PHOENIX – ENTERTAINMENT
For Fans of: Vampire Weekend, Miike Snow, Cut Copy, Tokyo Police Club, Daft Punk,
FOALS – INHALER
For Fans of: Audioslave, Post-punk, Math Rock, Battles, Kenna, Bloc Party, Indie Rock… I don’t know, it’s fusion
Foal’s Inhaler is without a style. Of course, that is the direction of music, to have so many competing influences that we have to make yet another genre name. But with Inhaler, I really don’t know what it is. The beginning sounds like eighties’ pop, like it could have been taken out of a Men at Work or new Cut Copy album. Then the guitars kick in, making it sound more like Kenna’s take on danceable post-punk. That chorus, however, is all alt rock, as it hits hard with the power chords and shakes the song like only Tom Morello could. So what the hell is it? It’s Foals. And it works.
ZERO 7 AIR TYCOON TOURIST
Surfing through my staple music site Best New (mostly indie) Tracks, I noticed they were in a bit of a loungy electronica mood the past couple days. Under the “stuff we missed” category, the site posted three incredibly smooth and airy electronic masterpieces. Zero 7′s The Colour of Spring (feat. Only Girl) is formless and ethereal in nature, riding on backwards synths and female vocals like the Chemical Brother’s classic Where do I Begin (but without the climactic explosion of sound). Air Tycoon’s Land Locked feels like a warmer The Field track, like From Here We Go Sublime was slowed down and given longer soul samples. And finally, Tourist’s Placid Acid rolls forward at a steady pace, like a Daft Punk or Cut Copy slower song, dipped in hints of retro-eighties throwback. All together, it makes for an ultra-mellow mini-mix. My suggestion is to either put on your earphones and close your eyes to absorb the relaxing sounds, or, pour yourself a mixed drink and pretend you are at the coolest New York lounge and your name was on the list.
Zero 7 – The Colour of Spring (feat. Only Girl)
Air Tycoon – Land Locked
Tourist – Placid Acid
BEN BROWNING – I CAN’T STAY
Photo Credit – D. Whit Photography http://dwhitphoto.com/#!concerts/
Two of my favourite summer albums are The Avalanches’ Since I Left You, and Cut Copy’s In Ghost Colours. They are nostalgic, breezy, and perfectly executed. So there should have been no surprise that when Cut Copy bassist Ben Browning released a solo single it would be made for sun, sand, and surf. I Can’t Stay brings the best elements of warm weather tunes, with a Graceland-esque guitar floating in the background, happy-go-lucky synth, and a catchy chorus. He may just sound like an extension of his band, but who cares, the more Cut Copy I can get, the better.