For those that have been waiting since 2007 for a new album from Germany’s Digitalism, wait no more…well maybe a little longer. The Deutchlanders are set to release their first album in four years on June 21st, titled I Love You, Dude. On the new record, the Hamburg duo further merge their blend of rock & electronic dance music. To listen and download the single, “2 Hearts” go here.
I Love You, Dude Tracklisting
While Canyon Candy is a far cry from the hip-hop electro Javelin has bestowed upon us previously, it’s not something to miss. Inspired by the rolling tumble weeds and red clay encrusted jeans of the Wild West this brief album brings back snippets of that the Frontier used to be. Word is that this is the future soundtrack of an upcoming epic of the same name, directed by Mike Anderson. Previous fans of Javelin may be turned off by this album, it’s not electronically inclined and if anything, sounds vintage. However, Javelin’s master-sampling and melody-making skills were not missed. The album maintained a melodic sway the whole time, with twangy steel guitars and wavering vocals in replacement of synthesizers and funk samples. With most of the songs finishing between one and a half to two and a half minutes, one of this album’s qualities is certainly brevity. As soon as one song begins it suddenly seems to end, sometimes a bit too quickly. The use of samples in tracks such as “Strawberry Roan” and “Trembler” creates an authentic western sound, and adds to the overall reminiscent feel of the album. At the same time, tracks like “Colorado Trail,” and even “Strawberry Roan,” incorporate a little more of the beat that Javelin is known for. Javelin incorporated some western instruments too, I’m pretty sure I detected a steel guitar, and did I hear a jaw harp in “Love Gulch?” Standouts on this short album are “Estavez,” “Colorado Trail,” and “Streets of Laredo.” If you’re a Javelin fan who is open to an album unlike any of its predecessors, pick this album up. You’ll be amazed by their versatility and willingness to experiment. Available April 16th, 2011.
“Not to say they’re in any way a throwback, but the intense fury these three modest humans work up reminds me of ’80s/’90s bands who were desperate to match savvy rock songwriting with scary, theatrical emotion and intensity without turning it into noise punk or cabaret shtick. They walk a line, evoking folklore and fairy tales and witchery, swelling to a climax that’s hypnotic but never quite reveals itself.” — SPIN
Dark noise pop Esben and the Witch are set to release their debut album, Violet Cries. Their intense sound has been raved about ever since they released their 3 EP. You can check out their “Warpath” mp3 here, and their new music video for “Marching Song” below.
The Babies is composed of Kevin Morby, previously in the band Woods, Cassie Ramone from Vivian Girls, Justin Sullivan from Bossy and Nathan Stark from Bent Outta Shape. After playing in several house parties and concerts, they’re ready to release their recordings in a self titled LP. Check out “Run Me Over” here, and make sure to check them out live below!
01/05 Seattle, WA TBA
01/06 Portland, OR Rotture
01/07 Reno, NV Holland Show Space
01/08 Sacramento, CA TBA
01/09 San Francisco, CA The Hemlock
01/10 Oakland, CA TBA
(All dates with White Fence)
Washington DC-based band US Royalty are finally ready to release their debut record after spending a year recording and writing the music as a band. The folk pop band has been compared to the likes of Local Natives and the Black Keys, but in reality, their inspiration is drawn from Kubrick and Ennio Morricone soundtracks.
The result is an electrifying single called “Equestrian”, which can be listened to here.
Make sure to pick up the promising “Mirrors” on January 25th, 2011.