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Tropic of Pisces is the side project of Oberhofer guitarist Mathew Scheiner. From the strange opening seconds of his debut single “Symmetry,” you get a sense of the inspirations behind this project, but the outcome is still exciting. Like you know this wouldn’t exist without the open armed embracement of Afro-punk influences by Vampire Weekend (and their predecessors) or maybe even the aggressive ’80s pop, synth stylings of Ghost Beach, but you also know that you like to dance. That’s what Tropic of Pisces offers. There is a bounce to “Symmetry” that is instantly infectious, so listen to it, move around awkwardly at your desk at work, and look out for the Symmetry EP on February 25th via Ooh La La Records.
I have to be honest with yall, I got a little nervous when I saw that Sam Smith released a song called “Money On My Mind.” It was one of those “noooo, not another one,” feelings, as though I was about to be bombarded with another song about the riches and fame. But surprisingly, the chorus of this song actually goes “I don’t have money on my mind, money on my mind. I do it for, I do it for the love.” So that’s good. The problem here is that this song is way too poppy for me. I started feeling things for Sam Smith (I don’t even think it was too soon to call it love) when I first heard “Lay Me Down.” His voice is almost too much to handle, that’s how good it is. It’s got a quivery and luminous vibe that few others can parallel (off the top of my head I’d pick Adele as the only rival). But this song seems more about the poppy production than the vocals, and that’s a direction that I don’t think Sam Smith would be well-advised to go in. When he sings “money on my mind,” it’s just a bit too reminiscent of Cee-Lo, who, don’t get me wrong, is a standout in pop music. But I beg of you, Sam Smith, don’t lose yourself in the pop scene. You’re too good for that. Keep the production minimal and play off the strengths of your vocals.
I just had a conversation with my dad about Grand Theft Auto V. He argued that it was one of the causes for the mass shootings that have happened in recent history and that games like it should be further regulated by government. I agreed that it is part of the reason the youth is desensitized to violence and nudity but argued that the root cause of desensitization was because the Internet, and that the focus of regulation should be on gun control and not video games (which he agreed with). It felt really great to get that reference in without him noticing. That is all. It was a great argument, and I totally think I won.
Okay, so I guess I’ll explain what I know about this song below. It’s about a relationship that Childish Gambino had with this girl from Oakland and how different that lifestyle was from LA. It’s my favorite single so far (in front of 3005, Worldstar, and Sweatpants [below]). The .zip also comes with a chopped up mix by Ta-ku.
If following Diplo’s career has taught me anything, it’s that he’s a man of supremely eclectic tastes. From crafting M.I.A.’s signature track, “Paper Planes,” to engineering the Caribbean-inspired Major Lazer, Diplo never ceases to surprise.
On this excellent remix, Mr. Pentz creates a haunting trap anthem out of the relatively unknown Grizzly Bear cut, “Will Calls.”
Everybody’s Favorite White Boy, you’ve done it again.
Some covers work, some just don’t, but it’s not an easy task to make something that’s actually noteworthy. Leo Kalyan happens to have the talent of bringing a cover/mashup that’ll have you melting inside. ”Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High For This” is a fusion of Arctic Monkeys and The Weeknd, which sounds a bit absurd at first but he makes it work in the best way possible. Soothing, slightly dark, and completely addictive. Listen to the gem below and grab a download of it for free while you’re at it.
I just found out about this 23-year old Canadian singer and producer who goes by the name of River Tiber (real name is Tommy Paxton-Beesley) over on The Music Ninja. I’m reminded right now a bit of the day that I first heard Oliver Tank’s music. There was the moment, very soon after pressing play, that I knew this was a real life moment that I’d remember for a while. The brain holds a lot of information, yall, but for you to actually be able to remember it, many times you have to associate it with emotion or sense. I’m not in a memorable place right now, but I feel this music. I’m going to remember this moment on a Friday, sitting at my desk, just like any other day, but for what I just stumbled upon.
It sounds as though River Tiber has quite the audience in his native Toronto who already know and love his music. But if it’s just beginning to seep outside the Canadian borders, let me be one to tell you that this young man is onto something really special. He’s creating electronic music that isn’t dependent on heavy synths, which currently feel overdone in the music market. He’s doing something more unique, more adventurous and exploratory, than what you often hear in the electronic music scene. It tends to be much softer than that. Even on “The City,” which starts with a drumkit baseline, it emerges into something that sounds so calm and natural. At times his vocals sound a bit reminiscent of Jeff Buckley’s, who is one of my favorite artists of all time. It’s truly beautiful, yall. I may have just found my newest crush.
What are you afraid of?
