Neon Indian – Change Of Coast

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Neon Indian was considered as one of the forerunners of the chillwave movement with the release of the charming debut Psychic Chasm, a record that sounded a lot more odd than those from his fellow genre pioneers Toro Y Moi and Washed Out. In reality, he shared the same level of playfulness and quirkiness as Ariel Pink, an artist he also admitted being inspired of. By comparison, his excellent 2011 follow-up Era Extraña was a lot more structured and streamlined; displaying solid song-crafting that turned its head towards vaguely recalled neon-lit 80’s soundtracks. The title track of that record is still one of the most beautiful 80’s nostalgic trips I’ve ever come across, and now that two years have passed since the album’s release, it’s fair to say that it’s my favorite from any given artist that came out of the chillwave movement.

While I unfortunately can’t say that Neon Indian’s latest release is a first taste of a new album, it’s fitting that he eventually would end up on a soundtrack – in this case GTA V. Playful as ever, “Change Of Coast” would’ve been fit to score any late night Sony Crockett Ferrari drive, so it’s not hard to see why it suites the sentiment of GTA perfectly. It’s lot less somber as Era Extraña, while containing the same amount of playfulness (even a bit of irony one might hope) that one would expect. So go ahead beat up some poor sucker, steal his Ferrari and change the channel to Neon Indian.

Washed Out – It All Feels Right

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“It All Feels Right” is in a way the spot-on follow-up to Ernest Green a.k.a Washed Out’s critically acclaimed debut album. Green takes the blueprint of his seminal “Feel it All Around”, a track that encapsulated an entire sub-genre of narcotic flashes and tape warped romanticism with 80’s nostalgia, and fuses it with light touches of psychedelia, resonating Yoshimi-era The Flaming Lips . Yet, “It All Feels Right” is not a sea change as much as a full-fledged perfection of the woozy harmonies that Washed Out once pioneered along with fellow chillwave cronies Neon Indian and Toro Y Moi.

Compared to Within and Without, Green’s vocals are less mumbly and the texture of “It All Feels Right” feels more airy and organic. Musically, it’s a more mature approach, but just as Neon Indian and Toro Y Moi went on to find a sustainable purpose for their craft, Green shows that there is a way forward for his decadent compositions even after the light of the initial buzz has flickered out.

Paracosm, Washed Out’s sophomore album is out on August 13th via Sub Pop records.

The Holydrug Couple – Follow Your Way

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Lately, it seems as there are some excellent psychedelic pop finding its way through the mist. Perhaps not that unexpected considering Tame Impala’s worldwide success of Lonerism. Still, we wouldn’t have expected to come across anything like this from Chile. The Holydrug Couple is not a new band, they’ve been doing what they’re doing for a couple of years, but we guess the rainbow colored aesthetics of “Follow Your Way” is getting a lot of attention since Lonerism got people starving for more. But to be fair, this is a song that can carry its own weight.  It’s beautifully executed, occupying some essential middle ground between Tame Impala’s expansive psych rock and Toro y Moi’s Anything In Return.

“Follow Your Way” is a timeless piece of hazy hallucinogenic harmonies with elements of funk and soul, cleverly embedded in phased guitars and tactile drum rolls. The Santiago duo of Ives Sepulveda and Manual Parra has created one trippy experience, vigorously anchored by attentive details. They are clearly masters of this sort of music, manifested throughout their sophomore LP Noctuary, out now via Sacred Bone (home of The Men, Zola Jesus).

 

 

 

Toro Y Moi – Never Matter

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“Never Matter” is the continuation of the sound that Chaz Bundick introduced on the two singles, “So Many Details” and “Say That” that preceded his newly released third album, Anything In Return. On these tracks, he left behind his energetic take on spaced-out 70’s style funk of Underneath the Pine for a more “elevated” Discovery-era Daft Punk disco. “Never Matter” along with “Harm In Change” and those two singles represents the best from an otherwise scattered and unfocused album. The track is a real disco stumper with an energetic vibe, delivered on top of a confident bass line. There’s also a nice spacey synth solo at the end that perfects one of Chaz Bundick’s finest songs to date.

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Toro Y Moi – Say That

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Cha Bundrick’s bedroom project, Toro Y Moi was initially one of the main acts associated with the cillwave genre. In a way their 2010 year’s debut Causers of This became one of the pinnacles of the genre. But chillwave was never built for durability and not so long after, the whole thing started to crumble. Artist formerly associated with the genre had to come up with new ways to survive. For Toro Y Moi it meant to reinvent their sound and change directions with more hi-fi textures that combines warm playful 70’s style funk with up-to-date electronic productions.  Continue reading

Most Anticipated Albums of 2013

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Here is a list of ifoundmusic’s 20 most anticipated albums of 2013 – a glimpse at the list indicates that it’s going to be an exhilarating year. Still, it doesn’t mean that all of these albums will live up to its hype or that any of these albums will make the next year’s best of list, but at t the end of the day I’m just as excited about all the yet unknown surprises that undoubtedly will come along, as of the following list: Continue reading