Young Magic – Lucien

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New York experimental-pop duo Young Magic, comprised of Melati Malay and Isaac Emmanuel are getting ready to drop their new album Still Life as they head out on tour to support Yeasayer. Inspired by the native culture of Malay’s birthplace of Indonesia, the new record is a cultural tribute to the singer’s roots. Take for example the LP’s lead single “Lucien” — the video for which was based on the Balinese holiday known as Nyepi.

In Malay’s words: “There is a day called Nyepi or ‘Day of Silence’ where no one leaves the house because it’s believed bad spirits fly over the island. They burn effigies of their monsters (Ogoh Ogoh) and then everyone hides indoors for 24 hours. It’s incredible, the streets are completely empty. I’m not sure if these ghosts still follow me in New York, but making ‘Lucien’ was my way to make an effigy of my own Ogoh Ogoh, and then burn it to the ground.”

Symbolic, to say the least. Still Life will be out May 13 on Carpark Records, and is available for pre-order here. If you’re planning on seeing Yeasayer at 9:30 Club May 16, make sure you get there early enough to see Young Magic cast their incantations in person.

tUnE-yArDs – Water Fountain


tUnE-yArDs, the peculiar two-piece out of Oakland put out their wildly imaginative third album, Nikki Nack via 4AD earlier this month. For those not familiar with the duo — consisting of New England native Merrill Garbus (vocals, drums, ukelele) and Nate Brenner (electric bass) — take a listen to the lead single off the album “Water Fountain” below. Weaving African polyrhythms and Haitian drum beats throughout their music, Garbus and Brenner achieve a sound that is refreshingly unorthodox, progressively playful and entirely their own. Their track “Bizness,” from previous album Whokill is another great example of their creative genius.

tUnE-yArDs will be playing two shows at DC’s 930 Club, June 13-14 with Sylvan Esso supporting.

MS MR – Hurricane

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The enigmatic, New York-based duo MS MR released their debut EP, Candy Bar Creep Show this September via tumblr. Check out these dark pop gems “Hurricane” and “Ash Tree Lane” below; and for those who live in the DC area, note that they will be opening up for GROUPLOVE at 9:30 Club December 18.