“Bad Insect” by Ultraísta, the debut single from this trio comprised of vocalist/artist Laura Bettinson and multi-instrumentalist/producers Nigel Godrich and Joey Waronker. The band was founded in London in 2011 on a mutual love of Afrobeat, electronic and dance music, visual art and tequila.
You know the drill. Whether you’re a Rdio or Grooveshark user, here’s what I thought rocked in August (featuring songs by Washed Out, Frightened Rabbit, Lord Huron, Tearjerker and many more). Note: there’s more tracks on the Grooveshark playlist, if you’re looking for a longer play.
“So Smart” by Indoor Voices.
Casey Mecija of Ohbijou recorded vocals for this song some 3-4 years ago with producer Chris Stringer, but the song was shelved. What we’re hearing today is a near-complete rework of the song, as the only things kept from the original recording are the vocals, bass line, and flute parts. Blending shoegaze, dream pop and atmospheric elements, you’d think this was from a lost KC Accidental EP or something forgotten in people.
For more listening, check out the virtual single with another song “After” which features vocals from Sandra Vu of SISU, a remix by White Flashes, and the original version or “premix” of the song.
Indoor Voices is the result of a collection of songs written by Jonathan Relph, the earliest dating back to sometime in 2009. It’s his birthday today, so do him a favour and pass this song along to someone.
After Grant Widmer and Ted Joyner of Generationals finished touring their LP Actor-Caster in 2011, they decided to try something different with recording their new material. Instead of tracking all the songs in one studio as they’ve always done in the past, the band packed up their mics and pre-amps and set out to “wherever” New Orleans for their latest EP called Lucky Numbers. ”Wherever” meant in different friends’ kitchens or living rooms, basement apartments, or empty old houses and three songs recorded in the process made the EP (out in the fall). Expect more synth-heavy arrangements, as evidenced in the titled track, check out “Lucky Numbers”.
Shuffler.fm has always been a great audio magazine made my music blogs, where users can surf the music web throughÂ thousands of music sites and blogs, curated by tastemakers who filter the music information overload. Â The great thing about their site is that as you change from one track to the next (whether playing a genre station or one specific blog), it takes you to that blog post that contains the next track, exposing you to new blogs you might not have know before. Â Â Now, with theÂ Shuffler.fm iPhone app and iPad apps, the radiozine goes mobile and they do it well. Â Check out a screenshot above of how the most recent songs and videos that I posted on Indie Music Filter is listed. Â Love it.
Head to Shuffler for more info (and don’t forget to add me to your faves).
Pair of Arrows are San Francisco duo Swan and electronic music producer R/D, who met in 2009 when Swan was busy doing vocal work for The Glitch Mob’s ‘Between Two Points’. In January 2012, the group self-released their first single ‘Superimposed’, now following that with their second “Vestige” (below). Also look for an upcoming remix of Bon Iver’s ‘Michicant’ (due for release at the beginning of September) and debut album to-be-released this fall.
Check out the song “Vestige”.
Festival Music House, now in its third year, is an exclusive three-day, invite-only event that showcases an impressive array of Canadian musical talent for producers, directors, writers, actors and music supervisors in a private, intimate setting. The event takes place at the Mod Club in Toronto during TIFF and features performers from both high profile Canadian musical talent and up and coming future stars. Past performances include K’NAAN, Stars, City & Colour, Diamond Rings.
This year, artists such as Kathleen Edwards, Dan Mangan, Wintersleep, Young Empires and more will be taking the stage. Take a look on the main page for the full list, or put them on your speakers via the rdio playlist below.