Album review: Mac DeMarco – Salad Days {Psych Pop/Rock}

April 7, 2014 in Album reviews, Psych Pop, Psychedelic Rock

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REX’S RATING: 9.5 / 10

KEY TRACKS:

“Passing Out Pieces”
“Salad Days”
“Treat Her Better”
“Let My Baby Stay”

How the fuck do all these people know who I am?” Truer words could not have been spoken by DeMarco following the release of this new smash album of his. Because as much as his sophomore release marks a new beginning for what is bound to be a very fruitful career for the Vancouver Island-born musician, it also marks the end of his “indie class clown” status as he slowly becomes a household name in the underground music community.

One could say that Salad Days is to Mac DeMarco is what The Suburbs was to Arcade Fire. DeMarco has earned a massive cult-like following with his onstage antics (like sticking a drumstick up his bum bum, just to paint a picture for you) and his surfy rock, slacker vibes, but even before the release of Salad Days DeMarco commented about the pressures of putting out an album in order to please “The Man.” Over the past couple of years his fanbase seemed to be growing by the minute, so naturally the big cheeses are going to jump all over DeMarco’s shit with dollar signs flashing in their money-hungry eyeballs.

But that doesn’t mean us indie snobs should scoff at Salad Days the same way we did at Arcade Fire after the 2011 Grammy Awards. The album still sticks true to DeMarco’s slacker, indie roots, and was even recorded in DeMarco’s tiny Brooklyn apartment (not to mention that he played each and every instrument heard on the album all by his lonesome); but that’s not the only reason why every music nerd on the planet should listen to Salad Days. Hearing the album’s singles separately before the release of the album was a gem in itself, but seeing how the album was crafted from start to finish and appreciating how the tracks interlace with one another is where the true delight lies in Salad Days. The album seemed oddly familiar and comfortable; kind of like bathing in old bath water. Warm, soothing, dirty bath water.

It starts off with a bang thanks to the title track “Salad Days,” and with high-pitched, laugh-along vocals Mac DeMarco pulls a Gene Ween by beckoning the listener over to his side as we begin the wondrous journey that is listening to Salad Days. The listener is then taken on a joyride through the glistening riffs on “Blue Boy,” the distortioned-up-the-ying-yang (and second single off the album) “Brother,” before leading them into “Let Her Go,” which can only be described as what sounds like a Syd Barrett-like acid flashback. He then ventures forth into the tangled (yet intriguing) “Goodbye Weekend,” before slowing things down for a tropical delight on “Let My Baby Stay;” (is it just me or is there a slight bit of Walkmen in there? Because if so, I’m going to lather all up in that shit).

But the true shining star of the album was none other than the album’s leading single “Passing Out Pieces,” which is a sort of sharp contrast to the rest of the album with its elaborate keyboard section and soothing harmonies. If it wasn’t for this track I wouldn’t have been counting down the days to the release of Salad Days as passionately as I had been doing for the past few months, because yes, my life is that sad and boring like that.

So why didn’t I give this album a perfect 10 / 10 score when clearly my love for DeMarco delves much deeper than having a bias for Vancouver Island-born musicians? Well besides the fact that even the instrumental outro had its place, it seems as though the album fell short at what DeMarco is clearly capable of. Each and every track on the album was short (and sweet) but I’m sure it only scraped at the surface of what goes on inside Mac’s crazy little head of his. In total the album came to a whopping 31 minutes, which is about the same amount of time it took me to realize after watching How I Met Your Mother for the first time that the show was going to have a shit-tastic ending leaving its fanbase feeling angry and Lost-like (AKA not that long).

But one of the main factors driving Salad Days down IMO was that it seemed like DeMarco wrote each track on the album on the same drug day, and it’s hard to really differentiate one song from the other unless you listen to the album over and over again like I did over the course of a few days. I was expecting a lot more variety and a hell of a lot more flavour, but that’s not to say that it didn’t leave me with an entirely new perspective of DeMarco altogether

…OK so maaaaaybe I have taken a liking to Salad Days because DeMarco is from my island, but all us Vancouver Islanders have is the Costello-fucking Diana Krall and the sell-out that is Nelly Furtado; so cut me some slack yo!

