Bag Raiders is a synth-pop house duo of DJs Chris Stracey and Jack Glass from Sydney, Australia. This song has been my anthem for welcoming in spring. It’s the perfect beat for cruising on a warm orange day with the windows rolled down and wind in your hair. The track also features vocals from electroboy Dan Black.
Check out the music video directed by Fleur&Manu, and produced by Division. It makes you want to cancel all your plans and go on an adventure…with a monkey.
La Sera (aka Katy Goodman, 1/3 of Vivian Girls) is preparing for the release of her sophomore album Sees the Light on March 26th through Hardly Art. I’ve always been a fan of La Sera and loved the dreamy pop from her self-titled debut album. From listening to her first single “Please Be My Third Eye”, it’s a little harder and more aggressive pop, but I like what I hear!
Watch her colorfully fun video for the single directed by Vice Cooler.
We’ve missed Santigold. Luckily, she’s marked her return with her new track “Big Mouth”, the first single from Master Of My Make-Believe. Check out the video directed by Cody Critcheloe and if you like what you hear, head over to her official site and sign up for her mailing list to receive a free download of the single.
Swedish duo Korallreven has a new video for their first single, “As Young As Yesterday,” off of their debut full-length album, An Album by Korallreven. The pace of the black and white video directed by Marcus Söderlund takes a chill, laid-back approach that mirrors the vibe of the song.
I love me some synth-pop! I know this will be on rotation in the studio for months to come.
Canada’s Elliott BROOD are set to release their upcoming album “Days Into Years” in February 2012 through Paper Bag Records and we’re super excited for it! This marks the bands’ third full-length album, following their nationally acclaimed “Mountain Meadows,” which was short-listed for the Polaris Prize. The Polaris Prize is a pretty big thing in Canada! It’s a not-for-profit organization that honors, celebrates and rewards creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music. If you haven’t heard of Elliott BROOD, think The Decemberists meets Okkervil River ala foot-stomping rhythms.
The upcoming album was inspired as the trio were driving through the backroads of France on the last leg of a European tour, as they came upon a WWI military cemetary. “We saw all these Canadian names, and it really resonated with us, these young guys that had gone off to war,” says Mark Sasso (banjo, guitar, harmonica, vocals),“but when you actually visit a place where the battles were, it hits you a lot harder.” “Days Into Years” is about story telling and history, nostalgia and loss.
The lead track “Lindsay” invites you into the process of revisiting one’s life while cleaning out an old family home. Check out the band’s live session below:
We were first introduced to Summer Camp in 2010 with the dreamy track, “Ghost Town.” What was almost as intriguing as the band’s music was the mystery about their whereabouts and identities. But it’s a mystery no more…the band is Jeremy Warmsley and Elizabeth Sankey from London and they released their first full-length album, Welcome to Condale this past September.
We just stumbled upon the video for their latest single “Down” and it’s rad. There’s a Halloween theme, and although Halloween has come and gone, the video features cinemagraphs aka animated gifs. And I mean seriously, doesn’t everyone love an animated gif?
The song is awesome and the video is pretty cool too, trust us! Check it out below:
When I listen to M83, I always feel like I’m being transported to a dreamlike place filled with fields of flowers and rainbow-filled skies. Anthony Gonzalez’s 2005 breakthrough album “Before the Dawn Heals Us” was the soundtrack of my senior year of college. A friend and I drove four hours to New York City for the night just to catch Gonzalez’s live show at Bowery Ballroom. And let me tell you, it was well worth the trip!
On his latest album, “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming” Gonzalez says that each track is an interpretation of people’s dreams. The first single ‘Midnight City’, is a beautiful synth-dance anthem that makes you want to sway as you listen to it, and it should be mentioned that there is an awesome sax solo. Yes a sax solo and it’s not lame.
Young Galaxy is gearing up for a world tour with labelmates Austra in support of their album Shapeshifting, which was released last year on Paper Bag Records.
They have a new animated video for Peripheral Visionairies, the sequel to the awesome video for “We Have Everything” that just broke 100,000 YouTube views! Both videos were directed by Sinbad Richardson, a Montreal-based visual artist.
“The band asked me to create a second animated music video and I suggested making a sequel to ‘We Have Everything’ off the same album,” says Sinbad Richardson. “‘Peripheral Visionaries’ picks up where we left off, our main character is stranded on the side of the highway, her bus having broken down. This narrative interprets ‘Peripheral Visionaries’ as a confession to the attraction of the unholy and a belonging to an ambiguous (nonetheless determined) rebellion against virtue. Our main character was to give in to her superficial ambitions but not without a cost. The line ‘We a sea, tears from the eyes of god’ repeated over and over, is taken as a foregone conclusion.”
Take a look:
Check the band on tour:
Young Galaxy World Tour Dates:
October 13 – Reykjavik IS – Iceland Airwaves
October 15 – Stockholm SE – Strand
October 19 – Oslo NO – Mono
October 20 – Göteborg SE – Pustervik
October 21 – Malmo SE – Debaser
October 22 – Hamburg DE – Indra Club
October 23 – Berlin DE – Comet Club
October 25 – Cologne DE – Elektroküche
October 26 – Amsterdam NL – Paradiso
October 27 – Paris FR – Flèche D’or
October 28 – Lille FR – Ground Zero Festival
October 29 – Brussels BE – Ancienne Belgique
October 30 – Manchester UK – The Deaf Institute
November 2 – London UK – The Lexington
November 16 – Vancouver BC – Electric Owl +
November 17 – Kamloops BC – Cactus Jacks +
November 18 – Edmonton AB – The Brixx Bar & Grill +
November 19 – Calgary AB – HiFi Club +
November 20 - Lethbridge AB – Tongue N Groove +
November 22 – Saskatoon SK – Amigos Cantina +
November 23 – Regina SK – The Exchange +
November 24 – Winnipeg MB – West End Cultural Centre + November 25 – Fargo ND – The Aquarium + November 26 – Minneapolis MN – Triple Rock Social Club +
November 28 – Chicago IL – Empty Bottle +
November 29 – Pontiac MI – The Pike Room at Crowfoot Ballroom +
December 1 – Toronto ON – The Phoenix Concert Theatre +
December 2 – Montreal QC – Cabaret du Mile End +
December 3 – Ottawa ON – Ritual Night Club +
December 4 – Waterloo ON – Starlight * + with Austra
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