The Neighbourhood

I think i found hell,
I think i found something,
I think i found something in my TV screen.

That’s an intro from an ear-catchy single titled Female Robbery. Female Robbery is a song by The Neighbourhood, and yes, it’s the first time I heard about them too. You never heard about them, neither do I, but one thing for sure we should give their songs a listen.

Nothing more I can tell you about this band besides that they are Californian and playing a good music. Their songwriting is good either, it’s a “girl getter” lyric they have on both Female Robbery and Sweater Weather, but hey, they deliver those words in a fancy way without being cheesy and annoying. Go get a listen, Female Robbery posted two months ago while Sweater Weather were posted on March 27th.

Their music is unique, it’s a mixture of indie-pop with a little bit hip-hop. Vocal delivery are potential to be a niche for their musical career, if you remember how Lily Allen singing her songs, then their vocalist will remind you of her (in a male voices, of course). You will heard that most of the song are filled with steady beat in a very slow pace. Guitar and bass are doing the same, only few chord repeating, and then we heard the vocal repertoire chanting in a clear voice intriguing our ears without a doubt, word by word.

I see no album release date yet, but this one obviously going into my watch list. Enjoy!

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The Way We Were in 1989 – Floating Islands

THE WAY WE WERE IN 1989

Introducing Kelly Dale and Joyell Dunay, a duo from Seattle who enjoy playing a lo-fi folk music for The Way We Were In 1989 (TWWWI ’89). The duo been around since they released their self titled album in 2010, debut goes pretty well and I have several favorite songs like Mother Wants Her Jewelry Back and I Feel Strong.

Their second album titled Floating Island and schedule to be released in the end of April this year. Brian from Team Pegasus  kind enough for give me a listen to the upcoming album, and yes, I’m happy listening to their new materials. My favorite song is Come Around, but I’m affraid you guys have to wait untill Floating Island release date because it doesn’t featured in their Bandcamp player as a playable track. Meanwhile, have a listen to their other tracks below, Rock & Roll will give you a deep impression both music and the lyric, while Cleanse will give you an example of how lo-fi electronic pop music are able to make your mind abstractly “dancing” to the sound. Enjoy!

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Julia Holter – Moni Mon Amie

Julia Shammas Holter is Los Angeles based multi-instrumentalist, her voice and songwriting known after she released her first studio album Tragedy on August 2011. Above is a music video from her new released album Ekstasis, track title is Moni Mon Amie. Holter is defnitely productive musician, after releasing two album in 7 months period, she already planned her third album titled Gigi.

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Damon Albarn – The Marvelous Dream

Today, Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz) introducing his brand new video The Marvelous Dream. The single taken from his upcoming solo album Dr. Dee, Dr. Dee will be released on May 7th this year.

Damon is kind of busy these days, there are at least four other projects which he participating, his old band Blur and Gorillaz, Lana Del Rey, and a supergroup band with Flea and Tony Allen. Well, that’s already a good news for his fans, and the most important thing is those projects serve different materials between one and another.

The Marvelous Dream is a simple track with Damon and his guitar chanting around, so does the music video. You can watc the video on a YouTube player above. It show us a building with a traffic in front of it, but I can assure you that you will never get bored. Why? Because the song is pretty good, and it’s Damon Albarn doing his solo for God sake! Enjoy.

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Of Montreal – Feminine Effects

Of Montreal - Feminine Effects

The fifth Record Store Day is coming this year with Iggy Pop as their Official Ambassador, some artist start promoting their special release for the occasion, Of Montreal is one of them. On the third week of April, Of Montreal will release this track on a 7″ split with Deerhoof, the 7″ titled A Filthy Fifth.

The track actually recorded on 2008, been performed few times on Of Montreal’s gigs and its raw material already hitting YouTube. Feminine Effects is another balads that has been predicted to make a hit later that day, I myself waiting too long for this track to be released on their album, untill couple days ago. On March 16th, Of Montreal was kind enough to give us another listen to this track. You can also listen via a SoundCloud player below. It’s a beutiful song, with a smooth guitar sweeps that will make your hearth smile. Enjoy!

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Sharon Van Etten – Leonard

On my previous post, we already listen to her B-Side track of this single Life Of His Own. Leonard is her first single from Sharon Van Etten third studio album Tramp. The video above is Sharon performing Leonard for Conan O’Brien show from couple days ago. Performance are excellent, and we finally find out that the song is also excellent.

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Sharon Van Etten – Life Of His Own

Sharon Van Etten

Her name is Sharon Van Etten, an American singer-songwriter based in Brooklyn, New York. Sharon started her music career on 2009 when she released her first album Because I Was In Love, singles like For You and Much More Than That played around the world after Pitchfork giving her a rating of 7.7. Her debut album also received very warm welcome and positive reviews from many music critics. People love her voice, while her songwriting skills are blowing everyone’s mind. Her music considered as an echoes of folk tradition with powerful vocal harmonies.

After some tours and promotions, she return to studio and recorded new materials, as a result she provide the music enthusiast with her second album titled Epic on 2010. Even though the whole album received some negative reviews here and there, the sophomore’s hit single Love More has been covered in concert by high profile artists such as Bon Iver and The National.

Last month, on February 7th, Sharon released her third album called Tramp. The album produced by Aaron Dessner of The National, her another Brooklyn musician friend. Sharon also featuring some Brooklyn-based musician like Bryce Dessner (The National), Francis Condon (Beirut), and another talented female singer-guitarist Jenn Wasner from Wye Oak duo. Have no chance to listen to the whole album yet, but I saw this single back and forth on my SoundCloud feed.

The single title is Life Of His Own. This song is an expression of a desire for relationship, where both parties maintain their own individual lives, friends, and passions, while still in love for each other. This is an accoustic version of the track and can be found at the B-Side of her recent single from Tramp album, Leonard. You might find Sharon’s voice is going deeper on this one, sung with slow guitar excerpt along with smooth violin sound in the background. You can listen to the track on the SoundCloud player below. Enjoy!

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