The Boston Herald are on board with VILLAGERS’ back-to-basics approach:
“I like his return to simple. Basically a quiet folk album with little, arty flourishes, “Darling Arithmetic” doesn’t need to get loud to have an impact. Drumheads slapped with brushes, picked-out acoustic guitar and sparse piano and organ frame some truly lonesome vocals. Best example: the urgent, wounded shout contained in whispers on ‘Hot Scary Summer’.” - Jed Gottlieb, The Boston Herald
Listen to the official audio for “Hot Scary Summer”.
Darling Arithmetic is out on Domino Records and going for spins at radio NOW!
Stereogum included “Waitress” by Hop Along on their regular segment called The 5 Best Songs of the Week!
Here’s why they picked the track:
Every word out of Frances Quinlan’s mouth suggests her soul is ripping apart. The Hop Along singer is indie rock’s very own Janis Joplin, delivering each lyric in the form of volatile wails that suggest her larynx is made of sandpaper. That kind of cat-screech risks turning Hop Along’s songs into fingernails-on-chalkboard irritants, but instead Quinlan’s abrasion is electrifying, rendering every track on the band’s new Painted Shut an urgent emotional firestorm. “Waitress” is among the best of them — a tumultuous, triumphant blast of furious melodic noise that will have you flipping over tables with a smile. –Chris
Hop Along’s new record Painted Shut will be here before we know it - 5/4 via Saddle Creek!
FADER MUSIC PREMIERE: Owen Pallett “The Sky Behind The Flag”
Director/Animator Eno Swinnen creates a comic using dazzling colors and old-school rotoscoping techniques depicting the estranged love story between an astronaut and his earth-bound partner.
Pallett explains, “The song is about how great distance can exist between things that appear to be very close. Like two lovers, or two halves of a brain: the extrovert that is engaging with the world, and the introvert that is providing commentary.“
Head over to the FADER to read more and take a gander at Pallett’s upcoming tour dates this summer!
“The Sky Behind The Flag” is off of 2014’s In Conflict out on Domino.
Big Shot Song Premiere - MIDIVAL PUNDITZ with “Baanwarey” :
The confluence of bombastic electronic music spiced with elements of rock and heavy helpings of Indian folk (Rajasthani, Punjabi, Carnatic and Uttar Pradesh), Light is their first performance-based concept record.
We’re thrilled to world premiere the second cut off Light, “Baanwarey,” which was specifically tailored by the duo for the dance floor.
Tune into the track here.
Light releases April 28 via Six Degrees!
Bob Moses - All In All (Domino)
Hudson Mohawke – “Very First Breath (feat. Irfane)” (Warp)
Jon Regen – Stop Time (Motéma)
Squarepusher – Damogen Furies (Warp)
TORRES – Sprinter (Partisan)
Listen to Hop Along’s “Powerful Man” on Brooklyn Vegan!
It’s got choppy, crunchy Weezer-esque verses, plus a classic-sounding guitar solo from Joe Reinhart. It’s also a dark song, lyrically. Singer Frances Quinlan told The FADER it’s about witnessing a boy getting beaten up by his father in front of a school when she was 18.
Stream the track, read the full review, and find tour dates here!
Painted Shut is out 5/4 via Saddle Creek!
The folks at WPTS sum up Bombadil’s Hold On very nicely in one sentence,
Take some folksky chords, sprinkle them with delicate drum beats and keyboards, layer on some playfully shy Ezra-Koenig like vocals and you have Bombadil.
Read the full review here!
Hold On is spinning at radio NOW!
Listen to Sylvan Esso chat with Southern California Public Radio about life on the road!
Nick: You play all these shows and it’s so much fun. We both love being on tour and love playing shows, and then everyone’s constantly like, “You should have more new stuff!” And you’re like, “I’ve been on tour forever and I’m emotionally dead.” [laughs] I feel like I’m on my 20th wind, if that puts it in perspective for me.
Partners in crime Amelia Meath (Mountain Man) and Nick Sanborn (Megafaun) detail their experiences performing and keeping sane while on tour for so long.
Amelia: In order to keep sane after having spent every waking moment of my life with both Nick and many other people that I love, I play “Zelda: Majora’s Mask,” probably on average about two hours a day. [laughs]
Listen to the full interview here.
Catch Sylvan Esso on tour! Click here for a full list of dates.
In their beautiful new album Darling Arithmetic, Villagers distinguish themselves with subtlety. Check out Under The Radar’s thoughts of the record:
It can make for uncomfortable listening; at times it feels a lot like earwigging into the confessions of a man coming to terms with himself and the world around him. But, for all that, it’s a compelling proposition. […] It’s a tumultuous listen, but one that sweeps you up in its compassion, bravery, and beauty. Honesty has never sounded so good.
Darling Arithmetic is spinning at radio NOW via Domino Records
Featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered: HOLLY MIRANDA
“Mark My Words” is from her self-titled second solo LP, out on May 19th via Dangerbird.
“She’s a bona-fide singer-songwriter who can and will simply sell a song around just her voice and the sound of an acoustic guitar” – Pitchfork
“… stripped of all the qualms and metaphors that usually render most pop song propositions toothless… a fascinating balance of country determination and lusty pop” – Stereogum
“While she’s often content to just hint at what her voice can do, in this very small space Ms. Miranda unleashed it.” – New York Times
“… an utterly undeniable statement of romantic intent. The song may be uncompromising in its insistence, but it’s also winning enough in its classic pop structuring, sweet acoustic strumming and matter-of-fact lyrics” – SPIN