Over on the Vapor Music blog we’ve featured this little band called Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros as our Artist of the Week (you may have heard of them and their teeny song “Home”?! Didn’t think so ;) ). Their new album is gorgeous, and a definite summer must-listen. Head over to read more!
Be sure to check out the genius video for the band’s inspiring and anthemic single “Better Days”, featuring clips from a number of cinematic masterpieces such as ‘Rappin”, ‘Beat Street’ and ‘Breakin 2 Electric Boogaloo’. It’s a feel good video – perfect for your end of the work day pick me up!
Few things make me more excited than watching a Canadian band attract deserved attention on a global scale, and so today’s international release of Half Moon Run‘s debut album Dark Eyes is a special treat! After its release north of the border in 2012, our friends from around the world now have the opportunity to hear the band and fall in love with their stunning harmonies and rich textures as we have. For domestic fans, Half Moon Run has added a brand new track to the international release, giving us new material to get excited about as well.
Half Moon Run is one of Canada’s most exciting musical exports, so be sure to catch them along the festival circuit this summer at Lollapalooza, Haldern Pop Festival (Germany), Green Man Festival (UK), Lowlands (Netherlands), Leeds, Reading, or one of their many other fall European dates before the band returns to Canada with Quebec shows in December.
For fans of: Alt-J, Radiohead, Fleet Foxes
Seabird returns this week with the release of Troubled Days, the first album for the Kentucky brothers in four years (and their first independent release, funded largely through a Kickstarter campaign). Filled with emotional ballads with a tinge of that ever-so-popular folk-rock tinge, the record builds and dips and grows, taking you on a journey with each song. The album is incredibly sync-friendly, and I can’t wait for the perfectly opportunity to pair this one with picture.
Watch the band perform “Love Will Be Enough” below!
Though it’s been streaming online for the past week, today marks the official release of CFCF‘s latest EP, Music for Objects, via Toronto’s Paper Bag Records. Montreal electronic artist and DJ Mike Silver builds cinematic soundscapes inspired by composers such as Steve Reich and Philip Glass, very much mixing everything I learned in post-tonal theory class from my days at University with the film score sounds I work alongside now. Silver says that “the record acts as a companion piece to [his] previous EP ‘Exercises’ with a more playful, micro view of the ephemera that shapes our daily lives.” – so there you have it!
Stream and download (for free!) the song “Camera” below, and get yourself a copy of the album wherever you purchase music!
I had the pleasure of being introduced to Holley Maher and her music in May at the Durango Songwriters Film & TV Showcase in California and quickly fell in love with her voice and songwriting abilities (and perfect ombre hair!). Holley released her latest EP, Euphorics, a couple weeks ago and it’s been on steady repeat since I received a copy. Faves on the EP are the duet “I Do” (feat. Jonathan Lister) and “Whispered Words” – hoping we can bring some exciting opportunities this girl’s way!
Don’t take my word for it though – Holley is streaming her entire Euphorics EP on Soundcloud, embedded below for your listening pleasure!
This week, experimental rock supergroup About Group releases their third full-length album, titled Between The Walls. Comprised of Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor, Spiritualized’s John Coxon as well as Pat Thomas, About Group mixes experimental tones with Taylor’s songwriting prowess, resulting in a truly unique final product. Watch the video for “All Is Not Lost” below!
British alt-rockers Editors are back this week with their fourth full-length album, The Weight Of Your Love - their first since 2009. Like their past releases, TWOYL is filled with the band’s signature brooding, dark indie rock sound, but with the departure of guitarist Chris Urbanowicz last year the group new tunes are less experimental in nature and more straightforward. Lead singer Tom Smith said that the album “could be played on an acoustic guitar. I don’t know what a hit is any more, but these songs feel very classic and immediate,” referencing influences such as Arcade Fire and R.E.M.
You can watch the band’s music video for “The Weight” below, and the album is available now wherever you pick up new music!
British folk rockers Treetop Flyers’ debut album The Mountain Moves was released yesterday in North America (despite being available in the UK for a couple months now!) and I can’t get enough of their sound. The lovely team at licensing company Terrorbird Media describes them as “classic sounding, quintessential vintage West Coast Americana that owes as much to My Morning Jacket as to Crosby Stills Nash & Young”. Watch their video for “Things Will Change” below, and check out the album wherever you get your music!
Connecticut Roots Rockers Bronze Radio Return are back with their fourth full-length album, and it’s been on constant repeat since I first heard it a couple weeks ago. Hot off an acoustic performance here in Toronto for the Cee-Lo Green curated Renaissance Hotels Day of Discovery, the band is on a whirlwind US tour throughout July. We hope to see them back in Canada soon, but until then, check out the video for ‘Further On’ below, and get yourself a copy of their album Up, On & Over!
Aussie electro duo Empire of the Sun follow up their hit debut album (and single of the same name) ‘Walking on a Dream’ with sophomore release ‘Ice on the Dune’, bringing with it the same catchy synth hooks that we love them for. A definite must have for fans of Passion Pit and Phoenix. Check out their single “Alive” below, and the rest of the album over on iTunes.