Great album artwork from some fellow called Brandun DeShay.
The astute amongst you will remember that London/Barcelona band Crystal Fighters released their excellent debut Star of Love way back in 2010. Well, the Yanks are a couple years behind the trend and to celebrate the albums release stateside this month, they’re recorded a new song called Earth Island [mp3] and it’s an absolute gem. Featuring their traditionally eclectic mix of electro, dubstep, Spanish instrumentation and Basque folklore this will set you right up for the summer months. Energetic and experimental is all the right ways, it’ll allow you to revisit their brilliant first album with songs like At Home and In The Summer. Stream away:
Theophilus London: International playboy
For those of you who are familiar with Teen Dream, the spectacular genre-defining album from Beach House, this will come as great news. Album number four, Bloom, is on its way and comes out May 15th. The impatient amongst us can stream it over at NPR [HERE] and from what I’ve heard, it doesn’t stray far from the original musical formula. The girl-boy duo from Maryland have created a niche for themselves as the purveyors of dream-pop; hazy melodies floating through a beautiful dreamscape. As with previous work, the lyrics have a very romantic and nostalgic air. See four yourself and stream Equal Mind below. It sums up everything the band are all about:
Having conquered the crown for Eclectic Eavesdroppings’ best album of 2009, Passion Pit then went into hibernation in their hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Apparently the band have been working on their sophomore album since the summer of 2010 but only now do we get the first taste of things to come. Take A Walk is the new upcoming single off their second opus titled Gossamer which should see the light of day on July 24th. I overplayed these guys to death when I first discovered them so it’ll be interesting to see how their sound has progressed. I’ve only given the new single a couple of listens but it sounds great already; catchy falsettos, growing crescendos and epic catchiness. Everything one expects from these electro synth-pop/rockers.