Now that the server stuff has all been resolved, I’ve recovered from my illness, and even trimmed my beard, IC is back on its game. Here’s a megamix of singles that came my way in September and early October.
Welcome Back, Welcome Back, Welcome Back
1. “Land” – I, The Mountain. This band isn’t afraid to rock out a tune that starts out as a delicate folk tune, and the tension between the two moods makes the song. The video is also fun!
2. “Pinhole of Light” – Heart-Ships. If the Walkmen, The National, and Interpol collaborated on a tune, it might be this twitchy, nervous, and ultimately incredibly catchy.
3. “Dream On / Dream Off” – Ghost Twins. Shoegaze meets a four-on-the-floor beat and dark guitar riffs. I’m pretty sure this would be incredible live.
4. “Till You See” – Magazine Society. Dance-rock with a swooning emotive bent in the chorus? Muse would be proud.
5. “Big Night” – My Grey Horse. Hazy in mood but precise in execution, My Grey Horse walks the thin line between indie-pop and indie-rock memorably.
6. “Do You Ever?” – Phia. If you’re not familiar with the kalimba, Phia will show you how to use it in an infectious pop song. FFO: Regina Spektor, M.I.A., Ingrid Michaelson.
7. “Beginning” – FIGHTs. Nigh on unexplainable, except that this is the most celebratory instincts of several genres all clamoring for the attention of your ears at once. Absolutely great.
8. “8 Bit Intro + Hide in the Light” – Sir Wes Al Gress. Reaching into Girl Talk-influenced areas, Sir Wes gives us a fractured, bouncy, interesting take on electro.
9. “Tears Apart” – Letters to Fiesta. Combining Fleetwood Mac mysticism with propulsive post-punk rhythms and feel, things get awesome real quickly here.
10. “Caribbean Cask” – Casual Strangers. Do they have beaches on other planets? If so, this is the gently rolling soundtrack to your interstellar mai tai.
11. “Parking Drama” – Turing. This 15 minutes of slowly-unfolding, guitar-driven post-rock achieves that rare (but coveted) feel of a true dramatic/cinematic event via distinct movements.
12. “Hear Me Out” – Paper Electric. Somewhere between Bjork’s unusual moods and The Postal Service’s clickitack indie-pop lies the oddly engaging Paper Electric.
13. “Monday” – Lonely Child. Chill R&B that calls up Radiohead tensions … with beatboxing. Yes.
14. “Listen” – Teen Daze. Teen Daze doesn’t need my help but his music is just so beautiful. I have to keep posting it.
15. “All’s Not Spoken” – Kayte Grace. Smooth, gospel-inflected singer/songwriter immerses me with strong vocals and trumpet.