Kerri's Latest songs
A Seattle child like us, DeLong moved on to L.A. to ply his trade and hone his sound of singer/songwriter meets electronica. His version of "experimental dance" didn't hit my ears until his third album released in 2015, and specifically the track "Don't Wait Up". For today's MIS, I mined back to his debut album. I love the echoing vocals, the slow, methodic wall of sound that crashes in on you, the almost whistling keys, the trailing piano. "Happy" is definitely a repeatable track and good for building a mood. Let's build up a happy mood for this week, shall we?
I hadn't come across anything by Frenchman Petit Biscuit (aka Mehdi Benjelloun) in quite a while, til last month when new single "Gravitation" came out. But rather than posting that to the playlist, I feel like celebrating his brake-out hit: the wonderful, dreamy, happy "Sunset Lover" produced alone in his room at age 16. I think it's perfect for a warm, sunny autumn Sunday.
We're going to TDCC next week with a bunch of friends and even though I saw this band twice last year I'm really excited - their music is so fun! How does so much good music come out of little ol' Ireland? And for today's MIS I picked another mix by RAC - pseudonym for André Alan Anjos. He's such a unique producer, working with everyone from U2 and Lady Gaga to Linkin Park and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, throw in New Order for good measure. (He also lives in Portland, Oregon via Porto, Portugal and likes to post pics for #caturday, quirky facts I love.) Anyway, enjoy this mellow treat on your Thursday and I hope you have lots of things to look forward to, whether it's a show, or cat pics, or your next trip home.
Earnest indie dream pop out of Chesterfield, England. They want to make you smile while you're sad and dance and maybe laugh a little - and they advertise true love to be found at their live shows so if you're in the market, and in the UK, you should probably give that a try.
Helado Negro is one of the many monikers for Roberto Carlos Lange, a tropical-electronic producer out of Brooklyn (via south Florida, from Ecuadorian parents), and more of a collaborative effort for the label Asthmatic Kitty. Digging around his discography doesn't disappoint - a lot of mellow grooves, some more energetic, all fairly interesting, some quite moving and speaking to his experience as a POC in the US. I love this latest single for it's end-of-summer dreaminess.
Perhaps I'm showing really poor taste, but I've had this track on my "maybe post to TMIS" list for a while and with Hurricane Irma headed to Miami now, after destroying a couple of Caribbean Islands (at least), it's definitely a horror story. This song, in contrast, is total ArtPop fun, meant to relax and enliven, coming at us from Melbourne, Australia. Hoping that all of Florida makes it through this storm better than Texas did a week ago. And for all of us, let's keep our chins up and find a reason to smile. Miami Horror put their video budget for their latest EP into art projects instead - like murals and an art car. Watching the car drive around parts of Australia makes me smile!
"Pumped Up Kicks" was so huge and omnipresent, I didn't realize that it basically came from nowhere. Mark Foster recorded and released it free on his own website and when it went viral he had to scramble to figure out representation, licensing, a touring lineup (now full band), and record an album to include "Pumped Up Kicks" and play on tour. They went from playing in empty rooms to a showcase at SXSW to playing with the Beach Boys at the Grammy's (where nominated for 3) in 16 months! Humongous adjustment to make - hat tip to him/them that the first album had so many gems, and at the same time no wonder the sophomore album was practically unheard. (That may be an exaggeration, I didn't look up the numbers, but I didn't recognize a single song from it when I checked it out this morning.) ANYWAY, this summer the band released it's third LP, Sacred Hearts Club, a groove-driven record that IMO lives up to the promise of their debut. I'm looking forward to their set at ACL next month!
Truly my fave TØP song. I shouldn't have picked Trees last time (shoulda gone w/Keith's fave, Ode to Sleep or even Guns for Hands or Fake You Out or - oh god Vessel is such a good album). Of course, Tear in My Heart is from Blurryface, also an awesome album, if slightly less perfect end to end than Vessel. Seeing them at ACL about 3 years ago was amazing. I can't wait to hear what Tyler and Josh come up with next. Anyways, this song is rad and suits a lot of different moods & purposes for me, including remembering my first tattoo.
This eclectic 7-member band out of Canada have been alternative music darlings for years now. For me, their songs are hit & miss - perhaps because of my mood as much as because of arrangement. The band plays guitar, drums, bass guitar, piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, xylophone, glockenspiel, keyboard, synthesizer, French horn, accordion, harp, mandolin, and hurdy-gurdy; the multi-instrumentalist band members switch duties throughout shows while touring. I do think that I would absolutely love them live. But regardless, there's something a little bit more alluring in their recent recorded release, and this is my favorite of the new crop.