SOFI TUKKER – Hey Lion

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With only three tracks to their name, NYC indie dance duo SOFI TUKKER has already set the blogosphere ablaze with their bossa nova and house inspired sounds. Leading up to the release of their forthcoming EP Soft Animals, this week they dropped latest effort and EP opener “Hey Lion.”

Formed by Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern in 2014, SOFI TUKKER has established their aural presence in the animal kingdom through their entrancing South American and Afrobeat rhythms — sort of a cross between Francis BebeyGlass Animals and Jungle sonically, but with female vocals. According to singer Hawley-Weld, “‘Hey Lion’ is like the opening chant to Soft Animals. We want to welcome people into our version of this animal-world, where strength is soft and nobody is boss.”

Stay tuned for their EP, and check out their showcases at SXSW if you’re so lucky as to be going. Stream “Hey Lion” along with a rad ADDAL remix of previous dizzying hit and Portuguese-sung track “Drinkee.”

Porches – Hour

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Porches is the project of singer-songwriter and nascent producer Aaron Maine, whose forthcoming album Pool on new label home Domino marks a major step forward for the New York artist. The LP — due out February 5 was written and recorded almost entirely in his Manhattan apartment, and mixed by Chris Coady (Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Tobias Jesso Jr.) in LA. Although Maine is avowedly drawn to the melancholic experiences in life, he also believes in finding the beauty in them. “I want people to feel dark, beautiful and strong when they hear this new record,” he says, “I want them to fall in love.”

That’s easy to do with his standout track “Hour,” a stunning synth-driven song with haunting harmonies supplied by his longtime collaborator and girlfriend, Greta Kline aka Frankie Cosmos.

Porches will be embarking on an extensive 2016 North American tour, starting March 9 in our very own Washington, DC. See full tour schedule below.

 PORCHES TOUR DATES
Wed Mar 9 || Washington, DC || Rock & Roll Hotel
Thurs Mar 10 || Richmond, VA || Strange Matter
Fri Mar 11 || Chapel Hill, NC || Cat’s Cradle Backroom
Sat Mar 12 || Savannah, GA || Savannah Stopover Festival
Sun Mar 13 || Orlando, FL || Backbooth
Mon Mar 14 || Tallahassee, FL || Club Downunder
Wed Mar 16 || Houston, TX || Walters
Sat Mar 19 || Dallas, TX || Spillover Music Fest
Mon Mar 21 || Denver, CO || Lost Lake
Tues Mar 22 || Salt Lake City, UT || Kilby Court
Wed Mar 23 || Boise, ID || Treefort Music Fest
Thurs Mar 24 || Portland, OR || Analog Café
Fri Mar 25 || Seattle, WA || Vera Project
Sat Mar 26 || Vancouver, BC || The Cobalt
Mon Mar 28 || San Francisco, CA || Rickshaw Stop
Tues Mar 29 || Los Angeles, CA || The Echo
Thurs Mar 31 || Santa Ana, CA || The Observatory – Constellation Room
Fri Apr 1 || San Diego, CA || Che Café
Sat Apr 2 || Phoenix, AZ || Rebel Lounge
Sun Apr 3 || Albuquerque, NM || The Co-Op
Tues Apr 5 || Omaha, NE || Slowdown
Wed Apr 6 || Minneapolis, MN || 7th St Entry
Thurs Apr 7 || Madison, WI || UW Student Union
Fri Apr 8 || Grinnell, IA || Grinnell College – Gardner Lounge
Sat Apr 9 || Chicago, IL || Bottom Lounge
Sun Apr 10 || Detroit, MI || Majestic Café
Mon Apr 11 || Toronto, ON || Horseshoe Tavern
Tues Apr 12 || Boston, MA || Middle East Downstairs
Wed Apr 13 || Brooklyn, NY || Music Hall of Williamsburg
Thurs Apr 14 || Philadelphia, PA || Union Transfer
Fri Apr 15 || New York, NY || Bowery Ballroom
 

[GIVEAWAY]: Wild Child & Elliot Moss @ 9:30 Club on 11/13

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We’re excited to announce we’ll be giving a pair of tickets away to Wild Child and Elliot Moss this coming Friday, November 13 at 9:30 Club. Wild Child have been featured on CokeCanPoetry in the past, as the endearing Austin-based group is one of our favorite indie-folk live acts. Read more about Wild Child in our feature on them here and whilst you listen, enter to win tickets to the show by sending a tweet (or retweet) to @CokeCanPoetry.