When Arjun interviewed Marika Hackman, the first thing he said was “music can be simple and not basic.” You might have to think about that for a second, but it’s actually the perfect description of Marika Hackman’s music, or as much as we know of it at this point. Just yesterday we were given “Wolf,” the third track from Marika Hackman’s Sugar Blind EP out December 9th via Dirty Hit Records. The song itself, produced by Charlie Andrew (who also produced Alt-J’s An Awesome Wave), is quite simple. Nothing jumps out at you or seems unexpected. But it’s far from basic; beneath those beautiful vocals of Marika Hackman’s lies a rather dark story. Hit the jump for my best stab at the lyrics for this hauntingly beautiful single, “Wolf.”
Related: Read a Sunset in the Rearview interview with Marika Hackman and learn more about Hackman’s relationship with producer Charlie Andrew
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Sometimes I want to be devastated, and I don’t think that’s fucked up. I look at devastation as a good thing. It means that someone has created something so meaningful that it has the power to devastate you. Oh man. That’s a strong emotion and exactly what Conner Youngblood incites every time he steps up to the mic. He pushes each instrumental to this limit of emptiness and transfixes you within this otherworldly quest for understanding. He makes you hang on to his every word–and sometimes makes you focus more intently so you don’t miss a crucial syllable behind the silhouette of the hidden intricacies of the beat.
Music does not surprise me (and I think, you) as much as it used to. Yeezus is a recent album that actually surprised me, but before that I can’t really say an album in the past three years has done the same. I think the reason for this is that we’re constantly hearing ideas. On the Internet we get to hear thoughts before they are fully formed and by the time an artist has perfected that thought, we are bored of it and have moved on to the next hot concept.
CP has been sitting on some joints, carefully plotting and waiting to release them, and I have to say: they surprise me. We get chopped up samples and acoustic R&B/rap tracks. Pieces might not be a masterpiece, but it’s a change of pace from the expected bullshit that will ultimately get lost somewhere on the Internet. Don’t let this get lost. Share it with your friends or something. Support good music.
Download Pieces here.
Do you ever find yourself craving what once was? Maybe it’s an experience from your past, maybe it’s something you didn’t even live through. I find myself feeling that way a lot. If I could jump into certain times in the past, life would be a lot easier. Or if I could turn back time and be able to go to Woodstock, that’d be pretty cool too. Sometimes I wish I could have been around in that era just for the music.
I hadn’t heard of Clare Maguire before today, but before reading anything about her, I told myself that she’s a lady of the past. This song of hers called “Half Hearted Love” reminds me more of the Nina Simone and Etta James era than the new music of today. A big part of it may be her low voice and the fuzzy production on this demo, but other elements like the simple percussion that’s so far from the electronic drum-kit vibe that is so often what’s heard on modern music that just feels authentic and old-timey. It’s a really refreshing sound that I typically dig into the archives for, but was so pleased to find in my new stream of music on SoundCloud today. It was a day that I was really hoping for the times that once were, and since unfortunately I haven’t found a way to time travel yet, this was a pleasant surprise.
I recently had a bizarre day. It was this past Saturday, and it was just bizarre from start to finish. I guess to understand the strangeness of this day you first should know that I live on a college campus and there was a football game here on Thursday night, so the weekend basically started a day early. In my eyes this Saturday was an extra day in my timeline, and I was going to use it as poorly as I possibly could. I woke up at 2 and showered and shaved. I’m not going to pretend like I shave everyday. I don’t. I should, but I don’t, so this was my weekly shave just to remove the grizzly scruff off my face so the general public would not fear me. Mid-shaving, of course, I decided that I was going to keep a mustache. It was weird, but my friends loved it. And just to make things stranger, I might have named my ‘stache “Ron” (which really just says something about my character). We went to iHop for a 3 pm lunch, which (1) we never do, and (2) is late for lunch, I think. Our waitress lured us into buying the most delicious seasonal hot chocolate, and then the next strange thing happened: we each ordered the same meal. If you have ever been to iHop, you know that it has the largest menu ever, so the chances of ordering the same thing are slim to none. As the day continued Ron, my mustache, became like a person, and my friends pretended he was part of the group (which really just says something about their personalities). At night we ended up watching The Godfather a.k.a. one of the greatest movies of all-time, which looking back makes the day seem even more bizarre as a whole.
I guess my point for telling that story is that it is okay to be weird. I mean, maybe two years ago I might have felt the urge attach how much I party to the end of the paragraph, or maybe I wouldn’t tell the story at all. This video by Kevin Abstract is weird, but he has a story to tell. And it might just be as weird as yours.
WARNING: I’m not a doctor, but I don’t think you should watch this video if you’re prone to seizures.
We’re here to give you the premiere YONAS new track, “What More Can I Say.”
This is the third single from his new album The Transition (Deluxe) which is now available on iTunes, Google Play, etc. world wide. He definitely has a knack for catchy choruses. Check it out and let us know what you think!