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Top new tracks: Jack White, Tori Amos, Hot Chip, Radio Moscow + Alicia Keys ft. Kendrick Lamar

April 3, 2014 in Alt-Country, Blues, Classic Rock, Disco, Funk, Indie, Indie Rock, R&B, Rap, Rock, Synthpop

Hot Chip – “Atomic Bomb” (William Onyeabor cover) {Disco/Funk}

All this Crimea/Cold War 2.0 talk has got me thinking…isn’t it about time we heard some new Hot Chip? Well turns out I wasn’t alone in that thought, because the Londoners decided to contribute a tune for the upcoming William Onyeabor Remixed release which is coming out on Record Store Day (AKA April 19th). Other artists featured on the release include The Vaccines, Caribou’s Daphni and many, many more.

Alicia Keys – “It’s On Again” ft. Kendrick Lamar {R&B/Rap}

Now that Alicia Keys has unrolled those nasty braids I can finally take her seriously without focusing on her hair all the time. Anyways, all you Spider-Man fans are probably five steps ahead of me in knowing that Ms. Keys and Mr. Lamar will be contributing this track for the new Spider-Man 2 soundtrack, but it was news to me. The soundtrack isn’t out until April 22nd, but you can pre-order it by clicking here.

Yuko – “While You Figure Things Out” {Indie Rock}

Oh, Yuko, has it really been three years since you’ve released some new tuneage? Time sure flies when you’re listening to music that isn’t Yuko… This is the first single off their accurately-titled album Long Sleeves Cause Accidents which is being released on April 7th via Unday Records.

Tori Amos – “Trouble’s Lament” {Baroque Pop}

If you follow the gingery Amos you’re probably well aware that she gets all fired up and ginger-like about Satan and God and stuff, and it looks like nothing has changed with this new tune of hers. Either way it’s pretty good for a woman who’s 50-years-old (Wait…what?) This track is the first single off her forthcoming album Unrepentant Geraldines which hits the pavement next month.

Jack White – “High Ball Stepper” {Alt-Country/Rock}

The oh so minimalistic Jack White is back with a brand new solo LP which is coming out in June and being released on (you guessed it) his glorious label Third Man Records. Apparently the record will come with a 40-page art and lyric book poster, a postcard, a 7″ of demos, and even a few angry handwritten letters to his arch-nemesis Dan Auerbach…OK so maybe the last part isn’t necessarily true…

Tomas Barfod ft. Gruff Rhys – “True To You” {Synthpop}

We’ve been keeping our eyes and ears on Gruff Rhys ever since we heard the Welshman’s highly-addictive “Gyrru Gyrru Gyrru,” (although he’s probably best known as being the brains behind Super Furry Animals). This collaborative track is off the upcoming Record Store Day 7″ which will only be released in the UK and Denmark (sorry, suckers!!)

Radio Moscow – “Death Of A Queen” {Classic Rock/Blues}

It’s about time we came across some hard-hitting, badass rock & roll, and this song is about as rock & roll as it gets. This track is off the group’s fourth studio album Magical Dirt which is being released on June 17th via Alive NaturalSound Records, and if you like their work you should follow them on Facebook here.

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Top new tracks: The Black Keys, De La Soul, Chrissie Hynde + Andrew Bird covers The New Pornographers

March 27, 2014 in Disco, Folk, Free downloads, Hip Hop, House, Indie, Pop, Rap, Rock

A.C. Newman – “Be Not So Fearful” (Bill Fay cover) {Pop/Rock}

If you’ve ever doubted that The New Pornographers’ frontman A.C. Newman is as cool as A.C. Slater then this track will certainly change your mind. Not to mention that all you zombie geeks (I know you’re out there…) will appreciate that this song will be featured on the new Walking Dead soundtrack as well as other tracks from Sharon Van Etten and Portugal, The Man.

To listen to the song click here.

