Saturday, March 28, 2015

What I've Been Listening to Lately

There has been a bounty of good music coming in to the station lately, and I have to share a few of the tracks I've been crushing on.  Here are a few cherry picked tracks I've had in heavy rotation on The Knix Mix.  There are three Canadian acts featured - two out of Vancouver, British Columbia. So "Go Canada!" I say!

Mother Mother - Very Good Bad Thing

This is the fifth album by the indie band based out of Vancouver. They have an art pop aesthetic - though vocalist Ryan Guldemond's hair is very Front 242.  I'm into "Modern Love."  No, it's not a Bowie cover.

Purity Ring - Another Eternity

The Canadian electronic duo released their second studio album this year. There are a few tracks I like on the album.  I'm particularly keen on the tracks "Flood on the Floor" and the third single "Bodyache."

Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

Panda Bear, a founding member of the band Animal Collective, has the experimental sound we've come to expect with a little psychedelia thrown in the mix.  Check out "Boys Latin."

Corners - Maxed Out on Distractions

This Los Angeles based four piece does post punk proud with this October 2014 release.  I'm smitten with the song "Love Letters." Though reminiscent of Joy Division or early The Cure, Corners stands apart.

Kasper Bjørke After Forever

The Danish producer takes a melancholic synth driven direction on this album, which takes its name from a piece by the Brooklyn based visual artist John Copeland.  The track "Sylvia" is lush with a bit of a dark wave vibe.  

Brooke Fraser - Brutal Romantic

The popular New Zealand singer songwriter moves to a more electronic sound than her previous work.  "Thunder" is a gorgeous track that showcases Fraser's equally gorgeous voice.

Humans - Noontide

This is Vancouver based indie electronic duo of Peter Ricq and Robbie Slade's first full length album.  Ricq, interestingly, is also an artist and illustrator known for co-creating the Canadian animated TV series League of Super Evil.  His input makes Humans' official videos very much worth watching.  Check out the trippy "Tell Me" and the short-film-as-music-video "Follow."

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