marlequin

Copenhagen’s Marlequin stuns with this new track, “The Fool”, that sees a beautifully shrill falsetto hovering over a deliciously 80′s sounding slow-disco beat. It’s a repeat-worthy jam if I’ve ever heard one:

Wait. Didn’t plucky dream pop goddess Emily Reo just release a full length record? The answer is yes. And yet that means apparently very little as the now Los Angeles based Reo teamed up with those cool peeps over at Portals to film a session featuring an unreleased song “Spell”. It’s like they knew their just wasn’t enough awesome music in the world, even after the release of Reo’s debut full length Olive Juice and sought to rectify that by casting another of one Reo’s experimental pop gems into the digital ether.

One of my favorite things about Emily Reo is how no two song are even remotely the same. While Olive Juice was stitched together more by tonal rather than textural or thematic cohesiveness, “Spell” or at least this version of it populates an entirely different realm. There’s still Reo’s trademark vocal affecting pedal-play but it’s arrestingly sparse, beguiling in its sense of solitude. It’s not until a third of the way through the song that anything vaguely resembling accompaniment establishes itself – appearing like a safety net you were never quite sure was there. And even then – the accompaniment takes the shape of looped harmonies, rather than anything else. It’s an avalanche of beautiful moments stacking on top of each other one by one climaxing with Reo’s emotive howls.

Long story short, “Spell” is downright devastating in its beauty. Despite its complex construction, it comes off with effortless ease and blissful rawness. Don’t be surprised if you find you’ve suddenly got something in your eyes – it comes with the territory.

Streets of Laredo band music

Streets of Laredo are Brooklyn babies by way of New Zealand. They made their way around the CMJ circuit last month and turned a many heads, including the two ears attached to my own. Energetic live music doesn’t always translate well to recorded renditions (RIP, Gobble Gobble) but that doesn’t seem to the be case for this band of hooligans. They flirt on the border of folk music, seeping their musical tea-bags in the twang of hot water just long enough before ripping it out with triumphant melodies. The only problem is that they rip the tea-bag so hard, it’s left seeping in the twang a bit longer before they spoon it out with enough reverb to leave one’s head spinning.

I’ve got two things for you to do. 1. Listen to the premiere of their second EP Vol. II exclusively below. 2. Take a wild guess as to what I was doing when I was listening to, then, writing this post.

matt kivel

I was hoping Matt Kivel would eventually get this track — “Double Exposure”, the title track from his gorgeous debut LP — out into the world. The Princeton man’s album is one of my favorite this year, with “Double Exposure” easily cracking my most played of the year. A wonderfully Kinksy, fuzzily lazy, late Autumn tune that’s bound to end up in a Wes Anderson soundtrack sooner or later:

Double Exposure is out now, vinyl via Olde English Spelling Bee and cassette via Burger Records »

Previously: “Rainbow Trout” / “Tetro” MP3s

Totally worth your time to check out the above Shaking Through session for Celestial Shore‘s “Die For Us”, featuring long time friend and collaborator Empress Of (Lorely Rodriguez). If you’re not familiar with Shaking Through, they document the creation of a song from first take to final mix over two days. The video above is the documentary short, and the stream below is the gorgeous end result:

Celestial Shore are responsible for one of my favorite songs ever covered on IGIF: