Let the electro pop renaissance commence! Here’s one from the bros in MGMT, way back when they were still known as The Management. “Hot Love Drama” has to be the single off their 2005 album, Climbing to New Lows, that really sparked the band’s rise to success.
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Toro Y Moi is the stage name of Chaz Bundick. The 25 year old is a native of South Carolina, and has been credited, along with fellow luminary and friend Ernest Greene a.k.a. Washed Out for starting the chillwave movement. Greene is from Georgia, and it may be the slower pace of life and southern hospitality that bred the style both of them happened upon back in 2009/2010, but it appears that especially Bundick has evolved past that ambiguous tag to create something a little more complex than the soundtrack to a “Life of Leisure” spent wasting away at the beach. Check out the single “New Beat” from his sophomore album Underneath the Pine. Bundick has incorporated much more funk and disco into his sound, which already drew from a strong foundation growing up listening to R&B/Soul music. The bass line, which is mimicked in a synth, sounds like a variation on the motif in Michael Jackson‘s “Baby Be Mine”. Any homage to the King of Pop is welcome in my book.
So, to pick up where we left off on Monday here is one of my favorite bands of the last 5 years covering one of my favorite bands of all time and doing a pretty bad job of it! Where Yeasayer offered an impeccable version of Seal’s “Crazy”, MGMT struggle in this early performance to even offer a decent mock up of Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” off their 1983 masterpiece Speaking in Tongues. Nonetheless, I still love it.
Here is a follow up to Thursday’s post. This song from Darker My Love at first listen seems morose compared to the fuzzy, sun-drenched “Summer Is Here”, but it is embedded with a subtle dose of optimism that really connects. Watch “Two Ways Out” below. Thanks to SXSW for not disabling the ‘Embed’ function.
Today’s pick, “Rain On”, comes from Brooklyn based lo-fi, psych-folkies, Woods. We’ve finally followed the thread back East, but this band sounds just as influenced by the natural beauty of the old growth forests out in California as any we’ve touched upon over the last few weeks. The jammy tendencies lend to that organic feel that places their sound firmly in the roots of the psychedelic movement. There’s no video, but this band is so unassuming that the music is all they want to present to the audience anyway.
From time to time I will just share a band/song/video I like with no commentary. It continues our thread of new California psych rock bands. This is the song “Summer Is Here” off Darker My Love‘s 2006 self titled debut album, Darker My Love. Hope you enjoy this as much as I do.