Tag Archives: indie rock

Dancing with the undertow

8 Apr

All art comes from a thought, or more likely a series of thoughts. Though not all happy ideas turn into happy art, the new video from Idea the Artist doesn’t seem to worry too much about that. Teeming with pastels and watercolors, “Seafloor” takes “art rock” to a new level.

Idea the Artist is Inés Beltranena, a folktronica musician from San Francisco, though I wouldn’t limit her artistry to music. Yes, the slow pull of “Seafloor”’s rhythm is enchanting, but so is the watercolor and pastel sketches on which the visuals of the video are based. This is the title track to her newest album, a collection of songs meant to inspire in the wake of her own personal hardships. Though her struggles were hers to bear, she shares her feats with us; says Beltranena, “this is my expression about all struggles, and all triumphs, not just my own.”

Seafloor is out now. For more information on Idea the Artist, visit her website and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Bells Atlas drop new single, promise new EP

1 Apr

Bells Atlas

I’m not-so-secretly a cynic at heart. Good thing there are groups like Bells Atlas that make me question my nature. Everything about them is fresh and original, starting with their latest track, “Future Bones.”

Bells Atlas cultivate a mysterious truth in their muted-tropical indie rock. The vocals from Sandra Lawson-Ndu follow a rhythm that usually only groups as quirky as Dirty Projectors could pull off, and the lyrics themselves seem fairly bizarre. The song begins, “If future takes me to find our bones/ I’ll mold them together/ and desert this form,” continuing on with overarching themes involving appreciation of the First Law of Thermodynamics. “The lyrics ask the question, ‘What do our future bones look like if our spirits are able to design our bodies?’” the band explains of the nature of the song. Sounds like a riddle to me, but I’m not concerned about solving it. As they tell me, I’m the island and the ocean that surrounds it, and I’m perfectly fine with that. 

“Future Bones” will be on Bells Atlas’s next EP, Hyperlust, which you can pre-order here. For more information on Bells Atlas, visit their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Bandcamp.

We grow as time goes by

3 Mar

Le Masque is a new psych-pop project coming from London. Give “Time Goes By” a listen and you’ll realize that this is something memorable. The distorted harp throughout is gold, and lightens the heavy showgaze haze that hangs over the vocals and sparing bassline. This music is for when things work out even if they are going sour, and for nostalgia without vitriol. Time heals all wounds, even the wounds that time itself has inflicted.

“Time Goes By” is from Le Masque’s Spiral EP, which you can find on Bandcamp. Find more information on Le Masque on his Facebook and Twitter.

Out of sight, out of music: Filardo, Winter, and Sales

2 Mar

I really wish there were more lights to illuminate Sales a little better.

If I were ever to become famous, I think I’d be like Sales. They played to a riled crowd at the Echo in LA last Tuesday, and couldn’t disguise how grateful they were for all the support.

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It’s all Beecher’s Fault

16 Feb

Last week I heard the first new music from Florence + the Machine in what feels like decades. I really loved their debut, Lungs, and I think this upcoming release will echo the raw energy from tracks such as “Kiss with a Fist” and “I’m Not Calling You a Liar.” Coincidentally, or perhaps serendipitously, this week I also heard Beecher’s Fault with a track called “Matchstick Kings.” It reminds me very much of the energy and emotion that F+tM exudes, but with a nostalgic and bright twist.

“Matchstick Kings” reminds me immensely of “Dog Days are Over.” In both, the intros are slow and purposeful, building up to something but coming to a pause before launching into the full song. Beecher’s Fault offer Boyhood-like false memories of your childhood with cute xylophones and admission that “we are the kids that never get old.” Of course, this isn’t true; we do get old, and we become adults. We build our lives like they built little matchstick “things” but inevitably, this means that they must fall apart. But once they do, we just start over again.

Visit Beecher’s Fault on their website, Facebook, and Twitter.

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