Posts tagged ‘essence’

Idle Dreams

By | March, 7, 2012

Neon Indian is often cited as another leader in the glo-fi/chillwave movement. He’s taken his second full length album, Era Extrana, in a more dance pop direction. To his credit the new material retains the trippy essence that linked his debut album, Psychic Chasms, with fellow luminaries Washed Out and Toro Y Moi. Watch the cyber themed video for “Polish Girl” below.

It’s All Around

By | March, 6, 2012

As I mentioned yesterday, Ernest Greene, the mastermind behind synth pop act Washed Out, is also a pioneer of this new wave of bedroom oriented electronic music dubbed chillwave. His sound and aesthetic, not to mention his name captures the essence of this style even more so than his contemporary and friend Chaz from Toro Y Moi. Here is a fan made video to go along with his breakout hit, “Feel It All Around”, from his 2009 EP Life of Leisure. In keeping with the aesthetic the vacationers in the video seem to be soaking in the sun, the surf and some good old fashioned rest and relaxation. Check out “I Want You” by italo disco artist Gary Low to hear where Greene got the signature sample from.

Sneak Preview – Sleepy Sun : Spine Hits

By | February, 20, 2012

So from melody driven bands carrying the essence of psychedelia and the spirit of California, we will shift gears to bands whose psychedelia is more overt, heavier and darker. The first time I posted about Sleepy Sun, the song was one of their lighter, more acoustic based tunes, that definitely draws from the same vibe as Devendra Banhart’s freak-folk. Unlike Banhart, who primarily stays in that zone, Sleepy Sun leans more on rock, yet it differs from Howlin’ Rain, Blitzen Trapper and The Mother Hips as it’s ties to blues and other roots styles is much less direct. The sound is obscured by more stylistic use of effects and darker tones.

Below is a trailer that shows the band hard at work in a studio in the iconic desert near Joshua Tree. They are gearing up to release their third studio album, Spine Hits, on Tuesday, April 10th. I heard about this first from the nice folks over at Relix. From what we hear in this brief clip, it sounds as if the band is pushing their sound in slightly different direction. It will be really interesting to see if it retains enough of their core, while incorporating enough new ground to be a success.

The band will be touring the country in anticipation and support of the new album. Here are some dates in the Northeast:

  • Apr 08 : Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
  • Apr 09 : Glasslands Gallery – Brooklyn, NY
  • Apr 10 : Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
  • Apr 11 : North Star Bar – Philadelphia, PA
  • Apr 12 : Church of Boston – Boston, MA
  • Apr 13 : Monkey House – Burlington, VT

The complete tour list can be found here.