From Down Under; Tame Impala

Tame Impala

Now, I’m pretty confident that many of you already know very well or at least have heard of Tame Impala. With smash hits like “Elephant” and “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards,” Tame Impala has already made the rounds on mainstream radio. The band’s debut album Innerspeaker was released in May of 2010 followed by the Grammy-nominated Lonerism dropping in March of 2012. What some of you may not know is that the band is releasing a long-awaited, new album in July. Frontman Kevin Parker said this before the band began to record in 2014,”I’m gonna try to make it a bit more minimal this time; only use what’s needed … instead of a supreme pizza, where you just throw everything on” (http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/musicnews/s4007560.htm). Jay Watson (Synth and backing vocals) said,”[It’s] probably gonna be less rock again and more electronic again, even more than the last one”(http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/news/41247/Tame-Impala-will-be-less-rock-and-more-electronic-on-next-album). Four singles from the forthcoming Currents have already been released. When the lead single “Let It Happen” was released, many were surprised (pleasantly) by the direction that the band had taken. The now even more synth reliant sound was an instant hit (in my book as well). I’ve been listening non-stop to “‘Cause I’m A Man” and the very recently released “Eventually” hoping that the July release date will come sooner so my vinyl preorder can show up. Below you’ll find the four singles off the forthcoming Currents to check out and hopefully fall in love with.

For all you concert goers out there, Tame Impala will be in town playing at The Depot in SLC on May 29th. I plan on being there and hope I will see you there.

http://www.tameimpala.com

//T

The Antlers, Melancholy At Its Finest

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If melancholy had a sound, it would be The Antlers. Originally the lo-fi folk solo project of leadman Peter Silberman, this band has evolved into its current three piece post-rock outfit. Shortly after Silberman moved to Brooklyn in 2006 he started his solo bedroom recorded project and released a nine track album titled Uprooted. Shortly after, he released an album titled In The Attic Of The Universe and two EP’s. These EP’s featured the well known indie artist Sharon Van Etten and shortly after Michael Lerner and Darby Cicci officially joined to create the current band. In 2009, The Antlers released their first album, Hospice, as a full band. Silberman has said of this album “Hospice came from the idea of caring for a terminal patient who’s mentally abusive to you. You don’t have the right to argue with them, either, because they’re the one who’s dying here; they’re the one that’s been dealt a wrong hand. So you take it, but you can only take so much. Eventually, you realize that this person is just destroying you.” Following the success of this album, the band released two more albums, Burst Apart (2011) and Familiars (2014).

I’ve posted a few of my favorites of theirs below that I feel show the amazing range of talent this band has. My personal favorite is “The Kettering” which shows a more mellow side of the band. So give em a listen and let me know what you think.

// M

http://www.antlersmusic.com

We All Have Other Lives

Other Lives

By way of Stillwater, Oklahoma comes Indie Rock band Other Lives. Originally formed in 2004, the band took on the name Other Lives in 2006. They moved themselves to Los Angeles to record their self-titled debut album,  produced by Joey Waronker (of Atoms for Peace fame) in 2009. Soon after, Other Lives began writing and recording their very well received sophomore album Tamer Animals. The album dropped in may of 2011. Other Lives didn’t release another studio album until May 2015. That album, Rituals, is where I’d like to focus my attention in this post. I honestly wasn’t sure if I could like something of theirs more than I liked Tamer Animals, but I must say that Rituals is one of the most beautifully composed albums I own. Tracks like “Reconfiguration” and “2 Pyramids” really draw you in, but it’s “Easy Way Out”, with its slow, dark and  The National-esque vibe that got me addicted to this album. Since it’s release date only five days ago, I’ve played the album all the way through around 15 times. It’s perfect. Give it a listen. And while you are at it, give the rest of their releases a look-see as well.

Other Lives, who has toured and played with great bands including The Rosebuds, Bon Iver and the legendary Radiohead (not to mention an appearance at the famed Coachella Festival), will be in town on June 18th playing the Ogden edition of the Twilight Concert Series with local sensation The Moth & The Flame. I highly suggest you be in attendance.

http://www.otherlives.com

//T

Grab Your Surfboard, It’s Alvvays!

The Print is back! We’re sorry we’ve disappeared for so long, but we promise we’re back for the long run. We’ve redesigned the site and we hope you like it. Let’s get right to it!

Today’s post is featuring the Indie Pop band AlvvaysFormed in 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, this band has quickly made themselves known to the music scene, rising to #1 on the US College Charts. Although from Canada, Alvvays has a very west-coast “surf” inspired sound, think Best Coast or Surfer Blood. The band comprises of Molly Rankin, Kerri MacLellan, Alec O’Hanley, Brian Murphy and Phil MacIsaac. Alvvays has toured with Indie big hitters, Peter Bjorn & John and The Pains Of Being Pure of Heart. If you’re looking for your new summer song, look no further..  Let us know what you think!

Band: alvvays.com

Merch: alvvays.com/store

// M