You’ll find loads more new local music and couple of Internationals buried in mixtape #51. Starting with brand spanking new one from Melbourne outfit Them Swoops as our feature, Crystal Castles have also dropped a new track off their forthcoming album, Toro Y Moi who will be out here for Golden Plains 2013, a great new track from Local Natives, a debut single from locals Mary of The Moon and last but not least Jordie Lane.
Them Swoops – Work Around It
Taken from their forthcoming debut EP Glimmers due out in early 2013, Melbourne band Them Swoops have released their first single ‘Work Around It’ after what has so far been an incredible year. After releasing a demo of the song earlier in the year this time around the sound is much more polished and complete. A clearly modern indie pop tune that focuses on really tight drums and strumming guitars with melodic guitar lines and floating backing vocals in the chorus. Simple in structure but a fantastic taste of things to come.
Crystal Castles – Wrath Of God
The Canadian duo’s latest offering ‘Wrath of God’ seems to offer up much more light and shade than their other latest releases. Taken off their upcoming their album Crystal Castles III, which is due out on November 6th,the record has already received a fair share of controversy due to its political cover art. Controversy side, this latest release from the North Americans accomplishes a lot in a humble three minutes. Achieving the balance between doofing synths and beats and delicate arrangements is never easy, but on ‘Wrath Of God’ Crysta Castles have done it.
Toro Y Moi – So Many Details
Much like the multi-lingual moniker under which he releases music, Chaz Bundick’s efforts as Toro Y Moi have never really managed to conform to one genre or musical style. Originally dubbed as the modern saviour of dico-influenced music, this latest release amalgamates far too many musical styles to count. From tribal-sounding percussion to very current synths to cinematic soundscapes, ‘So Many Details’ is a pretty great indication of Toro Y Moi’s sound. Having just been announced for Golden Plains 2013, better get on board with this crazy sound now in time to be able to sing along for the 2013 fest.
Local Natives- Breaker
Amplifying a balanced mix of an old familiar sound and an evident modern growth, Local Natives have released their first single Breakers from their upcoming 2013 release Hummingbird. Produced by Aaron Dessner of the National, Local Natives newest single promotes the band will dodge a sophomore album slump with new boundaries being tested and old ones being respected. The tracks whirling chorus and steadily building verses compliment the bands expected soundscape and prove new ground. Climbing guitars and intellectual harmonies run ramped throughout the track complementing an indie-pop vibe many hoped they’d rekindle. With a stronger sense of studio dynamics and a familiar organic percussive sound from that of 2009’s Gorilla Manor, Local Natives return in full swing before the release of their January sophomore LP ‘Hummingbird.
Mary Of The Moon – Alison Wilkes
‘Alison Wilkes’ is one of the singles off the Double A-Side for Melbourne five-piece swap rockers Mary Of The Moon. The debut single starts off with a slow steady build of organs and a pounding bass drum as it opens into singer Daniel Hawley’s drooly raspy vocals that meander us through the track with a killer guitar riff to boot. Two really strong tracks on this first release, ‘What’s This Evil’ is definitely worth a listen too.
Jordie Lane – Fool For Love
Jordie Lane returns to the band stage, after his debut theatre performance in “The Grievous Angel: The Legend of Gram Parsons”, with his new single “Fool For Love”, and it’s a return to his well-known alternative-country storytelling. The cheeky plucking of strings and tinkling piano keys introduce Lane’s voice exclaiming the title, while warm female harmonies balance out the battle between electric and acoustic guitar. This one will be a corker to dance to at his upcoming, full-band shows.