After the memorable late 2012 single “What That Was” from the Turns Turns Turns EP, Montreal duo Majical Cloudz are following up with another intriguingly minimal and emotive song, “Childhood’s End”, from their debut album, Impersonator (out on May 5th on Matador). Unlike far too many ‘hey-guys’ hipsters-who-sing, Majical Cloudz’s frontman, Devon Welsh, has a [...]
I saw Brooklyn-based Autre Ne Veut perform in Montreal on February 28th. After the soulful and extremely impressive opening act by Montreal’s own Majical Cloudz, Autre Ne Veut (a.k.a. Arthur Ashin) got everyone dancing with his bizarre and infectious approximation of 90′s R&B — I’ve had the chorus of “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” stuck in my [...]
PHOENIX HAVE RELEASED A NEW SONG! It’s been a long four years since the Versailles band‘s last gem, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, but their Great Recession-ready fifth album, Bankrupt!, drops on April 23rd. Sofia Coppola must be proud.
I’m a little late on this one, but here’s the video for Haim’s single “Forever”. The band is a family act of three sisters from LA, and their song is unavoidably catchy. The video is an inane compilation of commonplace hipster tropes: an American Apparel aesthetic, bad dancing, a “gritty” downtown salon setting, heavy-handed nostalgia [...]
Crystal Castles posted their new track “Affection” three days ago. Give it a listen: Michelle Williams appears in the peripatetic video for Wild Nothing’s “Paradise”. Amid the dreamy landscapes, melancholy airports, and fuzzy waterfalls, you’ll hear Williams reciting a passage from Iris Murdoch’s 1975 novel A Word Child.
Los Angeles’ Capital Cities have released an awesome version of “Nothing Compares 2 U”, originally written by Prince for his side project The Family but made famous by Sinead O’Connor’s 1990 cover. You can download it from the band’s website for free.
The emotive Swede Lykke Li covers “Silver Springs” from Just Tell Me That You Want Me — A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac, out on August 14th. The cover album includes contributions from MGMT, Marianne Faithfull, St. Vincent, Antony, Best Coast, and The New Pornographers.