Instant Playlist - March 8 2012
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
My Terrible Friend (Washed Out Remix) (Play It Again Sam)
A caveat to anyone considering hiring Ernest Greene to remix one of their songs: if this Pains of Being Pure at Heart retooling is any indication, he will do his level best to make your track sound exactly like Washed Out. Not a bad thing, but still.
A Place to Bury Strangers
So Far Away (School of Seven Bells Remix) (Dead Oceans)
Another remix! We don’t ordinarily post those here, but APTBS’s noise rock and SVIIB’s dream pop go together so well, you’ll swear someone got their chocolate in your peanut butter.
No Sleep (Dine Alone)
It’s raw, stripped-down, and driving, but describing this as garage rawk does Australian duo DZ Deathrays a disservice. Nothing that rocks this hard oughtta be kept in the garage.
Simian Mobile Disco
Anyone old enough to remember when acid house was a thing is probably, like, dead by now. And the young’uns probably won’t recognize this as essentially an acid-house track with all the components scrambled.
Ulrich Schnauss & Mark Peters
Forgotten (Bureau B)
Mark Peters (of the British band Engineers) joins Ulrich Schnauss (of, um, the German electronica guy Ulrich Schnauss) to create the synth-washed soundtrack for that dream where you’re flying.
Gold Rope (Stones Flip) (Leaving)
It might sound like Matthew McQueen has just taken snippets from the Rolling Stones’ Miss You and fucked around with them on his computer. And that’s pretty much true. He’s got moves not unlike Jagger, you know.
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Museum Day (Anticon)
Rapper Serengeti, indie-folk icon Sufjan Stevens, and unclassifiable weirdo Son Lux got together to make an album, and if it all sounds like this glitchy and fragile but lovely first taste, it should be… strange.
Pinball Wizard (Ribbon Music)
Leave it to Black Dice to turn in a note-perfect re-creation of the classic rocker from the Who. Psych! Actually, it sounds more like what would happen if you let a malfunctioning droid loose in a studio for five minutes.
Afraid of Summer (Independent) If you’re a sucker for aching melodies set to sweeping-drama strings, you’ll love Portland’s Lost Lander so much you might stop listening to Bon Iver for an hour or so.
Youth Gone Wild (Aporia)
Reinventing "Youth Gone Wild" as melodrama-dripping orchestral folk either reveals its poignant poetry or makes Skid Row seem even more ridiculous. You decide.
Hey Jane (Fat Possum)
"Hey Jane" is the catchiest pop tune Spiritualized has released in years. So, naturally, Jason Pierce had to stretch the damn thing out to nine minutes, stopping along the way for a noise breakdown and a fake ending.