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Topic: Justin Vernon

Chris Bathgate — Salt Year

He's in the ring with folk's heavy hitters, but he's not a knockout yet


Folk

Stephen Carradini
Close your eyes. Clear your mind. Turn on Chris Bathgate’s “Salt Year.” Let it wash over you. Don’t think about it — just do it.
 
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Do you do you do you do you wan-na dance?

With free, new tracks from The Rapture and M83, you oughta be set

While this speculation remains unconfirmed, the New York dance band’s sure to sell a bunch of albums this fall. Their fourth LP, “In the Grace of Your Love,” hits stores in September, courtesy of DFA Records.

The nearly 7-minute melodramatic disco banger “How Deep Is Your Love” is the album’s first single, and if it’s any indicator, “Grace” is going to absolutely slay the competition for album of the year.

Here’s why: The Rapture previously operated as a pretty stripped-down, manic, dance-punk band (see: 2003’s excellent “Echoes”) but “Deep” exhibits some aggressive sonic expansion. Included is a more earnest and theatrical lyrical arrangement as well as more nuanced use of keys and synths, where those were mostly used as solo instruments on previous Rapture records.

Somewhere, Justin Vernon’s beard trembles.

Anywho, M83 is another electro band slated for an ambitious fall release (a double-LP, in fact) that just so happens to have put out a terrific single to hype it.

Midnight City” starts off sounding the way MGMT did on their first record — dancey and psychedelic on an epic scale. I’ve got a feeling that the French electro-poppers will be highly sought-after on next summer’s festival schedule.—Matt Carney


by Matt Carney 07.21.2011 2 years ago
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Collections of Colonies of Bees — GIVING

Wisconsin instrumental post-rockers return to old form after their Volcano Choir collaboration with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon.


Indie

Matt Carney
Clocking in at just under half an hour, Milwaukee-based Collections of Colonies of Bees recorded a lyric-less gem in their latest offering, “Giving,” strong enough an effort to challenge the current incumbents Explosions in the Sky as our best post-rock build-up instrumental band.
 
Wednesday, August 10, 2011

VOTD: Bon's away

Watch ‘Bon Iver’’s gorgeous-est track, ‘Holocene.’

“I can see for miles, miles, miles,” Justin Vernon coos three different times during “Holocene.” Director Nabil first syncs this line up in the below video with a beautiful wide shot of what seems to be Icelandic landscape. Everything seems infinite in that little moment.

Watch as a bucktoothed kid in a hooded sweater explores the beautiful country outside of his home.

by Matt Carney 08.19.2011 2 years ago
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St. Vincent — Strange Mercy

Born Tulsan, Annie Clark’s third record is alluring and fearless.


Indie

Matt Carney
Right away, “Chloe in the Afternoon,” the first track on St. Vincent’s new album, distinguishes itself as superior to both the band’s previous LPs, 2007’s “Marry Me” and 2009’s “Actor.”
 
Monday, October 10, 2011

VOTD: A work of fiction

New Bon Iver video kicks off a series promoting the deluxe re-release.

Googling “Hinnom, TX” will produce a bunch of pages about song lyrics, but no directions to any city. That’s 'cause it doesn’t exist! Except in Bon Iver’s excellent self-titled album, which former OKSee helmsman Stephen Carradini and I recently agreed upon as a definite Top 10 OKSee Record of 2011.

This song really stands out from when I caught the band’s Kansas City set at the Uptown Theater a few months ago, mostly just because it was kinda humorous visually. Those lofty-pitched backing vocals came from Reggie Pace (a stout, cheerful black man) and Michael Noyce (a skinny, mousy, mop-haired white guy), who were standing at opposite sides of the stage. Opposites attract to form beautiful tones, I suppose.

Watch as the sun does its best impression of a living being:



AS-OF-THIS-MORNING UPDATE: The band’s posted all 10 of the aforementioned videos to its official YouTube page. Gorge yourself on these visually stunning vids, friends.
by Matt Carney 11.29.2011 2 years ago
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