A “match made in heaven” is not just a silly cliché exclusively for fairytales, as Timothy Heller and Jared Ryan Maldonado prove. Joining together in 2012 to form the band Dresses, this duo from Portland, Oregon has the sweetest pair of vocals around. Both artists have very light and calming voices, never missing a high note making them an absolute joy. Dresses’ latest EP Sun Shy dropped July 23rd, just in time to take the edge off those back to school blues and remind us how beautiful the end of summer can be.
After I got over how freakin’ clever the title “Sun Shy” is, I took a listen to the track of the same name. I was not really sure what to expect but less than 2 seconds into the song, Maldonado enters with some pretty smooth vocals. The amazing thing is, because of their minimal instrumentation, his voice shines through clearly. Next came Heller’s part, light and carefree, hitting the high notes easily and unrestrained, drawing comparisons to Ellie Goulding. The transition between each member’s vocals is so flawless in every song, making it a soft and gentle listening experience.
Including “Sun Shy,” there are 9 tracks on this lovely EP that range from quick and poppy to leisurely and calming, each of which will bring a smile to your face. These songs are a perfect addition to anyone’s music library so go find your favorite Dresses song.
Start with listening to the track “Sun Shy” here:
And then head over to iTunes to check of the rest. Happy listening.
Young Wonder’s EP Show Your Teeth released on May 6th, has been the object of my aural obsession for the last two weeks. In particular, two of the tracks have been on repeat–“Time” feat. Sacred Animals (another artist that I love) and “To You.”
First, let me ask you–how often do you fully experience music? Not just listen, but find the music so visceral that you feel it pulsating? Young Wonder has the magical ability to sync all of the senses and envelop you in the beats and sweeping melody. It’s a sensory experience. (more…)
I’ve lately been a fan of Summer Camp, touting recent singles “I Want You” and “Better Off Without You” from their full-length from last fall Welcome to Condale. They have an EP coming out on July 10th in North America called Always on Apricot Recording Company/ Moshi Moshi Records.
The first track on the EP and the first single “Life” is sexy, but “Always” is uninspired and leaves me feeling flat. I’m not sure either really live up to the potential of Welcome to Condale, but maybe they need to grow on me. What do you think?
Always EP – tracklisting
1. Life – Listen on SoundCloud
I love how sweet and charming this song is. A great tribute to some of the great singing couple/duos – Emmylou Harris & Gram Parsons and June Carter Cash & Johnny Cash. Who would have thought that a Swedish duo would be making some of the best Americana today?
My love for indie pop guy/girl duets runs deep. I can’t say that Austin’s Wild Child is the most original, but they’re charming, catchy, and adorable. They have a Slow Club vibe in the sense that the melody is happy, but the tone is sad. Their video here “Pillow Talk” depicts a sweet, dream-like work a la Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
This is the title track from their debut album released last October on Major Nation Records. Not sure why their just starting to surface, but I’m curious to see what else this band brings and if they can continue to charm!
Brit guy/girl duo Big Deal’s debut album Lights Out was released on September 5th in the UK but likely won’t be around in the U.S. until some time next year. Until then, I’ll be scouring the interwebs for more tidbits from this band because it’s bound to be my new favorite.
Slow Club’s debut album Yeah, So is one of my top five favorite albums of 2010. The follow-up Paradise had a lot to prove. This album isn’t claiming to bring you to a “state of bliss,” as the name might suggest, but conjures mixed feelings about themes of love, loss, heartbreak, and occasionally sex.
“I think we both wanted to move away from our obsessions on the first album, and look more at our families, and how the loss of someone you love can affect you,” says co-songwriter and guitarist Charles Watson, before adding: “but we do still end up coming back to love and heartbreak, we can’t help it.”
“So, death and shagging pretty much sum this album up,” says Rebecca Taylor, the duo’s other half. “Yeah,” agrees Charles sardonically, “cocks, fannies and death. That’s our thing.”
If your as big of a fan of this British folk pop duo as I am, you’ll be thrilled to hear that on Turntable.fm Tomorrow at 11 am PST they will be debuting tracks from their upcoming album Paradise (Moshi Moshi Records) in the Paste Magazine Room. Their debut full-length Yeah, So came out in March of last year and was easily one of my top favorite records of the year. With a sweet sense of folky nostalgia, gorgeous guy/girl harmonies, and bittersweet lyrics, Yeah, So is completely captivating. Paradise will be out on September 13th so here’s to hoping that Slow Club’s sophomore release will continue my love affair. See you on turntable.fm tomorrow!
As of tomorrow, the single from the record “Two Cousins” (video below) will be available to buy on iTunes.
Energy. There is no other way to describe every vibrant moment of this duo’s heartfelt and boisterous performance. From effortlessly leaping atop the drum set, sticks in the air, to running down the center of the crowd throwing balloons, Kim was a grinning ball of vivacity. As the sun set behind the crowd, the pair marveled at the ever amazing view of the Gorge, and the infectious happiness spread from the couple out into the crowd. When the song “Daylight” started playing the masses erupted into a sea of jumping bodies, while colorful balloons bounced atop the crowd in the glowing light. The melodies light-hearted, the dancing abundant, the scene surreal, it was a perfect way to end the afternoon.