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I Can Chase Dragons! is a new artist hailing from Boston led by Mexican-born musician Julio Gudiño. Thus, their music is the product of blending carefully arranged Mexican-folk samples with loops and field recordings from different parts of the world. The unusual mixture of the organic and electronic elements that construct their songs is so delicate and impeccably executed that it sounds natural and almost homogenous, reminiscent of bands like Panda Bear and Monster Rally.

To introduce this project, the band has decided to share with us their summer-infatuated debut single “Diving For Sunken Treasure”. The song is bright, yet nostalgic. Drowning in reverb, the song generates faded and halfway-desaturated images in your mind that you may not be sure if they belong to the past or to a near future.

Listen to the track below, download it and enjoy the rest of the summer while you sunbathe with this new experimental pop project.

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F19282064 Diving For Sunken Treasure by I Can Chase Dragons!

After having collaborated with The Flaming Lips earlier this year, Neon Indian has finally shared with us their first single from their upcoming album Era Extraña, which will hit stores on September 13. Alan Palomo, who contributed to the creation of the so-called chillwave genre created the album in solitude in Helsinki. “It’s the closest you can get to feeling like you’re at the edge of the earth,” he says. “And there were moments where I lost sight of what I was really there to do.”

The cover art for Era Extraña is the one above. Era Extraña, taken from Spanish, translates to Strange Times and Palomo has his say about it. “We’re now living in the era mysticized by a lot of future-geared 70s and 80s cinema, but it’s definitely not quite how they imagined it.”

Check out the track below.

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F19883822 Neon indian – Fallout 

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After a four year break from her last album The Reminder, the canadian singer/songwriter finally returns with a shiny new album properly named Metals, out October 3th.

Although no single has been released,  Feist will post 12 teaser videos on her webpage of what she’s offering on her new music project. Of the 12, she’s already unlocked 2 and you can watch them below. Hopefully the “1,2,3,4” songstress won’t fail to impress after a long period of absence for she has worked with past and frequent music partner Chilly Gonzales and Icelandic producer Valgeir Sigurðsson on her new album, Metals.



The Flaming Lips have always been able to do whatever they want and this is proof of how far they can go. Listen to their collaboration song with Lighting Bolt which will be part of an EP and watch the video. It’s got a cool introduction by Wayne Coyne and impressive visuals that are extremely psychedelic as is the song. The band has put out a lot of new music since Embryonic and has had some crazy ideas to promote themselves. Keep the eccentricity coming!


The collaboration between Bjork and Gondry has aways been exciting and has always seemed to work. “Crystalline” is no exception. The video is -like all of Gondry‘s work- impeccable, obsessively perfectionistic. With an obscure and bizarre style, the video suits the song’s mood and Bjork‘s aesthetic. One of the best videos of the year so far.

 

This is what the director had to say about it.

“We shot it frame by frame, and we shot it by recranking the camera and re-exposing the film many times,” Gondry says. “I decided for this that the shower of meteorite would hit the ground and produce a sound . . . The idea that a beam of light can have the impact to make these things move is something that intrigued me. Later on, they create some ripples-like rain. At the third verse, they create bubbles in which the metallic objects appear. All of those are the result of multiple conversations with [Björk] that were going in many directions.”

Not too long ago I was watching the film Nowhere Boy which is about the adolescent years of John Lennon. We are not talking about films here so I won’t say much about it except that what struck me the most was the part where Lennon is introduced to Screamin’ Jay Hawkins with the song “I Put A Spell On You”. I don’t think I had ever listened to that song before and I instantly fell in love with it. Like Lennon, I too, was completely overwhelmed by this artist.

“I Put A Spell On You” was released in 1956 and was definitely way ahead of its time. Even now, it will still catch your attention and may feel contemporary. Jay Hawkins was a blues artist that didn’t really do screamin’. However, all this theatrical aesthetic of shock rock was born one night his producer got him and the band really drunk. At first, the song was a romantic ballad, but during intoxication, Jay Hawkins performed very differently, with screams and moans and other sources of human sounds. The practice session was recorded and the next day, since he did not remember a thing, he had to listen to the drunken recording and learn to sing that way. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins was then born and went on to become such an eccentric character so early in his times, all thanks to booze.

He is considered to be the first shock rocker. ‘Shock rock’ is a term used to describe rock music that has shock value attached to it. Watch the video and you’ll know what we’re talking about. This all started when radio DJ Alan Freed offered him $300 to come out of a coffin during a performance. Afterwards, he included that plus many other elements to create his own persona. Whether directly or not, he has influenced acts such as Marilyn Manson, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath and many others, possibly even Lady Gaga.

“I Put A Spell On You” is ranked #313 on Rolling Stone’s list of Greatest 500 Songs Of All Time, before Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here. The song is also part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500 Songs that shaped Rock and Roll.

Bon Iver, one of the most talked about artists of the year covered “Who Is It?” by Bjork, one of the most talked about artists of the year as well, live in Milwaukee. Unfortunately we only have this low-quality video of it, but it’s good enough and still very enjoyable. The original song is part of the 2004 experimental album Medulla which is mostly acapella and vocally-driven. Surprisingly timely for Bon Iver to cover this song right before Biophillia comes out. Anyways, enjoy both the cover and the original.