Here’s a mix for you. It’s short, just under 35 minutes, but it’s concise.
(Kurt Vile - Downbound Train)
For a long while I confused Kurt Vile with another, late artist, who had a similarly odd last name. Apparently, Vile is legitimate in his surname and his music is quite different as well. He’s a long hair and hails from the street of Philadelphia. He played in The War on Drugs, who keep a tight sound, but made his way on his own to express his certain brand of bedroom recorded rock in a new way.
His newest release, Smoke Ring for My Halo wears its inspirations vividly, but it really hits a deeper place beyond those familiar melodies of Petty or Springsteen. I found myself relating to his lyrics, in some odd stunted, fever dream sort of way. His grooves are delicious.
This track is off his new EP, So Outta Reach. It’s a Springsteen cover.
I’ll post an original song of his soon.
(Atlas Sound - Amplifiers)
Bradford Cox of Deerhunter plays as Atlas Sound. Much like Vile, these recordings were bedroom-centric, but obviously they’re much bigger than four walls can hold. With the newest release, Parallax, Cox shows the grandeur of Deerhunter’s recent epic release, Halcyon Digest, but in a more personal, lounge singer tapping his cigarette ashes on your table sort of way.
Amplifiers, the second track of Parallax, is a good indicator of the feel of the record. It’s chill and involved.
(M83 - Reunion)
Anthony Gonzalez, mastermind behind M83 has created the perfect organism with his newest release Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. Gonzalez has synthesized every good thing about M83 and crafted a masterpiece of electronic pop shimmering with retro sounds. “Reunion” is a huge sounding song, more so than “Midnight City” which is the album’s lead single. It’s epic, it’s android John Hughes, it’s Ducky lost in time, it’s Pretty in Pink re-scored, it’s The Breakfast Club of your brain. I can’t even imagine what a fucking ripper this song will be live, surely getting the crowd jumping and dancing. At least, in a perfect world.
(The National - Lit Up)
Off their just-about-to-explode album, Alligator. A true New York City song, and album, if I’ve ever heard one.
I can talk to you about The National ad infinitum, which I just might at some point. For now, just close your eyes and nod and sway along.
(Spiritualized - The X Files Theme)
Spiritualized covers The X Files theme. There couldn’t have been a better interpretation. Spook out
(Mogwai - How To Be A Werewolf)
Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. That is the title of Mogwai’s newest record, and in a string of bizarre album (and song) titles, it ranks among their best. It’s one of their best albums, too. It’s clean, it’s driving, and it shimmers like all Mogwai recordings do. I’ve been known to say it’s their best since Happy Songs For Happy People, but months after its release I’m leaning towards it being, possibly, their best record after Young Team.
How To Be A Werewolf is a strikingly cinematic song, that also drives with that special brand of shred that the Scottish Guitar Army have been making for years. What makes Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will such a fine record is how they’ve managed to perfectly blend their special Mogwai only dynamics with their penchant for crafting cinematic scores (The Fountain, Zidane) creating something that sounds tremendous.
Listen to this in your car while you cruise around, or listen to it while you’re jogging in the forest, or when you’re trying to sleep. It will all work, it is an everyman’s Mogwai song.
(The Besnard Lakes - Albatross)
From Montreal STOP Create spectral radio espionage rock soundtracks STOP Band leader, Jace Lasek, science fiction Peter Frampton STOP Albatross an unstoppable rock song STOP Olga Goreas belts it out END
(Arab Strap - New Birds (live) )
The best It’s-not-worth-getting-back-with-your-ex song ever. Live version. If need be, get drunk and CRANK this song.
The way your sweat would pool (for a good 35 minutes)
Kurt Vile - Downbound Train (Bruce Springsteen cover)
Atlas Sound - Amplifiers
M83 - Reunion
The National - Lit Up
Spiritualized - The X Files Theme
Mogwai - How to Be a Werewolf
The Besnard Lakes - Albatross
Arab Strap - New Birds (Live)