MGMT – ORACULAR SPECTACULAR (Indie/Pop/Rock – US)

MGMT, formerly named “The Management” (this name was already used by another artist so the band shortened it to “MGMT”), is an American musical duo based in Brooklyn, consisting of Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden.

Their debut record, Oracular Spectacular, was produced by Flaming Lips’ producer Dave Fridmann. It’s synthy and poppy but still quite elaborate and indie… A real feast for the senses!

MGMT - Time To Pretend     

NME said: “For all its musical philandering, unbridled excess and shrouds of irony, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a record with more musical depth and warmth all year than this one”.

Get more info and listen to plenty more tunes on MySpace. Buy MGMT’s music on MGMT

HUSKY RESCUE – GHOST IS NOT REAL (Folk/Indie – Finland)

Helsinki-based downtempo electronica band Husky Rescue was originally formed by Marko Nyberg, who began composing under the name in 2002, wanting to create cinematic music influenced by film, photography and painting. Its live set up consists of of Marko Nyberg on bass, Reeta-Leena Korhola on vocals, Maria Ilmoniemi on keyboard, Anssi Sopanen on drums and Miika Colliander on guitar.

The band’s debut album Country Falls was released worldwide on Catskills Records in October 2004 and in spring of 2005 on Minty Fresh Records in the US. Their sound can be described as a blend of fragile rock, cinematic moods and up-tempo rock you can tap your feet to.

Husky Rescue - Diamonds In The Sky (Deaf Stereo Remix)     

To Find out more about Husky Rescue, check out their official site or MySpace. You can purchase all their releases on Husky Rescue

FOALS – ANTIDOTES (Electroclash/Indie – UK)

Now playing nonstop on my mp3 player is the insane song “Hummer”. It’s pulsating, it’s full of energy and it gives you a real kick. Foals are Yannis Philippakis (vocals and guitar), Jack Bevan (drums), Jimmy Smith (guitar), Edwin Congreave (keyboards) and Walter Gervers (bass). Based in Oxford, they are part of the new UK electroclash scene and their first LP, Antidotes (Transgressive Records, 2008), as well as their live gigs have been making the headlines of many music publications. Find their music on MySpace and see them live around the UK in October and around Europe in November.

Foals - Hummer     

“they take Franz Ferdinand’s ‘music to make girls dance’ credo to the max, using guitars, drums, voice, bass and keyboards to make a sort of manic, organic, polyrhythmic electronica” (The Guardian)

Visit the band on MySpace to get more info and buy their music on Foals

BEIRUT – THE FLYING CLUB CUP (Indie/Folk/Acoustic – US)

Originally the solo musical project of  Zachary Condon, Beirut is a mix of folk, orchestral pop, Balkan music and all sorts of other bits and pieces. This eclectic sound is mainly the result of Condon’s extensive travelling around Europe. At the age of 16, he set out to explore the Old Continent and spent his nights partying and playing music with locals. One evening in Paris, he met the Boban Marković Orkestar and spent the night jamming with the Serbian artists.

Beirut’s first album, Gulag Orkestar, was the direct result of that fintense first introduction to Balkan music. While it may sound like an entire orchestra playing mournful ballads and upbeat marches, the album was performed and recorded almost entirely by Condon alone, with Jeremy Barnes adding percussion and some violin overlays.

Beirut has since expanded into a band and played countless gigs in Europe and the US. Its live set up currently consists of Zach Condon (trumpet, flugelhorn and ukulele), Perrin Cloutier (accordion and cello), Nick Petree (drums), Paul Collins (bass), Kelly Pratt (trumpet, French horn and glockenspie), Ben Lanz (trombone and tuba), Jared van Fleet (piano).

Beirut - Nantes     

The Flying Club Cup, like its predecessor, is a stunning piece of work. Condon’s intuitive songwriting ability and sense of experimentation are at the core of this almost magical record, the kind of record that you will happily and willingly over and over again, always finding new subtleties and nuances that you hadn’t heard before.

Beirut - A Sunday Smile (Son Lux Remix)     
(more about Son Lux HERE)

Show Beirut some love on MySpace and buy all the music on Beirut

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