Thursday, November 25, 2010

new discovery: The Naked and Famous

Last week while heading to work I tuned into KCRW's The Morning Becomes Eclectic and was turned on to the workings of The Naked and Famous, a New Zealand 5-piece who make glittery anthems for both recovering and burgeoning hipsters. The track played, "Young Blood", reminded me alternately of MGMT and Arcade Fire: a combination I could get behind. It's one of those throw-a-bag-in-the-back-of-your-car-and-leave-town-to-find-your-destiny kind of songs. I listened to many of those songs while I was making the drive to my new home in L.A. a little over a month ago.

So it's Thanksgiving and this morning I found myself eating biscuits and home made peanut butter in the company of new friends, mostly New England transplants like me who found our way to the opposite coast, therefore unable to be with family for a holiday with few legitimate historical merits, but many legitimately tasty and flavorful merits. Little things. New friends. Biscuits. Peanut Butter. These are the things I'm truly thankful for. The below tracks by The Naked and Famous reminded me of what I came out here to find and have achieved: beautiful moments.

The Naked and Famous - Young Blood

The Naked and Famous - Punching In A Dream

You can buy The Naked and Famous' new LP, Passive Me, Aggressive You here, and check out their myspace too.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Com Truise remixes Neon Indian...

Chillwave: once an irrelevant misnomer, now a veritable pejorative. Are bloggers allowed to use the word anymore? If I label a musician's work a chillwave by-product, am I insulting them, or am I complimenting them by suggesting they have achieved the zenith of cool? Has anyone decided whether or not chillwave is "so 2009"? Can I be the one to do it?

Chillwave is so 2009.

How then does one go about categorizing the work of Jersey beat purveyor Com Truise? We can start with the basics: it's really, really good.

Then we can assess his workload in the past few months. He's a busy guy, dropping remixes for Twin Shadow and now Neon Indian, and releasing a second EP, Cyanide Curcuits, hot on the heels of his Pyragony/Tripyra EP, which appeared last August.

Everyone is going on about this dude chillwaving it up. I wonder, had Boards of Canada come on the scene RIGHT NOW, if the same would be said about them? In any case, this "Disorder' Remix of Neon Indian's "Sleep Paralysist" sounds more like a nod to Tron than anything else:

Or try the warbly, warped VHS version here:
Neon Indian - Sleep Paralysist (Com Truise 'Eyelid' Remix)

I really like the handling of this track, which is also one of add salt's top tracks of 2010. Look for that post in the near future.

More deets at Green Label Sound.

Monday, November 15, 2010

new single from The Dead Trees, "Back to L.A."...

I have just a quick minute in between one job guessed it: another job! But I felt it pertinent- nay - necessary, to rep the work of buddies and rock wizards The Dead Trees, whose new single "Back to L.A." made it's debut on Pitchfork today.

P to the F calls it "awfully Strokes-y", and while that might be a fairly accurate assessment, I think it's important to consider the single in light of the Dead Trees' previous "less Strokes-y" material. "Back to L.A." bears none of the grit of "Loretta", but all of it's staying power. You might call it easier to digest. You may call it less controversial. It's a move that most bands are eventually forced to make when confronting rising popularity, but lacking that pressure, the Trees assert the tasteful notion that catchiness is not to be equated with simplistic songwriting.

The Dead Trees - Back to L.A.

The Dead Trees' new 7" is out tomorrow on White Iris. On a related note, they play the Viper Room tomorrow night. add salt is totally gonna be in attendance.


Monday, November 8, 2010

new discovery: Rangers

Rangers craft swirling hypnagogic ballads heavily influenced by space rock and shoegaze. With intriguingly sensual atmospherics, Rangers records are bound to elicit phantom nostalgia, conjuring memories of 80s after school specials, B horror flicks, or that day in the park when you took too much cold medicine. Their latest album, Suburban Tours was released earlier this year via Olde English Spelling Bee, responsible for recent releases from Matrix Metals and Ducktails, so you KNOW it's a winner.

Now they've debuted a new single, "Zombies", off a forthcoming as-yet-unnamed EP. It's the most exciting (and funky) AM-radio imitator I've heard since Teen Inc.'s "Fountains". But don't just take my word for it:

Rangers - Zombies


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

new discovery: Labyrinth Ear

Labyrinth Ear hail from New Cross, England, where they specialize in deliciously ominous electronic dance music. Comparisons to Ladytron will almost certainly spring to mind, and a nod to Crystal Castles would also be fair. How about Ladytron and Crystal Castles riding on Falcor the Luck Dragon to a score composed by John Carpenter? That do anything for you?

Sound-alikes aside, Labyrinth Ear unleash some pretty unique compositions on their debut EP, Oak Ear, ones that are enchanting and simultaneously disquieting. Tracks like "White Gold" and "Lithium" use synths to set evocative futuristic dystopian scenes. "Snow White" is a cover of the title track from the eponymous Disney film, courteously translated into a contemporary dance floor number. And "Navy Light"? Have a listen. Shimmery and sun-bleached, it's probably going to be their break-out hit.

Oak Ear, is available to stream or download for free on Labyrinth Ear's website. Enjoy!

Labyrinth Ear - White Gold

Labyrinth Ear - Navy Light

Monday, November 1, 2010

[add salt] HAS RELOCATED!...+ a new track from Dâm-Funk

Now bear in mind, little bloglings: this relocation is physical rather than cyber. It means that you don't have to change your bookmarks.

My absence for the good part of October had to do with a move to Los Angeles. Now I can bring you the latest and greatest from the center of the universe. In the next two months I'm hoping to bang out a few mixes and debut my year-end "best of" lists, in addition to keeping you guys updated on what's good. For now, I'll send you off with something new from L.A.'s own Dâm-Funk, who's set to debut a split 7" with Computer Jay tomorrow on All City. Dâm's pretty adept at defining city nightlife. "3012 Luv Affair" speaks to the future of [add salt]: it's gonna be a damn sexy time.

Dâm-Funk - 3012 Luv Affair