After earning a bit of buzz with their EP Secrets, San Francisco singer Ann Yu and musician/producer Jon Waters, otherwise known as the electro dream-pop duo Silver Swans have unveiled a new single off their forthcoming full-length Forever. Entitled "Let It Happen," Yu states in a press release that "Jon has an insatiable ability to create these fantastic little bits and pieces that make it effortless to write melodies to and finish into a song. He sent me the initial idea for 'Let It Happen' via e-mail and the minute I heard it, it just reminded me of a time when all I wanted to do was melt away with he loves me, he loves me nots. The song has a certain playfulness to it that ponders what could be and all the infinite possibilities of a so far one-sided love affair. I think all of us could use a little bit of that when taking chances and really trying to find love." Forever is slated for release on Feb. 7.
Tallahassee, FL synth-pop artist Sean Earl Beard records under the stage name Plastic Flowers and he's dropping his Strange Neighbors 7-inch via Wierd (It's also out in digital format.). Download the Cure-esque title track, above, and watch its video, directed by Joe Davenport. Also, stream "Drive Me Home," below:
Today, Swedish electro duo Pallers gifted us with a unique, melancholy mix. The sound is not unlike their debut full-lenght Sea of Memories, full of electronic beats and half-remembered dreams.
Explains member Henrik Mårtensson, who created the tape; “The mix is heavily influenced by a set done for the ambient club FLIM here in Stockholm. It contains some fave songs from this year, last year and many other years. It’s a mix full of this summer’s bad weather, soft pianos, and hovering helicopters.”
Take a listen to the mix and check out the tracklist, below.
Invisible Conga People – “Can't Feel My Knees (Dub)”
False – “Face The Rain”
Rhythm & Sound W-Tikiman – “Why”
F.S.O.L. – “Cerebral”
Oneohtrix Point Never – “Replica”
Pole – “Modul”
Monoloake – “Watching Clouds”
The Orb – “Assassin”
Plastikman – “Psyk”
The Roots: “Redford (For Yia Yia & Pappou)” / ”Possibility" / ”Will to Power” MP3 Streams
The Roots' new album undunis a concept album about a man called Redford Stephens—a name inspired by a short instrumental piece on Sufjan Stevens’ Michiganalbum. It’s fitting then, that the Stevens guests on the LP's stretched out, multi-song reinterpretation of “Redford.” Take a listen to three of the four movements over at Stereogum.
On her much praised new album, 50 Words for Snow, singer/songwriter Kate Bush includes a 13-and-a-half-minute song about having a romantic relationship with a snowman (just go with it). To provide some visual aid to an already unusual concept, Bush recently posted a video including a portion of the song. The claymamtion clip, entitled, "Mistraldespair" depicts a woman woken in the middle of the night as her icy lawn decoration climbs into bed with her. As strange as it is, the music actually makes the whole scene quite sad, as the poor snowman begins to melt as soon he starts to make his move. Check it out, above.