Today NPR premiered the new video for The Acid’s insanely gorgeous song “Fame” from last year’s self-titled EP, featuring a beautifully choreographed dance routine from duo WIFE. Watch below:

Frankie Cosmos

While Beyonce got a veritable boatload of press for stealth releasing an album, that’s pretty much par for the course in the world of Indie. Case in point, lo-fi pop darling Frankie Cosmos has quickly released a follow up to earlier break out album Zentropy in affirms glinting. While Zentropy relied on Greta Kline’s live band/fellow bandmates in Porches., affirms glinting returns Kline towards her laptop recorded solo experiments.  Stripped down and understated, it’s nevertheless a treat – a collection of tracks that runs the gamut of Cosmos’ lo-fi potential. From the nebulous to more concrete pop confection.

Like “Too Dark”, the longest of a series of rather brief tracks, it nonetheless captures an astonishing amount of development. Reveling it a sort of start-stop consistency, “Too Dark” allows itself a bit of telling introspection before catapulting forward with Kline’s more upbeat, momentous guitar-led melodies.  Kline’s knack for engaging melodies is definitely at play here however brief it is. The song could consist of far more of the poppier B part sure but by cutting such a cool music moment to a practical brevity, Kline ensures that you’re sure to heat repeat. That’s the appeal of affirms glinting if not Frankie Cosmos itself.

Frankie Cosmos’ affirms glinting is out now and available for stream/download on Bandcamp.

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Matt Kivel‘s sophomore album is just around the corner. Surprising, considering his excellent debut, Double Exposure, arrived late last year. LP 2, Days of Being Wild, drops July 8th via Brooklyn-based band-run label Woodsist. Here’s the first single:

Porches.

An established fan of Porches.’ darker, more rock fueled exploits a la Slow Dance in the Cosmos‘ “Skinny Trees” or “Permanent Loan”, I was surprised how much I dug “Leather”, the new single from Ronald Paris, the pseudonym for Aaron Maine’s most recent project featured on a cassette split with Mdou Moctar. It’s almost an alarming gentle turn for the Maine.

Aaron Maine’s normal pseudo-stream of consciousness songwriting is focused and tightened a bit, each word presented with evident care. It’s enough to completely miss that the Frankie Cosmos assisted track is more or less a Satanist love song.  “I want to trade my jeans in for leather/I want to hold her unholy hand”  Maine croons atop a fertile, synth-laden knoll. It’s oddly pleasant, with the same streak of playful but inventive songwriting Maine has established while presenting a much less straightforward kind of pop. Maine’s still rooting around in and lightening his darker narrative subjects but it’s a dramatically different approach – one’s that more or less benches the bulk of his experimental pop troupe in favor of beautiful starkness. It’s a pretty good call.

The split is currently sold out but you can listen to/download the 3 songs from the Ronald Paris side via Bandcamp.

Landlady

Well there really is no pinning down Brooklyn experimental pop rockers Landlady is there? New single “Dying Day” more or less splits the difference between previous singles “Above My Ground” and “The Globe” while not merely functioning as facsimiles of either/or . While “The Globe” didn’t allow itself to languor in much of itself  or Adam Schatz’s powerfully emotive vocals like “Above My Ground”, “Dying Day” proves that level of soulfulness is achievable at much more rapid pace. While “Above My Ground” aimed right for the heart to galvanize, “Dying Day” is much more focused on your feet – setting those toes tapping with vivacious fervor while still very much hitting home lyrically. Schatz has a truly rare knack for establishing an instant connection through the force of his words – they caress, support, and embrace instead of the normal glancing blow. That the instrumentation around them happens so be so engaging and accessible is part of the appeal but also the gravy on top.  Landlady strikes a chord as the everyman’s gospel; secularly spirit-rousing but no less powerful, articulate in vision but universal in its delivery. If the rest of the track’s from the quintet’s upcoming full length are even half as moving, we’re in for a radical experience indeed.

 

Landlady’s Upright Behavior is out July 15th on Hometapes. Catch their incredible live show with dates here.