Tag archive for "Missed in 2011"

Fav Tracks, Indie, New Artists

Youth Lagoon

No Comments 04 January 2012

This young man caught my ears early this year during his initial blog swell but I never got around to posting.  Soon Trevor Powers was the talk of the indie world–being interviewed by Pitchfork and releasing his debut The Year of Hibernation on Fat Possum.  I guess writing anything just felt like noise in the already pretentious crowd.  But the kid’s good, so what better way to wrap up Missed in 2011.

Twenty-two year old Powers has an amazing ability to create titanic anthems without them feeling disingenuous or trite.  Maybe it’s his small arsenal of instruments or his lo-fi production but every track on Hibernation comes across authentic.  The record’s centerpiece “July” was released via his bandcamp page earlier this year for free download as if this was just a hobby.  The song  begins quiet and reserved but soon evolves into a powerful wave of sound as Powers tells a story of love loss and realization.  By the song’s apex you know this kid is for real.  Listen to “July” and other standout “Cannons” below.

Youth Lagoon – “July”

Youth Lagoon – “Cannons”

Fav Tracks, Indie Rock, Missed in 2011

The Vaccines

No Comments 30 December 2011

This was too fun to pass up.   have a wonderfully straight forward tone; a low fi vintage sound makes them feel like a time traveler from 1986 went back to start a 50′s garage band.  , , and even a little bit of comes in from time to time (especially on the danceable “Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)” ).  Singer Justin Young sings a bit like a one-octave tuned up Leonard Cohen.  It’s deep and breathy and fills in the big space of their music nicely.  Their new album was recorded in a few weeks in London where they originally hail from and is called, “What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?”  Tracks to hook yourself into  are “Post Break Up Sex,” “Wrecking Bar (Ra Ra Ra)” and “Norgaard.”  Throw on your button ups and your saddle shoes and mosh it out tonight.

The Vaccines – “Post Break-up Sex”
The Vaccines – “Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)”

 

Fav Tracks, Missed in 2011, Synthpop

Phantogram

No Comments 26 December 2011

Guy/Girl synthpop duos may seem to have hit the saturation point in the indie music market (, Memoryhouse, , etc.), but what does it matter when they’re all so good?  has found a way to set themselves apart with a unique mix of chillwave and hip-hop elements.  Their 2011 EP Nightlife is easily one of my favorite listens of the year so I must have been pretty busy to not mention them all year.  Give a listen to standout track “Don’t Move” and remix of “When I’m Small” from earlier this year and find out for yourself how good they are.

Phantogram – “Don’t Move”

Phantogram – “When I’m Small (RAC Remix)”

Fav Tracks, Indie Rock

Y LUV

No Comments 26 December 2011

LA indie rock group surprisingly went through 2011 relatively quietly.  With a sound likened to indie greats and and a youthful vitality that of young indie rock acts like , Y LUV is set to make a big splash in 2012.  And even though we believe they are destined for big things in the coming year, 2011 singles like “Keep It Rollin’” and “Earthquakes” definitely put them in the Missed in 2011 category.  Keep an eye out for these guys.  Head HERE to stream and download more.

Y LUV – “Keep It Rollin’”

Y LUV – “Earthquakes”

Electronic, Fav Tracks, Missed in 2011, New Artists, Remix

Fiero / Leisure Council

No Comments 21 December 2011

Hooray for nostalgia!  Here’s the (formerly ) to make your day a little more danceable.  These three gentlemen from SoCal have been making remixes and original music for the past two years under the moniker , but decided to change their name to something that would “parallel their lifestyle better.”  Thus, Leisure Council was born.  They have more remixes than original works now, but the remixes are solid dance floor hits, taking what you know about a song and running it through a slap-chop to get new sounds and fresh feelings from beloved classics like, “Escapade” by and, “All Right,” by Christopher Cross.  The boys have plans for the future, so keep an eye out for them.  In the meantime, enjoy these remixes and the smooth-R&B-sex-bassline of the original track, “Tonight.”

