6 Must-Have New Tunes
Our music Insider, Erin Lucas, is back with six more songs you simply must listen to!
1. Rubik, Laws of Gravity
Finnish indie pop band Rubik started in the late 90s when drummer Sampa Vaatainen and singer Artturi Taira began playing together. They were later joined by keyboardist/guitarist Samuli Poyhonen and became Rubik in 2003 after their first live show. They put on amazing performances -- sometimes, with up to ten musicians on stage playing instruments (from the clockwork to the gong), exchanging throughout their performance. This song is a single off their 2011 album, Solar.
2. I Break Horses, Winter Beats
Sweden-based duo Frederik Balck and Maria Linden met in 2008 under very bizarre circumstances. They were both self-professed hypochondriacs who regularly visited the same online medical forum! They realized they had mutual friends as well as a mutual love for playing music, and soon after I Break Horses was born. See, good things can come from worrying too much. Who knew! Three years later they released their debut album, Hearts. This is a single off that album. Love their music but they have yet to play live, so the jury is still out for me...
3. Theophilus London, Girls Girls $
I had the pleasure of checking out Theophilus London perform recently and this guy's got moves for days! This song was my favorite for sure. Such a catchy beat. He's a pretty cool guy too. Tight white jeans and light up Nike kicks (<- dying!!!). The Brooklyn based artist made his label debut with a couple mixtapes back in 2008/2009. He released his debut EP, Lovers Holiday, this past February, featuring TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, Sara Quin from Tegan and Sara, Glasser, and Solange Knowles. This song is off his full-legnth debut album, Times Are Weird These Dayz, which was released this past July. I love how he's mixing different genres...I'm not sure what to call it? Pop hip-hop? Whatever it is, keep it comin' London!
4. Death Cab For Cutie, Codes and Keys (Yeasayer remix)
Death Cab has been one of my favorite bands since high school. Founding member Ben Gibbard released a demo (on cassette!) in 1997 and it proved so popular, he decide to form a full band. Enter Chris Walla, Nick Harmer and Jason McGerr. Since then, they have released 8 amazing albums. This song, the title track off their most recent album, was ingeniously remixed by another one of my all-time favorite bands, Yeasayer. Brooklynites Chris Keating, Ira Wolf Tuton and Anand Wilder, aka Yeasayer, have been making my booty shake since 2007. I highly recommend checking them out - particularly their debut album All Hour Cymbals. Death Cab's Gibbard recently divorced Zooey Deschanel, which makes me very sad..but you know what they say? Depression breeds creativity! Fingers crossed for some great new material soon!
5. Tennis, Origins
Tennis is one of the most charming bands I've ever come across. They're married you guys! Awwwwww. Denver-based Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley met while studying philosophy in college. The couple started their band last year after a 7 month sailing expedition down the Eastern Atlantic Seaboard. The band name came from a joke about Patrick playing tennis in college. Their first studio album, Cape Dory, was released this past January on Fat Possum Records. This song is a single off their forthcoming sophomore album, Young & Old, produced by The Black Keys' Patrick Carney. Look for it December 6th. Could they be any cuter?? I mean.
6. Houses, Soak It Up
Musical/romantical duo Dexter Tortoriello and Megan Messina met while working at an Apple store in Chicago back in 2009. Tortoriello was fired because he gave a customer a serious discount on a computer, and he and Messina relocated to Hawaii shortly after. They lived there for a few months, doing odd jobs for a local artist and living off the land. Messina painted and Tororiello worked on his solo music. Last April, Tortoriello released his first Houses song and it was quickly championed by Pitchfork. By the end of the month, he had signed to Lefse Records (also home to playlist alum Neon Indian) and Messina joined on to finish the album over the summer. This song is off that album. Not super "new", but still good chillwave music that I think you might enjoy!