MENOMENA – ROTTEN HELL
For Fans of: Arcade Fire, Yeasayer, Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear, Miike Snow,
YEASAYER – FINGERS NEVER BLEED
Some of the music sites I respect the most panned Yeasayer’s latest album Fragrant World. I rely on these critics as I can’t possibly listen to ever record out there, so I use them to thin the herd. I avoided listening to Fragrant World because of this, but it seems every track I heard by chance is very enjoyable. For example, Fingers Never Bleed carries an energized twitch and tweek electro verse with a completely winning chorus that swoops in with elongated synths. The track has a very unique, but still accessible sound. Sometimes they get it wrong.
I am on my way to hang with the fam in sunny Winnipeg. I will most likely be spending the time soaking up the rays at the lovely Assiniboine Park or kick-ass Grand Beach, and not writing about any cool music. However, I learned an important lesson from the wise Timbaland, and that is I will regret leaving you without a dope beat to step to. Therefore, I have posted some of the great new tracks I have been rocking. Hope you like ‘em.
TRAILS AND WAYS & GHOST BEACH – MIRACLE/NUNCA
FRANK OCEAN – LOST
THE XX – ANGELS
YEASAYER – LONGEVITY
WILD NOTHING – SHADOW
FRANK OCEAN – PINK MATTER
YEASAYER – HENRIETTA
Yeasayer’s Odd Blood was one of the albums I anticipated the most in 2010. And that is saying a lot, since The National, Sufjan Stevens, Kanye West, Antony & the Johnsons, Big Boi, Arcade Fire, and LCD Soundsystem all released albums that same year. It was just that the brilliance of their 2009 single Tightrope, and the teaser samples from Odd Blood were so promising. I was more than a little disappointed when I discovered half the album was incredible, and the other half was too heavy and muddled. But damn it if they haven’t roped me in again. First single from the upcoming album Fragrant World, Henrietta, trades in the bombastic pop for a subtle hypnotic slow-burner. The quirky tendencies of these New Yorkers is still present, but a confident and cool bass line ties the crazy into coherent. The real draw to the track is at about two minutes, when organ sounds start an infectious two and a half minutes of one repeated statement – “oh Henrietta, we can live on forever.” The bass comes back in like a slow chant, and the song marches forward focused on the single thought. It is truly mesmerizing. Fingers crossed that more than half of Fragrant World shares Henrietta’s brilliance.