Geographer is the moniker of SF-based musician Mike Deni who impressed us back in 2013 with his rendition of Arthur Russell’s “This Is How We Walk On The Moon.” The reimagining was so inspiring for the so-called ‘romantic’ indie artist that he decided to record an entire oeuvre of covers. The forthcoming EP, entitled Endless Motion is due for release in December and will include a variety of covers, including but not limited to reworkings of Kate Bush and Paul Simon. Listen to his lush but minimalist twist on Felix Da Housecat‘s “Ready 2 Wear” along with the original below.
CATHEDRALS, in case you hadn’t heard, is a new indie/electronica group from San Francisco whose debut self-titled EP dropped today. Having stole our hearts with the stirring ballad, “Unbound,” their most recent single “In The Dark” is an edgy, sophisticated, and potent track that is more than worthy as a follow-up to its predecessors. Stream below and purchase the EP via Neon Gold here.
Having recently signed with MS MR‘s label Neon Gold, San Francisco duo Cathedrals are currently in the studio working on their debut EP. Sounding like a fusion of soul pop and electronica, the broody two-piece consists of Brodie Jenkins and Johnny Hwin (of Blackbird Blackbird). Having three singles to their name so far, take a listen to their affectively arranged and lushly layered song “Unbound” below.
When you’re on the down
I’ll nurse you back to pieces
Tycho has a new album out entitled Awake, which was released last month via Ghostly International (the label behind Phantogram and Gold Panda). The San Franciso-based trio originally started as the solo project of Scott Hansen, whose sound has evolved from a primarily ambient composition into a more organic, post-rock electronic soundscape with the addition of guitarist Zac Brown amd drummer Rory O’Connor. The single “Spectre” off the LP is a beautiful, propulsive instrumental brimming with electric bass lines, energetic drums and distinct guitar patterns. Currently embarking on a tour all across the country, Tycho will be playing at DC’s 930 Club April 20.
Whether you intend on celebrating Valentine’s this year or plan on canceling the holiday all together, today’s roundup of electronic servings can be enjoyed regardless of romantic status. First up is San Francisco’s Lane 8, aka Daniel Goldstein’s newly released deep house production “The One,” featuring vocals by Patrick Baker. Also, French producer TEEMID has teamed up with Canadian singer-songwriter Daniela Andrade to cover Flight Facilities‘ “Crave You.” TEEMID’s take on the classic dance track is a sexy and refreshing rendering — pick up this pure cover gold for free by following the link on Soundcloud. The last one I’ll leave you with is an oldie but a goodie from house favorite Nicolas Jaar, one half of the New York duo Darkside. Sampling from The Searcher’s “Love Potion No. 9,” his slow-building edit “Stay in Love” is a shimmery and deliciously addictive disco-y number that will make you want to procure some of this mysterious elixir…
Referred to as “the first modern musician” by Nico Muhly, Arthur Russell is the late New York composer whose experimental music ranged from avant-disco to classical cello compositions. Russell influenced a generation of artists to come, including Devendra Banhart who wrote:
I moved to New York because of Arthur Russell — he’s my favorite musician. Over the last two years, I’ve listened to him constantly and have been reading [Tim Lawrence’s 2009 Russell biography] called ‘Hold On to Your Dreams’ about how downtown, experimental, underground disco and classical composition and all those scenes blended together.
That said, enjoy this quality rework of Russell’s “This Is How We Walk On The Moon” by San Francisco-based indie band Geographer. A free download is available here.
Daniel Goldstein, the house producer from San Francisco known as Lane 8 has been making waves in the world of electronica this year. The shimmery downtempo track, “Every Night” samples vocals from Diana Ross & The Supremes “Reflections” and is a perfect number for your end-of-summer playlist.
HLD weekend, everyone.
Upcoming tour dates below. Serendipitous that the day I go to post this track, he happens to be playing in DC the next day, non?
August 30 – U Street Music Hall, Washington DC
October 4 – Zanzabar, Louisville
October 4-6 – Music in the Middle, Tennessee
Based out of San Francisco, Blackbird Blackbird is the moniker of wunderkind composer Mikey Maramag. Originally from Hawaii, the tropical influences of the producer’s origins are evident in his particular flavor of layered folktronica. The following video/track “All” is off the new EP Boracay Planet, released this October to critical acclaim.
Citing musical influences such as The Smiths, Grizzly Bear, and My Bloody Valentine (a damn fine line-up), the album in Maramag’s own words is made up of “a lot of guitar layered over synths and visually patterned ambiance, blending warm tones with clear vocals and anthemic melodies.” I’ll take it all, please.