Hands-down one of the most self-assured creative brilliance singles I’m hearing this month. And it’s only their first effort. This London duo is going to hear a lot more from the wide world very soon.
My friend David and I had a long conversation last night about the early years of Stereolab. How they released, and their early movement of color vinyl and creative 10″ releases through out their career. I can imagine Donna Thompson and John Atterbury carrying that torch well.
Time passes. Or it doesn’t. Maybe it’s a trip that we all get fooled about experiencing together. In that vein, I decided to put together a group of songs for you, dear readers, that feel the essence of my elemental beings of music here in the late summer days of 2015. Songs to take on the road with you these heat-full days of the northern hemisphere, or to snuggle in with those of you in cooler parts of this planet. Because no one on earth has heard these artists’ songs (not even their moms), it’d be great to share ‘em around. Remember their names, listen to their other jams. Some of these songs are the first of their kind. Love them with care. Listen!
I’m a 19 year old kid from Brooklyn. 10 months ago I was attending community college 3 hours away from my home on public transit(no car), heading in a direction I’ve always been told was good for me. Either I’ll make a lot of money after college or I’ll get a great job neither of which ever really peaked my interest. On my 6 hour journey to and from school sometimes really early sometimes really late I got to see a lot of different people. Lots of scars and wrinkles, tired eyes and tired feet and tons of discontent. I never wanted to be like that discontent or unhappy with life. I started writing on this journey about me, the things I saw, the sounds I heard the sounds I felt. Simple perry that turned into lyrics pretty quickly I would say.
Around December I was nearing the top of the deans list and doing amazing in my studies. But I started to feel.. Discontent. I slipped into a depression that had me listening to dark existential music which now that I think back to it scares me quite a lot. Somewhere along those -16 degree days I came to a conclusion that for the rest of my life I wanted to make music. Not to make money or Have something to do. But to make people feel. Simply feel. Because they’re are plenty who would die to feel something in this world so that they wouldn’t think so much about leaving it as I have. On Monday I released my first single Knock$ a song about the grand picture of my personality. I don’t answer doors often, physically or emotionally and that’s what I tried to encompass here. I plan on doing music for a really long time.
On his last LP, 2013’s stoned-out Wakin on a Pretty Daze, Vile seemed satisfied with a lack of determination, singing on the (almost) title-track, “To be frank, I’m fried/But I don’t mind… Living low, lackadaisically so.” However, a couple years later, it seems that lifestyle is getting to him; on “Pretty Pimpin,” that satisfaction has turned to disillusionment when Vile says, “Didn’t recognize the boy in the mirror/Then laughed and said, “Oh silly me, that’s just me.”
The music reflects this change, seeming less breezy as the drums plod ahead a bit heavier than before. This change in tone gives the song a drive that seems more determined while unmistakably remaining a Kurt Vile song. A worthwhile listen in anticipation of Vile’s forthcoming LP B’lieve I’m Goin Down — due September 25 later this year — this song leaves the impression that Kurt Vile, even as bummed as he ever is, has found new direction.
Last year, Tumblr polled 50+ music bloggers to find out their favorite albums, songs, videos and blogs on Tumblr. The blog they loved most was Mark Schoneveld’s YVYNYL. We had a chat with Mark so you can get to know the brain behind the blog.
When did you start your blog? What inspired you to do it?
YVYNYL: I started YVYNYL the day that Tumblr launched to the public. I already had another personal blog elsewhere so I decided immediately to use the Tumblr platform for blogging about music. In fact, I’ve been told that I have one of the oldest user accounts on the site.
Most exciting changes your blog has undergone since you registered for Tumblr in April 2007?
YVYNYL: My “Letters to YVYNYL” project is my most challenging time commitment, but by far the most rewarding. I love hearing what drives artists forward, and what makes them tick.
Who is this year’s Artist to Watch?
YVYNYL: Cemeteries, Postaal, Cross Record, Shana Falana, Redspenser are some young artists I’ve recently posted about on Tumblr, not surprisingly, ones with totally different sounds. I don’t really post on Tumblr like a game to win. It takes all types of artists to make the world go ‘round, an calculating winners and losers isn’t my favorite pastime. If I post about someone it’s because I was touched by their story, or understood their place in the infinite pantheon of music, or simply got their vibe.
Favorite new artists from home base Philadelphia?
YVYNYL: I’ve been a fan of Philly’s Hop Along, surf pop The Yetis, and indie rockers Cousin Brian. Watch Marian Hill (Jeremy Lloyd and Samantha Gongol) blow up. This is their year.
Who’s an artist, pre-2000s, that you think would have been awesome at Tumblr and why?
YVYNYL: I can’t help but immediately think of Sonic Youth because they had it all: a sound, style, and grace, but with a growl that would put you to your knees. Kim has like a million followers on Instagram because she just came out with an (excellent) book, but if the band came back together, they’d be slaying the Tumblr scene with historical images, sounds and stories of their rock star lives without a doubt.
I discovered Crash Course in Science years ago, back when there was this amazing (and now infamous) little club night in NY called Wierd. It was the epicenter for a synth revival that spread rapidly across the country and overseas, bringing both old and new electronic artists to light, reigniting an interest in the fine craft of non-laptop based music creation. The music was raw, alive, primitive, haunting, strange… Very rare indeed.
Crash Course was one of those bands whose tracks really stood out to me at the club. I was pleased to discover they originated in my home town, Philadelphia, in 1979, and released some of the best records in this obscure genre during the early 80’s. Tracks like ‘Flying Turns’ and 'Cardboard Lamb’ were certainly made for Dadaists who liked to dance.
What really set them apart from the rest was their ability to create catchy songs out of sounds that were not traditionally melodic. Their music was built around rhythmic bleeps, bloops, whirring, and metallic clanging noises. Most of these sounds came from homemade synths and broken or modified toys. Add to that playful boy-girl vocals with smart tongue-in-cheek lyrics and a Devo-esque delivery and you’ve got something pretty special. It’s almost hard to believe their career began so long ago because there is still a sense of modernness to their sound.
To my amazement, I got to see them play (in their new format) a few years years ago, and they put on an incredible show. Even their new material is as solid as ever, which is a challenging feat for any artist. Now that they have returned from a string of shows in Europe, Friday night is your chance to catch these Philly legends. Don’t sleep on the opportunity!
The rest of my life will seek out the mist of smoke around songs like this majestic psych pop from my friend Tom Herman’s (ex Arches) new solo project. Philadelphia’s gong just swung into outer space with instant results.
Time passes. Or it doesn’t. Maybe it’s a trip that we all get fooled about experiencing together. In that vein, I decided to put together a group of songs for you, dear readers, that feel the essence of my elemental beings of music here in the late summer days of 2015.
Artwork by Colin Holloway, used with permission.
Time tangles some mighty webs, don’t it? You blink yr eye and all of a sudden you’re in a completely new world, new skin, new haircut, new seersucker suit. This weird journey we’re on, the surrealism of it all keeps yr mouth agape and full of wonder. And this, friends, is just a small soundtrack.
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Don't give in to the A/C - roll those windows down! Crank up that stereo. Embrace it. Maybe these are a set of summer tunes for yr vacation roadtrips, or perhaps just yr backyard BBQs. Slow down and feel 'em.
Original artwork by o_lie. Used with permission.
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