“First Days of Something” by Young Dreams // Between Places (Out March 5th, via Modular)
Norway’s Young Dreams continue to drop infectious indie pop jams in the lead up to their debut album. This time around, we’ve got the soaring gem that lands somewhere between the mystic folks sounds of Fleet Foxes and the layered, strings-laden charm of Illinois-era Sufjan Stevens. The band once again shows that they’re capable of writing the big crowd pleasers and with the right late night tv appearance or festival performance, they could be one of the breakout bands of 2013. “Between Places” drops next month and we’ll all be able to hear what awaits. In the meantime, check out this track. It’s a shimmering, indie pop treat that is worth crawling inside and getting lost for a while.
“Expectations” by Young Dreams // from the Expectations single
I wish I could place why this song sounds so familiar. It’s sort of like an old late 70’s smooth rock track was blasted through a freaky big indie-folk-jam. I catch snippets of sounds that remind me of other bands, but as a whole, I’m at a loss. Luckily it’s a great, upbeat track to start the day. So I’ll use it as such. Wait. It’s still dark outside. No reason to start the day just yet. Here’s the song anyway.
It was a surprisingly great week for new music. The Active Child and Sun Airway jams just dropped out of nowhere and floored me, the Troubled Books and Young Dreams tracks just burrowed their way into my regular rotation - and I’m still processing the insanity of the WU LYF album. Truth be told, there’s a ton more that I really dug but just haven’t given the proper time. So in picking the five songs that as of this week, Sunday till now, that grabbed me and wouldn’t let go, I just went with the five tracks that I’ve played the most according to iTunes, and truth be told, it’s a pretty good gauge for how i felt anyway.
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Beirut - Goshen // Zach Condon absolutely outdid himself with this track. It’s stunning and heartbreaking and absolutely perfect. I’ll be listening to this track for a while. If this is a b-side, then I can’t imagine what the full length has in store for listeners.
Active Child (feat. How to Dress Well) - Playing House // Who knew the lonely, bedroom pop of Active Child was about to transform into sexy R&B meets electro meets indie pop? I mean, wow! Plus he brought along Tom Krell from HTDW to blow this bitch out? Count me right the fuck in.
Sun Airway - Wild Palms // They’re just absurdly underrated. How in the hell are they not huge? In due time, i suppose. This is just further proof that Sun Airway’s orchestral-psych-pop is some of the most interesting and gorgeous music around these days.
Young Dreams - Dream Alone, Wake Together // That stomp beat leading up to those choral yelps and harmonies is just killer. There is so much going on in this song, but everything is necessary. Really great stuff.
There you have it. The five songs that I’ve done my damnedest to wear out this week, but to no avail. They’re just too damn good. Thanks for listening. I hope you all like some or all of these as well. Enjoy!
“Dream Alone, Wake Together” by Young Dreams // from the Dream Alone, Wake Together EP
How about a little wild, dreamy-folk-pop energy to start the day? Sounding at times like Yeasayer and at other times like Fleet Foxes (not direct sound-alikes, but similar vibes), these guys traffic in those folk-choir vocals with lush layered instrumentation. It feels lived in and well worn. Comforting and familiar, which is amazing considering this Norway based dream pop collective is fairly new on the set. It’s damn good stuff. After hearing the handful of songs on their Soundcloud page, I’m definitely intrigued to hear what’s in store for a full length.