It’s friggin’ Beach House dammit!!!!! There is no other reason to be had!
Enjoy “Myth” from the album below,
First heard this band a few days ago and before the first song was over(“The Sea”) I was in love and wondering on how this group managed to slip by me undetected. I immediately bought their EP From Silence at the show and played it repeatedly until my car’s battery died. Aleksa has a haunting yet captivating voice that enters your head and seizes your tympanic membrane in an albeit loving yet aggressive embrace. I love the lead track “The Sea” so much that I have literally played it 1000 times in 3 days. Check out “The Sea” in all it’s glorious beauty below and then go buy it here. BTW Aleksa is also in actress and has been in The Sopranos and a few movies but most recently she stars as Michael Pitt’s wife in Boardwalk Empire. Yeah, she’s pretty damn talented.
These guys are from the city of which I was borned. Good ole Omaha, NE. You wouldn’t guess that though by their sound since Omaha is more known for churning out singer/songwriter types than atmospheric shoegaze rockers. Formed in 2009 with members from Eagle Seagull, The Golden Age, Son Ambulance, and Cursive they released their self titled debut album last week via Team Love records and it’s lovely. Experience the experience below with the beautiful “Misery Train”. Buy it here
Wikipedia says: The Twilight Sad are an indie rock band from Kilsyth, Scotland, comprising James Graham (vocals), Andy MacFarlane (guitar), and Mark Devine (drums). The band are currently signed to Fat Cat Records and have released three full-length albums, as well as several EPs and singles. Their 2007 debut album, Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters, drew widespread critical acclaim, noted by Graham’s thick Scottish accent(ala Groundskeeper Willie) and MacFarlane’s dense sonic walls of shoegazing guitar and wheezing accordion. The Twilight Sad’s notoriously loud live performances have been described as “completely ear-splitting,” and the band toured for the album across Europe and the United States throughout 2007 and 2008. Sessions inspired by stripped-down and reworked live performances yielded the 2008 mini-album, Here, It Never Snowed. Afterwards It Did.
Their second album, Forget the Night Ahead, marked a shift in the band’s direction; lyrically more personal and musically darker and more streamlined, it was released in 2009 to further acclaim. Recording sessions for the album also produced the mid-2010 release The Wrong Car, which followed the departure of founding bassist Craig Orzel in February 2010. The Twilight Sad’s third album, No One Can Ever Know, was released in February 2012 and marked another stylistic shift, with the band citing industrial music and krautrock influences for a darker, sparser sound. The band describes their sound as “folk with layers of noise,” and music critics have described the band as “perennially unhappy” and “a band that inject some real emotion and dynamic excitement into a comparatively standard template.” So there! Their albums aren’t going to contain any party anthems by any means but they are albums that need to be heard indeed. Stay in touch and buy all their stuff on their website and check out the video(it’s kinda dirty) for “I Became A Prostitute” from “Forget the Night Ahead” and then the track “Dead City” from the newly released “No One Can Ever Know”.
These guys are one of my very under the radar faves. Hailing from the land of cacti(Phoenix), Knesset makes Indie Shoegaze Pop packed with emotion. Their debut LP “Coming of Age” was one of my favorite albums of 2011 and holds great promise for their sophomore effort to come. When I found this last year on Bandcamp it was tantamount to finding buried treasure in the sand with a metal detector and not a wedding ring kind of find but a massive wooden chest full of all the world’s riches. You know like the one’s they always find in cartoons. I’m rich b*itch! Every song on this album is so good it boggles my mind that these guys are not way more popular. Buy this amazing album here at their Bandcamp page and check out their Facebook page to see if they are coming to a stage near you soon. It’s very difficult to pick which songs to post but as I said there are no bad ones on this album. So grab a drink, sit back, and press play on these gems below.
SVIIB as they are affectionately known in Indie circles are a dream pop duo consisting of Benjamin Curtis from Secret Machines and originally Alejandra and Claudia Deheza(identical stunning twin sisters) and they are named for the mythical South American pickpocket training academy. Claudia left the group in 2010 for personal reasons and now Ben and Alejandra remain. They have two full length albums to their catalog(Alpinisms-2008 and Disconnect From Desire-2010). They will be releasing a 3rd next month titled “Ghoststory” and which the track “Lafaye” and “The Night” will come from. Both songs are beautiful ear candy and should be added to your immediate playlist/s. Their previous albums can be bought here on iTunes or here from Amazon whichever you prefer. Get your shoes shined, it’s time to stare at them.