For the last three months, I haven’t been able to get these girls out of my memory. Once again, I’m a little late to post, since they released their first official video for the single “Forever” a month ago. With a guitar riff that calls to memory Michael Jackson‘s “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’”, this song should definitely be in the discussion for song of the summer. Many critics have likened the band to a cross between Fleetwood Mac and En Vogue, but I’m getting more of a cross between MJ and The Pretenders. Watch the video below, and make sure to check out my previous posts about Haim, here and here.
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Here is your chance to give a listen to the sophomore release, Here, by Folk-Pop darlings Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. While it hasn’t struck me quite as quickly as their debut album Up From Below, it is definitely another treasure trove of well written pop tunes that exude an overall feeling of peace, love and happiness. Listen to what may be the lead single, “That’s What’s Up”, below.
Stream the entire album over at NPR. The album is slated for release, next Tuesday, May 29th.
Also, check out our post about the band, from back in February here.
Haim is three sisters who have grown up playing in a band with their parents. They have now stepped out on their own and judging by one of their sets at SXSW a few weeks ago, it seems as if they’re ready to take over the Indie Rock scene. Their balance between thoughtful, artsy pop and balls to the wall, visceral rock is truly a triumph. Read a more thorough analysis of the band courtesy of Albert Barabas over at The Wild Honey Pie.
Also, watch their feature on Last Call with Carson Daly below.
To shift into something a little less cosmic, but still heavy on the synths and electronics, I want to feature an artist who put out another of my favorite albums of 2011. LA’s Pat Grossi goes by the name Active Child, and his debut full length album You Are All I See was a slice of heavenly ambient music blended with ethereal R&B influenced vocals. Active Child makes use of various 80′s styled analog synths, but layers them over much more updated electronic drumbeats that carry a distinct Hip-Hop flavor. The real ‘X-Factors’ at play are his uniquely engaging falsetto vocals and the harp, which he plays live in concert. The harp seems so out of place, but in fact I have featured this odd combination before in this post about Teebs. Watch “Hanging On” below to see how Active Child rocks it in this setting.
To pick up where I left off two weeks ago, and a nice follow up to Friday’s jammy post is another feature on LA based jazz wizard Thundercat. I did a promo piece on him back in January, when he headlined SOB’s in NYC. Well here is the lead single of his amazing debut album, The Golden Age of Apocalypse. The song is “Daylight”, and this video was filmed live at The Echo on September 5, 2011 for his album release show. Watch as Thundercat and his band absolutely tear it up.