Well this was unexpected. Yesterday Fader premiered a new track from Chris Laughner, a.k.a. Wise Blood, with a short interview about his night as a party service driver. “I drove these girls around to parties that had hired them. They would basically flirt/strip with these gross dudes. They listened to “White Houses” like fucking 20 times throughout the night all while railing lines in the van on the way to the next spot.”
Sounds about right. Somehow Vanessa Cartlon (you know, of “A Thousand Miles” fame) saw the interview and seized the moment via twitter:
I know what you’re thinking, and of course it’s so obvious: Vanessa Carlton appearing in the video for “Rat”, blowing rails off of Wise Blood’s back, as they ride across town on a grand piano. That’s some next level shit.
It was September 2010 when I first stumbled into Young Hunting‘s world through their faded dream-pop track “Into Yr Mind”. A few demos later and as many years later, the LA band is set to release their debut LP, Hazel, through our friends at Gold Robot. Here’s an excellent new track, “Baby’s First Steps” »
There’s sort of a cold English psychedelia feel to this track which contrasts to what most of us think of a ‘dream-pop’. But it does entrance, doesn’t it? It meanders like fog and rolls in waves. The track comes together with a beautifully unsettling vocal harmony before guitars crash all around us. Sand and expectations equally displaced.
It’s not the best song from James Blakes’ upcoming Overgrown LP, and it certainly won’t shed any notions of Blake being the brooding, dubstep equivalent of the Twilight series (tell me he’s not one clove cigarette away from turning into a warewolf in this vid)… but the title track “Overgrown” finally has a video, and it’s every bit the stylized, brilliantly shot quasi-epic you might have expected:
North Carolina’s Top Girls keep churning out next level R&B like it’s the end of the world, and their upcoming EP Pretty Tears adds another excellent five tracks to the mix. “Divide And” begins with a distorted, lead-heavy beat before bridging into a soul-filled, sun-splashed R&B jam.
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