We like closing the season at eleven volumes—it’s better than ten, by one number. Yes we could have stopped at that nice symmetric landmark, but there’s a long holiday weekend behind us, and you deserve to be musically escorted out of it. Get your stream on HERE, and read on down there.
Evening Hymns – “Intro”
Following the ‘obscure intro from a great band’ rule, let’s start things off inside some field-recorded zen courtesy of Toronto’s Evening Hymns.
Hundred Waters – “Thistle (TOKiMONSTA Remix)”
One of the finest acts to sprout up this past year (we called it right before SXSW), this avant-folk five piece from Gainesville caught the attention of Skrillex (who signed them) which lead to this remix EP of “Thistle”, a track stunning and complex enough for multiple variations.
Divine Fits – “Baby Get Worse”
Dan Boeckner (Handsome Furs, Wolf Parade) writes damn good pop songs, towering and effective—every time—and he’s certainly not going to skip a beat when working with Spoon’s Britt Daniel.
It Is Rain In My Face. – “Pagaul”
A gliding falsetto and a deeper flex getting tangled up in flurry of beats and strums—this is a soulful sound Brooklyn’s Mat Jones owns all by himself. His full length debut arrived last week.
Body Language – “Social Studies (Plastic Plates Remix)”
It’s been a full year since “Social Studies” first shuffled its way up into that good times department of everyone’s playlists, and it still works well there.
Four Tet – “Ocoras”
Four Tet returned this week with Pink, another collection of textural, bell-toned dance tracks, like this one.
Malka Spigel – “Don’t Ask Why”
“Don’t Ask Why” marks some of the only English lyrics on the Israeli art rock legend’s (see: Minimal Contact) 1993 solo debut. In a perfect universe, this rhythmic wonder would have been a chart-topping dance single.
Moon King – “Crucified”
Toronto duo Moon King are about to blow up, in heavy dream-rock loving circles at least. “Crucified”, the prettiest, most Cocteau-like moment on their debut, can really part some clouds.
Shin Joong Hyun – “Beautiful Rivers and Mountains”
This mind-melting excursion from Korea’s “Godfather of Rock” lends its title to a must hear compilation of the artist’s psychedelic work from 1958-74. Go, get it.