Finals Silence

Ok, I know. ANOTHER theme change, [for those of you actually re-visiting this site]. I just can’t settle on a new one for that long. I also debated moving my blog to an entirely different provider with more customizable options…but I really dig wordpress.

And jesus h… have I been busy. It’s finals time in the land of public university, which is most unfortunate. The important thing to to remember, is that in the very near future, it will be worth your time to check back, I promise. Lots has happened..LOTS. And I plan to catch up as soon as I can.

Until then, many of my favorite bands have been kicking out new tracks left and right, so for now, here is a list, as well as a way to listen to these great new tracks.

Japandroids – Art Czars {Could easily have made it onto the outstanding Post-Nothing}

Beach House – The Arrangement {Amazing track}

Broken Social Scene – World Sick {After years of silence they produce this fabulous track}

MGMT – Flash Delirium {This makes me excited for the new MGMT album, I wasn’t a huge fan of their first}

Download it here

She & Him – In The Sun {A nice little pop tune, what you’d expect/want from these two}

LCD Soundsystem – Oh You (Christmas Blues) {a distorted (Pink Floyd(y) sounding) new track from the upcoming film, Greenberg}

Neon Indian – Sleep Paralysist {This man can do no wrong}

Beach House – Teen Dream Review

I’ll spoil it for you. Teen Dream..is a good album. In fact, its a pretty dang good. A lot better than I expected. It’s good enough, that it will without a doubt grace many peoples best of 2010 lists in December. I would imagine it’s appeal will only grow as more and more people are able to hear it.If you haven’t heard it: do yourself a favor.

Beach House have managed to harness aspects of, The XX, Bands of Horses, Dr. Dog, Jesus and Mary Chain, and Grizzly Bear and combine them to make a dreamy collection of pop songs. The songs are catchy and fun to listen to while maintaining a surprising amount of seriousness. The lyrical layers are there, though often drenched in echo and reverb, and crooning along is going to be something I do all year.

The album begins as cool and calculated as it ends. Both the opening and final tracks seem to be just those, bookends to a dream. The opening track, Zebra, introduces you to the sound of the album and slowly picks up from there. The closing tracks, Real Love and Take Care, unwind you for a glorious send off back to reality. Everywhere in between is what it needs to me. Meticulously crafted pop sometimes bordering on the psychedelic, always sounding great.

The high points are tracks four (Walk in the Park) and eight (10 Mile Stereo). These tracks are flawless in their construction and placement within the confines of the album itself. 10 Mile Stereo is an amazing song with lackadaisically sung somber lyrics over a programmed drum line that couldn’t fit better with the tone of the album. Walk in the Park has an absolutely infectious chorus that will ensure this album pumps through my headphones for months to come.

The album exhibits a kind of perfect yet elegant construction, similar to Grizzly Bear’s Veckatimist. Everything sounds like it took a long time to plan, there are so many layers, so many moving parts all shifting in unison to pull off this teen dream, but they are able to do it without thinking twice. This type of record could easily come across as forced or contrived. Instead, what comes across is a young band who is already a master of their craft. It will be great to see them live and to see what their future outputs sound like.

Rating: 4.3/5.0