The boys of Beach Fossils have been my MVPs this year with their band (the “Shallow” 7”) and solo project work (DIIV and Heavenly Beat). Zachary Cole Smith’s DIIV is already a frontrunner for my favorite album of the year, but not to be outdone, Beach Fossil bandmate, John Pena’s Heavenly Beat has released one hell of an album in the form of “Talent” (streaming now on Captured Tracks’ Soundcloud). The album is loaded with sun soaked Balearic pop sounds that blend effortlessly with jangly guitars and dreamy atmospherics. “Consensual” is an album highlight that deserves to be included on any self respecting summer mixtape. It certainly makes these dog days of summer feel a little more tolerable. Highly recommended.
“Vacationation” by Hooded Fang // Tosta Mista (2011)
If you’re looking for some fuzz-pop guitars and ear-candy melodies, then look no further. Toronto based Hooded Fang’s new album, Tosta Mista (available now at Bandcamp), is a blast of sun soaked garage pop with hooks for days. This track in particular is about as perfect a summery jam as you could imagine. Definitely check it out.
“Gone for the Summer (Part Two)” by Teen Daze // Tour Ep (2011)
I thought I’d post a slightly uncharacteristically upbeat track from Teen Daze’s Tour EP. I love everything the artist does, but my favorites tend to lie in the quieter moments, this track on the other hand is all steady beats and shimmering synth lines and catchy vocals. It’s been stuck in my head most of the day and now maybe it’ll get stuck in yours as well. Pick up a copy at Bandcamp or on tour.
* in case you missed this post last week, here’s a favorite mix of mine. hope you like it.
BENEATH|SUMMER|STARS :: A P|M|W Mixtape
It’s easy to soundtrack a party or a gathering or a bar. There’s usually a hundred people in various conversations and no one is really paying attention to soundtracks. It’s the quiet moments that I’m interested in. The preparation to leave. The slow energy before the excitement. The walk home from the bar. The conversation on the lawn beneath summer stars. Those are the moments that I live for and those are the moments that matter. The comedown. The quiet moments. This mix is for those moments this summer. Not sad, lonely music. Not ambient background music, but genuine songs for those moments when you’re with a handful of friends or even just by yourself. For the before and afters.
Think of this as the night time companion piece to the Warm Weather Ghosts mixtape from last month. Take it for a night drive or a walk through quiet streets. Hell, use it for whatever you like. This mix was co-curated by Danceyrslfclean so if you like it,follow her as well (if you aren’t already doing so). Thanks for listening. Enjoy your warm nights.
Playlist (click the band name for more info on the band):
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“Mama’s Boy” by Kanye West // from the G.O.O.D. Music Blog
Some new Kanye with a summery throwback production to the early days. It’s definitely a little bit brighter and more pop oriented than the dark, brooding, anthems of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. While I prefer the sounds of the MBDTF tracks, this is still a damn good summer jam. Plus you can grab it for free from the G.O.O.D. Music Blog.
UPDATE: Apparently this is NOT the finalized track. Sounds good at any rate.
“Eyes Be Closed” by Washed Out // from the forthcoming album Within and Without
Ernest Greene of Washed Out recently signed to Sub Pop and announced a new album and now we’ve got the first taste. It is suitably exciting. Sounding more fully realized and fleshed out than a good chunk of his EP work, I’m really digging the more confident sound. It’s a perfect summer jam for those long days and late night with a big catchy chorus awash in cascading synths and a simple bedroom backbeat. I’m officially super excited for the full length.