Sister duo Zambri, one of the standout performers at Under the Radar's recent SXSW extravaganza have premiered, "Hundred Hearts," yet another stellar track from their forthcoming debut LP House of Baasa. The full-length is scheduled for release on April 10. Click to listen and/or download the song.
On May 8, J Mascis, the longstanding leader of veteran indie group Dinosaur Jr. is poised to release the first proper full-length work of his reinstated project Heavy Blanket. As the story goes six of the self-titled album's debut were actually penned during the summer of 1984 alongside bandmates Johnny Pancake and Pete Cougar, but before anyone could commit the output onto tape Pancake was severely injured in an accident in Vermont. The project was put on hold, and the Mascis went on to form Dino. Now 30 years later Mascis has tracked down Cougar and Pancake and gotten the band back together. The first taste of the group's instrumental psychedelia comes in the form of the "Dr. Marten's Blues," which you can listen to below.
To support the recent release of her sophomore album Ekstatsis singer/songwriter Julia Holter has premiered a floaty-feeling music video for her track "Moni Mon Amie." According to director Yelana Zhelezov "The video for ‘Moni Mon Amie’ interprets the song as a lyrical appeal to the unattainable other, and a conversation that’s being had with oneself. The longing transforms the perception of the everyday, turning each moment into a poetic landscape in which the miniature and the gigantic become interchangeable. Julia plays the subject and the object of desire in this video." Click to watch.
French composer and songwriter Yann Tiersen will soon be following up his 2010 album Dust Lane with a new full-length entitled Skyline. Leading up to its April 17 release date, Tiersen has been kind enough to provide Under the Radar with the premiere of an animated music video for the included track "Another Shore."Evoking both the bizarre and grotesque work of regular Hunter S. Thompson collaborator Ralph Steadman, the clip follows an old woman having a really bad day as she waits for a bus. According to its makers by Ivan Rusev and Gergana Zabunova, "Yann really wanted something absurd for for this video. A linear story that was simple but strange." As you watch, keep a keen ear out for Tiersen's use of a distorted toy piano, a supposed nod to his early albums.
Bicycle Voice is the brainchild of Meg Webb—who, at the tender age of 19, already knows her way around an electro beat. With one foot in the glitter pop world, and one pop in the singer/songwriter school (with some classical chops to boot!) “Pineapple Elixir” is a toe-tapping, ear-wormy ride. We’re proud to premiere the track. Just the thing to get your weekend started. Check out the track above. (www.facebook.com/pages/Bicycle-Voice)
Dream pop producer Teen Daze is set to release his debut full-length All of Us, Together in a scant few months. In the meanwhile, we’ve got a new track to hold us over. Called "Trenten," it’s an inviting, seven-minute dance party. Sample it above.
Letting Up Despite Great Faults’ Mike Lee flaunted his exceptional taste with this mixtape—which the band has graciously allowed us to premiere. The dreamy blend (perfect for those dangerous pre-coffee hours) features Under the Radar favorites Chairlift, Body Language, School of Seven Bells, and Still Corners among others. Check out the mix, tracklist, and Letting Up Despite Great Faults’ upcoming SXSW shows below.
1. Body Language - Holiday (RAC Remix)
2. Chairlift - Sidewalk Safari
3. Sebastian - Love In Motion (ft. Mayer Hawthorne)
4. Class Actress - Weekend
5. The Drums - Days (Mates of State Remix)
6. School Of Seven Bells - The Night (Rewards Remix)
7. Starsmith - Lesson One
8. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Heart In Your Heartbreak (Twin Shadow Remix)
9. Miike Snow - Devil's Work
10. Korallreven - Sa Sa Samoa (Elite Gymnastics Remix)
The Hudson Branch shares an engineer with Broken Social Scene and a producer with Andrew Bird. But at the end of the day, they’re just five friends, churning out some well-crafted, atmospheric pop. We’re pleased to premiere “Periodic Table Of Elegance,” a cut from the band’s forthcoming album World Kid, out 4/24. (www.dogsontour.org/contributors/hudsonbranch)