Theme Park

"Two Hours"

London-based quartet Theme Park are poised to release their debut album sometime later this year. In the lead-up to record's inevitable release the Talking Heads-channeling pop band is soon to release its first single "Two Hours" as a limited edition 7'' on Transgressive Records. As for the track itself, showcasing some nice synths and drum machine beats, it can be given a listen below. In a statement by frontman Miles Haughton, "Two Hours" is "about expectations around growing and coming into your own emotionally and feeling confident or not confident about that process. I normally only really write songs when I’m feeling very happy, and I think this is one of the few ones where I was feeling a bit numb – an unexpected reaction to certain experiences in life.”

Korallreven

“Sa Sa Samoa” Video

Feb 17, 2012

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Two years after they released their first single, Swedish duo Korallreven put their atmospheric layers of dreamroom pop in full length form last year with the appropriated titled LP, An Album by Korallreven. Partners Marcus Joons and Daniel Tjäder have now released a music video for their new single "Sa Sa Samoa," which features guest work by Brooklyn-based vocal experimentalist Julianna Barwick and a children's choir from the island of song's namesake. The clip itself, as Joons describes it, is a "quick peek of the world before we destroy it." Click below to watch.

The Men

"Ex-Dreams"

On March 6, Brooklyn punk rockers The Men are scheduled to follow-up last year's Leave Home with the release of a new LP Open Your Heart. Today the band has debuted the album closing track "Ex-Dreams" for the online community's listening enjoyment. Check it out below.

The Men - Ex-Dreams by Cargo_Promo

Marissa Nadler

"The Wrecking Ball Company"

Leading up to the release of her forthcoming album The Sister breathy, dream folk artist Marissa Nadler has recently debuted the single "The Wrecking Ball Company." Keeping things close to what's expected of her haunted intimacy, the song is one of eight tracks included on the new LP, recorded in Miner Street Studios in Philadelphia. The Sister is out May 29 on Nadler's own Box of Cedar Records.

 

Chromatics

“Into the Black” Video [Neil Young Cover]

Feb 13, 2012

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Over the weekend Portland's Chromatics posted a haunting cover of Neil Young's "Into the Black." Set to appear on the band's forthcoming new album Kill for Love, said song has now gotten itself an official video to match. Featuring a lot of angular frames and close-ups, click to give the clip a proper view.

Bright Moments

“Travelers”

Feb 10, 2012

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For the past number of years New York native and multi-instrumentalist Kelly Pratt has been enjoying a solid career providing back-up for the likes of Beirut, Arcade Fire, and LCD Soundsystem. Looking to make the inevitable move in front of the stage, Pratt is set to release, Natives, his debut under the moniker Bright Moments. Recorded track by track by track, with Pratt handling almost all the parts in his apartment studio during the winter of 2010, Natives is out Feb. 21. In the meantime, take a listen to the standout track "Travelers."

 

 

High Places

"The Pull"

Supporting their most recent record Original Colors electro boy/girl duo High Places have debuted a selectively lit music video for their track "The Pull." Though featuring plenty of spacey blips and echoing vocals, members Rob Barber and Mary Pearson take more minimalist approach to their mood and textures.

High Places - The Pull from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

Now, Now

“Dead Oaks” Video Premiere

Feb 09, 2012

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Let's face it, Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla has great taste in music, as evident by his work with both Telekinesis, as well as Tegan and Sara. Joining the mix is Now, Now, a Minneapolis-based trio whose sophomore album Threads will see release on March 6 via Walla's Trans-Records (last year at SXSW Walla accompanied the band on each of their shows, helping them with gear, and at one point convinced a police officer not to give them a parking ticket). Below is the premiere of a music video for the band's lead single "Dead Oaks." Highlighting the band while on tour, the whole thing clocks under just two minutes, but condenses a lot of pop charm in something so brief. Get your pre-order on here