"Faith" by I Break Horses // Chiaroscuro (Out 1.20.14 via Rough Trade)
The Swedish duo, I Break Horses, is due back with a new full length in January, and they’ve also recently dropped a video for their second single, “Faith”. The new track is a surprising shift from the bend who’s previous efforts have fallen into a more dreamy, electro shoegaze sound (see M83). This time around you’re likely to hear a sound resembling something more akin to The Knife - with it’s warbling synth lines and machine gun beat. The video, directed by Magnus Hardner features stark black and white photography of teenagers doing teenager things (parties, bikes, and ultimately a late night pool party), while moving in slow motion. It’s a simple concept that works extremely well against the heavier sound. The new album promises a combination of the light and the dark (hence the name which means just that, in Italian), and I for one cannot wait.
"Keep Me From It" by My Heart the Brave // Keep Me From It (Self-Release // 2013)
The Nordic countries have certainly put a healthy and exciting stamp on the electro-pop and indie scene in recent years. Artists like The Knife, Jens Lekman, Mew, Miike Snow, and Lykke Li are just a few of a growing list of talented, exciting artists that have emerged from the beautiful northern countries in the past decade. There is certainly still plenty of talent to mine from the area and why not start with Danish electro pop artist, Caspar Hesselager, who records under the name, My Heart the Brave. Hesselager is a classically trained pianist who has shifted into full-on electro pop producer and solo artist. His first release is the single, “Keep Me From It” and just one listen of the pounding, driving beat, wrapped in shimmering synth keys and it starts to become aware that this guy is onto something special. Hesselager’s focused, boyish vocals do call to mind those of Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, but that’s no knock - it’s a sound that feels complete and engaging. For now, there’s not much else announced from the artist, but keep an eye peeled on his Soundcloud for what will hopefully be plenty more in the near future.
"Indian Summer" by Blood Cultures // Indian Summer (Out Now via Bandcamp)
Sometimes all it takes is a song to launch a career. One single song that can build a buzz and set expectations soaring. New Jersey based Blood Cultures has just such a song currently making it’s way around the internet. So far, not much has been released about the artist himself, but that’s just fine - all you need to know is that his debut single, “Indian Summer” is an absolute gem. Building off of a synth line that sounds like it could belong on an album by The Knife, and layered up with shimmering electro beats and hazy, warped vocals - “Indian Summer” is the announcement of the arrival of a wonderful new talent. You can grab the single right now at Bandcamp. Highest possible recommendation for fans of Washed Out, Active Child, and Grimes.
And here we have the visual companion to the absolutely wild new track from The Knife. It’s probably best going in blind on this one, as the video is epic and strange as the song that provides it’s soundtrack, yet it still manages to hold the narrative. It’s an intense and haunting film that might require a few views to even grasp what’s taking place, but that’s all right when the music is this interesting.
The band released a statement from the director to coincide with the release of the short film. It can be found here.
"Full of Fire" by The Knife // Shaking the Habitual (Out April 2013)
It’s been a while since a full fledged track from The Knife has surfaced, and with the forthcoming release of the highly anticipated “Shaking the Habitual”, the band is releasing lead off single, “Full of Fire” - which has already made it’s way to Soundcloud and various other sites in the past 18 hours. Naturally, the first taste of new material is full of complex, shadowy beats and twisted, warped synths that crash and smash into each other as Karin Dreijer Andersson's possessed vocals lead you down a positively spellbinding rabbit hole of dance-able high strangeness. It's a fucking wild ride to say the least, but could you expect anything else from The Knife?
"Heartbeats" by Mount Weak // Originally by The Knife
It’s always nice to see random acts of artistry pop up on my tumblr feed from people that I follow and this is a special one. Mount Weak's dreamy, lo-fi take on the brilliant track “Heartbeats” by The Knife (and later Jose Gonzales) is a lovely, atmospheric track that definitely deserves some attention. Their modest note on the post is all the most reason to give it a chance.
This is something we put together today, the sound is a bit quiet because we havent got mega equipment yet but you get the idea.
Highly recommended. Give them a follow over at their new tumblr page as well.