De La Soul – “Vocabulary Spills” {Rap/Hip Hop} + Free downloads

Holy John, Paul and George there’s a new De La Soul track bouncing around the interwebs and naturally every music nerd is buzzing about it. The song is off their forthcoming release Smell The D.A.I.S.Y. which was released a free download (!!!) yesterday on the group’s official website.

The Black Keys – “Fever” {Rock}

The Black Keys will be dropping their highly-anticipated new album Turn Blue on May 13th, and I’m expecting some full-blown, angst-from-divorce-inspired lyrics on the record now that vocalist Dan Auerbach is done bickering with his ex about who gets Bob Dylan’s hair. This is the first single off the album which was produced by Auerbach and Patrick Carney (not so surprising) as well as Danger Mouse (very surprising).

Chrissie Hynde – “Dark Sunglasses” {Pop/Rock}

It’s news to me that Chrissie Hynde AKA the Pretenders frontwoman AKA Dee Dee Dum Dum’s doppelganger will be releasing her debut solo album on June 9th, but after finding out more info about the release it’s clear that she means business. The album (titled Stockholm) will apparently feature Neil Young as well as John McEnroe, and it was recorded with Peter Bjorn and John’s Björn Yttling at the famed Ingrid Studios.

Andrew Bird – “The Fake Headlines” (The New Pornographers cover) {Indie Pop/Folk}

I’m going to take this as a sign of fate that Andrew Bird decided to cover Vancouver’s beloved New Pornographers right when I’ve started re-listening to “The Electric Version,” “My Rights Versus Yours” and “Use It” on repeat. The track is off the forthcoming compilation Good People Rock which you can pre-order here, and all proceeds will go towards The Yellow Bird Project to help raise money for various charity organizations

The Afghan Whigs – “The Lottery” {Rock}

The Afghan Whigs AKA one of Sub Pop’s many darlings are back at it with their first album in 16 years, and it’s bound to become one of the most talked about releases of the year. This is the second single off the release (with the first being the epic “Algiers“) and apparently the album will drop on April 15th.

BOZA – “Bassline” (remix) {House} + Free download

With a Canadian Juno stamp of approval, DJ BOZA has been turning a lot of Canadian heads since the 80s when he was creating his own unique brand of electronic music in Toronto’s underground house scene. If you dig his work you can download this track for free in the player below, and give him some “Like” love on Facebook while you’re at it too.

Holy Ghost! – “Bridge & Tunnel” (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) {Disco}

DFA Records has been on fire so far this year with new releases from YACHT and The Juan Maclean, but let’s not forget about one of the label’s best releases of 2013: Holy Ghost!’s Dynamics. Although this track is off last year’s release, the duo will be including two remixes of the tune on a 12″, and this is one of the new and improved versions off the release (which you can purchase on DFA’s official website).

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Top new videos: Johnny Cash, Pixies + The Pain Of Being Pure At Heart’s nasty little twitching problem

March 26, 2014 in Alt-Folk, Alternative, Country, Electro, Pop, Rock, Soul

Johnny Cash – “She Used To Love Me A Lot” {Country}

Wait, hold up. If Johnny Cash is dead and he’s still releasing new music videos, does that mean he’s “dead-dead” or “Tupac-dead”? Cause there’s a big difference between the two…Anyways, don’t be expecting a present-day Johnny Cash to show up in this video because he’s like, you know…dead.

Kind Of Creatures – “Quiet/Loud” {Pop/Rock}

I don’t know much about Kind Of Creatures because I only just discovered them this past week, but there’s two things I know for sure after watching this video: 1. They have a pretty mean Strokes vibe and 2. They have a pretty mean fanbase too. I can almost smell the old lady perfume from here….

Fly Moon Royalty – “DNA” {Electro/Soul}

If may not have the frills of a high-budget music video (unless you count the frilly facial make-up…) but we couldn’t help but get wowwed by the interpretive dance moves and different people mouthing the song’s lyrics while staring straight into the camera. Is it just me or do you feel like you’re getting eye-fucked throughout this video?

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – “Simple And Sure” {Pop}

I’m not sure what they’re serving at The Pain Of Being Pure At Heart’s dinner party, but everyone seems to be twitching up a storm. The GIF-inspired video was directed by Bangs, and the track is off their forthcoming album Days Of Abandon which is out on May 13th via Yebo.

