It’s been a slow couple of months for interesting new music from established acts, be they indie or mainstream. Other than Kanye and Jay-Z’s epic collaboration on “Watch the Throne,” we haven’t heard much from the usual suspects.
But that’s not to say times are tough! Plenty of great music is streaming and downloadable right now, both from up-and-coming indie acts and locals. Here are my picks for the week.
Thundercat made himself known to indie audiences when he guested on Flying Lotus’ excellent “Cosmogramma” last year. FlyLo reciprocated by producing his debut LP, “The Golden Age of Apocalypse.” Stream it over at Hype Machine.
Tulsa and Enid have combined to give us Good Morning Grizzly, a pretty, pop-rock project that put this first big track up for download. It’s called “Stars and Satellites,” and you can snag it at the band's Bandcamp page.
Okie Chase Kerby (The City Lives) is getting back into the pop-rock game with Defining Times. Their debut EP was up for free download earlier in the week, but now it’ll set you back $5. I call that money well-spent.
Peter Bjorn and John stopped by KEXP’s studios in Seattle to play a couple of tracks off their latest record, “Gimme Some.” Watch “Breaker, Breaker” (complete with cowbell!) below.
Watch a freaky new video from soon-to-visit Norman indie act Twin Sister.
On Oct. 14, New York boy-girl indies Twin Sister and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will play at the University of Oklahoma. Both bands create dreamlike sonic landscapes, but while TPOBPAH skew more toward distorted rock, Twin Sister indulges in lush, sense-defying, alternate-reality dream-pop.
Check out this video for “Kimmi in a Ricefield,” off their debut album, “In Heaven,” which comes out today. Expect a positive review soon.
NYC indie-pop dreamers concoct a solid debut album after an infectious single.
Indie Matt Carney
Ever since “All Around and Away We Go” reminded me of Talking Heads last
summer, I’ve kept my eyes out (and many fingers crossed) for flashes of
Twin Sister’s name across the blogosphere. Much to my delight, it
showed up last summer alongside fellow NYCers’ The Pains of Being Pure
at Heart on a touring bill aimed at the Midwest, with a stop at OU’s
campus (not three minutes’ walk from my house) right smack in the middle
Folk Matt Carney
Just when I was about to write off the debut LP from Australian
lady-singer collective Seeker Lover Keeper as a collection of overly
subdued, wannabe Feist mishy-mash, a shocking and attention-grabbing
drum machine hooked me back in on the sixth track, “Rely on Me,” midway
through the album.