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Low Swans

Low Swans (Jon Scarpelli and Scott Simon) released the fourth of their 2015 single, "Dark Star (2015 Mix)", this week. You can find all four singles here.

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The Vegetable Kingdom is an extreme electronic music deconstructor, and he’s got a new track for you.

For those that aren’t familiar, Vegetable Kingdom typically makes tracks (a good many of which are found for free on his SoundCloud) that are heavily abstract and minimal in their elements. His songs are low on concurrently running parts and high on making those parts each play out together exactly. The result is a song-creation style based in rich and complex soundscapes that play on the idea of electronic music by breaking it down, which for some of us is a form of the genre that plays right into the kind-of intellectual and artistic edginess that, for all of its other good qualities, the poppier sides of the medium don’t generally have the capacity to reach.

The new track we’ve got for our listenin’ today is about as solid of a connection to more well-known and regularly structured stuff that The Vegetable Kingdom gets- a “remix” of Sufjan Stevens’ “Drawn to the Blood,” but you get those quotes because the VK version of the track warps the living fuck out of the original song. Vegetable Kingdom takes Sufjan’s melancholy indie prettiness and makes it into a heavy-hitting melodic electronic tune that’s overwhelming and badass for being so. It kind-of reminds me of the power in the darker, more complex hymns out there (I just heard a bunch at a funeral, so they’re on the mind), with both those and this track going for a really sensory attack and a mindset that’s all big, crashing, cosmic and dangerous.

This track is definitely from the school of remixing that produces an artist’s impression gathered from a song’s parts rather than a repackaging of the song; for instance, for a whole song fully of syllables (that Sufjan sure can stuff a song with words), the VK remix features just one small snippet of singing repeated infinitely over the wild and unhinged reworking of the instrumentals. Doing that with finesse enough to create a track that stands alone as a more abstract piece is hard, but The Vegetable Kingdom does just that with this entry. It’s good weird shit for sure, and music that is probably best experienced when talking isn’t going to happen for a while (Grade A thinking tunes), and we highly recommend that if you weren’t familiar with this artist’s music before and if you’re also into good weird shit, that you use this track as an introduction to a ferocious electronic artist.

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Eyelid Kid Brings More Wistful Electronic Fun with "Open Up"

Austin’s all about the band, but damn do we have some ferociously strong solo acts here. One of those is the inimitable Eyelid Kid, who’s sometimes known in a more business-facing capacity as Paul Grant, record label manager at Raw Paw. Under the Kid moniker, Grant’s been slowly releasing stellar electronic pop content over the last year, and he’s just put out another lovely little track called “Open Up” for us to bop to.

“Open Up” plays in the same vein of themes as Eyelid Kid’s other so-far released tracks “Shadow Talk” and “On Your Mind,” presenting a portrait of a thoughtful, melancholy young man who carefully observes the world about him while he looks for happiness. Also true to form, Kid’s new track is shimmering and pretty and is a nice bit of electronic pop that’d be equally at home on the dance floor and coming through the car speakers on a good drive.

Grant has made it quite clear with the three Eyelid Kid tracks so far that he’s a musician that knows how to balance all parts of a song, giving aesthetics, structure and content each the attention to detail that they need, and the result is consistent and perfectly crafted pop music, which is just what you get with “Open Up.” Listen below, and keep an ear out for this kid. He knows what he’s doing.

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New Music: Emily Afton - Someday

We´re excited to share another premiere today!! Emily Afton’s voice is transporting. Deep and smokey, Emily delivers her emotive and honest songs from a place that feels lodged in the past, rooted in a dreamy barefoot era. You can hear the Georgian lineage on her mother’s side, conjuring a Southern swamp, mixed with urbane pop relevance. Oakland indie-rock meets an after hours quest for mischief, with ribbons of soul and electro-pop interwoven.

"Archetype is an episodic album which explores themes of time passing, love, and the cycle of life/death (It’s also produced by Lila Rose and David Earl). The newest single "Someday" is one that particularly focuses on exploring death and relates it to "falling down the rabbit hole". I wrote it last summer when my mom was very ill and for the first time, was forced to explore what death means to me. It sort of has a mix of blissfulness and existentialism, because it begs us to be in love with our lives while we're here, while also always remembering that we are inevitably going to die." - Emily Afton on the forthcoming album, Archetype and the single, “Someday”

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Premiere: Teens in Trouble - Santa Monica

Teens in Trouble is a brand-new indie pop/rock band fronted by San Francisco-based singer/songwriter Lizzie Cuevas. Their debut single, Santa Monica will release this fall on Bandcamp and is armed with lovelorn lyrics, dreamy vocal effects and some serious ‘60s girl group harmonies. With pop punk band Sputterdoll and 8-bit rock duo The Glowing Stars already to her name, Lizzie is no stranger to the San Francisco Bay Area music scene

Santa Monica will be available for free on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, and Apple Music on November 25, 2015. Fans will be able to pre-order the Teens in Trouble 7" vinyl on Bandcamp which includes "Santa Monica" and bonus track "Simple." Vinyl orders are expected to ship January 2016.

¨I was born and raised in the San Francisco and have lived in the Bay Area for my whole life except the time I lived in Santa Monica for a year in 2013. It's a city that holds a special place in my heart and time felt like it slowed down while I was there, in a good way.¨ - Lizzie Cuevas

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