Pixies – “Snakes” {Alternative Rock}

A part of me wanted to hate this new Pixies EP trilogy because I’m all about Kim D. like that, but Frank Black keeps on being just so damn awesome. The video for “Snakes” is less of a music video and more like a cops-and-robbers/Breaking Bad-style thriller starring a bunch of papier-mâché’d peeps which overall makes for a highly entertaining viewing experience.

Zebastian Swartz – “Me And My Brother” {Alt-Folk/Rock}

The latest music video from Stockholm’s Zebastian Swartz tells a touching story of a young lad who bumps into some creepy black mascot thingy in his backyard, and then later that night the creepy black mascot thingy comes back to haunt him…literally. It’s all pretty gripping and I’m sure there’s some sort of underlying metaphor behind the storyline, but I was too busy being fascinated by the 8-year-old’s impressive facial hair…

 

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

March 24, 2014 in Alternative, Chamber Pop, Electronic, Experimental, independent bands, Indie, Rock, Tribal Rock

Kippi’s – “Lady” {Alternative/Tribal Rock}

Oh Kippi’s, I love how you’re singing to me all sexy and Italian-like. Anyways, Kippi’s (which means “cheers” in Finnish) is a trio based out of Italy consisting of a Chinese teacher, a funeral home owner and a gravedigger, so to say we’re intrigued by this group is an understatement. They’ll be releasing their new record via Sick Room Records tomorrow, and for more info you can check out their Facebook page.

TucA – “Canção Ao Ceará” {Experimental Rock/Electronic}

In case you haven’t figured it out already, we like things weird over here at RMD; so maybe that’s why we weren’t creeped out by the grunt-like vocals and the tattooed dude with a staring problem in this music video? TucA is based out of Brazil, and if you dig their work be sure to check out their blog as well as the rest of their tracks on their Soundcloud page.

Sports Bar – “I Want To Waste Away With You” {Garage Pop}

The 90s child/Canadian in me can’t help but dig any Sum 41-sounding group (but this group had me within the first two lines of the song anyways…) They’re based out of Richmond, Virginia, and this track of theirs is off their brand spankin’ new EP of the same title which you can buy as a name-your-price download via Bandcamp.

Harley Alexander – “Memory Mobile” {Psych Pop}

If it wasn’t for my fellow Vancouver Islander Mac DeMarco expanding my psychedelic pop brain cells I might not have given this tune a chance; but seeing that 2014 has certainly been DeMarco’s year thus far maybe it’s time for all of us to give psyched out experimental pop a chance. This track is off Alexander’s February release Universal Love which you can buy as a name-your-price download here.

AK – “Circles” {Chamber Pop}

It always seems like something musically magical happens whenever female vocals are intertwined with elaborate piano chords (think: Tori Amos/Chantal Kreviazuk), and although I dug the hell out of a lot of elements in this track (and believe me, there are many) the psychedelic outro is what really sold me on the tune. Her new album How Not To Be Alone is hitting the pavement tomorrow, but if you can’t wait that long you can pre-order it for $5 here.

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Top new videos: The War On Drugs, Franz Ferdinand, Dum Dum Girls + Against Me! gets Davos Seaworth-ed

March 18, 2014 in Americana, Classic Rock, Electro, Electropop, Experimental, Pop, Rock

Dum Dum Girls – “Are You Okay” {Pop/Rock}

The latest music video from Dum Dum Girls (which happens to share the same words my friend said to me after he found me passed out on the sofa listening to Too True) is actually an 11-minute short film starring…you guessed it: Dee Dee Dum Dum! Apparently the story was written by Bret Easton Ellis (of American Psycho fame) and also stars Shiloh Fernandez (The EastRed Riding Hood), and Sophia Marzocchi.

Franz Ferdinand – “Fresh Strawberries” {Pop/Rock}

Franz Ferdinand seem to really be pushing the strawberry motif as of late – maybe they’ve been dabbling in the same psychedelics John Lennon took in 1966? But surprisingly enough this new music video of theirs doesn’t have one single strawberry in it! Well there might have been; but I was too distracted watching FF bang-down-flip-it-and-reverse-it to notice.

