Brooklyn-based nRCS has the perfect new single to get you ready for summer’s first major weekend, and we’re proud to premiere it here on Sunset. Produced by Sunset favorites and synth pop stalwarts Memoryy and Brothertiger, “Run Through the Rain” is a warm, gooey pop anthem that sounds like the closing track from your favorite inspirational movie.
Warm, gooey synths and cavernous drums give the track an anthemic quality; it’s part Bleachers, part Passion Pit. The song is endearing and earnest, the musical embodiment of a summer romance. It even breaks down for a few bars into a drums-and-vocals only hook that is sure to get your blood pumping.
nRCS has a six-song EP coming out soon, and it’s sure to be a rotation staple for the warm months ahead.
His latest, “Break Over You,” is equally impressive, but it operates on the opposite end of the emotional spectrum. This new track is built around massive, sugary synths and booming, ’80s-inspired percussion.
“‘Break Over You’ is about going all in, no holds barred,” Draper said of the track. “I’ve pushed myself to be more bold with my writing and I’m at my most confident point creatively.”
“Going all in” is certainly the right way to describe the new single, which is reminiscent of maximalist electronic artists like Passion Pit or M83. Singer Prides only adds that sense of commitment and freedom with his passionate vocals.
“Break Over You” is another testament to Draper’s ability to craft songs, and between this and “Home” it’s clear he’s a versatile talent capable of capturing many moods.
You may not know the name Xander Singh, but there’s a high chance that you’d recognize much of the music he’s helped make for the past several years. After spending about two years playing small gigs under his own name, Xander Singh formed the group Pepper Rabbit, whose hit song “Older Brother” is one of my all-time favorites. The band lasted for about 3 years, until one day in 2011, when Xander Singh posted a message on Facebook announcing that Pepper Rabbit would be breaking up. A mere eight days after his last show with Pepper Rabbit, Xander got a call from some of his friends from Boston asking to join their band. Turns out it wasn’t just any band — it was Passion Pit. Sounds like a dream, but what he didn’t yet know is that only three years later, he’d be forced to leave the band for serious health reasons. This is the story of Xander Singh, a man who, practically overnight, went from feeling on top of the world to hitting rock bottom. Continue reading “[Interview] Xander Singh: The path from living the dream to hitting rock bottom” »
Xander Singh is the ex-keyboardist for Passion Pit who had to quit the band due to health issues involving his spine. While recovering from spinal surgery last year, he felt unmotivated to create new music. Fearing he had lost his love for songwriting, he began a Soundcloud podcast called Teach Xander About Music, where he recorded conversations with other artists to see if they had experienced similar feelings and if they had advice on how to overcome such feelings.
I am a strong believer in the school of thought that if an artist keeps the quality of music is consistently high across several songs he or she will get noticed under any circumstances. For the past three months, Xander has been quietly uploading demoes to his 100 Soundcloud followers. He has not hired PR or made any real effort to get his music heard. Maybe he has worked out a deal behind the scenes and does not even want these demoes to be heard. But thanks to byrdwatcher, I have heard them, and they are incredible. This is music that will restore your faith in music. The songwriting has that pure, classic feeling I got from listening to Tobias Jesso Jr.’s album but with the dirty synths of Passion Pit’s greatest hits.
Living in the pseudo-’80s kid era of music is shaping up to be pretty alright. I mean, Taylor Swift fully cemented her status this past year as an unstoppable pop supernova with an album dedicated to ’80s synth pop, disregarding the fact that she was born in the last weeks of that decade. It seems Passion Pit have raised the stakes though in terms of blind ’80s worship, releasing a single that chants “1985 was a good year” despite singer Michael Angelakos’s birthday being a full two years later.
The chorus’ fallacy is quickly overlooked though because Passion Pit is back and their first single off new LP, Kindred, is absolute synth pop gold. Their formula is relatively unchanged (in fact, “1985″ sounds somewhat like a steroid-injected, radio-ready remake of “Let Your Love Grow Tall“), but honestly, why fix something that’s the furthest thing from broken? Preorders for Kindred go up tomorrow and the album will arrive in April.
