics, but the lovely track has a particular Halloween sentiment nailed down and that’s the desire to put on a mask and just walk in someone elses shoes for a while - anonymous to the world. I highly recommend spending some time with this track, especially for fans Wild NothingSaskatchewan, and Youth Lagoon.

Two Bicycles - Are you there

"Are You There?" by Two Bicycles // I Know You Are There (TBD)

Two Bicycles is a project from Jamison (Teen Daze, Little Chords), that focuses more on the ambient, acoustic, and subtle post rock sounds than his other projects. Currently he is working on new Two Bicycles material and posting his experiments on Bandcamp as the project comes to fruition. The newest taste comes in the form of “Are You There?” which bubble to life using ethereal organs and acoustic guitars to create a feeling of nature as the artist was influenced by a recent camping trip near the ocean, near Tofino, British Columbia. It’s really beautiful stuff (as is all of his Two Bicycles output, definitely check out the back catalog on Bandcamp) that calls to mind The Album Leaf, Explosions in the Sky, and Hammock

(download) Material from Two Bicycles @ Soundcloud.

4AD // FAVORITE RECORDS 1990 - 1999
Cocteau Twins - “Heaven Or Las Vegas” // This Mortal Coil - “Blood” // Pixies - “Trompe Le Monde” // Pale Saints - “In Ribbons” // Lush - “Split” // Red House Painters - “Ocean Beach” // Mojave 3 - “Ask Me Tomorrow” // Gus Gus - “Polydistortion” // Brendan Perry - “Eye of the Hunter”
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4AD // FAVORITE RECORDS 1990 - 1999
Cocteau Twins - “Heaven Or Las Vegas” // This Mortal Coil - “Blood” // Pixies - “Trompe Le Monde” // Pale Saints - “In Ribbons” // Lush - “Split” // Red House Painters - “Ocean Beach” // Mojave 3 - “Ask Me Tomorrow” // Gus Gus - “Polydistortion” // Brendan Perry - “Eye of the Hunter”
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4AD // FAVORITE RECORDS 1990 - 1999
Cocteau Twins - “Heaven Or Las Vegas” // This Mortal Coil - “Blood” // Pixies - “Trompe Le Monde” // Pale Saints - “In Ribbons” // Lush - “Split” // Red House Painters - “Ocean Beach” // Mojave 3 - “Ask Me Tomorrow” // Gus Gus - “Polydistortion” // Brendan Perry - “Eye of the Hunter”
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4AD // FAVORITE RECORDS 1990 - 1999
Cocteau Twins - “Heaven Or Las Vegas” // This Mortal Coil - “Blood” // Pixies - “Trompe Le Monde” // Pale Saints - “In Ribbons” // Lush - “Split” // Red House Painters - “Ocean Beach” // Mojave 3 - “Ask Me Tomorrow” // Gus Gus - “Polydistortion” // Brendan Perry - “Eye of the Hunter”
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4AD // FAVORITE RECORDS 1990 - 1999
Cocteau Twins - “Heaven Or Las Vegas” // This Mortal Coil - “Blood” // Pixies - “Trompe Le Monde” // Pale Saints - “In Ribbons” // Lush - “Split” // Red House Painters - “Ocean Beach” // Mojave 3 - “Ask Me Tomorrow” // Gus Gus - “Polydistortion” // Brendan Perry - “Eye of the Hunter”
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4AD // FAVORITE RECORDS 1990 - 1999
Cocteau Twins - “Heaven Or Las Vegas” // This Mortal Coil - “Blood” // Pixies - “Trompe Le Monde” // Pale Saints - “In Ribbons” // Lush - “Split” // Red House Painters - “Ocean Beach” // Mojave 3 - “Ask Me Tomorrow” // Gus Gus - “Polydistortion” // Brendan Perry - “Eye of the Hunter”
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4AD // FAVORITE RECORDS 1990 - 1999
Cocteau Twins - “Heaven Or Las Vegas” // This Mortal Coil - “Blood” // Pixies - “Trompe Le Monde” // Pale Saints - “In Ribbons” // Lush - “Split” // Red House Painters - “Ocean Beach” // Mojave 3 - “Ask Me Tomorrow” // Gus Gus - “Polydistortion” // Brendan Perry - “Eye of the Hunter”
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4AD // FAVORITE RECORDS 1990 - 1999
Cocteau Twins - “Heaven Or Las Vegas” // This Mortal Coil - “Blood” // Pixies - “Trompe Le Monde” // Pale Saints - “In Ribbons” // Lush - “Split” // Red House Painters - “Ocean Beach” // Mojave 3 - “Ask Me Tomorrow” // Gus Gus - “Polydistortion” // Brendan Perry - “Eye of the Hunter”
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4AD // FAVORITE RECORDS 1990 - 1999
Cocteau Twins - “Heaven Or Las Vegas” // This Mortal Coil - “Blood” // Pixies - “Trompe Le Monde” // Pale Saints - “In Ribbons” // Lush - “Split” // Red House Painters - “Ocean Beach” // Mojave 3 - “Ask Me Tomorrow” // Gus Gus - “Polydistortion” // Brendan Perry - “Eye of the Hunter”
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4AD // FAVORITE RECORDS 1990 - 1999
Cocteau Twins - “Heaven Or Las Vegas” // This Mortal Coil - “Blood” // Pixies - “Trompe Le Monde” // Pale Saints - “In Ribbons” // Lush - “Split” // Red House Painters - “Ocean Beach” // Mojave 3 - “Ask Me Tomorrow” // Gus Gus - “Polydistortion” // Brendan Perry - “Eye of the Hunter”
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4AD // FAVORITE RECORDS 1990 - 1999

Cocteau Twins - “Heaven Or Las Vegas” // This Mortal Coil - “Blood” // Pixies - “Trompe Le Monde” // Pale Saints - “In Ribbons” // Lush - “Split” // Red House Painters - “Ocean Beach” // Mojave 3 - “Ask Me Tomorrow” // Gus Gus - “Polydistortion” // Brendan Perry - “Eye of the Hunter”

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“Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” by Arcade Fire // Acoustic & Live via WBEZ Sound Opinions

Arcade Fire performed a couple of in studio tracks for Sound Opinions, which resulted in some new arrangements. Including this synth-free take on live favorite, “Sprawl II”. This one sounds pretty similar, but the changes are still interesting. . Check out the strings-filled version of “We Used to Wait” at WBEZ.