‘Space Race’ by Ghost Pal (January 5, 2011)
In anticipation for the first Ghost Pal EP, I’d like to introduce you to a band the same way I was introduced to them, with the warm, loving sound of ‘Space Race’. Former frontman of the Hysterics, Oliver Ignatius now fronts this local Brooklyn diy project producing high quality tunes and tying together the NYC underground. Feel free to continue to their bandcamp and experience the rest of this bedroom soul legend.
‘Erin Tells Me About Shoes’ by Secret Mommy (April 5, 2011)
Feeling like it belongs in Kill Bill type fight sequence, ‘Erin Tells Me About Shoes’ might be born from a contemporary consumer critique but emotes more dramatic imagery. With choppy melodies and a steady beat, you should be carful not to nod your head too intensely. Keep an eye on that speedometer.
‘The Fire We’ve Made’ by PASSWORDS (April 26, 2011)
The final track off the PASSWORDS EP starts sprinting and quickly moves itself, progression by progression, to a light weight chorus that inspires color. Taking an Arcade Fire-esque twist at the end in its tempo and pacing, ‘The Fire We’ve Made’ resembles some of our favorite indie rock tracks while breathing new life into the scene. Equally important as the vocal melodies are the guitar licks.
‘Skymother’ by Adam & Naive (August 24, 2011)
‘Skymother’, a witty back-and-forth between parental role implications, is one of those beautifully (slightly out of tune) Brock-type songs that lifts itself up and shoots itself down. Deeply woven with contemporary poetry and contemporary guitar slaying, Adam & Naive (a band that hardly ever falls short) produces a physical track that challenges everything. I highly suggest listening to this track as it progresses into ‘All the Drivel Addressed’.
‘Official Soundtrack to the Dark Knight’ by Ded Pimpin (November 30, 2010)
This track has everything. Shy, never. It pulls like Boards of Canada, wraps like Four Tet and dances like Efterklang.
‘I’m Stoned’ by Air Tycoon (August 13, 2011)
This song kicks ass.
- Big Boss
‘Love Let Down’ by Standard Issue Mustache (February 10, 2011)
‘Love Let Down’ starts with false instrumentation only to fade to the quaint guitar and drum arrangement that carries the song through its most powerful moments. Jeff Ballard refuses to pull his punches and pours himself out in this horn accompanied track. With undeniable charisma, SIM is understandably hopeful yet perfectly insightful.
‘Chao’ by a.I91 (September 1, 2011)
Barcelona based rapper a.I91 brings an original style and groove to the rap scene in his latest, 1991. Shot with one rampant, unending verse, ‘Chao’ is a perfect introduction to the a.I91 antics.
- Big Boss
‘Alright Freestyle’ by Aaron Cohen (August 22, 2011)
We know it looks bad to go ahead and pick the first track off a CD as the best. It doesn’t really seem like we’ve done the research, but given the greater context of this wonderfully witty rap album, ‘Alright Freestyle’ does its job better than ’3 Peat’. Loaded with retainable references and presented with a voice, a real voice that characterizes class and experience (yes, class), the track sets the pace for the rest of the LP.
- Big Boss
‘Lacus’ by Revshark (September 9, 2011)
The second track off the new Revshark EP provides the footing needed for the anticipated dive into the ethereal ambience to come. With a long, drawn sustain, ‘Lacus’ emits a heavenly quality, something irregular yet familiar.
- Big Boss