Monthly Archives: November 2015

Florist’s “Holdly” leads to anticipation for “The Birds Outside Sang”

Brooklyn band Florist has quietly inched onto the watch list of several music sites.

Their October-released five-song EP “Holdly” stops you in your tracks with its sincere, open-book message and exposed vocals. Lo-fi vocals from sole songwriter Emily Sprague pull you in, such as this line from “Unholy Faces”: “We eat our souls and don’t bother to replace them,” and may speak to the anti-folk slant the indie-pop group espouses. The song “Vacation” uncorks a dreamy folk-pop haze of youth, its summertime infinities and uncertainties.

Sprague’s direct, plainspoken approach to the songwriting craft is dramatic all on its own. She knows how to say a lot more than she actually intones, which makes the rest of us able to bridge that human connection with Florist’s music.
It’s only a few months after “Holdly” and already the band is set to release their full-length album, “The Birds Outside Sang,” on Jan. 29.

 

The title track, the first single off the album, shows a clear maturity from “Holdly.” Sprague’s innocent vocals still show and now they’re set against a backdrop of ominous layers of synth and a steady beat sprinkled with lo-fi noise.

Then, over a steady high-pitched drone as Sprague begins to sing with her own words, the song divides in two.

“Do you and your friends want to come into the field and watch the fireworks shoot up into the air?” she asks drowsily. “Does the night sky terrify you and does the day sky mesmerize you and make you dream things better than the day?”

 

“The Birds Outside Sang,” is out Jan. 29 on Double Double Whammy.

 

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Hear Plaitum’s glittery synthpop on single “Carousel”

The duo of Plaitum has been busy these days. Producer Matt Canham creates these glittery synthpop and electronic hooks, which curl and ebb around Abi Dersiley’s dramatic, vixen-y vocals. The London group have been friends since they were kids who connected through horror films, Massive Attack and Talking Heads.

Check out “Carousel,” the second release off their upcoming EP, listen below:

Dersiley told Stereogum that ” ‘ Carousel’ is basically about drowning in someone else’s deception,” and according to Canham, “Abi played these massive climatic chords on the keyboard and we just ran with the idea of making a really ’80s crescendo around it.”

 

Plaitum’s self-titled EP is out Dec. 4 on Wolf Tone records.

Tracklist:
1. LMHY
2. Carousel
3. Higher
4. Sway

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Music world stops as Eagles of Death Metal crew member among 129 killed in Paris attacks

The terrorist attacks Friday in Paris that has killed at least 129 and injured more than 350 hit the music world hard as well. The band Eagles of Death Metal, which was performing at the Bataclan venue in Paris on Friday night, was onstage when shots rang out. People in the concert hall were held hostage by the gunmen, according to police. When the siege was over, at least 87 lay dead.

Early reports on social media contradicted whether band members had escaped the attack uninjured. Hours after the massacre ended, the band was reported safe.

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But it was reported Saturday that a member of the EDM crew, merch manager Nick Alexander, 36, was killed in the attack at the Bataclan.

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According to a story by the Telegraph, a former girlfriend of Alexander, Helen Jane Wilson, was with Alexander during the shooting, and was injured in both legs. She attempted mouth to mouth resuscitation on Alexander.

“I held him in my arms and told him I loved him. He was the love of my life,” said Wilson. For more on those details, read the Telegraph’s story.

Polina Buckley, Alexander’s girlfriend, posted this on Saturday:

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Eagles of Death Metal have canceled the rest of their European tour and are heading back to the U.S. The Deftones, which also had shows scheduled at the Bataclan, are also heading back to the States.

As news of the attack spread around the world, other bands have scrapped European tour dates.

Foo Fighters, who have played with Eagles of Death Metal in the past, released a statement after canceling their shows:

“It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour,” Foo Fighters wrote in a statement. “In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can’t continue right now. There is no other way to say it. This is crazy and it sucks. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one.”

U2 was scheduled to film a live concert in Paris for an HBO Special on Saturday, but canceled that as well as a Sunday show. According to a statement Friday on their website:

“As a result of the ongoing state of emergency across France, the U2 Paris concert scheduled for 14th November will not be going ahead as planned. U2 and Live Nation, along with HBO who were due to live broadcast the Saturday concert, are fully resolved to go ahead with this show at an appropriate time.”
“We watched in disbelief and shock at the unfolding events in Paris and our hearts go out to all the victims and their families across the city tonight. We are devastated at the loss of life at the Eagles of Death Metal concert and our thoughts and prayers are with the band and their fans. And we hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe.”
British duo Ultimate Painting was also scheduled to play a set at La Maroquinerie in Paris, but canceled their show.
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Coldplay was scheduled to livestream their show in Los Angeles on Friday, but scrapped those plans. Instead, the band held a moment of silence before playing an acoustic version of John Lennon’s “Imagine.”

Coldplay did play a short set for fans who were already heading to the show at the Belasco Theatre.

“Tonight’s live stream for TIDAL & KROQ has been postponed out of respect for the terrible events in Paris. We send our love and prayers to the people of Paris.”

France is in the midst of three days of mourning. Check back for more details and updates.

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Floating Points’ debut album, “Elaenia,” is finally here

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Although the stream of Floating Points’ debut album “Elaenia,” is no longer streaming at NPR Music, you can still hear it through a Spotify link there or on Soundcloud. It’s an extremely interesting angle on the electronic music scene.

Composer and producer Sam Shepherd (Floating Points) can sight-read music and once sang with the Manchester Cathedral Boys Choir. But he’s also a DJ, and began releasing singles as dubstep was finding its feet in England. That doesn’t completely explain his unusual music, which rarely involves vocals and relies often on live instruments like keyboards, as well as weeping string sections.

Shepherd incorporates jazz and its improvisations into synth and prog-rock. His take on these different styles (like on “Silhouettes (I, II, and III”) is freeing to hear, as experimentation in music should be.

In case you haven’t seen it, watch the gorgeous, trippy light show that is the video for “Silhouettes”:

Floating Points has just a few tour dates:


Oct 30 – Utrecht, NL – Catch Festival
Oct 31 Leuven, BE – Het Depot
Nov 2 – Paris, FR – New Morning
Nov 5 – Turin, IT – Club to Club
Nov 7 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Nov 17 London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall

Elaenia is out now on Luaka Bop in the U.S., and Pluto in the UK.

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