The 18 best tracks from the last two weeks featuring psych pop, indie rock, electronic pop, and dreampop. Music from the US, UK, Canada, the Netherlands and Australia. The illustrious production skills of James Murphy and Steve Albini are also represented.
Arcade Fire ‘Reflektor’
James Murphy produced first single from the band’s much anticipated follow up to The Suburbs, described by Win Butler as “a mash up of Studio 54 and Haitian Voodoo.
Of Montreal ‘Belle Glade Missionaries’
Style hopper Kevin Barnes now seems to be mining that rich Bowie circa-Hunky Dory vein. This is the track to surface from the forthcoming twelfth album Lousy With Sylivanbriar (Fugitive Air was featured back on ITP#38).
Parquet Courts ‘You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now’
First featured back on ITP #21 with ‘Borrowed Time’ the Brooklyn melodic punk types release this catchy little chugger from their forthcoming Tally All the Things That You Broke EP.
Phantogram ‘Black Out Days’
Synth pop from New York duo who have collaborated with Big Boi and The Flaming Lips. [Phantogram]
Mimi and Alan’s voices in fine form on this cover of the Rihanna song. Available from iTunes, All proceeds go to Chicago music education organization Rock For Kids.
Blood Orange ‘Chamakay’
Dev Hynes (Test-Icicles, Lightspeed Champion, producer du jour) teams up with Caroline Polachek from Chairlift for this soulful, noirish pop number. A great 80s jazzy sax break at the end too.
Swearin’ ‘Watered Down’
Scuzzy indie rock from the Brooklyn band’s second album, due out in November.
River Tiber ‘The Star Falls’
Downbeat electronic pop from Toronto’s Tommy Paxton-Beesley.
Mazes ‘Hayfever Wristband’
Lo-fi, stuttering post punk indie, from Manchester band’s forthcoming Better Ghosts EP.
Mind Spiders ‘Make Make Make Make’
Sci-fi, speed garage from the band’s forthcoming third album, Inhumanistic. Out next month on Dirtnap.
Bottomless Pit ‘Fleece’
Steve Albini-produced dark, dirty and slow indie rock from former Silkworm men. You can trace its lineage back through 80s/90s alt rock and slacker indie to The Stooges’ ‘Dirt’.
Woman’s Hour ‘Darkest Place’
Dream pop from London based Kendal band.
Another track from 19 year old Ellen Kempner. Compared to the 90s-style indie rock of ‘Pet Carrot’ (ITP #41) this has a very different feel. More like the earlier, more melodic work of Shannon Wright..
Ducktails ‘Honey Tiger Eyes’
Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile’s psych pop side project.
I saw these guys last year on a triple bill with Say Lou Lou and Gnome and thought they were like a more soulful and slightly camp the xx . Voila!
Grizzly Bear ‘Will Calls (Marfa Demo)’
Superior outtake from the Shields sessions.
Luke Temple ‘Florida’
Soulful and funky solo recording from frontman of experimental poppers Here We Go Magic.