Glass Candy is an American nu-disco duo from Portland that formed in 1996. Johnny Jewel plays guitar, synths and produces most of the music on old-school analogic gear, while charismatic front woman Ida No sings vocals.
Glass Candy’s work is quite difficult to define, their music can be dark and disturbing at times and other times upbeat and almost carefree. The only thing that’s for sure is that the songs’ repetitive lyrics and polished beats have a strong hypnotic effect, that makes you want to play them on repeat and drown in the sound.
Glass Candy - Animal Imagination
While the band’s early work blended noise rock with electropop, their later work incorporates Italo disco. They have released a number of albums since the early 2000s, their most recent being 2008’s Deep Gems.
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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
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Walter Meego was formed in 2004 by Justin Sconza (guitar, keyboards and vocals), Pat Pellegrini, and Colin Yarck (production) in the basement of Pellegrini’s house. They were later joined by Andrew Adzemovic (guitar and vocals) in 2007. They released a series of EPs before their debut album, Voyager, which came out in May 2008.
More info on Water Meego’s official site.
Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist and lyricist Andrew Bird is part of the renaissance of American singer/ songwriters that has put in the limelight artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens or Laura Veirs…
Andrew Bird - My Skin Is
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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”.
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