Monthly Archives: October 2012

Creepers – Kid Cudi

Coming off the G.O.O.D. Music Cruel Summer (which was cruelly delayed past the summer), “Creepers” is another reason to get seriously excited about Indicud‘s release. It feels light and carefree, classic Cudi verses supplemented by some sweet uptempo percussion.

iTunes  Creepers – Kid Cudi

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If you haven’t already, listen to the first two singles “Just What I Am” and “King Wizard” from Indicud (Kid Cudi’s upcoming album, set to be released sometime soon hopefully)

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Lies – Churches

Ok, so it’s not every day that I post two songs by the same band so close together. But when I posted “The Mother We Share” by Churches, I had their first single “Lies” pegged as a relatively staid indie-pop track. But with more repeated listens, the addition of a proper subwoofer to my speaker set-up, and this video of the band’s first live performance, I started to get how the gritty electro-pop synths and Mayberry’s delightful vocals work really well together.

I really hope this band gets huge. Early signs indicate they won’t disappoint me.

Download via Neon Gold  Lies – Churches

 

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Here With Me – The Killers

The stand-out track of an otherwise unremarkable “comeback” album, “Here With Me” is the classic on-the-road tour song. Weary and nostalgic, it has a heart to it that is missing from the rest of Battle Born. Where other songs on the album attempt to reach into the lofty heights of rock classic and miss their target, this track is content to be a melancholy ballad. Simple, sweet, and easy to sing along to – perfect for The Killers’ stadium sound.

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The Mother We Share – Chvrches

I’m not sure how to descrive Chvrches. Replacing the ‘u’ with the ‘v’ in their name certainly smacks of indie band smugness, but their music speaks for itself. This track is carried start-to-end by Lauren Mayberry’s delightfully unique vocals – she sings with the bubbly-sweet air of a Disney star, but the lyrics are magnificent, inspiring and poetic.

Let me offer a pithy quote to sum it up:

Churches are a trio from Glasgow who are super new, like 2012 new, onto the scene and are already making waves and other cliches. Check em.

- SGTMT

 

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All The Eastern Girls (RAC Remix) – Chapel Club

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of exploring RAC’s huge catalog of indietronica remixes, you’ll know that they are the mark of excellence for an indie band and invariably make any song better. You might also have discovered this little gem of a remix, released two years ago. “All The Eastern Girls” is immediately pretentious, pronouncing “this is a love song” over and over again. But then you can drift back and get all nostalgic as they enchant you with dreams of eastern girls with golden skin. It’s curiously addictive, and for me it has permanently melted into the neural fabric of my brain.

 

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Lights (Shook Remix) – Ellie Goulding

Before you think “oh jeez I’ve already got a million remixes of Lights” – wait, hear me out. I thought the same thing, but happened to come across this one in a playlist and was struck by the totally different feel of the song. Unlike most remixes of Ellie Goulding’s music, this one’s not a straight dancefloor cookie-cutter remix. Shook procures the atmosphere of a lounge band, with Goulding’s vocals the highlight of a glittery assortment of instruments. Try it out and see if it doesn’t become your favorite Ellie remix.

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Caramellas (Joakim Remix) – Aeroplane

An infectiously bouncy remix by Joakim. Although it’s the simplest song – just a few vocal samples and a slowly progressing instrumental beat – it somehow finds a magical groove that makes me want to go dance.

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P.S. Sorry for the hiatus. Got busy for a while, but I’m here again and I’ve got tons of music that I’ve been waiting to share. Welcome back.

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