Le Chevalier is a band shrouded in mystery. They seem to be keeping their true identity under wraps, for reasons I cannot place but greatly desire to locate. Perhaps things will come to light when devouring the fruits of their labor.
"Monte Carlo" has a wonderful summertime feel that’ll help you get back into those coastal grooves. Also, everything they’ve made thus far can be downloaded for free at their Bandcamp or Soundcloud, including their LP Dancer.
Debut EP from Floridians Day Joy. Sounds like Grizzly Bear, if they recorded in underground aquariums. Very good stuff!
"Day Joy is Michael Serrin and Peter Michael Perceval. Day Joy’s music began from friendship and humble beginnings writing on the porch late at night in dreamy Orlando FL. It moved into the living room where it has developed into the lush and layered recordings you hear now with the help of some modest recording equipment and a little bit of liquor.”
Fairly new to the Australian music scene (they’ve released only two eps to date), these indie pop’ers from Fremantle write songs that are undeniably catchy, footstomping fun. You might call what they do to be twee’d out garage rock, but they don’t shy away from electronic embellishments. They let the instruments speak for themselves, the twang of the banjo belying the seriousness behind a barnyard romp, a series of synthed keyboard chords filling up your ears with night smoke and hallucinatory airs. With all the energy and activity keeping your attention through a short play that nonetheless makes the rounds through moods within mirrors, it is clear on further listenings that the alarmingly honest lyrics will keep San Cisco from yearly siestas, the inescapable feeling that what the writing of these songs is some sort of attempt to put a good musical face on the never-ending succession of life’s tidal waves. I expect to hear great things from this band soon, and you should catch up early on them while you can.
Also, awkward is one of my favorite words, it sounds like it’s spelled like it means: logonomatopoeia.
Jack Colleran decided one day last year under a snowbound boredom to start making music, and he hasn’t stopped since. The 18-year-old producer who operates under the moniker Mmoths has embraced endless nights and bags begging beneath his eyes in exchange for something more, a rippling, lo-fi, electronic sound that’s entirely his own. Eschewing genre conventions, the Irish artist mesmerizes with sparse synths dripping in reverb, transforming ambient soundscapes into organic songs, equally fit for both a night on the town and one spent indoor company of candlelight.
Funeral Home consists of two identical mirror twins originally hailing from Richmond and now centered in Chicago. These self-proclaimed purveyors of the battle cry “drone on my friends, drone on” have an affinity for running distorted shoegazings up and down corridors. The type of music that actively seeks to be ignored until arriving at the end unexpectedly, there’s something sweetly simple here, tracks that tell stories in their time, incidental creations begging you to sleep so that they might wake you up.
It’s hard to believe that Ava Luna’s upcoming Ice Level LP, their third record in as many years, will be the first release through a label. An engaging, ever-interesting mix of soulful indie rock and debilitatingly complex vocal harmonies swatched over Motown beats, lead songwriter, arranger, and producer Carlos Hernandez has assembled an array of musicians who blend together seamlessly out of the speakerbox. It all sounds like a reconstructed throwback, a modern renovation to a classic architecture. A band needing no tricks to keep your attention and wholly deserving of your appreciation, Ava Luna kicks off their 2012 spring tour w/ special guest Twin Sister on 3/2 in NYC at Gottscheer Hall.