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This Week In Music: Band of Horses, OFWGKTA, Feist, and Chillwave

Band of Horses

Band of Horses recently appeared in an interview with Apes on Tape, where Tyler Ramsey, BofH’s guitarist, told fans that the band will be back in the studio to record their fourth full-length album once they finish touring in the fall. Although there has been no discussion of a title or date, Ramsey assured, “It’s full on for the next record… We’re really trying to get it solidified and get it done.” If you’re too impatient be sure to check out Tyler Ramsey’s solo work, especially his latest, The Valley Wind, which is out now on Fat Possum.


Folk, Beards and all

New Hodgy Beats: “Nayoga”

Odd Future is now just finishing up its first full blown North American tour. If you went to one, you would have thought you were waiting for Misfits show or maybe the Beatles when they first came to America. OFWGKTA is not just hype any more. They are hip hop’s newest poster children, reppin’ lyrics that are as dark and twisted as ever.


However, their explosive tour hasn’t stopped them from keeping the musical stream goin’. Hodgy Beats just dropped his new track, “Nayoga”, which features beatwork from producer Jonti, via Stones Throw records (home of Madlib, Aloe Blacc, J Dilla, Strong Arm Steady, and more). Listen to it here:

Is this what Hodgy Beats had in Mind?


An Introduction to Chillwave with Neon Indian, Washed Out, Com Truise, and Toro y Moi

Ever heard of Chillwave? Neither have most non-hipsters. But it’s not something to overlook, for this relatively new genre of music out of California. Its lo-fi synths create a washy sound that is like the Beach Boys covered in a sugary electronic glaze. Sound enticing? Then look no further than Neon Indian, Washed Out, Com Truise, and Toro y Moi. These are the pioneers of this new musical adventure inspired by Ariel Pink.



Toro y Moi is like an 80’s funk high school prom band covered in glitter. Born Chaz Bundick, rising out of South Carolina, his latest and most popular album, “Underneath the Pine”, features a synth-pop sound washing up on the beach backed by a fat base line. Check out “Still Sound” here: , “Blessa” from his debut LP, “Causers of This”, here:


Chad Bundick of Toro y Moi

Com Truise, fresh out of New Jersey, also adopted the 80’s home-made electro sound. His debut album “Galactic Melt” via Ghostly Records is full of banging bass-lines accompanied by thunderous synths. It is the follow up to his EP, “Cyanide Sisters”. The music is drenched in a waterfall of amalgamated funk backed by retro-buzzing. Check out “VHS Sex” here: and “Cyanide Sisters” here:


Everything is bigger and Texas. And nobody does Chillwave bigger than Neon Indian straight out of Denton Texas. Pitchfork included their first album, “Psychic Chasms”, in their Best New Music of 2009. Now they’re back with “Era Extrana”, featuring Chris Taylor from Grizzly Bear. Polish Girl is my favorite single…..and here it is:


The Gang

Ernest Greene of Perry, Georgia, grew up wanting to be a librarian. But apparently, thanks to the terrible economy, there are even no jobs for an aspiring book-organizing “shoosher”. Luckily for his fans, he turned to music, creating his own chillwave project he calls Washed Out. His first studio album was released earlier this summer, “Within and Without” via Sub Pop Records. After being featured on NPR, being backed by math rock group, Battles, and reaching 26 on U.S. Billboard Charts, I think he’s found his nitch. Check out “Feel it All Around” his first single off of “Within and Without” here:


This image captures the chillwave mentality

New Feist “Metals”

Singer-songwriter and member of Broken Social Scene, Feist, is about to release her fourth full-length LP, since 2007’s The Reminder, which featured hits “1234” and “Mushaboom”. The album is due October 4th. Feist says that “Metals” is a much darker and jagged album, which is surprising considering it was recorded in the serene coastline of California in Big Sur.



Throughout, she explains, “I had to purposely try not to write another ‘1234’”. It seems as though while she was completely satisfied with her work on The Reminder, Feist wanted something much more open-ended, something for herself. That’s what you get on Metals, a mush of booming minor chords, graceful vocal harmonies, and warmth and fullness of Feist’s guitar.

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