It's been ages since we posted and ages since we last heard MOTHXR, previously Mother. They're back with new track "Touch" and it take a slight side-step from previous work.
The steamy haze of "Easy" has been gradually replaced by the plucky synth-led "Touch". One this that stays the same is Penn Badgley's smokey vocals. The track peaks and troughs with energetic to brooding mood swings and baring in mind the track has absolutely no chorus, the guys have done a stellar job. Still no word on their debut LP other than it will be released on Kitsune and Washington Square.
Couldn't possibly miss an opportunity to post the video for one of our favourites songs so far this year now could we. Youth Lagoon aka Trevor Powers, unveils the new video for "The Knower".
"The Knower" was the lead single from recently released Savage Hills Ballroom, and gets some animated treatment on the eye-catching new video. While setting the bar high for this latest album the rest of it, thank god, turned out to be just as good.
If you haven't already got your hands on a copy of Youth Lagoon's Savage Hills Ballroom then maybe a trip over to Fat Possum might be in order. Catch Trevor on the following UK tour dates:
Feb 3 Leeds, UK – Belgrave Music Hall
Feb 4 Manchester, UK – Band on the Wall
Feb 5 Glasgow, UK – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Feb 6 Dublin, Ireland – Whelan’s
Feb 8 Bristol, UK – Thekla
Feb 9 London, UK – Village Underground
Feb 10 Brighton, UK – Komedia
Dream-pop is one of those genres that's dieing of death, everything is dieing of death isn't it? If you want to see how dream-pop should be done to keep it "alive" then Day Wave's "You Are Who You Are" is the best place to go at the minute.
Oakland's Jackson Phillips aka Day Wave is to release new "Coming Home" 7" on House Arrest Records, and has now unveiled the b-side "You Are Who You Are". The track is a lot more dreamy and chilled than "Come Home Now" and you can judge for yourself below because you can stream both tracks. Considering this has been done on a Casio, we salute you sir. Grab a pre-order of the Come Home Now 7" from House Arrest and stream both tracks below.
We've been missing (again) for a bit and so we missed out on the stupidity of "Boys Life" but now Small Black have unveiled their Best Blues album via - now letting us embed - NPR.
Best Blues is set for release through JagJaguwar on October 16th and after a few streams here you'll more than likely be after a copy on wax but for those who prefer to stick with digital copies, you can do that too. Coming in at 10 tracks long, the album opens with the gorgeous haze of "Personal Best" and carries on in an almost cinematic vein. Small Black's use of different tempos is a great leveller for this album and is just about the only thing to differentiate between tracks. This isn't a bad thing though, as it makes for the perfect level of cohesion to form a full piece of work that functions on an abundance of different levels. I'll stop there before I turned into one of those prick reviewers. Best Blues is what it is, your supposed to listen to it and make your own mind up. You can grab a pre-order of Small Black's Best Blues from the Jagjajuwar website now.
Forgive us for not mentioning London's Pumarosa sooner. Their new track "Priestess" is quite a 'thing' for a relatively new act, and that's a simmering, moody seven minute journey complete with brooding horns and all (2015 has been the year of the horn, I might add).