“A moment of love, a dream, a laugh, a kiss, a cry, our rights, our wrongs…”
These are lyrics from probably one of my favorite songs of all time. I have film fanatics on social media (because this song was featured in the movie 500 Days of Summer, which starred the beautiful pairing of Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt) to thank for leading me to this fine tune. I remember listening to this song religiously every hour of every day and completely disregarding the other songs on my iTunes. I mean, why wouldn’t I? It was beautifully composed and the lyrics were just amazing. The actual meaning of the song took me about a good three years to discover.
Coming from the band themselves, the song is about the innocence of youth and the transition between acting on everything in the spur of the moment and having to rationalize everything and use our heads more, also known as adulthood. In all honesty, I thought it was just one of those songs that had a nice melody to it and absolutely no depth to its lyrics, but once again, I was proven wrong. Curse you, internet.
The Australian group has written many other songs, but they didn’t receive the same amount of hype as this song did, for obvious reasons. This one song gained them multiple awards and a small taste at what all artists dream of: fame in the mainstream. Though their last self-titled album was released in 2012, I still have a little sliver of hope they might release some new projects soon. *crosses fingers*
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Brooklyn’s Sacred Bones Records is slowly becoming one of my favorite labels. With eclectic labelmates like Jenny Hval and Blanck Mass, it’s surprising how well a psychedelic group like The Holydrug Couple fits in. Their sophomore album Moonlust sounds exactly what you expect–dreamy melodies, nostalgic ’70s rock, and mopey psychedelia. It’s the type of music to listen to while getting baked under the stars while twirling around in a flower headpiece. If that last sentence alarmed you, then maybe this isn’t for you. But its “by-the-numbers” approach to psych rock is one of the things I love best about it. Like a more spacey Toro y Moi, The Holydrug Couple captures that retro feeling of good summer vibes spent sitting in the back of a VW bug. If you feel like getting lost in a trance, give this a spin.
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Ahh, the Swedes. I could go on a long diatribe right now about the musical genius of Swedish pop and how their focus on music education results in some of the best music being cranked out today, but why waste my breath (or, um, keywords) on telling you something you already know? Swedes + Music = Awesomesauce. Yes, we know the formula. And indie rock newbies Pale Honey are the newest ones to join the flock, releasing their self-titled debut album this month. With the exception of standout single “Youth,” their album is a lot quieter than you would expect, tapping into deeper emotions that are raw and self-deprecating but never immature. “Over Your Head” is a good example of the album’s overall sound, showing their strength at constructing careful songs that gradually build. Equal parts introspective and upbeat, it’s perfect for summer. You can stream the whole thing via YouTube.
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I know it’s a little unusual to write about two Icelandic bands back-to-back, but this track was too good to ignore once it cartwheeled into my inbox last week. Mammút are a five-piece band from Iceland who have been making music since 2003 and are pretty popular in their own country. Their last album, Komdu til mín svarta systir, won the Icelandic Music Award for Best Album along with their song “Salt,” which won Best Song of the Year. To commemorate signing to British label Bella Union, the band re-released “Salt” in English, which is what you’re listening to right now. With booming production, an alt-grrl spirit, and a cathartic build-up, you would have to have a heart of stone not to enjoy this. Mammút’s career trajectory? First Iceland, then the world.
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I first stumbled across Waterstrider via one of Bandcamp’s weekly playlists. I then stumbled across them again while shifting through a Soundcloud clickhole and came to the realization that their music is too good to ignore (plus, I’m not the type of person to deny fate). The Oakland indie rock band have been making waves within the music blogosphere, first igniting attention with their cover of Little Dragon’s “Twice” and again with their single “White Light,” which appears on their debut album, Nowhere Now. Combining a swinging melody and a dreamy chorus, “White Light” worms its way into your head like a parasite, and there’s an unassuming charm about them that I can’t put my finger on. They just released a video for their single “Calliope,” but I think “White Light” is the superior track.
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NYC-based band The Mighty Jones have been working on their debut album for a long time–a really long time. Band member blockhead first announced the creation of the band nearly five years ago. But with all five members dabbling in various other bands and side projects, it took some time for everything to come together. With their debut, Gone Long, finally to be released in the spring, along with an upcoming performance at SXSW (sick of hearing about SXSW yet???), The Mighty Jones are ready to introduce themselves to the world…again. Combining jazzy vocals and hip hop beats, “Rumblepack” isn’t a song that’s easily forgettable. Vocalists Joanna Erdos and Bayli Mckeithan sing like a couple of ’60s do-wop singers stumbling out of a time machine, but they have the kind of arresting presence that pulls you right in.
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Borrowing heavily from inspirations that range from The Flaming Lips to Beck, German three-piece Aloa Input are proud when you describe their music as “all over the place.” In fact, it’s their motto. The word “input” is a nod to how every member of the band inputs their ideas, whether it’s a drum beat from South Africa or a guitar riff from Portland. But for their second album, Aloa Input matures their world-bending sound by injecting it with some much-needed retro sass (because hey, you can never go wrong with retro sass), creating a throwback sound that’s still not of this planet. “Perry” is the perfect example, stringing together a futuristic take on old Westernized blues. Oh, and if the futuristic wordplay wasn’t obvious enough, their sophomore album is titled Mars Etc. Get ready for blast off.
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