Over the weekend Scott Hansen aka Tycho debuted new visuals at Coachella for his song Horizon. It’s a peppy, guitar driven electronic track, exactly what you’d expect from Tycho. It’s those visuals that really make this exciting, which takes the signature lush colors and tones he brands himself with and brings them to life in a swirling, mesmerizing display. I’m sure this would have been amazing to see live. I need a screensaver of this stat.
Getting high and listening to Sigur Rós is an obvious combination and the group themselves seem to agree. Last week they released a new collaboration with Lord Jones, a boutique maker of cannabis infused products, creating the Sigurberry, a THC infused gumdrop made from natural ingredients.
Sigur Rós and Lord Jones come together to bring you cannabis-infused gumdrops inspired by the flavors of foraged Icelandic berries~wild blackberries, strawberries and blueberries, infused with the world’s finest cannabis blends. This limited edition product collaboration includes a proprietary terpene blend designed to provide a calming sense of well being inspired by the music of Sigur Rós.
The limited-edition offerings come as a box of nine pieces bearing a Sigur Rós crest created by london-based illustrator Andrew Rae. I love the beautiful blue color of the box, which offsets the illustration and gold leaf, as well as the gold lining of the inside of the packaging. It’s exciting seeing marijuana based products leaving the world of stoner culture and becoming more mainstream.
A lot of electronic music is made to dance to. Whether you love Karl Kox, Underworld, Black Madonna or even Skrillex, they make music that’s loud and is truly meant for large venues where people dance in the dark. That’s the opposite of what Will Weisenfeld, aka Geotic, is trying to achieve with his upcoming EP Abysma.
“So much of dance music is about partying and going out and having a really hardcore social experience,” Wiesenfeld says. “Dance music has never been that for me. So much of my experience listening to music is being by myself – at home or in my car.”
I can totally relate to this. It’s a sound that feels comfortable for your every day. The first single off the album is titled “Actually Smiling” and it’s filled with poppy synths and angelic harmonies swirling together to make a highbrow video game soundtrack.
“I see it as being a comfortable middle ground between that crazy hyper-emotive EDM and the hyper minimal deep dark club stuff,” Wiesenfeld says. “I like both of those things in different amounts, but I like the middle ground most. It’s not showy, it’s just a comfortable emotional zone.”
I also wanted to point out the extremely rad cover art by kyttenjanae. She makes the craziest 3D renders in a candy store of colors, abstracting the human shape in the most fascinating ways. Her work is phenomenal.
Since 1991, Mark Pritchard has been making genre-spanning electronic music that ventures from House, to Ambient, to Drum and Bass. His most recent effort Under The Sun was aptly described by Pitchfork as “deeply atmospheric and richly impressionistic, Under the Sun is an easy album to disappear into.” The album feels like science fiction journey with moments of wonder and mystery.
The music video for “Beautiful People” is a perfect manifestation of this feeling. The song features TFIB favorite Thom Yorke, both vocally and as a transcendent robotic spirit wandering a seemingly deflate landscape. Director Michal Marczak has truly encapsulated the feeling of the album into six minutes of visual narrative.
David Bowie enjoys giving presents on his birthday. Today he turns 69, and much like his 66th birthday, he’s released a new album titled Blackstar. Overall I enjoyed the album, especially stand outs like self-titled first track and the album closers “Dollar Days” and “I Can’t Give Everything Away”. You can listen to the full album in the player below.
Radiohead dropped a mighty Christmas present on the world yesterday, an unused song from the most recent James Bond film, Spectre. I think it’s crazy that they would have used a Sam Smith track over Radiohead though I’m a bit biased. Here’s the official message from the band:
Last year we were asked to write a theme tune for the Bond movie Spectre.
Yes we were. It didn’t work out, but became something of our own, which we love very much.
As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it.
Merry Christmas. May the force be with you.
Below I’ve posted a Soundcloud version of the track (which also allows you to download the song for free) as well as a mashup of the song with the title sequence of Spectre which it was intended for.
With my crazy work schedule I don’t tend to find new music, but thankfully I have Kyle to introduce me to the best that’s out there. Recently he turned me on to Saffron, a New York based musician who has a couple of great EPs out, both of which you can listen to on Soundcloud. I’m pretty horrible at describing music so here’s how his label 1080p describes his sound.
Saffron’s hybridized genre builds include trip-hop, moody downtempo, sturdy walking-paced house and crunchy IDM with low key cinematics drifting throughout. A multitude of textures protrude from a general coating of slick motion and moods that hover above meticulous bass grooves and piano lines, blending an undisguised sense of proficiency and surface-obsessed sensibilities with sincere and overtly “soulful” tones.
In layperson terms it means he blends quite a lot of genres into one experimental, electronic sound. I find his music amazing to work to, it keeps my mind active and creative. Of all the tracks on this EP my personal favorite is “Rampwalk” which I’ve been playing on repeat a lot.