Against Me! – “Black Me Out” {Rock}

A new Against Me! video is here for my numero uno favourite song off Transgender Dysphoria Blues, which means I finally have some visuals to go along with the song that inspires me to scream “I’M GONNA PISS ON THE WALLS OF YOUR HOUSE” at random points throughout the day/night. Plus the kinda-sorta lyric video also features a few Game of Thrones-like scenarios here and there which make for a grimacing watch.

Van Pi – “Dreamroof” ft. Anna Speller {Experimental/Electropop}

Dutch experimental poppers have decided to bless me with a video that covers all of my personal heaven cliches: Walking on the beach barefoot in the sand, snow glistening like glitter on the ground, balloons floating up into the sky and…hold up, why did a naked person flash across my screen for two seconds??

The War On Drugs – “Red Eyes” {Americana}

In The War On Drug’s latest music video the band acts as judges in a talent show in order to recruit future bandmates, only the contestants aren’t exactly “rock star” material; (AKA old people, desperate hoola hoopers…you name it) IMO Adam Granduciel should have won the competition just for convincing me that he’s really Bruce Springsteen in a brown wig after a ton of cosmetic surgery…but anyways.

The Men – “Pearly Gates” {Classic Rock}

When I first heard this single awhile back I thought to myself that something was missing…and now I know what: A badass music video with a wild police chase, of course! If you didn’t think The Men were badass before, then this music video will certainly change your mind…

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Top new tracks: Daft Punk ft. Jay-Z, of Montreal, St. Vincent + Big Boi rapping about Daenerys Targaryen

March 13, 2014 in Art Rock, Dream Pop, Electronic, Electropop, Hip Hop, Indie, Instrumental, Psych Pop, Rap

Big Boi – “Mother Of Dragons” {Rap/Hip Hop}

Word on the street is that Big Boi is a big boi fan of Game Of Thrones, and that’s kind of a big boi deal in my mind (OK I’ll stop now…) Seriously though, can you imagine Big Boi curled up on a couch crying like a little bitch during The Red Wedding episode? Not that I did that or anything…Anyways, this track is off the new HBO-produced/Game Of Thrones-inspired mixtape Catch The Throne which was released on Friday, and you can find out more info about it here.

Daft Punk ft. Jay-Z – “Computerized” {Electronic/Rap}

I probably wasn’t alone in having a “say whaaaa?” moment when I first heard about Daft Punk collaborating with Jay-Z. If anything I’m ashamed I didn’t see it coming sooner (seeing that famewhores music collaborating nerds tend to team up with other famewhores music collaborating nerds). Some folks were starting to think that the tune was a fake (much like many other supposed “Daft Punk” tracks), but this one is the real deal.

St. Vincent – “Del Rio” {Art Rock/Electronic}

We’ve been so busy with our Angel Olsen, Beck, Sam Roberts (and soon-to-be Metronomy) album reviews we totally forgot that St. Vincent’s new album dropped on February 24th – shocking I know, seeing that Annie and her Wayne Coyne locks are EVERYWHERE at the moment. So listening to this new B-side of hers was a great way to prepare for my Digital Witness listening marathon (which is probably going to last at least two to three months…)

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of Montreal – “Jigsaw Puzzle” {Psych Pop}

Because Kevin Barnes is Kevin Barnes-like, it seems like every other week he’s pulling some kind of surprise out of his ass that ends up blowing me away. Apparently this tune was recorded during the making of one of our favourite albums of 2013 Lousy with Sylvianbriar, but was left off the release because let’s get real here…no album can handle THAT much awesomeness.

Dfalt – “Untitled Morning #1″ {Electronic/Instrumental}

Here’s something that’s a little different. Apparently this L.A.-based producer is in the midst of releasing a track everyday for his new track-per-day project via Daylight Curfew, and all of his songs released to date are currently streaming on his Soundcloud Page. As of today he’s on “Untitled Morning #25” so if you have some extra time on your hands definitely check that shit out.