Warming the crowd for Wild Child is a rising new talent — a 21-year-old multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and visual artist named Elliot Moss. Moss released his debut album Highspeeds on Grand Jury earlier this year, which was mixed, produced and recorded at Moss’ home studio. It’s an impressive and mature debut from such a young artist, whose falsetto vocals and emotive electronic sounds have been compared to Bon Iver. Listen to the luminous track “Best Light” below for a preview of what Moss has to offer.

Sure to be a dazzling show all around so enter to win today — we will reveal the winner Friday morning!

MAS YSA – Arrows

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Thomas Arsenault, aka Mas Ysa is an interesting dude — in addition to being a composer and musician who’s toured with Hundred WatersDeerhunter, and most recently Tanlines, he’s also a visual artist whose work has been displayed in various exhibitions across New York. This year the Canadian-bred artist released his debut LP Seraph via Downtown Records (Chet Faker, Electric Guest). Hearing him speak you wouldn’t think he’d be one to reveal all of his interior complexities so readily, but that is in fact Mas Ysa’s M.O. — pouring all of his fervid feelings into his experimental and genre-bending music.

Take “Arrows” for example, an affective track that commences as a ballad with a breakbeat, picking up speed at the 2-minute mark and eventually bursting into a full-on banger. In a press release Arsenault says as much: “’Arrows’ is sort of a Euro club banger, but also a very personal love song. It comes out of me wanting to make a universal, club-ready track but unwittingly giving into emotion.” His distinctive voice reminds us a little of Rationale in that it’s unconventional in tone, but somehow adds to the potency of the song. Stream “Arrows” below.

Small Black – No One Wants It To Happen To You

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Brooklyn’s Small Black has released a couple of tracks in anticipation of their forthcoming album, Best Blues due out this fall. The follow-up to their 2013 LP Limits of Desire is “about loss, the specific loss of precious people in our lives, but also the loss of memories and the difficult fight to preserve them,” according to a press release. In fact, the synthpop outfit’s new single “‘No One Wants It To Happen To You'” was meant as a mantra,” says vocalist Josh Kolenik. “Something an older, wiser friend told you once that you might cling to in order to get through a terrible situation. The phrase you keep folded up in your pocket, letting you know better will surely come.” Cheers to that — Best Blues is set to release October 14 via Jagjaguwar.

Howard – Money Can’t Buy

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Following the release of their debut EP Religion earlier this year, Brooklyn folktronic band Howard will embark on their fall tour this week. Founded by Howard Feibusch (guitar, vocals) after a former project fell apart, the nascent group is rounded out by Myles Heff (bass), Chris Holdridge (drums) and Alex Chakour (synths, guitar). Together they create hypnotic, homespun polyrhythms through the use of acoustic guitars and layered electronics. For a sampling of their work, listen to “Money Can’t Buy” and “Falling” — the latter of which was sonically inspired by Other Lives.

Howard will be playing at NYC’s Mercury Lounge August 6, then stopping by DC9 Nightclub August 7. Be sure to come out to the shows if you’re in either locale and in the mood for live music!

RATATAT – Abrasive

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RATATAT are ready to make a return with the release of their first new album in five years, Magnifique. The Brooklyn duo, guitarist Mike Stroud and producer Evan Mast have shared two singles in advance of the LP, which drops July 17 va XL Recordings. True to form, their new single “Abrasive” showcases the elaborate electronic synths and guitar work the two-piece is known for. Stream below.

[CCP Interview]: The Landing on the Miracle of Human Existence & the Relative Absurdity of Anxiety

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New York space-pop project known as The Landing is a one-man act, who thus far in his career has mostly been cloaked in enigma (by choice). What is known about the solo artist is that he’s a classically trained musician, who has scored films and composed original pieces for orchestra. He first sparked listeners’ attention with his array of astral creations contained in his 2014 debut, We Are, and is now gearing up to release his follow-up EP this June.

In advance of the big reveal, The Landing was generous enough to let us in on the optimistic philosophy and perpetual state of wonderment that underscores his creative inspiration.

