I’m not a computer algorithm, I’m a human music curator!
Happy that No Music blog fits in Pitchfork’s main argument here. Since 2008, my choice was to collect only the best new tracks (not older than 3 months) in playlists, by mood, music genre or even countries (cf the right column on the web version).
Now, what happened since end of May in the world of music?
- A cool music stream website stretching from 1960 to 2013, where you can play a whole year as a playlist.
- Even if one of my favorite group of the 80’s, New Order, ex Joy Division, launched end of July the first single “Restless” of their forthcoming album Music Complete due in September, there is nothing new about it !
1 – “Unknown” – Gwilym Gold
Already featured here with the extremely powerful “Triumph”, Gwilym Gold finally released his second album A Paradise in August. Piano driven track “Unknown”, with the same celestial voice, has a more classical touch provided by classical composer Nico Muhly.
After three Eps and hype blogs darling track “Tyro”, Suffolk/UK duo made of Simon Lucas-Hughes & Elliott Buckle, dropped a new single last July on soundcloud, the delicate “Drop of Starch” with the right percussions.
3- “Adapted Air” – Arbitraire
Apart from the track “A Little Melancholy”, appearing in Sam Smith’s The Lost Tapes Remixed, very little is revealed about Arbitraire.3 names : Andrea, Adrian & Genji and now 2 songs on their soundcloud. Just an impressive soul voice!
4- “Envy” – Peter Lyons
Ex one half of the Peter & Kerry London pop duo, and further to the electro R&B touch of his previous work like “Pretty Young Thing”, for his debut EP Oh, To Pull You Up, set up for an October release, Peter Lyons goes deeper into the electronic music genre with deconstructed synths, gulp percussions and layers of violins.
5- “Wide Open” – The Chemical Brothers
This track stands apart from the more urban sound of the 16 tracks (with "Direct Buki" bonus) on the eighth album of the Mancunian duo, Born in the Echoes out in July. Fluid synths and 80’s pop, thanks to Beck, one of the 5 guest singers featured ?
6- “Bluebird” – Beach House
Baltimore/US dream pop duo website is using an algorithm behind the “single finder”, to choose which single on Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally fifth full length Depression Cherry out this month will please you. Even by trying several options, I never got “Bluebird! Needless to say that this mechanical formula doesn’t replace ears, sensible to the frenetic beat beginning smoothen by the spiralling guitar and Victoria’s soft voice.
7- “New Person, Same Old Mistakes” – Tame Impala
After all that has been written about the new musical direction of Aussie psych-rock band with the first single “Let it Happen” and as they released the singles,“’Cause I’m a Man”, “Disciples” & “Eventually”, the whole listening of the third album Currents ends with Kevin Parker confession about all this. Check this last track lyrics!
8- “Gibraltar” – Beirut
No more brass section, the trademark of New Mexico/US band Beirut, in this second single of the fourth album No No No to be released in September. Percussions and metallic bangs along with the joyful lyrics might be a special message to Lebanon: “Everything should be fine”.
9- “Oblivion” – David Bazan
Once recording under the names of Pedro The Lion, and later Headphones, Seattle/US singer-songwriter, David Bazan began to write 2 songs each month in 2014 to compile them in a first Volume called “Bazan Monthly”. The second volume came out late May. A long career as a musician that Bazan recount on this track with his remarkable mournful voice.
10- “Time Travel” - Inspired & the Sleep
The San Diego trio now, released 2 singles last June from a second EP Eyelid Kid out in October: a poppy one like their previous psych/pop tracks “Sleeps Well On Knives” and this one darker, going with a pole dance fitness video, reflects an interesting change in tone.
11- “Embers” – GengahrLondon quartet is the new UK alternative pop/rock sensation. Each track of the 11 ones of its first album A Dream Outside out last June begins with a soft approach to later bursts into guitars. It’s not the guitars that stand out on “Embers”, it’s the drums, steady, metronomic, reminding me of "Oh Yeah" from CAN.