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Have You Heard The New…Wild Nothing?

January 27th, 2012 | Features | 0 Comments

Wild Nothing – Nowhere

The latest from Virginia-based bedroom moody maestro Wild Nothing is a 7″ called “Nowhere” that drops on Feb 21st. Apparently this marks the first proper studio work by the band, though I thought the quality of what came before was pretty solid, so I didn’t notice any great different in sound quality or production, except maybe a bit more clarity in the sounds or something.

In terms of writing and whatever, “Nowhere” is a great follow-up to what’s come before. Perhaps a little more jangly/poppy than moody/shoegazey, and a bit less intimate, but the melodies, hooks, instrumentation, etc. all sound phenomenal. The guest vocal by Twin Sister‘s Andrea Estella is another nice touch, especially since Jack Tatum‘s vox maybe aren’t the greatest (but hey, he makes up for it and they work for the music anyways).

What did you think of the song? What do you think the next album will be like? Let me know in the comments section or over Facebook or Twitter.

Top Ten Of ’10: #10-#6

December 14th, 2010 | Features | 0 Comments

It’s been an amazing year for music, with albums from almost all of the major players in indie rock (not gonna say who, as that might give away the next five choices). Even better: almost all of them met or exceeded expectations. New players sprouted up with homemade albums, and bands that had released three songs online went on tour to sold out shows, all thanks to the power of Pitchfork and the blogosphere. Rapid advancement in music making and music recording technology resulted in some incredible new sounds, new styles, and some very exciting evolution in the music being made today in indie rock and its various sister genres. Anyways, here are my picks for top ten album of ’10: #10-#6. Check back soon for #5-#1 and picks from the other Gold Soundz team members.

10. Wild Nothing – Gemini

Jack Tatum‘s moody, 80s homaging collection of mopey shoegaze songs was another one of the many great debuts of 2010. You would think there would be more moody kids making gorgeous albums with a debt to emotional saviours like Johnny Marr and Kevin Shields. I mean, you can now, it’s easy it is to record stuff and put it online. Maybe there are 1000 other Gemini‘s by kids from all over the world, it’s just that none of them are good as Wild Nothing’s.

9. Twin Shadow – Forget

The debut album of the fashionably barbered George Lewis Jr. is a funky, futuristic-RnB masterpiece. Impeccably crafted, compositionally inspired, masterfully performed – and yet, it still feels kind of like he might have made it on his laptop (did he?). The lyrics were astounding, lines like, “If it wasn’t enough to hear you speak/They had to give you lips like that,” and “There is no key to my gate/But you can still come around/Leave your ladder at my window/I’ll come down,” knocked me out cold. If Twin Shadow never makes another great album – and often those who arrive too fully formed can never repeat the magic of the first album – his reputation is already sealed with this brilliance work.

8. The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night

The Besnard Lakes’ follow-up to The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse – Grubtunes’ top album of ’07 – met the high expectations that had been set for it. Though it didn’t have the prog-pop majesty of its predecessor, Roaring Night found the Besnards writing songs that felt bigger and more epic. “Like The Ocean, Like The Innocent: Part 2” and “Light Up The Night” grew to massive proportions as they proceeded – structured in a linear fashion unlike the more circular pop songs of Dark Horse – until, by the end of the song, the stretched tension you could hear from the very beginning of the song exploded into a gorgeous onslaught of wailing guitars, soaring vocals, and pounding drums. Sprinkled among the epics were Olga’s beautiful shorter tracks such as leadoff single “Albatross” and the synthy closer “The Lonely Moan”.

7. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

I’ve written about MBDTF before so there’s not too much more to say. Kanye put together a beautiful album: he broke all the rules, used phenomenal samples, powerful spoken word clips, killer beats, had mindblowing guest spots from Elton John to Bon Iver, and wrote a clever, funny, touching set of songs about Kanye West (of course) and what it’s like to be him. The amazing thing though is how totally self-aware he is as he analyzes his flaws and his public persona. “They said I was the abomination of Obama’s nation,” Kanye sings in “Power”. Well, Kanye, you’re a lot of things…and one of those things is the most talented rap artist currently making music.

6. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

Either Arcade Fire is the biggest indie band in the world right now or it just feels like they are. This record went to #1, they played a sold out Madison Square Garden show broadcast all over the world, and they donated a million dollars to Haiti – that’s badass. Luckily their music is good too. This latest entry, The Suburbs, is a sprawling, thoughtful, and important collection of songs. Arcade Fire reflect upon the subtle despair facing the youth of North America today growing up amidst a global economic recession. As they leave their cozy, crumbling suburbs “built in the 70s” to enter the bleak, jobless landscape of the city, they’ll have to search for some kind existential salvation within an increasingly modern, fast paced, emotionally destitute, money-mad world. But the Arcade Fire have always been about finding some kind of beauty and hope in the darkness, and that’s what The Suburbs is all about…then again…there’s only so much hope to be found…

Ultimate Shoegaze Mix 1

December 12th, 2010 | Features | 0 Comments

This is what will be playing over the the P.A. at Wintergaze.

1. My Bloody Valentine – Off Your Face

2. Atlas Sound – Strange Parade

3. Lotus Plaza – Sunday Night

4. BIGCOLOUR – Water Baby

5. The Besnard Lakes – Life Rarely Begins With The Tungsten Film #1

6. School Of Seven Bells – Windstorm

7. Asobi Seksu – Mizu Asobi

8. Deerhunter – Agoraphobia

9. Quiet Lights – Quiet Truth, Weapons Thrown

10. Wild Nothing – Your Rabbit Feet

11. Swervedriver – Never Lose That Feeling

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