In this edition: an artist feature on Fotoshop; tracks from Flaming Lips and Bon Iver, Lotus Plaza, Japandroids, and Real Estate; and a great week of video material from the likes of Belle & Sebastian, Bill Callahan, Death Grips, Father John Misty, Fotoshop, and The Charge Group.
Artist Feature: Fotoshop
Fotoshop is Jarno-Erik from Finland. Late last year he released Lifeforms. Fotoshop’s sound is marked by elements of electro pop, dream pop, and shoegaze. This genre-fusing can be heard on his latest single, “Worries”, which is simply infectious. Today we’re featuring that track as well as past singles, “Too Little, Too Late” and “Speed vs. Distance”.
“Too Little, Too Late”
“Speed vs Distance”
A modified “Rain from the Cloud” featuring streams we like this week:
Flaming Lips and Bon Iver – “Ashes in the Air”
It’s weird, but it sounds exactly how one might expect it to sound. The Flaming Lips channeling their “Zaireeka” era while Justin Vernon unleashes his crybaby falsetto over it all. Steven Drozd’s guitar and Derek Brown’s synth really make the track work. The single is part of a compilation they’re releasing on Record Store Day, which includes collaborations with Kesha, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Prefuse 73, Tame Impala, Jim James, Nick Cave, Lightning Bolt, Yoko Ono, Neon Indian, Erykah Badu, New Fumes and Coldplay.
Lotus Plaza – “Strangers”
Deerhunter guitarist, Lockett Pundt, is back as Lotus Plaza. His latest album, Spooky Action at a Distance, is slated to drop this week. “Strangers” is far more accessible and reflective of his contributions to Deerhunter. Dominated by a pulsing, alarm-ringing guitar and balanced by beautiful arpeggios, Pundt unleashes the best track of his solo career.
Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”
The Vancouver duo is known for their raw energy and reckless playing. “The House That Heaven Built is surprisingly controlled, like an amped up Replacements tune. A bit more mainstream than expected, but still engaging. Their second album Celebration Rock will be released June 5.
Real Estate – “Exactly Nothing”
A b-side track to “Easy”, this track demonstrates what we love best about Real Estate. The hazy vocals, jangly guitars, and easy feel are ready to usher summer to your ears.
Videos, videos, videos
A great bunch of videos this week. Love, love, love Bill Callahan’s cover of Mickey Newbury’s “Heaven Help the Child”.
Belle & Sebastian – “Crash”
Bill Callahan – “Heaven Help the Child”
The Charge Group – “Run”
Death Grips – “The Fever”
Father John Misty – “Nancy From Now On”
Fotoshop – “Worries”