Vensaire, the experimental folk outfit from Brooklyn whom we've previously covered, have a strong showing with "See I'm You" off of their debut album Perdix. The song offers a lush, flowing soundscape teeming with Asian influences. Cascading percussion and playful vocals bring a youthful energy to the track, while traditional sounds and themes tie in a mystical, timeless quality.
The title of the track, various scenes of super-imposed footage, and the split-screen all point to a mirror motif. The video blends mythological scenes from Japanese as well as Greek mythology, while clips from Norman Mclaren's ballet piece, Pas de deux add to the paradox of oneness found within two... or is it the duality of one? What do you think? Love the track? Comment below.
Perdix, the band's debut album, is due out this fall on Doom Dab records.
Today, OOFJ, whose video for "Death Teeth" we previously featured, are releasing their new album Disco To Die To. Members Jenno Bjørnkjær and Katherine Mills first teamed up in South Africa to record in Katherine's brother's bedroom - an unplanned result of meeting at the wake for Katherine's father. While Katherine spent the summer recording vocals in South Africa, Jenno recorded scores with the Prague Symphony Orchestra and crafted tracks while touring with The Danish Royal Theatre.
On "Pinstripe Suit," ominous overtones of espionage, deadly and erotic, wash over the track. Jenno has generated a swirling storm of synths which match Katherine's lush, soothing vocals. Paired with dark, brooding bass and percussion, my reaction was visceral, and the video is an apt match.
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|Cloud Cult Released "Love" March 2013|
It was an epic three minute song which opened with a long instrumental of strings and dying breaths before the lead singer's alt rock vocals spiked in.
I was told that Cloud Cult would be a difficult first indie concert: their songs are many and varied, ranging from dubstep precursors to acoustic guitar and violin duets that drip with emotion and love... but I never made that show.
One of the appeals of Cloud Cult is the expressed intimacy. The band is able to create a sound that seems radio friendly yet simultaneously unique and specific. While other bands and more popular formats tiptoe around the issue, offering general emotions that are relatable to a broad audience, Cloud Cult is viscerally honest.
Kid EP's title track is a never-ending kaleidoscopic vision of looping guitar riffs and rolling toms, a soothing reverie which continuously unfolds. Cymbals sweep in and pull out, surging like the tides of some dusky dream sea. The solo guitar work is sweet, betraying a tinge of sadness. It's reflective of the lyrics, which combine longings for the peace of sleep, the nostalgia of childhood, and the comfort of a lover's embrace in an escapist's trifecta.
Miyazaki film, of which Putterman is an admitted fan.
Self-described as "bedroom pop," a term I've heard tossed around lately, the music is home recorded. Unlike most things I've seen tagged as bedroom pop, these songs sound far from lo-fi. Kid EP's layers of ghostly guitars and vocals pull this into dream pop territory.
The punchy opening riff on "You Could Be (The Death of Me)" is seasoned with handclaps and snare — a clear contrast to the trance-inducing waves of "Kid." Despite being poppier, it doesn't lose the cool feel which seems to be Porco/Rosso's signature.
Gossamer vocals melt over the shimmering "Indian Summer," the EP's final and most psychedelic track. Several times, I found myself regaining awareness after this track, sheepishly realizing I had yet again succumb to the spell. You could easily fit these tracks into a mix with Purity Ring or Smith Westerns. An LP is in the works, expected out Fall 2013.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Pleasantly addictive and entrancing, a strong showing for a DIY effort.
Genre: Dream Pop, Bedroom Pop, Chillwave
Sounds Like: Lotus Plaza at a midnight diner with DIIV, spitballing Foster the People the next booth over.
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