How To Dress Well – “Words I Don’t Remember” {Electronic/R&B}

As if having one of the best band names ever wasn’t enough, How To Dress Well AKA Tom Krell is now releasing mysterious tracks as well as prepping for his upcoming tour (which apparently includes openers Forest Swords – kind of a big deal). No word yet as to whether this tune will be included on an upcoming album, but a music nerd can only dream.

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Fear Of Men – “Outrun Me” {Indie/Dream Pop}

It’s hard to believe that Fear Of Men’s debut album hasn’t even hit the pavement yet seeing that we’ve been such huge fans for what seems like forever now…Loom is going to be released on April 7th via Art Is Hard, and apparently the group will also be releasing a 7″ on April 7th as well. So yeah, March is going to be the longest month ever.

The Range – “Washingtons” {Electropop/Rap}

Apparently The Range AKA James Hinton has been turning a lot of heads in the last year with his wicked electronica, but this is actually the first I’ve ever heard of his project. This track, which perfectly meshes together the synthpop and rap genres (who knew synth and rap went together so well???) is off his new album Panasonic which is out March 25th via Donkey Pitch.

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

March 11, 2014 in Dream Pop, Electronic, Free downloads, Garage Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Punk, Shoegaze, Synthpop

Korean Drama – “Jimmy” {Punk/Garage Rock}

This one-minute-long track is more badass than any punk song we’ve ever covered here at RMD, and if this is what Korean drama actually sounds like then Kim Jong-un better watch his 100% backed-up ass yo!! (J-Jimmy?) Their forthcoming cassette release Reply 1994 isn’t due out until May, but in the mean time you can follow them on Twitter here.

Costado – “Capricorn One” {Shoegaze/Psych Rock}

It’s been a little slow on the shoegaze front so far in 2014 (actually it’s been more like slower than molasses in January kind-of-slow…) so as soon as we hear a good shoegazey tune we jump all over that shit. This group is based out of New York, and you can check out the rest of their work over at their Bandcamp page.

Luha – “Lullaby” {Electronic/Dream Pop}

With a sound that crosses between Radiohead and The Cranberries and vocals similar to that of CHVRCHES and Purity Ring, it’s safe to say that Luha has all the ingredients any music blogger could hope for when it comes to independent submissions. And because this chicka deserves waaay more Facebook “likes” than 95, you can follow her on Facebook here.

Film/Noir – “Sirens” {Synthpop/Dream Pop} + Free download

This London-based artist is only 19 years old, so the fact that he managed to create such a mind-blowing, out-of-this-world electronic tune is pretty impressive for someone at such a ripe young age. His new EP isn’t going to be released until this summer, but if you’re as impatient as I am you download this track for free in the player below.

Manfred Kidd – “Lights” {Alternative Pop}

We’re getting some pretty wicked Passion Pit vibes from this track, which is the first single off the Gothenburg-based group’s forthcoming EP. Plus they recently recorded some tunes in a 19th century inn as well as in a cabin on Sweden’s West Coast archipelago which makes them extra badass. If you like this tune you can buy it for as little as $0.99 via iTunes here.

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Top new tracks: Franz Ferdinand, Foster The People, Sky Ferreira, Robyn + Moby remixes Washed Out

March 4, 2014 in Ambient, Dream Pop, Electronic, Experimental, Folk, Free downloads, New Wave, Pop, Psych Folk, Rock, Synthpop

Washed Out – “All I Know” (Moby remix) {Electronic/Dream Pop}

It’s refreshing to see that Moby is doing something other than rubbing his bald head all day, but the fact that he remixed one of our numero uno favourite tracks from 2013 made us fall in love with him like it was 1999 all over again. His version contains a perfect blend of the two elements both artists bring to the table: Trancey background music, and dreamy, melodic foreground music. Goodness all around.

Sky Ferreira – “Rancid Girl” {Pop/Folk}

I’m more of a “Queens Of The Stone Age Girl” myself, but to each their own I suppose…This previously unreleased track was written by Ferreira as well as Jon Brion, Cass McCombs and Blake Mills (known best for his collaborations with Fiona Apple), and no word yet as to whether it will be included on an upcoming release.

