Studio is a Scandanavian electronic band with a soft and melodic sound that makes them an easy listen. Their CD West Side was well received last year, but the remix of the title track is a great electro song with their vocals overlaid nicely. The remixer, Klumpfisk, really should have chosen a better name, but do a great job of treating the vocals as an instrument. The "solo" at around 3:30 makes the song pretty memorable.
On Vacation, released in 2004, was Ryland Bouchard's third album under the moniker The Robot Ate Me. It's slow and dreary, from the rainy Pacific NorthWest, but if you get it going loud, makes for haunting winter ballads. Even though the album predates The Eraser, songs like The Rupublican Army might remind you a bit. Maybe not. Low-fi drums and interesting use of nostalgic vinyl sounds. Check it out:
I know posting old Dylan tracks isn't very characteristic of this blogatorium, but that's a damn shame. I guess the point is that there's already far too many Bob Dylan connoisseurs out there, lord knows. Still, this particular track deserves to see much more daylight. It comes from a bootleg set called "The Minnesota Tapes," a practice session recorded in 1961. The low-fi hum you hear is, regrettably, the bassist learning to play along. Nonetheless, it's one of my favorites of all time, a Woody Guthrie cover.
These tracks are from Cut Copy's debut EP "I Thought in Numbers," which was released in 2001 on Modular Records - home of the heavenly Yeah Yeah Yeah's, some old Klaxons releases, and even MSTRKRFT. The EP makes greater use of samples and house loops than their current stuff, with less vocals. Good for DJ kicks or whatever if you're sick of hearing "In Ghost Colours" everywhere by now...
Cut Copy is releasing an EP for their "Far Away" single. The final track on the EP had previously been unreleased. With possibly the best CD this year, I was obviously very curious to hear any new tracks. This stands up as pretty standards Cut Copy fare, with vocals used as a track and dancy synths.
The hours are a relatively new band (2004) who's single "See the Light" sounds like it could be taken off a Coldplay cd. The remixes, however, provide for some good electronic music.
These two remixes are very different but great in their own ways. The first is a Calvin Harris that has his signature synth, but an added track that is by far one of the catchiest I have heard. I have been playing this one pretty much nonstop since I got it a few weeks ago. Really a great remix.
This EP has been leaked a little earlier than its anticipated official release in late January. I think this is more along the strain of "For Emma, A Long Time Ago" however the last track "Woods" plays more like The Album Leaf with acoustic guitar mixed with voice manipulation. I don't know how I feel about this voicebox movement, which has been picked up and carried into oblivion by Top 40 power pop Hip-Hop. I'm interested to see what you gents think. All and all I'm still a fan of Justin Vernon; just a little concerned about his direction if this is the way he's going.
In anticipation of A Cross the Universe, here is a track off the CD that will accompany the DVD release. It's the remix of Phantom that they play at their shows that always leads to some of that violent fist pumping.