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Top 10 mp3s of the Week (3/9)

on March 09, 2012, 4:13pm
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If you have anything more than a passing interest in music, chances are you’ll either be spending the better part of March cramming in as many of the impossibly awesome/numerous performances and showcases SXSW has lined up for this year (Jack White! The Jesus and Mary Chain! 50 Cent!) or crying profusely over the fact that you’re anywhere but Austin, TX. Regardless of how you’ll be spending the coming weeks though, this week has been a splendid one as far as new music goes, with new tunes from Sufjan Stevens/Serengeti/Son Lux, Free Energy and Beach House. How’s that for a consolation prize?

Oh and if you do happen to be in town for SXSW, don’t miss either CoSigns or our showcase.

Beach House – “Myth”

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I think we can all agree it’s been way too long since Teen Dream, yes? Well, everyone’s favorite pair of Baltimore-hailing dream poppers are finally back with “Myth”, the brilliant first single off of their forthcoming fourth full-length, Bloom. Built around a mechanical drum pattern, Victoria Legrand’s throaty delivery and a shimmering guitar line courtesy of multi-instrumentalist Alex Scally, it’s a glimmering beauty that’s easily among the most memorable tracks in Beach House’s catalog, and one that’s likely to win them a place in many a beachside playlist come summertime. Bloom is out May 15th on Sub Pop. -Möhammad Choudhery

Bear In Heaven – “Sinful Nature”

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Bear In Heaven’s sophomore record, I Love You, It’s Cool (due April 3rd from Home Tapes/Dead Ocean) has been streaming for a while, but in their massively slowed-down, droney, experimental take. The heavily reverbed vocals, stuttering synth, and digital haze of this properly sped “Sinful Nature”, though, is quite funkier. Frontman Jon Philpot’s lyrics throughout toe the line between the dark and the seductive, demanding that “you don’t deny me your sinful nature.” -Adam Kivel

Bear in Heaven – “Sinful-Nature”

Black Dice – “Pinball Wizard”

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With each new release, Black Dice move further away from grand noise scenes, and into some sort of weirdo dance club. As the newly released “Pinball Wizard” suggests, that trend will continue on their upcoming sixth album, Mr. Impossible (due out April 10th on Ribbon Music). Easily not confused with The Who’s arcade-based track, this one gets wonky with looped electronic drums, squawking synths, and other doses of awesome oddity. -Adam Kivel


Dinosaur Feathers – “Beatcha”

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There’s something acutely epic about the intro to “Beatcha”, a cut taken from Dinosaur Feathers’ April 10th album, Whistle Tips. Vocalist Greg Sullo sounds like he’s taken a few notes on Vampire Weekend, and the whole band comes together on some giddy synths and sing-along backing vocals. The sunny island feel should make this disc a real winner as the days grow longer. -Adam Kivel

Free Energy – “Electric Fever”

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Philadelphia retro-rockers Free Energy are making some big waves, thanks to classic, no frills cuts like “Electric Fever”. The lead single from their upcoming sophomore LP, Love Sign, the track rocks out on cowbell and chugging guitar, sounding like the doting, energetic little brother to Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”. This kind of fun-loving, true to the core rock ‘n’ roll is why Free Energy are headlining our upcoming SXSW showcase. -Adam Kivel


Lemonade – “Neptune”

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Brooklyn dance production trio Lemonade preview their soon-to-be released debut LP Divers with ”Neptune”, a sexy, almost-R&B number that doubles as the album’s lead single. The beat-driven track does well to showcase the group’s crisp production and clattering percussion alongside Callan Clendenin’s sultry croon. Divers is set to be released via True Panther Sounds on May 29th. -Möhammad Choudhery

Lemonade – “Neptune”

Neon Indian – “Hex Girlfriend” (Twin Shadow Remix)

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We haven’t heard much from Alan Palomo and the rest of Neon Indian since they dropped the ohsogood Era Extraña back in September. Thankfully, they’ve made up for that with some tireless touring, and now, with the release of Hex Girlfriend, a memorable, moody highlight off the album and now a limited Record Store Day exclusive 10″. On the B-side is a gorgeous flip of the track by Twin Shadow, who infuses the original with his own distinctive percussive touches. Hex Girlfriend 10″ is out April 21 on Static Tongues. -Möhammad Choudhery

Neon Indian – “Hex Girlfriend” (Twin Shadow Remix)

Rustie – “Surph” (feat. Nightwave)

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Loaded with Rustie’s distinctively British take on dubstep, rave, garage, and everything in between, Glass Swords was one of the most criminally overlooked debuts of last year. Good thing then that Warp Records saw it fit to rerelease “Surph” as a single, backed by a stellar rework that features Slovenian pop songstress Nightwave on vocal duties, repurposing the slapbass-led original as a hyperactive dance jam that sounds straight out of the future. Don’t sleep on it this time around, Glass Swords is out now via Warp Records. -Möhammad Choudhery


s/s/s – “Museum Day”

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Aside from scoring the odd movie and lending his voice to a track here and there, the all-around-musical deity named Sufjan Stevens has kept awful quiet for the past (almost) two years, giving little indication as to what direction he’s moved in since the divisive Age of Adz. “Museum Day”, the first we’re hearing of his just-announced Beak & Claw EP with the unlikely duo of Son Lux and Chicago rap outlier Serengeti, sees Stevens reprise the sort of gloriously overblown electronics and gratuitous use of Auto-Tune that made Adz so divisive to begin with. Not to be outshone though, Serengeti and Son Lux steal the show in their own right, Serengeti with his ambling, half-spoken rhymes and Lux with his ambitious, widescreen production. Beak & Claw is out March 20th on Anticon Records. -Möhammad Choudhery


Suckers – “Turn on the Sunshine”

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There might not be another album and track pairing so effortlessly bright as “Turn on the Sunshine” off of Suckers’ upcoming sophomore LP, Candy Salad (April 24th, via Frenchkiss Records). Their brand of artsy, electronic indie pop shines on this first cut from the disc, reveling in hook-happy, slow-burning fun. Produced by Matt Boynton (whose work with MGMT and Black Dice shows a capable hand with psychedelic weirdness), the song sounds ready-made for an outdoor dance party.

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