Today I’m starting what I hope to be a regular series of posts where I touch on a few songs that have been dominating my daily playlists. The simple fact is that since our posts are so writing intensive, they just take a long time to compose. I know that thats what makes Binary different and special, but at the same time, it leaves you guys in the dark about a lot of the music that we’re loving! I’m hoping that once a week or so I can write a quick post that reflects the gems that we’re loving that won’t turn into full-fledged posts. Some weeks there might only be a couple of songs, some weeks more. We’ll see. I’m just hoping it can become a regular thing.
My ‘to blog’ playlist has been way too long for the last few weeks, so consider this particular edition a special massive shipment of gems. Alright, lets get it crackin.
First up, Small Pyramids does a brilliant re-working of Roy Davis’ classic, “Slow It Down”. This is exactly what SP does and it emerges from the tunnel as a hazy 3am reverb disco jam worthy of a cup of codeine. Interesting fact about Small Pyramids: He’s Short Circuit’s roommate. In fact, they used to be in a band together called Mechanical Hands Electric Heart that jumped on the electropop game 3 years before it was cool. You can still snag that album on iTunes if you’re so inclined.
The New Division are a young band from Riverside, CA that we had the pleasure of hanging out with a couple of weeks ago. They write gorgeous epic new wave songs that make it easy to tell where their name came from. Deceptively simple guitar work interplays perfectly with crooning vocals on “Starfield”, creating the kind of song that sticks to your chest and won’t let you go until you’re humming along the next morning. When we talk about using electronic production to create great rock tunes, THIS is what we’re talking about.
Chillwave was underrated, then overrated, then wildly overrated… By now, I think its probably really cool to say chillwave is lame. Local LA bedroom songwriter Tidal Wave, as far as I can tell, is just making songs that make him feel good, free of labels. Chillwave or not, the drum breakdown in this track is amazing and this song never fails to make me think of drinking Mount Gay Rum under the sun in Long Beach.
Strange Talk, fast rising buzzband from Australia punched into my world a few weeks ago when I heard “Climbing Walls”. Anthemic chorus, spot on production, great vocals; these guys have it all. Of course, New York’s finest Neon Gold signed them and will be releasing their debut US EP. While we all wait anxiously to see if they’ll be the next breakout star from down under, enjoy this song. Its plenty catchy enough to last the few months we’ll have to wait.
This song hits me in a place that few songs do. When I listen to it, it brings me back to dark times, love lost and gone away. Another band local to LA, Lord Huron’s entire catalog to date is some of the most startlingly beautiful pop music I’ve heard in recent memory. This song in particular has etched itself into my brain. It feels cold and alone, as if drenched in a cold downpour. I’ll take any music that can make me emotional, whether its uplifting or contemplative. I may not laugh or smile or jump up and down when I hear this song, but it brings something out of me that I rarely feel, and I’ll take feeling down over feeling nothing any day.
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