SONG OF THE DAY: TYCHO – “AWAKE”

The music we listen to oftentimes becomes the soundtrack of our lives – they become triggers to jog our memories, to remind us of where we’ve been, who we were with and where we wanted to go.

Graphic artist Scott Hansen – or better known as musician/producer Tycho – has finally released his first single from the follow-up LP to his 2011 release, Dive. The track, titled “Awake,” stays true to Tycho’s signature aesthetic that can be found simultaneously in his artwork and his music: clean, crisp layers that are meticulously strung together, almost to a fault.

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Contrary to his mellowed-out Dive, “Awake” walks along the line of being the total opposite. The track’s stand out guitars and bass are bright, driven by the mid-tempo drums and floating melodies that remind us of warm July nights that we’re not quite ready to let go of yet. Hallelujah for Indian summers.

Check out the rest of Tycho’s tracks and Dive here.

SONG OF THE DAY: ELLIPHANT – “DOWN ON LIFE”

The world needs more Scandinavian female acts. Nordic lassies are on the come-up in the international music scene and are a breath of fresh air in a world of cookie-cutter pop stars and wannabe celebs. Some of our recent obsessions are , Tove Lo, LCMDF, and our latest crush, Elliphant.

A singer-songwriter from Sweden, Elliphant is one of the top rising artists in her country. With a well-received 2013 self-titled EP, and co-signs from artists ranging from Diplo to Twin Shadow to Katy Perry, her music is surely crossing the Atlantic.

Today’s chosen track is her song, “Down On Life.” It’s a perfect fusion of indie-pop and reggae, packed with catchy melodies, and Elliphant’s poppy and persuasive vocals. Oh yeah, and did we mention that she’s cute as a button (as all Swedes seem to be)? Hear and see for yourself:

Tickets are available here for her LA show on June 29th at The Fonda. 

SONG OF THE DAY: LORDE – “ROYALS”

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While the LAC clubhouse has been rocking out to all things Daft Punk lately (thanks Pharrell), we have also found the sultry voice of Lorde irresistible. Lorde’s debut EP, The Love Club dropped at the end of November 2012, and finally crossed oceans to reach our ears in the States. Over the last few months, she signed to Universal Records, completed her first music video, and booked an extended, sold-out tour of New Zealand and Australia . All while barely pushing a C cup and the greater part of her teenage years.  She may only be 16, but something about those deep bass patterns, her music video imagery, and those curly locks keeps us coming back for more. And curious to see what this New Zealand native has in store next. Rebecca Black, eat your heart out.

Check out The Love Club EP below.

SONG OF THE DAY: ANDRÉ OBIN – “THE ARSONIST”

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What was YOUR favorite part of the Grammy’s? Was it the not one, but two swashbuckling scarves Johnny Depp wore during his incredibly charismatic introduction of Mumford and Sons? Was it the totally inspired, super modern graphic design? Was it the J.Lo-T.Swizzle-M.Bert thigh parade? (The bare upper-leg: who wore it best?)

For me, it was getting wasted by drinking every time LL licked his lips.

And now, for something entirely different.

Grim, moody dance beats from Brooklyn producer André Obin are just the thing to shake off the false sparkle of freshly gilded mediocrity. (Grit and shine, y’all.)

 

SONG OF THE DAY: DESERT NOISES – “OAK TREE”

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Just when hiding from the recent freeze had our vitamin D levels at an all-time-low, resulting in much sulking and unnecessary introspection, California decided her spoiled wimpy children had suffered long enough and conceded to letting Spring come early.

Yay! Thanks mom!

And because this week should allow you time for at least one outdoor adventure (maybe a quick hula-hoop session?), here’s a little something for your multi-purpose fresh-air playlist.

Desert Noises are a band from Provo, Utah who’ve been described as “Neil Young meets the Beach Boys.”

“Oak Tree” is definitely the bounciest track off their debut album Mountain Sea (bouncy being the optimal quality for hula-hoop soundtracking, of course). Suckers for lush, beautiful boy harmonies should take note: Desert Noises will be popping into the Hotel Cafe on February 4th.

SONG OF THE DAY: BLOOD DIAMONDS x DOMINIC LORD – “BARCODE”

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Dubstep is the music of the dystopian future. Accordingly, in this dub-inflected electro-hop track, frequent Grimes collaborator Blood Diamonds paints a sparkly-pink-and-blue metropolis with a dark, seedy underbelly, made even darker by Harlem rapper Dominic Lord’s pronouncement that he’s coming for you with an AK-47.

I wouldn’t by any stretch of the imagination call this song “feel good.” It’s tense and anxious with comically bright sonic textures, a formula whose solution can be alternately creepy or totally rad. In this case it’s both.

Check out the Fader’s behind the scenes video to see how this epic collab went down.

SONG OF THE DAY: NIGHT MOVES – “COLORED EMOTIONS”

The Song of the Day is a bizarre description of the best track to arrive in our inbox on any given day.

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I feel like I passed out on a burgundy and orange zig-zag loveseat after eating bad mushrooms and woke up all gooey-eyed in Eric Foreman’s basement. Fez is massaging my feat, and he does have strong hands.

The world is a kaleidoscope being turned at a glacial pace and my emotions are in fact painted in vivid color but they’re also melting in a 3-D circle where rainbow-feelings converge into a brown blob and back again.

Because these three creepy-looking dudes from, of course, Minneapolis, wrote this wonky song that I might call squishy and romantic in the context of flux.

Which is what I like on a Monday afternoon.