THE LI$T: 4.29.14

Derek Moore

Well hello once again, LI$TNRS. It’s been a long weekend, and I’ve got another one on deck for which I need to finish (and start) planning.

Now that Norman Music Festival is over, I’ll be shifting gears from my role as performer to attendee/press coverage at this coming weekend’s Austin Psych Fest. Don’t get me wrong, attending a different festival two weeks in a row is quite the blessing, but it can sure take it out of you, if you’re doing it right, that is.

That said, here comes my attempt to keep my head above water in the ever-evolving sea of music releases and updates.

  • Twin Shadow’s made a departure in his latest single, and I think you’ll join me in readily welcoming this MASSIVE ‘80s-influenced anthemic power pop/rock sing-along. As one of my friends mentioned to me, it brings thoughts of standing naked under a waterfall while reflecting on all of the accomplishments in your life that brought you to that point.
  • If you’re a frequent LI$T reader, you’ll know I’m a sucker for ‘60s soul throwback. St. Paul & The Broken Bones do the genre justice.
  • You probably remember Kelis from her aggravating mega-single “Milkshake.” Her latest album Food impressively showcases her talent in versatility and actually has quite a few good tracks on it. Check it out; I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
  • “Patterns” by Tourist recalls the same gospel choir backed chorus featured in “Latch” by Disclosure featuring Sam Smith. Given how much I loved that track, this song was a must-share.
  • Teen has come a long way since their initial lo-fi psych rock debut back in 2012, now primarily hanging in the experimental R&B department on their recently released The Way and Color. I particularly enjoyed this album once I got used to the transition in style, so I’d recommend a full listen if you’re looking for something off the beaten track.
  • Finally, Brooklyn-based, falsetto-driven Antlers have a new album, Familiars, set to be released June 17th. This is the first taste they’ve released from the forthcoming album. It’s ambient/epic enough to bring this LI$T to a proper close.

That’s it from me. Given that I’ll be out of town for several of the coming days, I’m afraid I’ll have to take a week off in order to catch back up on what’s fresh. Assuming I make it out of Austin Psych Fest alive, I’ll see you all back here in two weeks.




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