Second Dose – Cloudcast February 2012

The Krautrock influences present in the last cloudcast have all but disappeared (except perhaps on Mansions on The Moon’s stadium houes track ‘Athens’) and indie in it’s variety of stripes has come to the front, the Hospitality, Bowerbirds and Wild Nothing tracks are early contenders for my year end list already There’s a handful of superior electronic tracks, kicking off with another interesting Roxy Music remix before the mix ends with a couple of downbeat numbers.

Bowerbirds ‘In The Yard’
I am utterly charmed by this hymn to hard-won idyllic, bucolic domestic bliss. [Bowerbirds]
[good interview with background on Bowerbirds]

Hospitality ‘Betty Wang’
Wistful indie-pop. This track first came out 3 years ago but has been re-recorded for their debut album. [Hospitality]

Beach Fossils ‘Shallow’
Like the poppy-end of ‘Sister’ / ‘Daydream Nation’ era Sonic Youth. [Beach Fossils]

Wild Nothing ‘Nowhere’
Sounds like the Go-Betweens with a bit of early Primal Scream thrown in on the chorus.

Ben Kweller ‘Mean To Me’
A return to his melodic indie-rock roots after his last country influenced album. [Ben Kweller]

Father John Misty ‘Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings’
Former Fleet Foxes drummer and prolific solo artist J (Josh) Tilman adopts a new moniker and turns up the rock. [Father John Misty]

Jack White ‘Love Interruption’
Softer than what he usually delivers, but still obviously the work of the man who bought us the White Stripes, The Raconteurs and Dead Weather. [Jack White]

White Fence ‘It Will Never Be’
Gently shambling, garage / psychedelia form Darker My Love’s Tim Presley [White Fence]

Royal Baths ‘Faster, Harder’
San Francisco psych rockers move to New York and soak up the spirit of the Velvet Underground and The Cramps. [Royal Baths]

Shimmering Stars
From Vancouver, the noisier end of shoegazing meets the Everly Brothers, but better than that sounds. [Shimmering Stars]

Gonjasufi ‘Nikels and Dimes’ Gonjasufi’s ‘A Sufi and a Killer’ album was the last record I bought after hearing it playing in a record store. This is from his latest mini-album ‘M.U.Z.Z.L.E’. Layered, dusty trip-hop that draws you in with it’s spooky, vaguely mystic charms. [Gonjasufi]

Phèdre ‘In Decay’
Hypnagogic pop from “Monte Carlo, Monaco” (i.e really from Canada). [Phèdre]

Roxy Music ‘Avalon’ Lindstrom & Prins Thomas
I’m loving all these Roxy Music remixes that are getting released, although unlike the Todd Terje remix from the last cloudcast, this one has actually been knocking around for quite a few months. [Roxy Music]

John Talabot (featuring Pional) ‘Destiny’
Electronic Music evangelist Philip Sherburne says “Talabot has become an exemplar of a new breed of producers working at the intersection of deep house, disco, and indie pop”. I say, “Yup!”
[John Talabot]

Matthew Dear feat. Johnny Pierce ‘In The Middle’
Better known as a producer of micro house and techno, this is more chillwave meets hip hop with The Drums Johnny Pierce on vocals. [Matthew Dear]

Mansions on the Moon ‘Athens’
I read this on YouTube “Pharrell Williams-produced…harmonic shoegaze pop swirled around a blanket of space pops, fuzz synths and…the unmistakable smack of live drumkits and guitars”. [Mansions on the Moon]

Blondes ‘Wine’
Atmospheric and hypnotic hipster house. [Blondes]

Daniel Rossen ‘Saint Nothing’
Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles man with distinctive vocal style releases sad sounding song with piano, muted horns and strings. A real grower. [Daniel Rossen]

Mirel Wagner ‘No Death
Finland-via-Ethopia singer/songwriter / gloom-chanteuse [Mirel Wagner]

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