Stream TORRES’ new album, Sprinter, via NPR Music’s “First Listen” NOW!
Scott’s skill and ambition as a lyricist thrills, especially given her young age, 24. But Sprinter goes far beyond her 2013 debut because of what she and her producer, Rob Ellis, have accomplished musically … Her songs risk calm in fascinating ways. Aided by Ellis, and by the guitarist Adrian Utley, who brings some of the atmospherics he developed within Portishead into play here, Scott creates as space that turns songwriterly confession sacramental.
Sprinter drops 5/4 via Partisan Records and is going for spins at radio NOW!
The Agit Reader does a fine job mapping out The Skint’s influences in their review of FM, out now on Easy Star:
The band combines traditional influences with touches of R&B as well as ska and hip-hop’s modern offspring, grime. The sum of such parts varies between the soulful dub of “In the Night” to the frantic ska pop of “Friends & Business” to the grimey skank of “Eyes in the Back of My Head.” Purists may scoff, but these hybrids represent a purer take on ska and reggae than the modern strains coming out of Jamaica these days. Moreover, the band’s meshing of styles comes off as unforced, and as evidenced by their collaboration with UK dancehall legend Tippa Irie on their superb ode to London, “This Town,” The Skints are well-versed in their musical roots.
FM is going for spins at radio NOW!
Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath is the latest to join the Genius craze - the self-described “interactive guide to human culture“. On Genius, any user can edit and annotate texts, quotes, and lyrics.
In this case, Amelia gets meta and reveals the inspiration and meanings behind key songs in Sylvan Esso’s debut record that came out last spring on Partisan.
Stereogum picks out their favorite moments including snippets about “H.S.K.T”, “Hey Mami“ and “Come Down”. Check them out here and get the full rundown at Genius.
KCRW DJ Chris Douridas joined Jeremy Hobson on WBUR’s Here and Now on Thursday to share some new music, from Doldrums to Bombadil.
Stream the whole segment and listen to “Francoise” here!
Hold On is at radio NOW!
Head over to Magnet Magazine for a free download of Marino Carino’s “War And Peace”!
Marilyn Carino, best known as songwriter and frontwoman of trip-hop band Mudville, teams up with Mike Mills, co-founder and bassist of big-time rock group R.E.M, to write and produce a few songs off her upcoming album, Leaves, Sadness, Science. Download this haunting, atmospheric gem below, which showcases the positively smoldering vocals of Carino.
Leaves, Sadness, Science is out now, going for spins at RPM!
Check out Pitchfork’s Favorite Track : TORRES - “Cowboy Guilt”
“Cowboy Guilt” is as light as Scott’s sweet relief at the easy episode it documents, hinging around the kind of inverted silvery riff that St. Vincent plied on Strange Mercy. It’s agile and modernist, but never showy, dotted with wobbly electronic touches that underpin the sense of Scott tentatively finding her footing in this free new world.” Read more here.
Sprinter is going for spins at radio NOW & hits the general public 5/5 via Partisan Records.
OOFJ is heating things up in their new album:
The synthpop duo, the mélange of real-life married couple Mills-Rymer, a South African, and Danish instrumentalist Jenno Bjørnkjær now stationed in Los Angeles, explore the silhouetted back-alleys of the mind across the ten tracks of their sophomore effort, Acute Feast. An aptly titled joint, Mills-Rymer cooks up an absolutely decadent soufflé of self-deception, sex, double lives, and more sex while underpinned by Bjørnkjær’s electronic kaleidoscope of sounds. Trained classically and in jazz, Bjørnkjær sports an uncanny knack for textural layering, juxtaposed tempos, and spotless shifts in dynamics, all grounding Mills-Rymer’s airy coo.
- Jon Putnam, The Line of Best Fit
Acute Feast is going for spins at radio NOW! Get your copy via Ring the Alarm.
The intimacy and closeness of Villagers’ Darling Arithmetic is the first of its kind since the band’s debut. Check out what All Music had to say:
Musically, much – if not all – of Darling Arithmetic is pitched at a slow, dream-inducing pace and, while lushly recorded, feels smaller in scope than even Villagers’ debut. Admittedly, these are also slower-burning compositions that lack the hooks and pop immediacy of much of Villagers’ previous work. Ultimately, however, the pulling back feels intentional and fitting for an album of songs that always seem born out of O'Brien’s most personal experiences.
Read the full review here!
Darling Arithmetic is at radio NOW!
Today’s Top Tune at KCRW is a live version of Sylvan Esso’s “H.S.K.T” from their Morning Becomes Eclectic session! Enjoy, beautiful humans.