The French DJs are at it again this time lending their production skills to a different style beat. We’ve seen them take over folk, gospel, and soul, this time they take over what to me sounds like a mix between cathedral music and Indian music in ‘F.U.Y.A.’ The song itself is slightly weaker musically than the two I posted before, lacking a true melody and instead becoming more of an elongated beat rather than a song in itself, but this song deserves to not only be heard but seen. The music video for this song is just flat out cool to watch; I promise you, full screen and turn the resolution up and you just can’t help but love the song. Give a listen and if you haven’t yet, check out their full album ‘Tetra.’
Using vocals as instrumentation is not something easily done well. But Fiona Apple, with a baroque pop style similar to Regina Spektor, makes it seem easy. “Hot Knife”, a track off her latest album combines Fiona’s stellar vocals with a chorus of ladies and ominous drums that give the song a hint of darkness. Despite the songs simplicity, it has a diverse range of sounds to keep your ears guessing. Though not the apple of my eye, this girl can sing. Enjoy!
Remember Manicanparty, the band that gave us the alluring tribal anthem ‘Rebels in the Light’ earlier this spring? The duo are back at it again releasing a few new songs while the anticipation of their upcoming debut EP later this summer builds. The duo, made of Pat Morrisey (production and percussion) and Jessica Corazza (singer/songwriter and guitar), met early on while both growing up in Minnesota. After each chasing their dreams at respective colleges, the pair are back together making great music. Following up their immediate hit in the spring, Manicanparty has recently released two great songs. The first is ‘Monarch,’ the natural successor to ‘Rebels in the Light,’ which you can listen to below; but more importantly is their unique cover of Miike Snow’s ‘Animal.’ The pair take a decidedly darker twist on the indie hit; and Jessica knocks the vocals out of the park with her unique voice, which defies logic by sounding beautifully delicate and yet impressively strong at the same time. The video for the cover is also definitely worth a watch, which seems to be a mark of pride for these two after the interesting video for Rebels (something that not enough bands nowadays make a priority). Check out the amazing cover below, grab a free download on their soundcloud and be sure to give Monarch a listen as well. As always keep coming back for more news on their upcoming debut EP release.
Just in case you live under a rock, the season finale of HBO’s hit Game of Thrones’ second season is on tonight. And for book readers the episode’s title, ‘Valar Morghulis’ should get you dripping with anticipation. To feed your appetite here is the chilling take on ‘The Rains of Castamere’ the Lannister fight song by indie band The National that played over last weeks credits after the thrilling ending of the battle at Blackwater. If you haven’t seen the show, stop living a shitty life and check it out, and if you have feel free to comment about what is sure to be an amazing end to the second season.
You might recognize Carvan Palace as the electro-swing group I posted a few months back with their hit “Clash.” Four years after their debut album, Caravan Palace released is sophomore work earlier this year. While music that can be labeled into the “electro gypsy swing” won’t get very popular, it is clear these guys have found a niche in the music industry. Check out my favorite off the new album, “Dramophone” below and check out the rest of Caravan Palace’s work if you like it.
Regina Spektor has released a new single off What We Saw from the Cheap Seats in honor of PastaRun Music’s new design. Entitled “Small Town Moon”, the track starts out slow with Regina’s versatile vocals taking the lead, it then takes a twist into a catchy stomp-clap bit. Preview the song below, and get your copy of What We Saw from the Cheap Seats when it’s released on May 29th.
Dr. Dog is a product of the recent trend of mixing ’60s pop with ’90s lo-fi garage rock recording trends and it sounds fantastic. These sounds, although seemingly opposite create a perfectly synergistic sound in the vein of Delta Spirit posted a few weeks ago. Having full length albums under their belt, Dr. Dog has been a staple in the indie community for nearly a decade. Although their discography is huge, below is a little sample of what they offer and my personal favorites. If you like what you hear, support the artists and download their most recent album, Be The Void (2012)!