Before, I tended to think of Gotye’s Wally De Backer as a guy who makes slightly mournful electronic nighttime music. I think it’s because “Heart’s A Mess”, which was the perfect nighttime drive song. His newest album Making Mirrors doesn’t seem unified by that one overall mood though, but rather all over the place like the trajectory of Beck’s career. “Bronte” and “Somebody That I Used to Know” are the moody pulse-driven tracks I expected, but then there’s “Easy Way Out”, a slinky, retro track that actually rocks, and “Eyes Wide Open”, the slick first single which really showcases De Backer’s voice. “I Feel Better” has obvious soul influences. He’s a guy with a lot of tricks under his hat. Most of them work.
Pitchfork’s Music Fest was/is this weekend, and as a result I’ve finally gotten into Gang Gang Dance. Mostly I’m into the groovy funk of “Romance Layers”. Apparently they are playing at Johnny Brenda’s too on the 20th!
4. In the case of Elite Gymnastics, I’m going to let them/their lastFM speak for themselves. FYI my favorite track from them is “m i n n e a p o l i s b e l o n g s t o y o u”.
3) Stream the Soultronic EP by Bad Lamps over at Bandcamp, or download and name your own price. They provide some fresh, catchy stomp-along pop tracks. I especially dig “The Moor”, and “Fancy Dresses” is legitimately classifiable as “dance-folk”.
4) Jo Hamilton’s “How Beautiful” starts off a bit sinister, but her voice packs plenty of sweetness. Her sound is anything but conventional and still goes down easy. I could say I get PJ Harvey vibes, but she is her own woman no doubt.
5) I haven’t listend to JoJo in a while, but after playing this mixtape I remember how great her voice actually is.