A few weeks back, we introduced you to former Port O’Brien frontman and current WATERS frontman Van Pierszalowski’s new project, Van William. We’re a week or so behind the internet on this one, but should nonetheless weigh-in and make sure you know we think it’s great. He’s wisely teamed up with Swedish folk, sister duo First Aid Kit on his follow-up single, and Klara and Johanna bring beauty to every song they make, so you can guess that this one is simple and pretty perfect in its execution. This may be the best I’ve heard Van’s voice sound as well, which you gotta figure he knew he had to come with it when pairing up with these ladies!
After releasing a celestial, lo-fi self-titled EP last year, elusive bedroom project Static Animal have announced a new EP, titled Morning Sounds, for release tomorrow, September 23rd, through Sports Day Records. Falling in a similar off-center space with acts like Ariel Pink, Hoops, and Mild High Club, the songs are a product written, recorded, and produced by teenagers in Melbourne, who choose to remain secretive letting the music speak for itself. “Country Room,” the first reveal from the collection, has been perfect as we mourn the end of summer and look to dimming hues of fall. You can pre-order the release now via their Bandcamp.
London trio Skinny Girl Diet dropped their new LP, Heavy Flow, just yesterday and now have offered up a visual for the song “Okay” we cannot get enough of. The track has touchstones of early ’90s grunge, Nirvana, Courtney Love/Hole without sounding generic or derivative. You grab a copy of the album on vinyl here.
Hailing from Peckham, a district of southeast of London, Cosima is an artist you really need to put on your radar. Having the backing of Island Records, she already has one stellar song to her name titled “Had To Feel Something” and has followed it up with another great cut “Girls Who Get Ready.” Reminding us vocally of the sultry vulnerability and soul-indebted vibes of Rhye, the track is about female self-empowerment and finding beauty in your own eyes, not someone else’s.
The people behind Heavy Disco Records have offered up a dancefloor-friendly reworking of “Kids,” their favorite cut from Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein’s score/soundtrack of everyone’s favorite new Netflix series Stranger Things. The song hosts contributions from label head Ali Jamieson, Phonat, and Grammy nominated producer Hal Ritson of The Young Punx. Spin it below.
Here’s the playlist from today’s My Old Kentucky Blog Radio on SIRIUS XMU, Channel 35! Also, available anytime via OnDemand online and via the app.
Warpaint – Whiteout
Helena Deland – Black Metal
Allie X – That’s So Us
Le Sera – Queens
Gordi – So Here We Are
Kevin Krauter – Bachelor
Jenny Hval – Period Piece
Public Access T.V. – End Of An Era
Warehouse – Super Low
SWIM – Be There
Suburban Living – Come True
Vesuvio Solo – Don’t Leave Me In The Dark
Retiree – Continental
Kadhja Bonet – Nobody Other
K I R B Y – Loved By You
Devendra Banhart – Saturday Night
Francis and The Lights – See Her Out (That’s Just Life)
Adam Torres – Daydream
Lydia Képinski – Apprendre a mentir
lickingorchids – Oryx
Jimmy Pop (Jimmy Allen of Hoops) – Anxiety
Guns – I Know Exactly How It Feels
Charlotte Day Wilson – Where Do You Go
PREP – Who’s Got You Singing Again
Sean Nicholas Savage – Inner Natural World
Still Corners – Down With Heaven and Hell
Rosemary Fairweather – Like A 45
Slaughter Beach – Shere Khan
We saw a lot of people hating on the more poppy, accessible direction of Warpaint’s lead single “New Song” from their third album, Heads Up, out at the end of this week via Rough Trade. We loved it and could even argue that it really wasn’t as dramatic of a shift as people wanted to make it out to be. With that being said, their latest track “Whiteout” should appease both old and new followers of the band falling in line with their brooding past output, while still maintaining a subtle progression forward sonically.
“Windows Down” was the last song I completed for the ‘Wishful Thinking’ EP and it was also created the quickest, as I only spent a few days on it when normally tracks take me a few weeks to finalize. I tried to make all the other EP songs have gradual growth and transitions, but with “Windows Down” I just wanted to create a mood and let it ride out. I thought people might not like it because of the different approach, but it’s turned out to be the song people are liking the most!”– Christian Gunning aka Shelf Nunny
Recently, we were introduced to the wonderful Wishful Thinking EP from Seattle-based electronic musician Christian Gunning, known under the alias Shelf Nunny, released earlier this year via Hush Hush Records. The collection of four songs takes the listener on a brilliant journey, sonically interpreting all of the delicate beauty the world holds, with EP opener “Windows Down” setting the tone. The track has a indescribable child-like innocence permeating through every twinkling note. The visual, brought about by several of his friends in Santa Cruz, brings the song’s emotions to life, utilizing simple animation and sea monsters telling a story reminiscent of the timeless classic Where the Wild Things Are. It serves as a bookend to the EP for Gunning, who is already nearly done with a follow-up. Watch below.