“Nada Em Vão” is the hazy opening track off Little Joy guitarist and frequent Devendra Banhart collaborator Rodrigo Amarante‘s latest record, the beautiful, sleepy and occasionally stunning Cavalo.
Listen to Cavalo streaming in full at Rodrigo Amarante’s soundcloud page »
Not much is out there about Chase Oros, St. Louis’s eccentric newcomer performing as Bad Bandit, but the tinkering bedroom-pop artist’s debut EP Conifer is freely available and worthy of your attention. Here’s highlight “Okay” »
You can download Conifer for free/PWYW at Bandcamp, or hit up Bad Bandit’s Soundcloud page for dozens of more songs and demos.
Floating Fest was a complete blast this year, as always, and we were supremely lucky to have Max Mohenu (Diamond Atlas / International Tapes / Portals) on hand to photograph the sets. Check out a few shots below and the full gallery after the jump, featuring GEMS, The Range, holychild, Psychic Twin, TV Girl, J Fernandez, Wild Cub and School of Night:
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If you aren’t too busy listening to Arcade Fire, this deserves your full attention. Hot off her Elestial Sound debut, Olive Juice, Floridian Emily Reo isn’t backing down anytime soon and we’re all better off for it. Here’s her latest stunning offering, a cover of “Birds Of Paradise” from The Pretenders’ sophomore album Pretenders II (via Stereogum):
There’s no one doing bedroom pop better than Emily Reo at the moment, and her hypnotic rendition of “Birds Of Paradise” might be the best testament to that achievement to date, with a deft production touch and self-reflectiveness that pokes its head out in brilliant, if not easily overlooked ways. The scratchy percussive loop recalls the harsh antiquity of outdated wall to wall carpeting; her spine tingling vocals echo and reverb with a cavernous introspection inherent to the genre, brushing the walls like slumber party secrets; and the incomplete arpeggio that creepily pines throughout the track suggests a wild, limitless naiveté, crafted in the space where dreams of all kinds are hung up to dry. In the crowded realm of independent music, thoughtfulness is often next to godliness, and this goddess seems among the more conscientious of the bunch.
Listen to a full stream of Emily Reo’s wildly underrated Olive Juice right here »
Free Your Mind is out Nov 5th. Preorder here »
Previously: “We Are Explorers” MP3