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Leilani - Gliss, Langsom Dans (2013); and Foxygen, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic (2013)
Langsom Dans is the latest LP by Danish-LA trio Gliss, is hazy, late-night synth-scaped dream pop that carries the pretty feminine sighs of frontwoman Victoria Cecilia. Their sound is vaguely reminiscent of Becoming X-era Sneaker Pimps (when they still had Kelli Dayton) along with those songs off the Twin Peaks soundtrack that feature vocals by frequent Lynchian collaborator, Julee Cruise - but more atmospheric than the former, and less less dark than the latter.
A buzzing indie act from LA, Foxygen is songwriting duo Sam France (vocals) and Jonathan Rado (guitar/keyboards) whose second full-length immediately caught my ear with its warm vintage aesthetic and obvious derivative influences - bright folk pop in the vein of The Kinks, modern psych tendencies ala MGMT and a bit of bluesy funky rock swagger that definitely tastes like the Stones. Video for my favorite track "Shuggie" after the jump along with the rest of this week's entries.
It's not that Pan have dumbed-down instrumental music, it's that they've decided against trying to find extra sounds and passages where they don't exist. Guitar lines play like verses ("Helen and Francis"), and the mountains of distorted guitars ("The Things They Can't Take Away") are as crushing as any pop chorus on the radio today. The band makes a strange, bottom of the bill appearance at New World Brewery on February 9.
Julie - Milo Greene, Milo Greene (2012)
Los Angeles quintet Milo Greene is one of the bands that got away from me last year. They've been compared to Local Natives, but Tampa Bay live music buffs might liken them to Sleepy Vikings, too. Milo Greene's shimmering melodies, co-ed vocals — lead singer/multi-instrumentalist Marlana Sheetz makes great use of her harmonious bandmates — and relatable lyrics about the tricky dynamics of love are both haunting and immediate. Overall pretty indie pop with punch that stands out in today's mire of instantly accessible mp3s.
Shanna - Alt-J, An Awesome Wave (2012)
I'm told that some of their lyrics are a tad on the dark side (like, the really dark side), but screw it, I'm not paying that close attention to the words. I'm too busy doing the robot dance around my apartment while these beats drop on a constant loop. My neighbor downstairs must hate me. This may just be one of my favorite albums from 2012 even though it took me until 2013 to discover it. Listen and read more here, and check out the video for "Something Good" below.
Deborah - Boombox, Downriverelectric (2010)
Funky, jammy, disco-dancey electronic pop with laid-back vocals; what's not to love? Add a ton of elements that continually remind me of Phoenix (especially the aforementioned vocals which, at times, are a dead ringer for Thomas Mars), and this album's guaranteed to be a new favorite.