How would you define your particular genre of music, and who are some of your artistic influences?

I’ve been branding my music as “space-pop,” which comes from a genre that emerged in the ’50s and ’60s now referred to as “Space Age Pop.” Composers of this time, Esquivel, Dick Hyman, Bob Thompson and the like, were responding to what was happening to the world around them at the height of the space race, when we were altering our perception of the possible, and in the process redefining what it means to be human; now a spacefaring species.

You can hear the sentiment of this time in this genre of music, not just the “other worldly” or exotic nature of it, but the optimism and hope and confidence of the era. I take a lot from these composers, not just sonically but in how engaged they were with the events of their time. Today I see a world that shows just as much promise in taking the next giant leap for humanity and I only want to be an active participant in the journey ahead.

So what informs the philosophy behind your music?

Human ambition and the human condition. Essentially, us and our efforts to find our place in the Cosmos, both literally as in the location of our solar system within our galaxy, our galaxy within the visible Universe, and spiritually as in what our very existence says about the Universe in which we inhabit.

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We loved the EP, We Are that came out May of last year, particularly the lead track “Anxieties.” Could you speak to us about the inspiration for that song?

I appreciate it, and am so thankful that people have found something they connect with from the EP. Anxiety, I believe, is what happens when we lose sight of what’s really going on. Of course everyone has things they worry about, but I’ve found that if you stop and think about how the ground you’re standing on just is a small patch of land on a giant spherical Earth, and that our Sun is just a another star in the sky that happens to be really really close, that ALL of this, everything you see, used to be a huge cloud of gas expelled from a distant star long since dead, and now it’s you, and me, and everything we know, you arrive at a place of perspective where nothing can reach you, and your anxieties just fall away. It’s a miracle that any of this is possible, that this conversation is even taking place! From this cosmologically accurate point of view, what really is there to worry about?

You’ve hinted at making your live shows more of an ‘experience’ than simply a performance. Has that been developed and if so, what does that entail?

The live show is definitely still evolving, and obviously playing shows in New York City not every venue is capable of implementing these “experiences.” The main idea though is to get everyone at the show invested in the message, and to allow the audience to feel that they are as much a part of the experience as the music that’s happening on stage. So far I’ve implemented things like masked dancers that interact with the crowd and projected imagery, but I’m excited to see where it grows.

As are we! Stream The Landing’s second single “The Comes The Wonder” off of the forthcoming EP, How Strange To Be below.

VÉRITÉ – Colors

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With the release of her debut EP Echo last year, NY-based songstress VÉRITÉ has been building a veritable amount of buzz this past year. Her latest cut “Colors,” however, produced by Zach Nicita of MS MR might be our favorite offering yet, as well as the song that should cement her status as one to watch in the synthpop realm.

Speaking to Pop Justice about the track’s origins, VÉRITÉ averred “I had been forwarded the track from my manager and was immediately semi-obsessed with how hard the percussion hit from the start. It’s the first time I had collaborated with Zach and written over a track that was so developed. It definitely challenged me to write strong and dynamically from the start and really strongly solidify a departure from ambient synth pop.”

No doubt that the melismatic tune is the singer’s most complex and colorful track to date. Look out for “Colors” to be released on an upcoming EP. VÉRITÉ will also be embarking on a tour across Europe in May.

Alex Winston – Careless

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Alex Winston is the New-York-by-way-of-Detroit songstress who generated a decent amount of buzz in 2012 with her debut album, King Con. Now the classically-trained opera singer turned pop singer is set to release her sophomore LP via 300 Entertainment sometime this spring. Whereas on the last effort she used others’ stories for material, the forthcoming album sees the artist step out of her comfort zone by drawing from her own experiences.

I’ve never been comfortable writing songs about myself,” she revealed to Stereogum. “It’s always been easier for me to tell stories, so I wasn’t used to being as vulnerable, but . . . I felt like I was doing myself a disservice not making the album personal because I’ve had a few tumultuous years.”

Listen to “Careless,” the lead single off the upcoming album below. Also revisit the stellar Starslinger remix of her earlier single “Sister Wife.”

Our DC readers can check out Winston at the All Things Gold concert series tonight at U Street Music Hall, along with local favorites The Walking Sticks and Louis Weeks.