Continuing last year’s Valentine’s Day Choose Your Own Emotional Adventure, here’s BoxSpeaker’s soundtrack for whatever your Valentine’s Day feels are:
You Go through the Motions of Modern Love:
“Pop Heart” by HEARTSREVOLUTION
And you get romantic feelings about someone
“You’re the Best” by Wet
You Feel Like Getting It On
“Brains” by Banks
“Girls” by Rainer
“Live For/From Time mash-up (Drake, The Weeknd)” by Noosa
But Maybe It’s More Complicated Than You Thought
“Brains” by Banks
Then there are the situations where….
You were together but now it’s just obvious that it’s over and you really… you don’t know what you two ever were but to be honest you wish you could still just be together – baby please come back!
“Do I Wanna Know” by Artic Monkeys (covered by CHVRCHES)
You start replaying everything
“One by One” by the Napoleons (featuring Lily Pejon) – acoustic version
And you have to face the realization that this is “all it’s going to be”
“Dots on Maps” by Say Hi (To Your Mom)
(This is definitely the time when you just chainsmoke and pretend you weren’t just crying. Because god… Those green eyes that would look into yours and all you could think is that you never wanted to look away.)
Or maybe it’s over and you can’t stop thinking that “Of all the things I had to say, I should have said stay”:
“We Will Meet Again” by Hunter as as Horse
But then you come to your senses and realize – fuck. that. shit.:
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, DOLLS has released her music video for “LTD LTD.”
The video has a minimalist monochromatic color scheme contrasted by the kaleidoscope effect – similar to that of the “Synthetica” music video by Metric but with an eerie feel. At times resembling a Rorschach test, the minimalist style leads viewers and listeners completely to their own interpretations – imagining and building even more to the song itself.
Much like the video, “LTD LTD” begins with a minimalist beat and Nikki Awesome’s Kylie Minogue-style electropop vocals then builds from there to a sultry but playful track.
The video perfectly captures the mystery and suspense of romance – with the dark setting and shadow-like visuals – depicting the confusing but exhilarating emotions of love.
Sidenote: If you’ve got someone who makes your heart beat like “LTD LTD,” send that person one of DOLLS’s Valentine’s Day cards.
Finally coming out of hibernation to announce that HEARTSREVOLUTION is releasing their single “Kiss” next week just in time for Valentine’s Day and their debut album “Ride or Die” on April 15!
The dance punk band combines shrill but playful vocals with a fun punk-inspired beat and lyrics rife with social commentary – like the breakdown of romance through technological advances in communication via “Pop Heart.”
Just in time for the Holidays, Mr. Little Jeans released “Dear Santa” – a 1950s style Christmas track.
The cheery-sounding track has the twist of Mr. Little Jeans lamenting how amid all the festivities “on Christmas day, I’ll be the loneliest girl” due to a long-distance relationship (“A kiss on the phone won’t make up for being alone”). Reminds me of Figurine’s “IMpossible” and the line “These instant message conversations are filled with empty explanations. 12-point text cannot replace five minutes with you face-to-fact…”
New release of the day: The video for “Sea Otter Cottage” by Kramies (featuring Jason Lytle).
Colorado-based Kramies stands on the shoulders of indie rock giants Guided by Voices and Grandady, with tracks like “Sea Otter Cottage” that mixes a beginning of eerie synths with 2007-indie-esque dragged out strums and a slow march of piano notes and percussions that build up. The type of sad song Sofia Coppola would use if she and Wes Anderson collaborated on a dark drama with grey washed out skies.
“Stone Fox” by Hunter as a Horse is a trip through music history – a mix of Moon Pix era Cat Power vocals with nu-disco synths at the 1:26 mark, fun roller disco style of variety of instruments (metal tin beats?) and percussions, then moves to a dream pop style overture and breathy vocals at the 2:43, finishing off with library cosmic synths at the 3:26 mark that then slows down to a more typical dream pop. Finally finishing off at 5:17 with dark wave synths building on top of the dream pop breathy vocals.
Rilo Kiley alum Blake Sennett started a new band last year – Night Terrors of 1927. Today, they released their EP “Guilty Pleas” in a self-categorized “Dark Pop” genre.
“Fall into You”
Possibly the “dark” and sad counterpart to dream pop, Night Terrors of 1927 has a definite dark wave feel, especially with the beginning loops of “Fall into You.” However, the “pop” aspect of “dark pop,” fits in with tracks such as “Dust and Bone,” which has a happier, electropop sound – particularly at the 0:22 mark – almost a CHVRCHES “oohhh ohhh ahh ahhh” vocals-turned-to-electrobeats effect. While depressing in terms of lyrics, the crescendo of choir “ohh ohhh ahhh ohh” vocalizations and the female harmonizing of the ending chorus in “Dust and Bone” builds it into a more hopeful sounding track – like a dark Polyphonic Spree.
“Dust and Bone”
You can buy the EP on iTunes: http://atlr.ec/1iS1WkK
This post is about a year late, but it still needs to get out to feature one of BoxSpeaker’s favorite dream pop acts – Tea Leigh:
Some tracks such as “Color Theory” (above) and “Do You Sleep” are epitomic of dream pop – with their beachy Fender Telecaster riffs and breathy vocals.
Then there are songs like “Rushing In” that fall in what Tea Leigh coins “dream folk” – the same vocals but without the breathy sustained effects (like The Knife without the electrobeats) and with an acoustic guitar instead of the Telecaster.
The Knocks remixed “Girls” by The 1975! Check it out: