Over the last month, I think I’ve slept in my own bed for seven nights. Tonight I’m in Arizona getting ready to deliver a keynote speech at a conference of–wait for it–financial analysts. That’s why I continue to enlist the help of Juliette Jagger when it comes to sorting through all the music people send me for evaluation.
Keep the stuff coming. I listen to it all. Just keep in mind that not all of it makes it through the filters. And that’s the point, right?
Artist: Pizza! “Big Mammoth Skull”
It’s really hard to put your finger on what Pizza! sounds like because they are such an eclectic mix of things, but I chose this song because the video is so complimentary of it’s strangeness. Its rich harmonies (almost Queen-esc in nature), clanking keyboard riffs, drum circle rhythms, and strange spoken word sections, meets “pre-historic dream ballet,” and some how it really works.
Sounds like: a highly acquired taste.
Artist: Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble “Pretend” Ft. Emika
Album: Mr. Machine
The pacing in this video totally rocks. It takes this band’s sound, which is a mix of light techno and classical music, and just draws it out, real smooth and sexy like. It’s weird, suspenseful, and disgusting like humans are.
Sounds like: confessions of a dangerous mind
Artist: New Hands “This I’ve Heard”
This could be a biased opinion because this band sort of has a Joy Division thing going on and I really like Joy Division, but this is a pretty solid first single for a band that’s only been together for 2 years. Plus they have great artwork.
Sounds like: Indie rock Ian Curtis
Artist: Bry Webb “Undertaker” Ft. Colin Stetson
Bry Webb, formally of Canadian cult band the Constantines, has built himself a quiet, collective, and beautiful record that seems to hang effortlessly in the air.
“Undertaker” is just one of those songs that manages to sound completely weightless and yet feels so heavy.
Sounds like: slow burning contemplation.
Artist: Cavemen “Great Life”
Album: CoCo Beware
This band has an incredible rhythm section and beautiful 4-part harmonies. The video just confirms what collective effort this song is.
Sounds like: dense and completely wistful
“it’s the kind of wistful, windows-down driving music you want to listen to as you hightail it out of the city for summer’s last gasp.”– Fader