Archive for July, 2012
Port St. Willow is a melancholy, slow-burning, indie band currently based in Brooklyn, NY and the name Nick Principe assigned to his musical ventures. He released his debut full length Holiday, and it is fantastic. A lesson in musical impressionism, Holiday is born out of atmospheric comings and goings. A musical tide that at certain moments brings a wave of falsetto driven, multi-layered crescendos and at other times a textural dissipation of soft fuzz and subtle guitar plucks. Two stand out tracks, “Consumed” and “North” are perfect entry points into Holiday as a whole. They are saturated songs building slowly off muted coos and finishing in dense horns and pulsating percussion, walking a thin line between a parade piece and a funeral march. The ambiguity fits well for an album that drives on with immediacy but is unpretentiously singing to itself.
Port St. Willow – “Consumed”
Port St. Willow – “North”
Holiday is out now and was self-released, support the cause and buy it here.
When a friend first showed me the “Humans” a week ago, I was in disbelief that I’d never heard of them. As an avid fan of local homebred music (mainly because it means I can see them in Vancouver more then once a year) I was blown away that I had never heard of these guys. Based in East Vancouver, Robbie Slade and Peter Ricq combine to create electronic music with a more human fringe by adding live vocals to their shows. And so, like a good human, I immediately went onto their website to buy their latest album “Traps”. Two tracks in particular have been playing ipod tennis on my playlist. “Da Ciel” is one of those songs that grabs you from the start and makes you wanna start moving. Cool downtempo beats laced with an oriental sounding harp(?) will, most assuredly take the edge off a stressful day. The second on my list that love made is “Possession”. A more upbeat jam with hints of jungle dance party. Am I blowing your minds with wordy definitions yet?!
Now I cannot in good faith, post this up without adding a couple extras to the mix. One song, and its accompanying video had me literally LOL’ing on a Saturday afternoon I thought the alcohol had finally won. You will enjoy this video and if you don’t you either have no sense of humour or had a bad run in with a puppet cop at one point or another. “Bike Home” is the name of the song.
The last one I will add to the mix is an unabashedly pop song “Avec Mes Mecs”. Again, with the laughing, at its simple but to the point lyrics. An example “Gonna text you, cause I can’t do it when I’m high, gonna sex you, cause I can’t do it when I’m high.” So simple but yet so truuuue.
Who knew all we had to do is party?!
Bike Home Video
Avec Mes Mecs