Mac DeMarco‘s 3rd album reflects back on the ‘Salad Days‘ of his youth. This nostalgia for the past, combined with the experience that came from it, allows the bittersweet nature of being a slacker to be portrayed better than ever whilst also showing off his undeniable talent.
Having been 14 years without an album, D’Angelo was not rushing to get back into the industry unless he really had something to say. Recent developments in Ferguson incensed him to release the album early, with songs about the ingrained racism of a lot of Americas subconscious. Yet ‘Black Messiah‘ explores these tensions not simply by complaining about them but instead with a view to solving these problems through the pursuit of love and it is in this way that D’Angelo is truly prophetic.
Having recently become a father, Dan Snaith played a mix of genres to influence the future music tastes of his daughter. Little did he know that the records were also influencing ‘Our Love‘, with its soulful undertones and joyous lyrics, Caribou‘s album has brought IDM to the masses.
Lana Del Rey‘s ‘Ultraviolence‘ told the tale of the further demise of the Hollywood dreamers fate. In beautiful and powerful ballads, the characters tale of failed romance and crushed dreams is melancholic yet almost a reinforcement on the themes of ‘Born to Die‘. One more album in this vein could show Lana Del Rey is not a character but a true reflection on Lizzy Grant.
Beginning with a spidery guitar line and warm handclaps, “They Won’t Find Us” is the first track to be released by Dead Seem Old. With a whole LP’s worth of songs written by Thom Wicks during an inspiring trip to Indonesia, he contacted producer Javier Weyler and together the pair recorded the album on an old 4-track recorder at Weyler’s Studio, The Beat Factory.
Sticking strictly to the influences of rare 1960’s surf instrumentals and Grimm fairy tales the collaboration’s first track continues with a flowing bassline and more intricate guitar work, with subtle electronic twinges accompanying the vivid lyrics.
The single “They Won’t Find Us” is out on Lo Records In September and here at Cougar, we can’t wait to hear more.
Fresh from their first ever UK tour, SKYROADSreleased their disco infused double A-side single “1,2 Steps/ Beyond The Doors” and it proves these boys and gal have a great future ahead of them.
The Tel Aviv based 5-piece channel the spirit of Nile Rodgers through the funk bass backbone of “Beyond The Doors” whilst twinkling synths give a fizzing zest to the dancy track.
“1,2 Steps” begins with yet another irresistible bassline built upon with a great sense of restless urgency before the joyous chorus rids the band of all the angst allowing for a free flowing synth line to lead the line to yet more dancy disco infused musicianship. Both tracks are now available on the band’s soundcloud.
Make sure you catch them this autumn when they’ll be bringing their disco rock vibes to Europe and the States. SKYROADS were born to play live and it won’t be long until we see them across the biggest stages and festivals.
Picking off the mud from last summers wellies, Cougar Microbes and are getting set yet again for Y Not festival. Set in the picturesque Peak District, the award-winning festival boasts a line-up as expansive as its surroundings.
We can’t wait to catch bursts of new talent like Nordic Giants’ thunderous soundscapes on display alongside the established acts. White Lies promise to bring their grandiose anthems to Derbyshire whilst wellies will certainly be re-muddied whilst going bonkers to Dizzee.
Check out the full line-up for yourself here Hope to see all your fancy-dressed, welly-wearing, smiling faces there.
Vampire Weekend showed inventive by the bucket loads on their eponymous debut album and 2010’s ‘Contra‘ but there was a feeling that Ezra Koenig and co. where at times too smug for their own good. ‘Modern Vampires Of The City‘ saw the four piece take the best elements from their previous work and focus it towards an album that is a pleasure from start to finish.
“More introspective, less brash. Cryptic lyrics coupled with restraint gave way to perfectly formed songs such as the long-time-coming “Hannah Hunt” whilst the energy stored up could be released raw punk style in “Diane Young”. The intelligent observations suit Vampire Weekend as they set about maturing into adults rather than dying young” – Sam “I’ve already waxed poetically about this album here and 6 months later I still love ‘Modern Vampires of the City‘ just as much” – Roger Jao