Archive for October, 2011
Today we have another exciting album release – Justice!
After enjoying massive success on their debut album, †, Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay went back to the studio and changed their game. Today we will all get a full taste of how much change took place. Audio, Video, Disco still has much of the Justice sound that we have come to know and love, only this time they have added a lot more rock to the mix.
I’ve read some people saying that this album will never find its way into the club. I must totally disagree, as there will be parts of this album that will definitely shake dance floors around the globe. What’s even more exciting is that with the release of this album, the duo from France will surely be going on tour soon!
Have a listen to the new sounds, and when you love them, you can pick up the album on iTunes now!
Justice – Canon
Justice – Newlands
Come one, come all to the phenomenon that is Incubus. At the ripe old age of 30 I’ve loved many different bands, for many different reasons, at various points in my life but none have remained as influential to me as this 5-piece from Calabasas, California. Having been mainstream for well over a decade you wont find many people who haven’t grooved to an Incubus track at some point and chances are, this post wont be introducing you to anything new…although there may be the odd straggler What it is about however is paying respect to a group of musicians who have laid down some of the most diverse and emotionally intense tracks of recent memory.
Major transitions in a popular band’s core sound rarely seem to work out well. More often than not the fans responsible for a band’s initial rise in popularity revolt and cry sellout when the group experiments with a new sound, seeking to cast them back into relative obscurity. The only mainstream band I can think of being able to overcome this and actually increase in popularity, besides Incubus, is Metallica – although I’m sure there are many more legitimate examples. When Incubus was originally formed in 1991 their sound was unmistakeably funk-metal, a genre popularized in the day by the likes of Rage Against the Machine and Red Hot Chili Peppers. A quick listen to any of their first few albums – Fungous Amongus, Enjoy Incubus, or S.C.I.E.N.C.E – will attest. And then, seemingly out of nowhere, it happened. Incubus embraced melody.
When Make Yourself dropped in 1999 it was clear something special had happened to the group – and people took notice. Much like the band, I have never looked back. For a solid decade post Make Yourself, Incubus churned out gem after gem, exploring some of the deepest corners and constructs of love, relationships, and idealism along the way. It’s been one hell of a ride.
As I said earlier it’s likely none of these songs will be a first listen for anyone. But sometimes rediscovering an old favorite feels just as good as discovering something new.
Incubus – I Wish You Were Here
Incubus – Echo
Incubus – Drive
Hello friends! Today marks a day that we have been waiting on for a long time! M83 released their latest album, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming!For those of you who aren’t familiar with the band, they are led by headman Anthony Gonzales and hail from Antibes, France. Many of us got our first glimpse into their music while watching The Art of Flight, one of the greatest snowboard videos ever produced. Someone very close to me said that hearing their contributions to the film made her heart skip a beat and gave her waves of goosebumps. If that isn’t a sign of some powerful music, I don’t know what is.
Powerful may be an understatement when talking about M83. Today I spent some time trying to figure out the words that came to mind when listening to some of the tracks from new album. Triumphant, uplifting and epic were just a few of the first ones. Throughout the album, they have found a way to tap into one’s soul and extract raw emotion. These key tracks are quite different from the rest of the album and offer some great contrast to the the wildly popular single, Midnight City, which was released as a free download prior to the album. To kick of the album, M83 has just begun a lengthy tour of the planet and may be stopping by a neighborhood near you!
Check out these tracks and see the magic for yourself:
M83 – Intro (ft Zola Jesus)
M83 – Echoes of Mine
M83 – My Tears are Becoming a Sea
M83 – Outro
Also, here’s the official video for Midnight City:
James Kelly Pitts is an up and coming folk artist from Seattle, WA. Mr Pitts’ amazing song “Kettle” is an honest reflection of his life, and is carried through with soothing guitars and just enough drums. Having just done a 15 hour drive from BC to Alberta (yes, it takes that long to change provinces) it was nice to have a new loaded up playlist of new buddies.
James Kelly Pitts – Kettle
This new track from Phantogram is not simply what I am sure is the best news of the day for Friends From Far fellow contributor Jeremy, but rather, a definitive statement from the band of where they are headed on their upcoming release Nightlife. The song builds off of elements found all over their debut Eyelid Movies, but has a lighter, more pop driven tempo. This is in direct contrast with the darker, heavier trip-hop influences that sometimes choked out the songs on the debut (don’t get me wrong though, Eyelid Movies is a great album). The song channels what the band did with tracks like “As Far As I Can See” and “Mouthful of Diamonds” and distills out some of the density that tracks like “Running from the Cops” and “When I’m Small” offers to Eyelid Movies. Sara Barthel’s voice can shine as she rides on top of, rather than smothered under, the flowing synth, twinges of horns, and the sampled “ohh”s and “ahhh”s. Feel free to stream “Don’t Move” below; but please, do the opposite.
Phantogram – “Don’t Move”