Archive for the ‘Track Reviews’ Category

DOM // Hot.limit

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

It’s amazing how internet buzz works — it truly is an online representation of how A.D.D. our culture has become. One minute, you are a supernova blowing up everyone’s playlists and crashing rapidshare servers, the next, you’re a neutron star collapsed in upon yourself devoid of any luster. DOM has experienced this full circle: bursting onto the scene in 2010 with their Sun Bronzed Greek Gods EP and the Millennial’s party anthem “Living In America”, only to fizzle out a little (though no fault of their own — their second EP in 2k11 was pretty damn good too), and now coming back hot fittingly with “Hot.limit” much to the delight of mp3 bloggers everywhere. The track is hyper-active (as expected) and 99%-instrumental (a little less so), reaching levels of energy only Born Gold seem to be able to reach with their live shows. Brace yourselves before checking out the track below:

Sunny // Rewind

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Sean, from the recently reviewed Perth-based Braves, messaged me to let me know of another project he is a part of, appropriately named Sunny.

The band’s bandcamp page at the moment is mostly a collection of singles, but each track is picture perfect for the beach us in Northern Hemisphere are so longing to get back to! “Rewind” is the latest track — full of chilled-out, soothing guitar lines and airy vocals — but be sure to take a glance at some of their past stuff (“So Cool” and “Anywhere” are personal favorites); you’ll be sure to find something that gives you at least momentary relief from shoveling knee-high snow from the sidewalk.

Coquelicot // Bonita

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

While messing around with Soundcloud for a little bit earlier this morning, I came across some new-ish tracks from Lubbock, Texas indie-darlings Coquelicot. Evidently, the group is in the process of finishing up their new album (slated for a winter/spring release) and have been throwing up a song or two every couple of months on their soundcloud page.

Of all the recently released tracks, “Bonita” is my favorite. Reminding me a lot of the Danish group Efterklang — primarily the soothing vocal melodies and the orchestral instrumentation — the song hit all the right notes for my snowy morning listen. Check it out for yourself below:

Campfires // Fortune Teller

Monday, January 14th, 2013

It’s been a while, I know. I’ve been out on holiday for most of December, but I’m back now baby! As I diligently try to string together a Best of 2012 list that’s due out at the end of the month (par-for-the-course here at PT Music), a couple of killer new jams from 2k13 have graced my ears.

The first is courtesy of Jeff Walls (aka Campfires) and Fire Talk Records who is putting out his first LP, entitled Tomorrow, Tomorrow in February. The first single “Fortune Teller” has been floating around since December, but damn, it’s too good not to post about even a month later. Nostalgic-pop that isn’t annoying, Walls is a master at stringing together a toe-tapping diddy that’ll get you humming even on the twentieth listen. Check it out below and pre-order the LP here.

Campfires // Fortune Teller

Allah Las // KCRW Session

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

PT-Music surf-rock fave’s the Allah Las recorded a set for So Cal radio station KCRW. In it, they played some of hits (“Tell Me (What’s on Your Mind)”, “Catamaran”, “Long Journey”), but also debuted some new material. Check out the stream below:

Tomas Barfod // November Skies (Jerome LOL Remix)

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Spaced-out, pitch-shifted remix of one of the best tracks of 2k12:

Tomas Barfod – November Skies (Jerome LOL Remix) by FoFMusic

Tomas Barfod (ft. Nina Kinert) // November Skies

Sally Shapiro // What Can I Do

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Three years after her grossly overlooked and underrated My Guilty Pleasure dropped, Sally Shapiro is back with a new single and news of a fresh album, entitled Somewhere Else, set to be released in February. For those who aren’t squealing for joy right now, let me refresh you (or introduce you) to the awesomeness that is Sally Shapiro:

Born as a collab between an anonymous female singer (known only by her pseudonym Sally Shapiro) and Swedish electronic synth-pop god Johan Agebjörn, Sally Shapiro produces some of the most sweetly pleasant club tunes that you’ve ever heard — like a discoteque in the clouds. Her 2007 debut charted well among critics (including yours truly) and with this new single, it’s more-or-less the same dreamy vibe. So sit back, relax and drift away (and check soon for the pre-order from Paper Bag Records):

SALLY SHAPIRO ‘What Can I Do’ by Paper Bag Records

LA Vampires + Maria Minerva // The Integration LP

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

PT_Music faves Not Not Fun Records is releasing a collab between LA experimentalist and former Pocahaunted member Amanda Brown (under the Twilight-approved moniker LA Vampires) with Estonia’s “Queen of the Weird Vibes” Maria Minerva. Tally this one in the “no brainer” category.

I’ve only heard snippets of the new record (the longest of which is below) and they sound just about what you’d expect coming from these two: anxiety-inducing melody repetitions, head-spinning reverb vocals, and the applicable descriptive lyrics like “the chaos surrounds me / is leaving me confused.” Can’t wait to hear how the complete record sounds!

Cop the record from NNF here and listen to a past track of Maria’s below:

Maria Minerva // Little Lonely

Holy Other // Held (Tim Hecker Remix)

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Crossing two artists who produced two of my Top 10 Albums of 2011 is sure to please my ears. This “Held” remix is perfect for that gap in your Halloween mix.

Cop the original from Tri-Angle Records.

Holy Other – Held (Tim Hecker Remix) by TriAngleRecords

Chvrches // The Mother We Share

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Don’t even care that I came across this track over a month ago: I STILL blast this track on repeat even though it is already winter in Salt Lake City. Certainly up there with any “Song of the Year” discussions people will be having real soon…

Wish Chvrches wasn’t from Scotland so I’d have a chance to see them tour sooner rather than later. Kinda of tight that they are creating such a buzz with only one song even though “they insist they’ve already got tons of songs – just that they’re not signed, so there’s nowhere to put them.” Cop the 10” via National Anthem (oh wait, nevermind).

Chvrches // The Mother We Share