Manicanparty‘s self-titled debut EP is the collection of so many classic sounds: you get pulsating violins, thumping tribal drums, and one of the sweetest voices you will ever hear from lead singer Jess Corazza (think: Ellie Goulding). The EP has songs for lonely nights in the city as well as songs that could literally pass as war cries (in a good way). It is pop music with a discerning, savage twist and is easily one of the best free downloads and EPs of the year.
The instrumental of “It’s in Her Eyes” sounds a lot like a vintage Kid Cudi track. How many indie groups can you say that about? Manicanparty is on a roll with releases since their musical hiatus, and it’s all in preparation for their debut self-titled EP, which will be out on October 22nd. The entire EP sort of follows where they left off with their biggest hit “Rebels in the Light” and will be a must-download come 10/22.
Summer may be nearly over but the jams sure aren’t. Here are this weeks best tunes.
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This track is a dash of tropical sounds and pure uniqueness. The video happens to be the perfect match for it. Nature vibes are the way to go with this one and we love it!
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So.into.this.track. DAMN. It may be a bit simple lyrically but hey it gets the job done in making us want to groove. Addictive? Why yes it is.
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This duo does it so right, all the time. “Feel Better.” is chill, edgy, and cool. The usual r&b indie balance that Denitia and Sene seem to bring track after track is something to adore.
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Can we say catchy, feel good pop at it’s finest? Oh yes, Zak Waters has it in “Penelope”. It may be made of bubblegum but it is impossible to not become hooked instantly. Delightful!
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John Talabot and Pional together are unstoppable. We knew this before from tracks such as “Destiny”, but now we’ve got even more music to get addicted to created by these two. Keep making us dance boys, we love it.
It has been a year, since we last heard from Manicanparty. That is a long time to be absent in this fast-moving business. But alas, the duo is finally ready to unleash their debut EP in October and release a steady flow of awesome new media. The first piece is this “Monarch” video, which is basically perfect from its tribal aesthetic to its natural setting. Also for me at least, the video shows how “Monarch” hasn’t lost a beat in the year since we first heard it. It is still an incomparably gorgeous tune.
Manicanparty makes a unique brand of music. Their previous cuts “Rebels in the Light” and “Monarch” both carried this Hunger Games-inspired theme of dramatic, post-apocalyptic life and love and heartbreak. This one is no exception. I mean, just the weightiness of the chorus (You don’t love me with a bow through my heart) is tremendously moving. Be on the lookout for big things from this BK duo.
SITR’s been really excited about Manicanparty since we first heard their music several months ago. Singer Jessica Corazza and producer Patrick Morrissey have energies that really feed off of one another, and that’s evident in this video.
Here, they cover Miike Snow’s “Animal,” taking it and really putting their own unique spin on the original. The video itself gets a little crazy at times, with really artsy, colorful clips of Jessica juxtaposed with simpler, straightforward clips of the two of them performing the rendition.
Keep an eye out for more original music from the duo, and let this great cover tide you over in the meantime.
The weather is a lot warmer now. I like that. Just the other day I almost went to the beach, which really is a promising sign. But gosh darn it, I digress. This mix isn’t about summer the season. It’s about the people you spend time with during the summertime. It’s about friends. It’s about family. It’s even about those random strangers that you meet at the beach (not the rapey kind!). This is the mix that can soundtrack your entire summer vacation and hopefully stay relevant throughout.
Let me also say that HOT ASS SUMMER DAY is dedicated to Lydia, whose birthday is today. I love Lydia. I don’t know how many times I have to say it (I think that’s the first time). She’s taught me so much in such a short amount of time and has given me such an awesome opportunity to write for Sunset in the Rearview and do things that I never thought would be possible a year ago. I literally love every second of it, so swag on that.
Please take this time now to wish Lydia happy birthday softly in your mind or on Twitter.
While I was feeling such a mess, I thought you’d leave me behind,
While I was feeling so upset, I thought the sun never shine,
Then I found forever. Hey! Hey! Love!
We’ve been best friends forever darling,
That’s what’s up!
- Maverick Sabre – Let Me Go (Welcome to HASD)
- Dieter Schaaf – Biochemistry
- Oberhofer – Away Frm U
- Vacationer – Everyone Knows
- Of Monsters and Men – Mountain Sound
- Manicanparty – Rebels in the Light
- Swim Deep – King City
- Mouth’s Cradle – The Fever
- Dana Buoy – Call to Be
- The Preachers – Take a Card
- Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – That’s What’s Up
- Teen Mom – You and me
- The Parlotones – Honey
- The Cast of Cheers – Animals
- Last Dinosaurs – Weekend
- Chance The Rapper – Prom Night
- Sunni Colón – Shrines
I introduced you guys to Manicanparty about a month ago when they released their first solo track “Rebels in the Light.” The song featured a soaring chorus behind a relentlessly addicting backdrop. It has accompanied me on many late night drives this April and is the one song I regret not putting on my The Night Out mix. Just today the Brooklyn duo released the second single from their debut EP. “Monarch” features a similarly thumping beat accompanied by an outstanding vocal performance from lead singer Jess Corazza. Stream the two singles below. I expect big things from Manicanparty.
Manicanparty is a Brooklyn-based duo comprised of vocalist Jess Corazza and producer Pat Morrissey. A fun fact about them is that they produced for OnCue’s most recent mixtape Can’t Wait. As far as I know this is the first song released by the duo, and it’s amazing. It sounds like if white people went to Africa and actually liked it (quit pretending “Madonna”) and then made music about their experience. Or if white people watched The Lion King, thought they “understood African culture,” and then made music about that experience. Wait.
What I’m trying to say is that clearly “Rebels in the Light” was inspired by a diverse set of influences and on it, this duo displays such a distinct musicality that I’m excited for their future endeavours. Swag.
We are rebels in the light, we won’t leave without a fight, we won’t leave without a fight.