Fiero – “Tonight”

Janet Jackson – “Escapade (Fiero Remix)”

Christopher Cross – “All Right (Fiero Catalina Remix)”

 

Chillwave, Electronic, Fav Tracks, Missed in 2011

Chad Valley

No Comments 12 December 2011

This one could be a missed in 2010, definitely should have been posted here a long time ago.  But like I said things happen.  In addition to being a part of indie rock outfit , Oxford based musician Hugo Manuel also records under the name .  Manuel released the EP Equatorial Ultravox earlier this year to great reviews.  The second effort of the bedroom production project is both subdued and huge at once.  It would be easy to label it chillwave and move on, but where many artists of the genre rely on haze for their sound Manuel uses it to merely loft his hook-driven tracks higher and higher.  Listen to standouts from Equatorial Ultravox “Now That I’m Real (How Does It Feel)” and “Fast Challenges” and his recent remix of .

Chad Valley – “Now That I’m Real (How Does It Feel) (ft. Rose Dagul)”
Chad Valley – “Fast Challenges”
The Drums – “Money (Chad Valley Remix)”

Fav Tracks, Indie Rock, Missed in 2011, New Artists

Anamanaguchi

No Comments 09 December 2011

We all remember pretending to be our favorite 8-bit character when we were kids.  Megaman, Mario, Luigi (what kind of sad kid were you?) Samus (for gamer girls), the list goes on.  Some of you might remember doing this last week.  We all have music from our favorite games to accompany us on this imagination land adventure.  Someone took that to another level; someone decided pretend wasn’t enough and they hacked a NES console to pull those sounds out and make the most adventurous, pop-punky, chiptune  you’ve ever heard.   is that someone.  And we may have missed them in 2011 (or maybe 2010) but they’re taking off in a big way.  They wrote and performed the “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game” soundtrack and have remixes from and of and .  Check them out on the most recent single “Airbrushed,” the track, “Rainbow in the Dark (Das Racist Remix),” and a track from their first EP “Jetpack Blues, Sunset Hues.”  More on head HERE.

Anamanaguchi – “Airbrushed”

Anamanaguchi – “Rainbow in the Dark (Das Racist Remix)”

Electronic, Fav Tracks, Missed in 2011

Com Truise

No Comments 08 December 2011

Making it through 2011 without talking about was pretty tough.  The New Jersey producer, also known as Seth Haley, made a big splash in the electronic world in just a year with three albums and a bunch of remixes.  Truise’s sound is not easy to describe without using the term “80′s”.  The best description probably comes from Haley himself: “mid-fi synth-wave, slow-motion funk”.  His genius doesn’t stop at his moniker selection, but extends into his synth-crafting.  Check out the two standout tracks below, “Ether Drift” from Galactic Melt and “Polyhurt” from Fairlight and as an added bonus the remix of Foster the People’s “Helena Beat”.  More on HERE.

Com Truise – “Ether Drift”

Com Truise – “Polyhurt”

Foster The People – “Helena Beat (Com Truise Remix)”

Fav Tracks, Indie Pop, Missed in 2011, Remix

Gotye – “Somebody That I Used To Know”

No Comments 06 December 2011

I am way behind on this one I know, but better late than never I guess.  Wally De Backer is the Belgian born, Australian raised multi-instrumental singer-songwriter that goes by .  His track “Somebody That I Used To Know” is easily one of my favorite songs of the year.  From this year’s Making Mirrors, the song features Kimbra opposite De Backer on vocals explaining how two go from lovers to past acquaintances in just a moment.  I’ll spare you too much detail as the Wikipedia page seems to go into quite a bit of detail.  As an added bonus listen to ’s dance remix of the track.

Gotye – “Somebody That I Used To Know”

Gotye – “Somebody That I Used To Know (Compuphonic Remix)”

Fav Tracks, Indie Rock, Missed in 2011, New Artists, Synthpop

Savoir Adore

No Comments 06 December 2011

may be my biggest miss of 2011.  The guy-girl duo have been likened to indie greats and besides the obvious trade off vocals technique they employ the two bands also share another likeness in both being awesome.  The NYC indie rock outfit utilize vibrant sounds atop dance floor ready beats to create very infectious synthpop.  Their recent “Dreamers” has sunk its way deep within my brain’s jukebox.  ”Loveliest Creature” is actually from 2010, but give it a spin if you haven’t heard it.  More on Savoir Adore HERE.

Savoir Adore – “Dreamers”

Savoir Adore – “Sparrow”

Savoir Adore – “Loveliest Creature”


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