Blackbird Blackbird – “All”
from Boracay Planet
released 16 October 2012
Hawaii’s Mickey Maramag is the bedroom electropop genius behind Blackbird Blackbird. Ace production and deft music acumen dot the course of “All.” Check out the rest of Boracay Planet on Bandcamp.
Devendra Banhart – “Never Seen Such Good Things”
out 12 March 2013 on Nonesuch
It’s hard to believe that Devendra Banhart has eight studio albums. This is his first for Nonesuch. His cool delivery and ability to effect a simple melody stands out on this track.
Local Natives – “You & I “ [free download]
out 29 January 2013 on French Kiss/Infectious
And now for something completely different. The third preview track from Hummingbird slows it down a bit, and asks for your attention. Rhythm and harmonies are the key to this band, and somehow they make a pensive, deliberate track that exploits each. This is going to be a big album.