Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Painted Palms :: All of Us

Cousins Chris Prudhomme and Reese Donohue must have spent a lot of time soaking up glistening coastlines and exploring jungles recently, leaving nothing in their path but Painted Palms covered in hues of aquamarine and glowing neon green. Fortunately, the kind Kelsey Riggan discovered what was left in their wake: the five-song Canopy EP, which is available for free download here.

[mp3] Painted Palms - All of Us

Monday, November 22, 2010

Teen Daze :: Let’s Fall Asleep Together

In celebration of his upcoming tour with Millionyoung, Teen Daze is offering up a four-song EP  full of lo-fi, beach pop songs. Stream the charming first track, “Let’s Fall Asleep Together,” above, and be sure to visit his bandcamp next Tuesday to download the full Beach Dreams EP. 

Matthew Joel :: Yellowstone

You may remember Matthew Joel from his earlier work under the Bank Heist moniker, for which I posted something back in May (it was also the second submission I ever received). Recall or not, Mr. Joel has been busy since then, touring with Teen Daze and embarking on his latest quest, The Rocky Mountains EP. 

The five-song EP is far from what I expected based on his work as Bank Heist, but it’s a most welcome transition. Opening track, “Yellowstone,” sees Joel abandoning his electro house roots and headed towards softer tones and textures, with guitar outbursts reminiscent of Explosions in the Sky that are as cold and expansive as the EP’s title suggests. These tangential riffs don’t appear again, for the most part, as the rest of the album plays more quietly and low-key, with contrasts of warmth and frozen soundscapes featured prominently, beckoning to In a Safe Place-era Album Leaf. It’s an ideal collection of songs for the winter months that goes perfectly with a mug of hot cider and a burning apple cinnamon candle. I hope it brings you the same comfort that it has brought me.

The entire Rocky Mountain EP is available to purchase/download here.

[mp3] Matthew Joel - Yellowstone

Rollerskaters :: Boyhood

I was always more interested in rollerblading when I was a kid. My riding gang and I thought the kids not on blades were posers. “Lose those big, goofy wheels, one line is all you need,” we’d think. I never thought I would end up liking Rollerskaters - especially even after I started to dislike rollerbladers - but they turned out to be capable of making some rather catchy songs. One of their newest, “Boyhood,” comes from their upcoming EP and can be yours, below. Also, check out “Sleep Tight,” which appeared on my Showstoppers compilation. [photo]

 [mp3] Rollerskaters - Boyhood

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Of Oceans :: In Love, Not Limbo

It’s so good to have Emmanuel mining again. Returned as a grrrizly, he continues to dig up the most brilliant gems. Thanks to him, I’ve got this deep blue crystal that formed in the depths Of Oceans, where the pressure of  shifting tectonic plates form not only underground mountain chains and pillow lavas, but the mesmerizing “In Love, Not Limbo.” There is more waiting to be carried to the surface here.

[mp3] Of Oceans - In Love, Not Limbo

Video | World Tour :: Sparks (Demo)

I’ve always wanted to go on a World Tour, to venture through distant woods and valleys, and now with this spark lit, I feel like I just might go.

We would like to show you some pictures, a few notes and some visions. "Sparks" is a story about dreaming, defying death and fighting the darkness. About the belief of beginning something new and a reliance on your origin. A demo roughly carved out and carefully thought out."

 - Words by World Tour

[mp3] World Tour - Sparks (Demo)

Greater Bird of Paradise :: Clover Honey Song

Watching Planet Earth always brings me a significant measure of warmth and comfort. From pole to pole, I am entranced by the Earth that I have yet to see. Almost every time I watch the first episode, I am nearly soothed to sleep until the Birds of Paradise make their show. I thought I would never be able to fall asleep to the sound of the Greater Bird of Paradise in all his vibrancy, but then Sam Christopher came along bearing bundles of clover and honey and I was able to close my eyes, free of ruffling leaves and feathers. 

His self-titled EP is waiting here, and will be released as a split with Tucson, Arizona counterpart Sutcliffe Catering Co. soon on Cakes and Tapes.

[mp3] Greater Bird of Paradise - Clover Honey Song