Monthly Archives: April 2012

Beach House – Myth

Beach House, Myth, Bloom, Victoria Legrand, Baltimore

The first single off Beach House’s fourth full-length album, Bloom, keeps up with their dreamy and mesmerizing music. The upcoming album promises to be a new piece of work, meant to be experienced as a whole. Myth has an almost cinematic touch that is enveloped in Victoria Legrand’s dark delivery. I feel a deep connection as I play this track for oh, I don’t know, the hundredth time. It’s stunning to behold. A sound too beautiful to grasp completely.

The album drops May 15 via Sub Pop Records. You can preorder Bloom now to ensure you have a copy come release day. I find it necessary to quote Beach House here on what may easily be the album of the year:

“Remember when there was mystery?”

Aaand if you’re really lucky and happen to be in Charlottesville, VA next Friday (May 4), Beach House will be playing the Jefferson Theater for all ages. Enjoy.

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Sameblod – UR Road

Sameblod, UR Road, Sweden, Braided Memos

Every once in a while you need crave something that is outside of the lines untamed. Sameblod’s catchy dance electronic melodies crash in rhythm while sweeping through each track as a crescendo of unbridled sound. These guys from Sweden blast synths on top of synths which are heavy on skull rattling reverb.

Debut Braided Memos hits stores and the interwebs April 20, 2012 via Riot FactoryUR Road is an anthem worthy lead single that will have you up and moving by the 10 second mark. That reverb I was talking about, it hits you square in the chest and immediately has you hooked. Then the whistling comes mixes. Shit, this song is my jam! “It’s my track, it’s my track…”

Be on the look out for the album by all of the appropriate channels and stay tuned for US tour updates.


Introducing: Lost Lander

Lost Lander, DRRT, Matt Sheehy, Cold Feet, Portland, Sarah Fennell, Afraid of Summer

Portland has delivered yet another stellar band with oh so much promise. Lost Lander is a music project founded by lead singer Matt Sheehy. Their debut, DDRT, is a full length album that delivers on so many levels. Pretty impressive that a work of such quality and depth could come out a “project“. Sheehy, stick with this band. You’ll go far.

I have listened to this album front to back and back to front several times. Refreshingly, each song carries its own uniqueness, yet flows with ease. Lost Lander’s sound is packaged beautifully by Sheehy’s rich vocal delivery and pain-streaked lyrics. Instrumentation steeped in folk influences provide bold directional changes within each track. All while you are continually wooed by the supporting vocalists.

There are many standouts on this album; though, Cold Feet, Afraid of Summer, and The Sailor have me thinking Lost Lander is likely an incredible act to catch live. I wait…

Lost Lander – DRRT

Video: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – We Almost Lost Detroit

Rarity In Form favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. have released a brand new music video for We Almost Lost Detroit off their debut album It’s A Corporate World. One of my favorite DEJJ tracks, the Gil Scott Heron re-imagination packs powerful energy and an infectious, upbeat rhythm.

The video, directed by Andrew Smart, takes us through the streets of Detroit and delves into the sub-culture of the Motor City. We are introduced to numerous small business settings and eclectic characters; all highlighting the resurgence of Detroit and its battle back mentality. Eventually the guys of DEJJ take center stage and we see a very familiar set/atmosphere if you have ever had the privileged to witness this duo live. All that’s missing is the bubble machine.

Zott and Epstein share a very strong connection to their hometown and had this to say about what the video and Detroit mean to them:

As Detroiters, we are born and bred with a civic pride that we are continually told is somewhat uncommon. We wanted the city, and the people in the city, to be the video for this simple reason. It is an exciting time to be from Detroit–as we believe it’s a city that is in the midst of reinventing itself in a huge way.

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