08 July 2011

[new] The Tallest Man On Earth - "Weather of a Killing Kind"

Another song from Swedish singer-songwriter The Tallest Man On Earth has surfaced via the Adult Swim Singles Program (not an online dating site). "Weather of a Killing Kind" is characteristic of TTMOE's nouveau-Dylan earnest folk. Stream the track below, and head over to the Adult Swim site to download it (available Tuesday 7/12) and check out other tracks from the series.

07 July 2011

[meet] Youth Lagoon

"So I started writing these songs. Not just songs about my anxiety, but about my past and my present. Songs about memories, and all those feelings that those bring. I know that if I can be honest about what is inside my mind, there will be others that will be able to relate to it."

Those are the words that made me click play on these songs. Boise-native Trevor Powers' bedroom project Youth Lagoon isn't just another bedroom project. Within the lo-fi dreaminess of his delicately layered, subtly catchy tracks, you can feel raw 22-year old emotions. Youth Lagoon has just been signed to the venerable Oxford, MS label Fat Possum, on which his debut album The Year Of Hibernation will be released September 27. Stream the track "Montana" presumably from said album, and check out some of Youth Lagoon's other material below:

05 July 2011

[first listen] Royal Teeth - Act Naturally EP

Art/Official has gotten a sneak preview of New Orleans/LaFayette band Royal Teeth's forthcoming Act Naturally EP. The sextet crafts bouncy, yet emotional dance pop. Sincerity manages to shine through a thick coating of production. Charming male & female back-and-forth vocals complement uplifting, almost arena-ready instrumentation. At times, Royal Teeth sound like a welcome combination of your favorite 7th grade emo band and some of today's indie dance mainstays.

The EP opens with the soaring declarations of "For Keeps," followed by the slow-build of "Heartbeats." Next come the angular, latin-esque hooks of "My Donna." The EP slows just a little bit with the consistent "Waste Your Body On Me," before ending on its strongest track, "Wild," a convincing dance anthem with an organic catchiness.

This kind of music is meant to be heard live, coming directly from the source. Royal Teeth are holding their EP release show at The Republic in New Orleans on July 15 and Grant Street in LaFayette on July 16. Check out their >facebook page for more info. Below, check out "Heartbeats" below :