Five at 5 signs off for the week with the Editor’s picks. Tune in.
The Indiecision Five at 5 is our attempt at sharing our musical tastes with you, and showcasing music from around the world. Each weekday at 5pm sharp, one NH7 writer or staffer will bring you five songs he/she is listening to on the day. Flight Commander Arjun S Ravi spins his five today. Check it.
1. Flume – ‘Sleepless’
I listen to Triple J, the Australian radio station, while I drive and discovered this young Aussie producer (he’s only 21, fuck, I feel old) when his excellent self-titled album dropped late last year and was album of the week on the station. ‘Sleepless’ is one of the highlights of the album and does well to showcase the lush soundscape he creates with chopped/chipmunked vocal samples, pads and sparse synth lines. Sure, he’s an oldie compared to the likes of Madeon, but there’s more to this kid than just an obsession with plugins.
2. Clubfeet – ‘Everything You Wanted’
Aussie synth-pop act Clubfeet create the kind of groovy club music that takes liberally from the M83 school of indie dance. ‘Everything You Wanted’ comes from their sophomore studio album Heirs and Graces and represents just the kind of youthful optimism your post-winter-pre-summer ind(i)ecision could do with a healthy dose of. Plus, it has a pretty great video.
3. City Calm Down – ‘Pleasure and Consequence’
It’s almost too easy to pinpoint the ’80s new wave/post-punk influences of young quartet City Calm Down. The band put out a lovely EP titled Movementslate last year that was chock full with pulsing basslines and haunting vocals. You’ll know whether you love or hate ‘Pleasure and Consequence’ within the first 30 seconds of the track depending on how far you’ve moved on from New Order.
4. Local Natives – ‘You And I’
Local Natives’ debut album Gorilla Manor was one of my favorite releases of 2010. The LA band’s sound has its roots in the Brooklyn art-school appropriation of genres like Afropop and psych-folk, but let that not steer you away from the inventiveness of this now quartet. And while Bryce and Aaron Dessner of The National were involved in the songwriting and production of their new record Hummingbird, don’t expect that to colour the rich arrangements that the Natives produce. ‘You And I’ is the album opener and the tempo segue of its chorus reels you in to the overarching emotive with the same ease as a receding tide on a rainy beach. You’re bound to listen to the whole record after a tow like that.
5. Seth Sentry – ‘Dear Science’
I’m always looking for house party music. A few years ago, the best house parties I’d go to were the kind where hip, indie music and board games came together in a blur of various inebriants. I was always the dude in the corner, manning the iPod, creating DJ sets out of whatever the cool kids had on their devices. A house party of that kind is a delicate thing. Throw in the wrong song at the right time and bam, you’re the chut who ruined it for everyone. I’d drop ‘Dear Science’ in just after a big Jenga fall.
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