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Daughter – Still

First off, wow. After all of the teasing and sneak peeks, Daughter have finally released the first single off their upcoming album, If You Leave.

Per usual, this track/video is achingly beautiful. Love’s warming embrace so close, yet infinitely unattainable – lovers’ routines fading into the pain of monotony. Still invokes feelings that are all too familiar with lyrics that are painfully honest. Elena Tonra’s voice latches to the message of the song, creating a deeply personal experience. Again, beautiful.

If You Leave is to be released April 30 in the US via Glassnote. Daughter are embarking on a huge North American tour this spring. They will be hitting DC’s Black Cat Thursday May 2.

Daughter:  Website | Facebook | Tour | Twitter

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Introducing: Bears and Dolls

Bears and Dolls, Bears and Dolls band, Mr. Wolf, Mad As Me, Perth music

People, there’s a new group out of Perth called Bears and Dolls. What’s even better is they pretty much kill it on a regular basis. Indie-pop is their game and they are every bit as strange and quirky as their tumblr page would lead you to believe. No, literally, their posts leave me terrified, bemused, and full of giggles – all in the same instant. I can only imagine hanging out with these guys is a constant battle of one-upmanship in the epic game of WTF!?

It’s this sort of approach that makes their music shine. As a six-piece ensemble, they cover just about every instrument grouping you could imagine, often all in just one song. Their sound is uber creative and melds perfectly with Brooke Wilkie’s ethereal vocal delivery. She must be like some kind of human bear angel doll hybrid. Just spit-balling here, guys. Back to the music. It’s crisp and never predictable. I’ve listened through all of their stuff about a dozen times and every go around, it’s like I’m hearing the songs for the first time. I know that reads like a greeting card, but back off, it’s true.

You can download these two singles of the Bears and Dolls Facebook. Make sure you follow them in all social outlets to be there when this band inevitably goes global on us.


Paul Banks – The Base

Paul Banks, Julian Plenti, Interpol, The Base, Paul Banks Band, Matador

I have already shared this track unofficially and everyone seems to agree, it’s certifiably the shit. Paul Banks is the head man for Interpol and was previously shopping a solo venture under the name Julian Plenti. Whatever he feels like calling himself, Banks will do just fine if he continues to build upon the infectious momentum he stroked with The Base.

This track is beautiful. At first, you won’t be able to realize it’s like three songs in one. There is some organized chaos going on behind the scenes which is all tied together in one diamond encrusted package. Seriously, this shit glitters.

Paul Banks – The Base
[audio http://www.matadorrecords.com/mpeg/paul_banks/paul_banks_the_base.mp3]

It’s not fair we only have one track after such a tease. Luckily the album is not too far around the bend, with an expected release date of Oct 22 via Matador; pre-order now. And thank the stars I decided to write this up because Banks has just posted some fall tour dates. For all my DC loves, he’s hitting the Howard Theater Nov 9. Swoon!

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