Tag Archives: Electronica

YEASAYER – ODD BLOOD (Indie/Psychedelic/Electronica – US)

As we write, Brooklyn-based indie band Yeasayer is fast becoming one of the most blogged about band on the internet. Anand Wilder, Chris Keating and Ira Wolf Tuton have been around for a few years now and they have worked with artists such as Bat For Lashes or Simian Mobile Disco and toured with MGMT or Beck. Their first album, All Hour Cymbals, garnered critical acclaim from underground-oriented web sites but failed to receive mainstream success (get it on iTunes). Its multi-layered textures and quirky psychedelic turned it into a favourite for many reviewers but was sometimes considered too quirky and experimental. Be that as it may the track “Sunrise” is definitely one of our faves here at umstrum||music…

Yeasayer - Sunrise     
Yeasayer - Sunrise (Hey Champ Remix)     

The band is now signed to Secretly Canadian and ready to release their highly anticipated sophomore album. Their new LP is called Odd Blood and it will be available on February 9, 2010. To create Odd Blood, Yeasayer holed themselves up in the hills of Woodstock, NY, before putting the final touches on the album in New York City. The result is a gorgeous indie record that indulges in nu-wave and electropop but easily transcends both genres. It is full of coulour and definitely packed with great tracks.

Yeasayer - I Remember     

All in all it really looks like 2010 is going to be Yeasayer’s big breakthrough year… Keep up with the boys and check out their tour dates (America and Europe) on MySpace. Buy their music on Yeasayer

GLASS ANIMALS – GOLDEN ANTLERS (TripHop/Downtempo – UK)

Not much is known about Glass Animals, except for the fact that they are based in London, they are still unsigned and their page on MySpace (where you can listen to two songs) was created only recently…

What I do know is that they were kind enough to drop one of their tracks in umstrum’s inbox yesterday and the song has been on repeat ever since…

“Golden Antlers” is one of those dark electronic tracks that stick in your mind and leave you with a feeling half way between pleasure and pain.. Much like early Telefon Tel Aviv, Son Lux or L’altra, Glass Animals build their track around the dramatic tension between the minimalistic arrangements and the frail vocals. The atmosphere is highly claustrophobic throughout the track but, for some reason, you get trapped in this structure and you end wanted to listen to “Golden Antlers” again and again…

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THOM YORKE – THE ERASER (Electronica/Indie – UK)

Thom Yorke is best known for being the lead singer and main song writer of the alternative rock band Radiohead. He mainly plays guitar and piano, but he has also played drums and bass guitar (notably during the Kid A and Amnesiac sessions).

Yorke is considered by many to be one of the most influential figures in the music industry and was named the 6th most powerful figure in music by Q Magazine.

In 2006, he embarked on a solo adventure and released his debut album, The Eraser, on XL Recordings. This album, described by Yorke as “more beats and electronics”, reached number 3 in the UK in its first week and number 2 in the United States, Canada and Australia. Here are two remixed versions of the title track for you to enjoy. The first remix, by Stretch and Vern, is built around the repetition of a few chords and gives the song a much more uplifting vibe than the original. The second rework, by XXXChange, is funky and downright awesome. Check it out!

Thom Yorke - The Eraser (Stretch & Vern Edit)     
Thom Yorke - The Eraser (XXXChange Remix)     

More recently Thom Yorke released released a double-A side single, “Feeling Pulled Apart by Horses / The Hollow Earth”, which you can get here. You can get updates on his official site or on MySpace

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS – ALPINISMS (Electronica/Indie/Psychodelica – US)

School of Seven Bells (often referred to as SVIIB) is a Brooklyn-based electro psychodelica band with a strong melodic sensibility which formed in 2007. The band consists of Benjamin Curtis (guitar) and twin sisters Alejandra Deheza (vocals, bass) and Claudia Deheza (vocals, keyboards).

The band is named after the School of the Seven Bells, a mythical South American pickpocket training academy. It was Alley’s idea to name the band after this school. She had heard about it and the mythology grew in her mind. It meant a million different things to her and she also liked the phrase’s musicality.

Their first single, “My Cabal”, was released in May 2007 on UK label Sonic Cathedral. Then the Face to Face on High Places EP was released in September 2007 on Table of the Elements. School of Seven Bells’ debut album, Alpinisms, was released by Ghostly International in October 2008. It is available as both a physical and digital release (iTunes).

School of Seven Bells - Half Asleep     

Their sound has been described as dreamy and ethereal and the lyrics are impregnated with the theme of sleep and dreams. The trio’s music uses elements of dream-pop, afrobeat, with a heavy base in electronica, but it easily transcends  usual genre restrictions. Alpinisms is full of tensions—Curtis’ gentle guitars wrap around jagged beats; silky vocals hide behind grumpy, alien synthesizers—but the resulting songs are effortlessly cohesive, and insidiously catchy.

The band toured with Bat For Lashes on her UK tour and have more recently supported White Lies on their second headlining tour. Have a look at SVIIB’s page on MySpace for updates and concerts…

TELEFON TEL AVIV – IMMOLATE YOURSELF (Ambient/Electronica – US)

Telefon Tel Aviv’s new studio album, the first in 4 years, has finally hit the stores. Immolate Yourself is out since January 20th on BPitch Control. This new album is unfortunately being released in very somber circumstances since it was announced on January 22nd that founding member Charles Cooper had been found dead after going missing for a day. It is unclear whether Telefon Tel Aviv will keep making music after this tragic event.

The Chicago-based electronic music duo (Charles Cooper and Joshua Eustis) released their first EP in 2001 to positive reviews. In 2002 and 2004 they released two LPs on Hefty Records’ Immediate Action label. After working with different bands and producing some noteworthy remixes (check out their remix of Bebel Gilberto’s track “All Around” below), they put out a remix collection and started working on  new material.

Bebel Gilberto - All Around (Telefon Tel Aviv Remix)     

Their third album is full of surprises. It sees the band taking a radically new approach to production, reverting to analog tape and analog synthesizers. Eustis and Cooper wanted to “sound more real” and this new direction clearly brings things back to the dancefloor. Their new compositions merge electronic noises and strong bass lines, still playing with loops and hypnotic melodies.

Telefon Tel Aviv - The Birds     

Listen to more TTA music on MySpace. Buy the new album on Telefon