Danish electropop artist Mø's comes through with a relatively solid debut LP, featuring some spectacular hooks, impressive singing, and decent production.
The latest release from songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Devonte Hynes, a.k.a. Blood Orange, engages in some of the most excruciating 80s revivalism I've heard all year.
CLASSICS WEEK: Dead Kennedys' Plastic Surgery Disasters is easily one of the most creative, colorful, and unique hardcore albums of the 80s. With stellar performances from the band and some of the best social satire out there from frontman Jello Biafra, this record deserves much more praise than it actually gets.
Wild Nothing drops yet another track from it's forthcoming album, which will drop via Captured Tracks on August 28th. The title: Nocturne.
If the last track Wild Nothing dropped signified a crush on the 80s, "Paradise" is pure infatuation. The drum beat and synth sound a lot like something that would have backed a New Order track back in the day. The low-toned vocals are a nice touch as well. Not the best song I've heard these guys pull together, but it should hit the spot for those with new wave nostalgia.
Kindness is the musical project of Mr. Adam Bainbridge, a producer who hasn't really been heard from since dropping a cover for the Replacements tune "Swinging Party" in '09 on Moshi Moshi Records.
Out of nowhere, Bainbridge is back with a set of tunes that embrace the new wave, electro funk, and synth pop sensibilities of the 1980s. The guy seems to be equal parts Prince, David Byrne, and Ariel Pink, too.
Though the style of music the above track indulges in has been announced dead long ago--and nearly every artist looking to revive it has been met with some cynicism--the composition of this song is what hits me hardest. The opening horn and synth interlude is stunning. It's chilling. It sets an epic tone for what's ultimately just a pop tune, but first impressions are everything.
Kindness' new album is titled World, You Need a Change of Mind.
A video for the new Penguin Prison track, "Don't Fuck With My Money." I thought the tune was pretty catchy at first, but now seeing it mixed with these shots of Occupy Wall Street brings the tune new meaning.
For the past few years, the 80s have been a carcass the indiesphere is desperately picking over like a group of starving buzzards. However, that doesn't mean these more nostalgic releases don't have their bright spots.
So, here's a track from the forthcoming Choir of Young Believers album, Rhine Gold. It'll be out via Ghostly in March of 2012, and the first track to drop, "Patricia's Thirst," is a pretty fun and hooky combination of synth basslines and dreamy vocals. Enjoy!