Category Archives: Single

There Are Ghosts In These Machines

There Are Ghosts In These Machines by The Narrows   (April 1, 2012)

The Narrows describe themselves as Futuristic/Electro/Guilt Pop, and they earn that description with the release of There Are Ghosts In These Machines. It’s a very cold sounding song; chilling, mechanical, like cracking open a watch and listening to its insides. It’s that dark feel that gives the listener an unnerving compulsion to continue listening.

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Adam Pruss: Beyond Faded

Originally, this track was titled ‘Infinity Soldier’

While passing from poorly lit hallway to poorly lit loft, a bong is thrust into my hand before “hello” even crosses my mind. I’ve entered into the cave that is the mind of Adam Pruss (Flowers for Reagan), into a world that I’ve accepted is beyond my comprehension, a world where my ear drums will surely be assaulted, a world where holding on is your best bet.  

Before Gold Panda, before Four Tet, before the extreme rise in popularity that the soft-core-drone scene saw, there was but one native New Yorker writing the earliest pages of the genre’s history.  Flowers for Reagan, pre-reinvention, put forth Reaganomics in 2007, an album that was simply too far ahead of its time.  It existed only in CD format, and as a limited run, but more interestingly, some of the tracks have been hidden within one of the latest FFR releases.  These days, Pruss can be found making far less stable music under the Flowers name.  In fact, to most locals, the name immediately elicits thoughts of complete audio chaos.  However, there is some sort of solace in his early work, as if to suggest that Pruss has already been where we are, has already become more numb that the most jaded city soul and is on to the next one.

Dingus

Sidechained Lovers (From Home)

Sidechained Lovers, the duo (and couple) from New Zealand, help define the Kiwi music scene; a scene that seems embryonic but shows unlimited potential.  Enjoy our sit down with the group, where we talk about their hometown pride and taking the leap across the ocean.

Dingus:  Sidechained Lovers, if I’m not mistaken, is made up of a boyfriend/girlfriend duo.  How does this relationship affect the groups music making? Does it ever hinder the process?

Sidechained Lovers:  This seems to be the question on everyones lips. I mean, there is always a dynamic between people in any creative environment and this plays a role in the creative process. When making tracks, the way we’ve always felt is that the journey, the way the track is composed, is as important as the end result. You open this casm and let the ideas flow out, doing that with someone that close to you is a unique experience.  Already having a comfortability and familiarity lets you skip all the crap too – band politics and communication barriers – which is really refreshing. Theres always two sides to the coin but for every hindrance, there seems to be two positives.

As a duo, how do you compose a song?

The way we work is just passing ideas around.  I’ll have a guitar riff, or Lauren will have a vocal hook and we’ll go from there. Most of our concepts come from being composed on guitar or keys with vocal.

When you play live, do you use a looping system or preset backing tracks?

We try to keep it as live as possible.  The fact we can not escape is that we are at home in the studio and it impossible to play live all the elements of our songs with two people.  We use a Laptop + APC combination with various other instruments layered, including digital guitar, keys, electric guitar, bass and of course vocals.  We are about to move to New Zealands biggest city and thought’s of throwing a drummer in to the mix for our live show has been talked about. We also throw in the odd DJ set which is always a bit of fun, playing anything from future soul to folk to hip hop to dubstep.

What is the New Zealand music scene like?

NZ is a hard place to be a musician/artist, I think anyone here will agree. A lot of the industry here is dominated by offshore commercialism which makes it harder for more underground music to come forward. I mean to a certain degree it’s like that everywhere in the world but with NZ being so small we don’t have the population to form those underground niches that can sustain themselves. I see so many amazing musicians losing money and it’s sad to think if they were anywhere else in the world they would be massive. Saying that however the local commercial scene is full of awesome music by the style of what we’ve labeled our homegrown version of ‘dub.’ Soul mixed with funk mixed with reggae mixed with electronica which rounds off into a nice sound (Check out Fat Freddy’s Drop or Electric Wire Hustle for some good examples).

Here in NY we’re very lucky to have a dedicated sub-culture who appreciates and supports local and traveling acts that come to play our showcases, have you ever thought of traveling?

Yeah I’ve heard good things coming from NY. Travelling has always been on the cards for us, we actually intend on heading your way in 2013 One of us is going to study at Berkeley and the other is still pending, it will be interesting to check out the scene. We’ve always been interested in the L.A, Moscow and U.K scenes as well.

I firmly believe that the art world will bring us into the global community. How do you feel about seeing your music cross the ocean?

It’s always humbling to see the music you make enter the scenes that inspire you, hopefully inpiring more people to leave their bedrooms. I think a lot of bedroom producers are waiting for that day some major label stumbles over their myspace or something and goes, man that shit is dope, but in reality that’s never going to happen, you have to get out there.

 

The Snake (January 2012)

With the new year, comes a new set of digital singles from The Snake.  The tracks all range in genre and boast diverse geographic origins.  Briefly, I would like to take the time, now, to present January’s collection.  Everyone at The Snake would like to extend a warm thank you to the artists involved and to the readers.

Before

‘Before’ by Jethro Fox   (November 15, 2011)

Jethro Fox combines the grandiose sweeps found similarly in groups like Lord Huron, but adds a sentimental, personal touch that lingers through ‘Before’.  It’s this false haunt that gives the song poetic purpose.  If it surrounds you, then it’s done its job.  With heavy drums to back a fading electric guitar lead, Fox leads the track, picking his melodic moments wisely.

Dandelions

Leeches

‘Leeches’ by I Killed Kenny & Koder   (December 1, 2011)

Rarely does rap fit so well with a house/club beat.  And for every ounce of B-list showmanship that the opening credits suggest, I Killed Kenny delivers twice as much with toned, aggressive rap.  The vocal edits are completely 90’s and the club shots are not the hollywood raped sights we’re used to.

Big Boss

Nothing Will Grow

‘Nothing Will Grow’ by Little Jungles   (January 1, 2012) *

It’s a tried and true formula: people like what they know.  The newest track from Little Jungles ‘Nothing Will Grow’ combines the familiarity of 90’s melancholia with the newness of their own imaginations.  It’s catchy from the first note and it only gets better from there with easy lyrics carried by a bored (read: hip) couple of dudes.  The moody delivery and poppy undertones create the perfect blend that’s sure to amuse the nostalgia and modern anxiety of their 2012 fanclub.

Honey Baby