I have been in this space lately where I have been downloading music at a much faster rate than I have been actually listening to music. And I don’t think it is entirely my fault. I think it is partially Ryn Weaver‘s fault. See, she probably waited for the perfect time on a quiet Tuesday afternoon to drop her perfect debut track that maybe was finished like a few weeks ago when I started having this problem. And if I had the track then, I would have just played it over and over again and stopped desperately searching the Internet for something that just wasn’t there. Like, I was searching for the next Ryn Weaver when I didn’t even know Ryn Weaver existed. Does that make sense? Anyway, I still barely know Ryn Weaver now. Her song “OctaHate” is co-produced by Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit, Benny Blanco, and Cashmere Cat, and is like this perfect blend of every great indie pop song since the beginning of time. Also, some creepy commenters on Stereogum sort of told her life story, and she created an account and actually responded to some of the trolls on there which makes me love her even more.
We’re about one month into summer so it’s only right for the Sunset Fam to give you a dose of our favorite songs of the season so far. We’ve compiled a list that’ll make you want to cruise to the beach with your windows down, with no worries in the world. Here’s our top 20 must-have tracks to get you going for the rest of this lovely season.
1. Netherfriends – Uptown Boys
There’s not much I can say other than this jam by Netherfriends is one of the coolest songs I’ve ever heard. If I could only transport back to college and just drive around campus blasting this song with my windows rolled down. Fuck it, though, I’m just going to put my headphones on, play this song on repeat, and strut around living like it’s a summer day every day. It’s easy to dream when you’re always high. - Lydia
2. La Plage – Rendez Vous
3. Sol – Jump In
To be honest, I go back and forth on Sol. Sometimes I think his content is lacking substance. But when it comes to a summer tune, sometimes the last thing you want is heavy content. That’s part of what makes this song so perfect. It’s light, airy, and catchy as ever. music is my baby, she drive me crazy - Lydia
If you were slackin’ this week, let’s catch up on the best of what you missed! Songs of the Week, July 8 through July 14 edition.
Plain and simple, this one is just a proper jam. Portugal is a great band, and with the help of Passion Pit, this remix is impossible to not dance to. It’s a struggle to stay sitting just to write this post, to be honest. I saw Portugal a few years ago at Lollapalooza and have been a fan ever since–the combination of them and Passion Pit on this one is almost too much for my weak heart to handle.
This is pretty much the music I would expect Passion Pit to create if they were to experience with serious hallucinogenics. Jordan calls them indietronic (indie + electronic) which I guess makes sense, but if I had to put a label on it, I think I’d call it Triptronic. It makes me think I’m Mario gokarting down rainbow road on a quarter ounce of mushrooms. Ya know?
I’ve seen King Krule‘s name before, but this is the first time I’ve ever actually listened to his music, and I really dig it. The minimalist, hip hop influenced (I think?) rock that he’s making is simultaneously niche and accessible. His ability to evoke emotion through such barebones musicianship is quite impressive. There’s beauty in simplicity. Well if you’re going through hell, just keep going.
So it’s no surprise here that this song sounds tailor-made for the beach. Perfect song for cruising in a Jeep Wrangler, or better yet, a Land Rover defender, just all around a pretty perfect summer sound. Beach Vacation is a definitely a newcomer to keep your eyes on.
This is also my first time hearing as†ronomyy, and to me it kind of sounds like The Weeknd meets Schlomo. Floating, ethereal, mysterious, the artists describes the track as “an escapism song, which is why it sounds a little dreamy and otherworldly.” This is a name we will be seeing in the future, I am sure.
Some of you might recognize J.Viewz from the greatest opening track in Tape Tuesday history with “Rivers and Homes” from Recreation. Now the BK artist is back with an edit of the unfortunately overlooked “Far Too Close” from his Rivers and Homes album. This is for fans of M83 and Passion Pit.
When Portugal. The Man first released “Purple Yellow Red & Blue,” I liked it. But I didn’t love it. I didn’t think it had enough oomph to it, so I wasn’t able to get myself to listen to it too many times. It was so close to being really good, but it was too slow…almost like it was having to be dragged along. The vocals were awesome, but the song just had a bit of a molasses feel to it. In that position, what’s a girl to do but hang her head and cry? It had so much potential.
Then, BOOM. Passion Pit apparently had the same reaction that I did. But they knew how to fix the problem. So they took the song, sped it up, and reenacted the moment when Forrest Gump broke out of his leg braces and just…started…runninngggggg. RUN, FORREST, RUN. This song just became an instant jam.
All I wanna do is live in ecstasy