Festival Fever: Syd Arthur

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Now that yet another Coachella has passed we can get ready for…oh right, another Coachella. One band that will be playing Indio this weekend is Cantebury’s Syd Arthur. Distiller.fm recently caught up with the bluesy, psychedelic foursome. Hit the jump for a video interview in which they talk about their festival experiences, influences, making a living as musicians and more. You can also check out studio performances of “Garden Of Time” and “Hometown Blues” below.

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Phantogram – Fall In Love (Until The Ribbon Breaks Reimagination)

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Phantogram‘s powerhouse single “Fall In Love,” already a masterpiece in itself, gets an almost impossibly delicate reimagination from Until The Ribbon Breaks. This is one of those songs you don’t notice is happening to you until you’re already in orbit, miles above the earth, suspended in this gradual, ethereal rework. Whoever said the best things in life are worth the wait was probably waiting for this song for proof. Stream it below or take a Phantogram-inspired trip to outer space with our friend Sandy Bullock.

STREAM: Phantogram – “Fall In Love (Until The Ribbon Breaks Reimagination)”

Temples – Shelter Song (Jagwar Ma Jono’s Wrong Mix)

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THEY HAD A BABY!

No lie, this is the first thing that came to mind when I saw that Jono from Jagwar Ma had remixed “Shelter Song” by Temples. But then my baby joy became skepticism, since I have a theory that the children of hot parents often tend to be disappointingly unattractive. Luckily, when there’s enough psychedelia in the mix, it seems that the song baby will be not just fine, but fine. Temples bring their British psych-rock, Jagwar Ma bring their Aussie psych-dance, and everyone wins, because this is the coolest Queen-loving trip of a kid ever. Stream it below and prepare to get groovy.

STREAM: Temples – Shelter Song (Jagwar Ma Jono’s Wrong Mix)

Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – Strange Colores

The video for Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks latest track ”Strange Colores” should come with a seizure warning. It’s a quick-cutting, light-flashing slice of chaos as Tare and company trade the horror show for the fun house. The song, however, has a simple, repetitive structure, but there’s still a rush of exhilaration when the chorus hits and the band breathlessly sings — almost chants — a hypnotic string of syllables. Two tracks in and we already have reason to be very hopeful for their upcoming debut.

Check out “Strange Colores” above, and watch out for Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks’s Enter the Slasher House, out April 7th/8th via Domino Records.

Frank Ocean x Mick Jones x Paul Simonon x Diplo – Hero

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Converse released this year’s “Three Artists, One Track” today, their ninth installment in what has become the musical equivalent of Groundhog Day: the track that answers the question of when summer is coming, and what it sounds like. This year’s collab, “Hero,” features two members of The Clash (Paul Simonon and Mick Jones), producer Diplo and a dormant-since-Channel-Orange Frank Ocean. These collaborations are typically an exercise in proving that the quality of your product is never based on the quality of your ingredients, as fitting far-flung combinations of sound and style together ends up delightful yet never completely well-rounded. This year our artists not only hit the right balance, but went for a children’s choir as backup, which everyone everywhere can get on board with. Sounds like it’ll be a soulful, heady summer. Stream “Hero” below.

STREAM: Frank Ocean x Mick Jones x Paul Simonon x Diplo – “Hero”

Real Estate – Behind That Locked Door (George Harrison Cover)

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Where George Harrison is lush, Real Estate is stripped down. While George Harrison channels the rolling hills of the English countryside, Real Estate mine the boredom of East Coast suburban cul-de-sacs. Yet, both Harrison and Real Estate possess a sort of sad but sweet disposition, a soft-spoken, understated intelligence. And it’s this central quality that makes their unique versions of guitar pop, new and old, so captivating.

I was quite thrilled to see a cover of George Harrison’s beautiful “Behind That Locked Door” pop up on my Soundcloud feed with Real Estate’s name attached. “Behind That Locked Door” was composed by Harrison as a song of encouragement for his friend Bob Dylan, who — at the time of the track’s release on Harrison’s epic All Things Must Pass — was struggling to overcome his camera-shy tendencies and get back in the limelight for another tour with The Band. This latest rendition is handled with care by a confident but reverential Real Estate. Stream below, and you’ll find the integrity of Harrison’s ukulele-meets-banjo, country-road-meets-island-breeze vibes fully intact.

STREAM: Real Estate – “Behind That Locked Door (George Harrison Cover)”

Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – Little Fang

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Avey Tare has created something of a supergroup with his new side project Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks. The band is made up of Tare, former Dirty Projectors member Angel Deradoorian and former Ponytail member Jeremy Hyman. After almost a year or so of blurry live videos and hype over the band’s exceptional pedigree, we finally have some concrete info to work with. What’s more, we have a first single, “Little Fang.” It’s fairly low key, but still manages to fulfill some of that built up promise.

Set to a slow beat, “Little Fang” sees Tare and co. singing warped vocal harmonies over a thick bassline and rhythmic guitar strums. The ghoulish vocals should feel like home to anyone who listened to Tare’s work with Animal Collective, and there are points in the song where it seems that Halloween has come early in 2014, but the song is too catchy and the beat too infectious to leave this one next to “Monster Mash” on a party playlist. As Tare himself opines on the song, “If there are doubts, then we will groove it out.”

Listen to “Little Fang” below and watch out for Enter the Slasher House, out April 7th on Domino Records.

STREAM: Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – “Little Fang”

Introducing: Yellerkin

If you’re longing for the Local Natives Gorilla Manor days, we suggest hitting play on Yellerkin‘s latest single “Solar Laws.” The anthemic indie-folk track comes off their debut self-titled EP and just got paired with a good lookin’ Where-The-Wild Things-Are-inspired video, which you can watch above. Yellerkin are far from copycats though. Their EP goes well beyond that Local Natives sound, dabbling in psych and synth-pop throughout it’s four-track duration. Stream it all after the jump, and if you like what you hear, buy a copy.

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Youth Lagoon – Worms

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Having avoided a sophomore slump with Wondrous Bughouse, Youth Lagoon seem poised for even more success going forward. New track “Worms” comes from an upcoming compilation on Lefse Records, and it provides a nice taste of what Trevor Powers might have in store for us. The song seems slightly darker in tone than many of their previous works, with the warped vocals and actual recordings from outer space giving it a psych-pop MGMT vibe. Distorted guitars and synths and a skipping drum beat provide support for a beautiful piano melody. It’s a definite evolution for the band as they manage to keep the important parts of their sound and still add elements that we haven’t heard before. It’s only January and Youth Lagoon are already impressing after a big 2013.

Check out “Worms” below and watch out for the Lefse Records Space Project compilation

STREAM: Youth Lagoon – “Worms”

Introducing: Psychedelic Black

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Idaho must be doing something right because the musicians pouring out of this state are premium quality. This week, Boise introduces us to Psychedelic Black – the solo project of Youth Lagoon guitarist Logan Hyde — with his debut single “Melting.” The layered track is four and a half minutes of millennial rock with varying bits of indie and alternative shredding throughout. The introduction is alluring, and once all the pieces of sound are fully absorbed, the song gradually fades out like a zephyr with Hyde’s warm voice. Float along with the trickling melodies of “Melting” and stream it below.

DOWNLOAD: Psychedelic Black – “Melting”