Song of the Day

SXSW Song of the Day: The Big Pink – Stay Gold

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English duo The Big Pink released their second record Future This a few weeks ago. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the group after their hit album A Brief History of Love. Would they be a one album wonder like Glasvegas or will they build on that album into something better? Luckily for us, the new record expands on the Big Pink sound and the result is a really good album. The album has surprisingly dropped some of the shoe-gaze/wall of sound elements that made their first album popular, and replaced it with Kasabian like anthems. That works for me.

Check out the first single off the album, titled Stay Gold

#SXSW Song of the Day: Of Monsters and Men – Little Talk

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Iceland might be in an unrecoverable recession, but judging by the happiness that exudes from six piece band Of Monsters and Men‘s music, you would think that it’s all parties and good times on this quaint little island.

Exhibiting upbeat folk-rock meets chaotic group chorus sensibilities, the Iceland band has literally exploded (like the volcano) in terms of positive press the past few weeks and have clearly paced themselves as one of the front runners for “most absurdly packed debut showcase” at SXSW.

It’s easy to see why they are on a collision course for success. Take the track “Little Talks.” Guy girl vocals pared with a relentlessly upbeat beat, horns, organs and a singalong backing track – it’s the exact type of song that would get both boys and girls tapping their toes. Eerily reminiscent of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero’s track “Home” too. Not a bad thing, check them out.

Tour dates!
3/21 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
3/22 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
3/24 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
3/25 Vancouver, Canada @ 881 Granville Street
3/26 Seattle, WA @ The Neptune Theatre
3/29 Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe
3/30 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
3/31 Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion
4/2 Washington, DC @ The Black Cat
4/2 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
4/5 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
4/6 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
4/7 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
4/9 Rochester, NY @ Club at Water Street Music Hall
4/10 Albany, NY @ Jillian’s
4/11 Montreal, Canada @ La Sala Rossa
4/12 Toronto, Canada @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club

Song of the Day: Trust / TRST / TR_ST / ? – Bulbform

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Trust is Toronto based duo Robert Alfons and Maya Posteps, who judging by their press photos, are also daytime Urban Outfitter models. I have a hard time deciphering what their actual name is but I think they should make it more distinct since there is also a French and Belgium band with the same name.

Either way, the duo was signed to Arts and Craft last year and will release their debut record at some point this year. In preparation for this luminous event, the band will be playing a host of shows in early spring, including a March 3rd date at the Wrongbar, which is actually the most perfect venue you can pick for their type of music.

I’m not sure how to exactly frame Trust’s type of music, I think I would like to call it midnight electro or something. I think songs like Bulbform are best played really late in the night at a dark club. It has that type of atmosphere to it and contains (but effective) arrangements alongside cold, distant lyrics, which is all backed by a pulsating beat. Probably in the same realm of Austra’s Beat and the Pulse in terms of atmosphere. It’s pretty good, check it out.

Song of the Day / Retro #MusicMonday: San Cisco – Rocket Ship

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Does anyone remember when twitter had #musicmonday? Me neither.

We first wrote about Australian act San Cisco last year, and then they released an EP earlier for which Halley did a song of the day for. Well, we are back again! San Cisco’s EP Awkward has been steadily in my rotation this year. It’s one of those sneaky rotation events that you don’t necessarily expect but are glad it turned out that way. I’ve been trying to figure out why I like the the EP so much and I’ve finally realized it. San Cisco sounds like a smorgasbord of the bands Ive liked for the past decade. There are similarities rangin from acts like Arctic monkeys to a host of indie pop darlings that are out today.

Take the track Rocket Ship for example, it starts out with a Vampire Weekend (lets face it, we all liked them at one point or another) west undies tinge before ascending to a frenetic group chant sing along chorus that stays in your head after the track is long over. It’s a somewhat familiar sounding yet surprisingly original sound. Check it out