Ain’t Nothing Like You is off of the self-titled BlakRoc (BlakRoc Records, 2009).
I discovered Wild Child at a time when I needed it most. It was the Wednesday of block break, the snow was pounding its icy coldness down onto Colorado Springs, and I was stuck at a lifeless airport. There’s something about sugary-sweet folk duos that make everything seem at least for a few minutes, that life is about attaining some mystical romance. It was a much needed release from the anxiety of traveling. Since then, I’ve been hooked. You can check out their debut album, Pillow Talk (2011) now!
1,2,3’s debut album, New Heaven (out on Frenchkiss Records) has the vibrancy and versatility I think is missing from a lot of rock records these days. It’s really hard to describe the album without going far way into detail. Expect a conglomeration of influences ranging from Deerhunter to Modest Mouse. They are different and interesting — check them out if you’re into that sort of thing.
TV Girl has this special ability to channel the past without trying to. Hailing from San Diego, the easy going and carefree attitude of California reflects in their music. People have compared TV Girl to the likes of Beck, Panda Bear and Cults. If you like feeling nostalgic, you should check TV Girl out.
The Weeknd has so much buzz that I’m pretty sure every music blog ever has written about him. Abel Tesfaye takes everything that R&B does right and then does it really, really well. Every song is sexy and sensual but accessible. The Weeknd is currently releasing a 3-part trilogy of mixtapes. The first, House of Balloons, got the nod from Drake. The second, Thursday was recently released to much acclaim. The third installment in the trilogy is expected to be released sometime this fall.
I’ve been bumping Neon Indian’s new album Era Extraña (Mom + Pop Music, 2011) repeatedly since its release. The album was recorded entirely in Helsinki, Finland in the middle of a frosty winter. As a teaser to the album, lead singer Alan Palomo released clips of him walking around Helsinki while looking mysteriously cool. The album doesn’t sound like it was recorded in winter though – it channels a vibrant, summer vibe reminiscent of their debut album, Psychic Chasms. “Polish Girl” is the first single off the new album and is definitely one of my favorites. It highlights Palomo’s musical growth; it feels much more mature and well crafted than anything off the last album. Check it out!