Zhala – “Prophet” ft. Robyn {Electronic/Experimental}

Say whaaa?? Robyn pinning her name to a song that isn’t bubble gum pop? Honestly though…I’m surprised as hell that Robyn knew how to pull a Knife…Anythatcameoutofnowhere, apparently Zhala is the first artist to release music under Robyn’s label Konichiwa Records who isn’t Robyn, so that should tell you right there how Swedishly special she is.

WATERS – “Got To My Head” {Pop/Rock}

It ain’t no “For The One,” but this track is still another great reason as to why the group is well worthy of their KANYE KAPS LOCK band name. The track is a little to poppy to be rock, and a little too rock & roll to be pop, but I’m always a sucker for music that toys with my head like that. If you dig the tune make sure you give the group some “Like” love on Facebook here.

Franz Ferdinand – “Erdbeer Mund” {Synthpop/New Wave}

At first I really, really liked Franz Ferdinand. Then I started to really, really not like them. But after hearing this track I’m totally head over heels in love with them!!!!! This isn’t the first time we’ve heard FF pull a lyrical German on us (“Darts Of Pleasure” anyone?) – and this whole time we thought this song was about some sorry sucker with a really unfortunate first name…

Yuko – “The Idealist” {Psych Folk}

Oh, Yuko. I am so glad that this tune’s presence graced my Inbox this past week. It’s haunting, gripping, and everything we could want out of a psychedelic folk tune. This track is off her forthcoming record Long Sleeves Cause Accidents which is being released in April.

Foster The People – “Pseudologia Fantasia” {Pop}

This new Foster The People track isn’t as much “Pumped Up Kicks” as one would hope it would be, but not all songs can be about a man named Robert using a six shooter gun to kill a bunch of kids. Either way I’m still stoked about the group’s new album Supermodel which is being released on March 24th.

Dead Heart Bloom – “Broken Babylon” {Ambient Rock} + Free download

Can’t say that I’ve ever heard an “ambient rock” song before this, but I feel privileged to say that Dead Heart Bloom broke my cherry on that genre front. This track is off the group’s latest EP So It Goes and you can buy it for as little as $4 here.

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

March 3, 2014 in Alt-Folk, Alternative, Americana, Disco, Electronic, Experimental, Free downloads, Funk, independent bands, Indie

The Two Koreas – “Can Explain” {Alternative Rock}

The fact that I’m sitting in a pile of my own piss might have already given it away that our numero uno favourite Canadian band has FINALLY released the EP they were hinting at when we interviewed them a couple of years back, and to say we’re excited is an understatement. To buy their LP Winner EP for as little as $4 (or each track for $1) click here.

Sam Sniper – “Something To Say” {Americana/Rock}

This vocalist sounds just like Adam Duritz from Counting Crows (minus the nasty dreadlocks/singing about how he wants to be Bob Dylan and buy himself a grey guitar, of course) and his voice swooned us within seconds of pressing that play button. The band is currently running a Kickstarter to fund the release of their album on vinyl this summer, so if you want to help some brothers out click here.

Ang Low – “Voodoo Woman” {Experimental/Electronic}

This Afrobeat/world music-ish song is as trippy as Ween’s “Voodoo Lady,” and that’s saying a lot. Low is based out of Brooklyn, New York, and this wicked song is off his brand spankin’ new and debut EP (which hits the pavement on March 31st via Luv Luv Luv Records).

Uaxyacac - ”Double Seeker” {Experimental/Electronic}

A tribal, belly-dancing kind of beat, a Liars/Grimes vibe and enough layers and textures to make you feel as if you’ve floated onto another planet for a few minutes…have I given it away that this group is Quebecois yet? This track is off their Double Seeker album which was released in December, and you can buy it for $5 here.

Few Friends – “You I’m Moving To” {Disco/Funk} + Free downloads

Who needs “a few friends” when you can listen to funkalicious tunes like this? This is actually only the second song the band has released to date, so if that impressed you as much as it impressed me you can download the song for free in the player below and give the group some “Like” love on Facebook here.

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