The music released this month of May 2014 was in a way, dramatic, epic, panoramic, melancholic and nostalgic so here below or directly from Pleer is the best of it.
Another 10 indie tracks to say “so long” to this blog for the next 3 months. Loads of work ahead this summer. It doesn’t mean that there won’t be music around, just no time to upload songs, photos, make links….
1- Even if Owen Pallett, long -time collaborator with fellow Canadian musicians Arcade Fire or recently Caribou (as Daphni), and William Butler didn’t win the “Best original score” Oscar for “Her”, Spike Jonze’s last movie, the thirteen tracks of his fourth album” In Conflict”, out this month of May, are another proof of his skill to build a drama story with sumptuous musical arrangements. Along with the 1st single “The Riverbed”, “The Sky Behind The Flag” shares the same emergency to express his personal experiences.
2- The six piece band from Edinburgh/ Scotland, Broken Records, released a 3rd album in May “Weights And Pulleys”, powerful, epic and consistent. Jamie Sutherland’s has the same passionate and aching voice than Jonathan Meiburg (Shearwater, and ex Okkervil River).
3- Brooklyn duo, Young Magic, dropped it's second album “Breathing Statues” this month. We know that, since “You with Air ”, they’re good at layers of percussions and “Holographic” is also made of increasing coats of instruments: first harp, rapid synth and crystalline beats. An exotic journey in hologram.
4- Ex Dreamers of the Ghetto, here in 2011, Luke Aaron Jones and Marty Sprowles recently formed Hunterchild and issued their first eponym album in May. “Time Traveling Lover” with the pulsing keys stands out of the 11 tracks.
5- Californian Jason Robert Quever has been around for a while now as Papercuts releasing a 5th album this month, “Life Among the Savages”. Always at ease with neat pop melodies with his voice soaring over strings, guitar hooks, and mellotron on “Still Knocking At The Door”.
6- The Black Keys eighth long player, another one co-produced with Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton, on which Dan Auerbach’s voice is going more on falsetto, is loaded with hooky songs. “Turn Blue” is still a favorite, for the blues elements and killer guitar riffs.
7- Since Sharon Van Etten beginnings in 2009, we understood that writing and singing is a catharsis for her. The American singer songwriter is becoming more confident on her fourth album “Are We There”, out in May, adding piano and organ.
On the first single out of it, “Taking Chances”, she sings “you break for your sake” about the long- time relationship she had, that’s just ended. Languishing and intimate.
8- No matter if Londoner Laurie Erskine (despite the first name, definitely a man, as starred in the video, aka Club Kuru) made to disappear “Loot” and “Long Drive” songs from last year, there is the last one “All the days”. Beginning is indolent with the singer fragile voice and the crescendo ends tragic.
9- Dexter Tortoriello, frontman of the Chicago band “Houses” , has a solo project, formerly known as Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross, without the voice of Megan Messina, releasing a first EP “Blow” in 2011. 3 years spent in Diplo’s Mad Decent studio in LA, and it’s now Dawn Golden debut LP “Still Life”, labelled “Sad Bangers” and boosted by the first single “All I Want”. True: the 10 tracks are melancholic, sorrowful. “I Won’t Bend” sounds like a mantra.
10- Joakim Bouaziz, aka Joakim is a multi -talented French artist, classically trained musician, record label co-founder (Tigersushi and Crowdspacer for vinyls), electronic producer, illustrator who dropped his sixth album “Tropics Of Love” this month, a 12 tracks record of down tempo fluid melodies with thumping beats. “Man Like Moon” is a favorite for the whiff of jazz featuring Joakim’s voice with a reverb and not the dated vocoder he is using.