Dale Cooper Quartet and the Dictaphones – “Le Implacable Gentilhommiére”
This track is pretty weird, but very intoxicating. It contains Tom Waits penchant for percussion driven songwriting, Serge Gainsbourg’s drunken low key warble, and an almost ambient influence lying over the top of it all crackling and adding color. This is a great track.
Sun Kill Moon – “Sunshine in Chicago”
Mark Kozelek is a songwriter who I’m always happy to hear new music from. He transcends what we normally think of when talk about singer-songwriters, and creates lyrically and musically complex and engaging work.
Helios – “Bless This Morning”
This beautiful ambient track from electronic renaissance man Keith Kennif — he also performs as Goldmund, Keith Kennif, and Mint Julep — comes from his album Eingya.
Suckers – “Chinese Braille”
Suckers will be releasing their follow-up to <em>Wild Smile on April 24th, and this is a quick taste of that new album Candy Salad. The song is more polished than the tracks you’ll find on Wild Smile, but features their low-key orchestrations of pop songs with catchy harmonies and a punk edge driving the sound.
A Place to Bury Strangers – “You Are the One”
Some great noisy rock from the new album A Place to Bury Strangers is about to put out. I love their feedback-y throwback sound overall, and it sounds damn near perfect on “You Are the One.”
Noveller – “We Will Be At Sea Again”
This track comes from the ethereal guitarist’s forthcoming double LP through Saffron Recordings. It’s a swaying blanket of tremolo and reverb. Sarah Lipstate (Noveller) is also crowdfunding a commissioned piece she’s written for the The Low End String Quartet, who will be premiering the piece alongside a new work by cellist Zöe Keating (ex-Rasputina) at Center Stage in Reston, Virginia.
Pygmy Jerboa – “tact”
Pygmy Jerboa is a group I’ve been keeping an eye on for a while. Not for the faint of heart, their eclectic compositions range from noise, to a found-sound feel, all the while maintaining a strange sense of order that keeps it somehow tied to a classical tradition while always looking ahead.
Father John Misty – “Nancy From Now On”
This is just a really well written pop song. It sounds like a collaboration between Rufus Wainwright’s timbre, Andrew Bird’s melodies, and a gigantic pop explosion.
Japandroids – “Jack the Ripper”
What’s better than Nick Cave? Well, no, it’s not Japandroids covering Nick Cave, but it’s damn close. Really killer cover.