Welcome back to 5 Tracks ‘Til Friday. Hand picked jams just for you.
1. “Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, With Crescendo)” – EL VY
The first single from indie rock super-group EL VY is cheerfully chill and utterly magnetic. Comprised of The National vocalist Matt Berninger and Brent Knopf of Menomena and Ramona Falls, EL VY will release their debut album Return to the Moon on October 30, 2015.
2. “Annie” – Neon Indian
Nearly four years since the release of his sophomore album Era Extrana, Alan Palomo aka Neo Indian is back with a relaxed, yet bubbly new single. “Annie” is clean and lean departure from the heavily effected lo-fi indietronica of Palomo’s first two albums but the melody and groove shine brighter than ever.
3. “Opus” – Eric Prydz
Eric Prydz does EDM just the way I like it: massive, beautiful, and meticulously progressive. The aptly titled “Opus” stretches just over nine minutes in length and takes nearly four minutes for the beat to drop but Prydz makes it worth the wait. His seasoned approach to electronic music stands apart from his heavy-handed and drop-centric contemporaries and “Opus” displays his complete mastery of electronic dance music.
4. “Only Shallow” – My Bloody Valentine
The opening track from My Bloody Valentine’s defining classic Loveless is as ferocious as it is gorgeous. Released in 1991, Loveless appeared to be the band’s second and final album, until 2013, when My Bloody Valentine unexpectedly released m b v to significant critical acclaim. Their heavily effected guitars and dream like atmospherics have inspired countless artists over the past three decades but few have been able to reach the soaring heights of “Only Shallow.” Read the Compact Discography review of My Bloody Valentine’s m b v here.
5. “Sparks” – Beach House
Beach House didn’t exactly steal My Bloody Valentine’s sound but they certainly borrowed a few moves from the legendary shoegazers. Beach House’s forthcoming LP Depression Cherry is one of the most hottly anticipated indie releases of the year and if “Sparks” is any indication, we are in for a treat. The band’s fifth LP will be released on August 28, 2015.
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