Darkside – Planet Caravan (Black Sabbath Cover)

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Black Sabbath may not seem a natural source of inspiration for Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington’s ambient electronic collaboration Darkside, but the British hard rockers provide quite a canvas for the duo in the form of their moody, slow burning track “Planet Caravan.” Performing a cover for BBC One at Maida Vale, Jaar and Harrington exert their usual bouncy minimalism, and substitute Ozzy’s vocals for Jaar’s wobbly falsetto. The most stark difference is the drum beat, which on the Sabbath original was merely bongos. The layering of the guitars and the spacey synths somehow make the song even more astral than it was before. It’s become so thoroughly a Darkside track that it barely counts as a cover. This is music for stargazing, or perhaps, for staring at the place where the stars are supposed to be.

Check out “Planet Caravan” below and look for Dave Harrington’s solo EP Before This There Was One Heart But A Thousand Thoughts on May 5th via Other People.

STREAM: Darkside – “Planet Caravan (Black Sabbath Cover)” 

Now, Now – School Friends (Ansible Remix)

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More people need to listen to Now, Now. Their 2012 album Threads is a phenomenal collection of dreamy indie rock and about as perfect as they come. Those of you who missed out now have a chance to catch up thanks to the Minneapolis outfit’s latest project: Threads Remixed. The upcoming remix collection — out March 25th via TRANS- — features six new takes on select tracks from the LP. The latest to grace our ears is Ansible’s ambient electro-pop version of “School Friends.” Give it a listen below.

STREAM: Now, Now – “School Friends (Ansible Remix)”

Dawn Golden – All I Want

“But life is short / And I don’t care for most of it / Because you’re all that I want.” These are the lines that walk you into the chorus of Dawn Golden‘s heartbreaking single “All I Want.” The track is a slow-burner that begins with nothing but keys and Dexter Tortoriello’s voice, but all that swells into a cascading, percussion-heavy breakdown that still gives us chills every time we listen. It’s a hell of a payoff.

The track has a beautiful video to match thanks to one of our favorite directors, Tyler T. Williams. It’s a sci-fi tale of love and dementia that, despite sounding a bit over the top, fits the song perfectly. Watch it above.

“All I Want” appears on Dawn Golden’s Still Life, out now via Mad Decent.

STREAM: Dawn Golden – “All That I Want”

Tycho – Spectre

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About a month ago, I wrote an article about Tycho’s “Montana,” the second song to be revealed from their upcoming album Awake. That track showed us that Tycho is now bigger than just a solo project; “Montana” was more expansive than anything on 2011’s excellent album Dive.

Today, Scott Hansen, the mastermind behind the San Francisco ambient electronic project, returns with “Spectre.” It’s Tycho’s most live-sounding track yet, expanding upon the live instrumentation of “Montana” with Scott’s guitar-work and a heavy drum riff from Rory O’Connor. Long-time fans need not worry; while “Spectre” is a clear break from Dive, Scott Hansen’s trademark lush sound hasn’t gone anywhere. Stream it below.

Tycho’s Awake will be released on March 18th via Ghostly International.

STREAM: Tycho – “Spectre”

Spiritualized – Always Forgetting With You (The Bridge Song)

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When I come across a track with a really expansive sound, laden with echo and a bit of fuzz that moves in large, sweeping, deliberate steps, I often condense all that into one word: spacey. Feeling empty and yet weighty at the same time; hollow yet infinite. All of that is certainly true of this track from the Brits in Spiritualized, but that’s not necessarily what I mean when I describe the song as spacey. I mean it’s using sounds that are actually from space.

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Introducing: Stonefox

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You know when you hear a song for the first time, get that feeling that you’ve definitely heard it before even though you can’t place your finger on the when and where and just conclude that the song is simply so good that it feels like you’ve known it forever? Well, that just happened to me after listening to “All I Want” by Stonefox for the first time.

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Anthems – Up In Mine

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Parisian boutique label 25 Years & Running recently unveiled this blissful slice of balearic pop from new signing Anthems. Produced by labelmate Champions League, “Up In Mine” presents an inviting array of glitchy pan flutes, wobbling sub-bass, flitting hand percussion and reverb-drenched vocals. In the style of other atmospheric dreampop artists like Air France, Southern Shores and Postiljonen, it’s less a traditional song than a lovely, evocative piece of sonic ephemera. We’re feeling it. Stream it below.

STREAM: Anthems – “Up In Mine” 

Tycho – Montana

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San Francisco’s finest producer, Tycho, returns with another track off of his upcoming album Awake. While the track isn’t wildly different than anything off of 2011’s Dive, it is clear that Tycho definitely isn’t a solo project anymore. With the inclusion of Zac Brown (no, not that Zac Brown) on guitar/bass and Rory O’Connor on drums, Scott Hansen clearly aims for a bigger sound, though not too far removed from Explosions in the Sky or even an instrumental track from The Radio Dept. However, Tycho does not lose its trademark ambient yet uplifting sound by adding more musicians; it simply expands on the lush sound of its previous recordings.

Along with the new track, Tycho has announced many upcoming tour dates. Get excited stoners: Tycho is playing the 9:30 Club on 4/20! Check out the full list of tour dates and pre-order Awake here, which drops March 18th via Ghostly International.

STREAM: Tycho – “Montana”

Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots

Damon Albarn, one of the hardest working artists in music, has unveiled the first taste of his highly anticipated debut solo album, Everyday Robots. Albarn first gained fame in the mid ’90s as the lead singer of Blur, but became even more popular in America as the mastermind behind Gorillaz. Although he has been involved in a slightly insane amount of side projects, including The Good, the Bad, and the Queen, Africa Express and Rocket Juice & the Moon, “Everyday Robots” serves as the first single released under Albarn’s own name.

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Rare Monk – Splice

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Portland’s Rare Monk aren’t going to be lulling anybody to sleep with their dreamy brand of indie rock. Their latest track “Splice” begins with a calming blend of guitars, keys and Dorian Aites’ airy vocals, but it’s during the chorus when the track really shines; the instrumentals take on an explosive edge that reminds us of As Tall As Lions at their strongest.

As luck would have it, our homies at B3SCI Records are releasing “Splice” as a single along with AA-side “Sleep/Attack” on February 18th. Get familiar with “Splice” below, and if you like what you hear, support good people and pre-order your digital and/or vinyl copy of the single.

STREAM: Rare Monk – “Splice”