The uber-talented Sydney Bennett, aka Syd of The Internet, recently dropped a new track titled “Amazing” and produced by always smooth Dornik. The track theme is the built around the crazy lengths we all go to for love. While, as of now, this is just a loose single, we can only hope to eventually get a solo album from her, although another Internet release would work as well.
While the original is fantastic in its own right, DJ Koze’s slow-building extended edit of Låpsley’s “Operator” made “while imagining the moon with the spoon in the Studio 54” to the cut to another level. Today, we get the visual for the reworking conceptualized by Låpsley herself and directed by Cherise Payne. The clip follows a drag queen to club as he performs the song with Låpsley in attendance at the bar. Find the video below and catch her live with some upcoming tour dates in the States come November.
Danish band Lowly is setting the stage for their debut album slated to drop next year. The album will be the follow-up to their great debut EP last year through Bella Union. The first single from the LP is the brilliant “Deer Eyes” offering companionship to those without. The bittersweet synths and atmospheric guitars are built over a foundation of a jazzy bass riff and drums that melt into you. The track has us anxious to hear what the rest of the album beholds.
Baltimore duo Beach House performed to a sold out crowd at Deluxe last week, still touring behind Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars, their enormous back-to-back Sub Pop releases from 2015. Victoria Legrand, Alex Scally and company put on a show that was haunting yet beautiful, summoning a near-decade’s worth of unbelievable album material to fill their set. Words like shimmering, dreamlike, and vast often get used to describe Beach House’s sound, but seeing them live confirms that those adjectives apply to their live show as well: thick fog crept across the stage from beginning to end, diffusing sharp LEDs into a ghostly haze while the band’s synths and guitars wafted over the audience.
Recent Thrill Jockey signee Entrance opened the show, performing songs from his Promises EP. The show found former pych-rocker Guy Blakeslee belting out a stripped-down performance, his unwavering vocals quieting the chatter of those walking in. The security guard next to me in the photo pit even commented, “damn, he can sing.”
Big Sparks, the sophomore album from Belgium band Few Bits hits shelves for a wider release on September 30th through [PIAS], after dropping in select regions earlier this year. Their latest single from it, “Sweet Warrior,” brings to mind the best moments of The Cardigans with singer Karolien Van Reensbeck sounding like Nina Persson reincarnated. The subdued pop song is ideal for introspective moments with the headphones on or driving down an unnamed road aimlessly searching. Be sure to check out the previously unveiled “Anyone Else” and “Summer Sun” from the LP as well.
We slept on Crown Point, IN’s Via Vegrandis, the alias of Jared Bane, and his first EP back in 2013 and we plan on not making the same mistake again. Today, the experimental, odd-pop musician unloaded new EP simply titled II through Bloomington, IN’s Flannelgraph Records. The five songs that make up the collection is a compilation of sorts bringing together various loose songs Bane put out on Soundcloud or Bandcamp in mastered form since the release of his first EP. While each have their own unique angle, they all work together because of the left of center constructions that falls somewhere in the orbit of say an Ariel Pink pulling in a blend of old and new. You can read more about the EP in an interview done by sometimes MOKB contributor Seth Johnson over at Musical Family Tree. We also recommend you check out his appealing take of Amy Grant’s unavoidable (at least in 1991) song “Baby, Baby” for good measure.
Celestial Shore frontman, Sam Owens, has his debut album, Premium, coming out on September 30th via Saddle Creek under the moniker Sam Evian. Today, he has revealed a second track “I Need a Man” from the LP. Below is what he had to say regarding the track:
“Serge Gainsbourg fans will recognize the reference from Histoire de Melody Nelson. I was listening to that album incessantly last February when the HB2 law passed in North Carolina, my home state. Amidst the routine chaos of global tragedy, things at home were crumbling. My home state was falling back into the dark ages, sexual abuse was (and is) everywhere… the music industry, my NYC community, everywhere. And the police were getting away with murdering young black men across the country – on video. So with all of that going on and “Melody Nelson” in my head, I latched onto Gainsbourg the provocateur and made my voice a twisted version of his story. I imagined part of me was Melody, the naive teenager in Serge’s strange story of love and innocence lost. ‘I need a man I can trust.’ It’s more of a conversation starter… is there such a thing? My hope is that people in my community and abroad will start to look out for each other more, and take more action in preventing abuse and violence.
We recorded most of the song at Figure 8 in Brooklyn, and then caught some last-minute time for overdubs at the Magic Shop before it closed its doors for good. I sang on the mic that Bowie used for his last few albums, a Shure sm7. This was only a few months after he died, and I could feel his presence lingering.”
The album is available for pre-order here, as well as a 7″ featuring another great listen “Sleep Sound” (video below). Be on lookout for several tour dates with Whitney also starting in October.
Heidi Lynne Gluck evokes some Rabbit Fur Coat era Jenny Lewis in the new title track from her August 26th release. “Pony Show” seems to be about the breaking free of dead-end relationship. It’s a classic alt-country confessional full of the melancholy that accompanies the end of love.
Gluck is a Canadian now based in Kansas, but she spent a good amount of time here in Indianapolis collaborating with Margot & the Nuclear So and Sos as well as Lily & Madeleine. We previously featured Gluck’s lead album single, “Mercury Rising“, on our SIRIUS XMU satellite radio show. You can listen to that here.