It’s been a while between posts. I have a mixtape or two in the pipes, and a big project that I’ll be starting work on soon. But I’ll still be taking time out to tell you all about my favourite new stuff. The best of the best. The music that really deserve your attention. (I completely forgot, but you should watch this later too).
If you’ve read On The Tune before, you should be no stranger to Chance Waters (formerly known as Phatchance). “Maybe Tomorrow” has been getting some regular plays on triple j, as well as some serious exposure through a National Geographic ad campaign, so it’s great that the summery, apocalyptic tune has a creative video to top it all off. Keep in mind, Chance is unsigned too. Shows just what you can do without a label’s backing.
Check it out below. The confused Dalai Lama and unicorn are the best.
Sydney group The Griswolds have been on my radar ever since I saw them support Last Dinosaurs. It’s lucky, because they just released their video for “Heart Of A Lion”, which I’ve been holding my breath for, and it’s really quite good. It’s just under three minutes of bright, fluorescent, tropical pop – in short, it’s a bit of a summer jam. From that description, it could easily be stale and dull, but The Griswolds manage to balance all of those warm influences out, and focus it into something great.
Check it out below, and download it for free from their triple j Unearthed page if you like it.
Starcadian (or STΔRCΔDIΔN) is an unsigned musician from Brooklyn, who crafts these chilled-out, smooth, spacey 80s pop vibes. They’re irresistibly charming, and it comes as a genuine surprise that he has less than 100 fans on Facebook right now.
“HE^RT” is the lead single from Sunset Blood, the upcoming ‘motion picture soundtrack’. What exactly is that, you ask? Starcadian described it best in an e-mail to me:
“Essentially, it’s a conceptual album that serves as a soundtrack to the ultimate 80s movie that played out in your head when you looked at all those amazing hand-drawn VHS covers at the video club when you were a kid. Each song is a set-piece from the film and it serves as what I call an ‘ear movie’. My hope is that when people close their eyes, they can visualize the action playing out. Seeing bumbling Miami cops chasing Dan Aykroyd, when listening to “Sgt. Tagowski”. Don Johnson strutting into a bar to the sounds of “Ronnie”. Alex Rogan, the last starfighter, gazing at the stars while humming “HE^RT”. Every single song from the album is a movie in itself, a sentiment brought up by memories of John Carpenter, John Landis, Joe Dante, all those wonderful storytellers from way back when.”
Sunset Blood is tentatively slated for a late August release (it’s currently being mastered), but before then there will be a sampler released, so keep your eyes and ears peeled! In the meantime, check out the video for “HE^RT” below, and buy it on iTunes if you’re keen.
(video found via Pigeons & Planes)
If you’re looking for something that’s just as cool, and free, have a listen to Starcadian’s remix of Touch Tone’s “Home Away From Home” below too. I’d never heard the original until now, but they’re both worth checking out!
Above photo from the “HE^RT” video.
Cheery pop melodies, a dash of brass, and some exquisite vocal harmonies. Could you want anything more with your quirky, loveable, indie-pop?
Yup, we have hand-claps, tension-building riffs, and great lyrics too. Anything else? You want a good video for it as well?
Isn’t it just your lucky day then.
“Life In Glorious Stereo” is the latest single from Sheffield six-piece Screaming Maldini, and it’s straight from their self-titled debut album (which is set for release in the northern hemisphere’s autumn). The single will be out on June 18 via Hip!Hip!Hip! Records. It’s really fucking good.
Photo via the above video.
Rap and Radiohead are not a new combination. The Jaydiohead mash-up hit the internet at the turn of 2008, and by all accounts it was pretty well received – if you haven’t heard anything from it yet, I felt “Reckoner’s Encore” was the clear standout of the project.
Quakers are a 35-piece (yes, thirty-five) hip-hop collective, and they’ve flipped one of Radiohead’s most memorable riffs on its head to rap some original verses over it. Quakers’ core is made up of producers Fuzzface (Portishead’s Geoff Barrow), 7-Stu-7 (Portishead’s engineer Stuart Matthews), and Katalyst (Australia’s very own Ashley Anderson). They’ve referenced the title of the bridging track of Radiohead’s OK Computer, and borrowed the main brass riff from Kid A‘s “The National Anthem” (and a bit of the riff from “Optimistic” too!). The track doesn’t reach for the messy, climactic heights of the latter, but that’s probably a good thing. It features rappers Guilty Simpson and MED, who both have a verse each.
Take a listen below.
Ultraísta is the new project from famous Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, drummer and producer Joey Waronker (both of whom play alongside Thom Yorke in Atoms For Peace), and London musician Laura Bettison. Godrich has worked with artists like Beck, Pavement, and Paul McCartney, and Waronker has worked with artists like Elliott Smith, R.E.M., and The Smashing Pumpkins. Amidst all of the news surrounding this new band, it’s hard to find much on Bettison, but it appears she performed at the Godiva Festival in 2006. At any rate, they’re a talented bunch, but that’s about all anyone knows right now.
They have one song out so far (and a video for it) – “Smalltalk”. Full of lush electronic instrumentation, excellent percussion (presumably from Waronker) and Bettison’s warm vocals, it looks like Ultraísta could be a band to watch. It’s also interesting to note that the band’s website has a link to download an acappella of Bettison’s vocals, so if you’re into the remix side of things, there’s that too.
Check “Smalltalk” out below.
Photo via the above video.
I am actually really impressed with The Falls. In a world where I’ve become increasingly tired of half-inspired, dull, cookie-cutter folk acts, they’ve come right out of the blue to nail this one – and it’ll be a disappointment if it doesn’t explode and get them what they deserve! It’s a wonderful single, with all of the right hooks and harmonies. Their debut EP is going to be something to watch out for!
Be warned though: the video creates a rather unnerving contrast between the sweet melodies and the dark imagery. Listening without the visuals is an entirely different experience.
Update: Don’t forget to grab a free download from their triple j Unearthed page!
Photo via The Falls’ Facebook page.