Melody’s Echo Chamber

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This record actually dropped sometime last fall on Fat Possum Records, but it’ so perfect for this time of year, and I’ve been enjoying it so much as of late, I figured I’d share it with you all  just in case there is anyone out there who may not be aware of it yet.

The project and its eponymous LP, which draw their namesake from Parisian chanteuse Melody Prochet, sounds something like a cross between Broadcast and Tame Impala. So it really comes as little surprise that it was in fact produced by Tame Impala master-mind Kevin Paker. The Australian multi-instrumentalist’s hand print is all over this one, from the clattering drum kit to his signature fuzz guitar tone.

With that said, it’s hardly a Parker side project with a guest vocalist. The songs, which were written by Prochet but feature Parker playing many of the instruments, are fully realized pop numbers, that evoke something distinctly European and to this writer nostalgic. Like the great trip-hop and acid jazz of ’90s yore, this music is thick with blunted hazy atmosphere and dubbed affect.

Parker’s creative contribution though, helps to insure this is more than what otherwise may have seemed like a rehashing of DJ Cam or G-Stoned. His weighty mid tempo grooves and penchant for psychedelics and AM Radio ambiance make songs that might otherwise be run of-the-mill bossa nova/down-tempo into something much more strange and enjoyable.

Melody’s Echo Chamber – “I Follow You”

Melody’s Echo Chamber – “Bisou Magique”

Melody’s Echo Chamber – “Quand Vas Tu Rentrer”

“Sometime Alone, Alone”

“Crystalized”

Youth Lagoon – “The Hunt”

Trevor Powers of Youth Lagoon performs a beautiful, stripped-down version of The Hunt for Deer Lodge in the wilderness of Boise, Idaho. The Hunt is off his 2011 album The Year of Hibernation via Fat Possum and was an easy pick for our end of the year “best of” list.

Youth Lagoon – “The Hunt”

A.A. Bondy – Believers

The powerful new LP, Believers, released September 13th via Fat Possum Records finds blues/ folk troubador, A.A. Bondy shifting away from his usual acoustic approach and finds him more band oriented and electric heavy. His poetic, moody songwriting is as strong as ever. He’s contemplative as he lyrically wanders long, dark avenues in and out of the shadows of haunting instrumentation.

Believers was recorded in the spring of 2011 in Glassell Park, Los Angeles, at Mant/Kingsize Studios. Other musicians who collaborated include Ben Lester on drums and pedal steel and Macey Taylor on bass.

Former neighbors, Charles and Anne McTier had this to say of Bondy,  “My wife and I are deaf so I can’t say what his music sounds like.  Seemed nice enough.  He did set fire to his whole back yard once though.”

An employee at Spring Mart, Ray Anne Murphy said this, “The tall thin guy? Oh yeah, he came in here every morning for three weeks, bought the same thing every day – one tube of krazy glue, and a a sausage biscuit.  I couldn’t tell you what he did for money.” 

Download a couple tracks from the new album as well as a few from the previous efforts and watch an in-studio performance below.

From 2011’s Believers

A.A. Bondy – Surfer King 

A.A. Bondy – The Heart Is Willing 

From 2009’s When The Devil’s Loose

A.A. Bondy – When The Devil’s Loose 

A.A. Bondy – Mightiest Of Guns 

From 2007’s American Hearts

A.A. Bondy – There’s A Reason 

Performing Mightiest Of Guns live in-studio for HearYa.com recorded in downtown Chicago at Shirk Music+Sound on November 21st 2009.

Purity Ring Split 7″ w/ BRAIDS

Purity Ring and BRAIDS have announced a split 7″ to be released October 10th via Fat Possum. We’ve mentioned Purity Ring a couple times now and they continue to be a favorite. You can check out the previous post and grab their last 7″ if you missed it the first time around here.

BRAIDS are a Montreal based four piece who released their debut LP, Native Speaker, January 18th via Flemish Eye Records. Raphaelle Standell-Preston’s voice carries the band through it’s textured, electronic wanderings with effortless abandon.

On the A side is Purity Ring’s beat heavy, electro/pop track, Belispeak. On the flip is BRAIDS’ electro/layered noise sketch of beautiful madness, Peach Wedding.

BRAIDS – Peach Wedding 

Purity Ring – Belispeak

A few tracks off BRAIDS’ 2010 LP Native Speaker

BRAIDS – Lemonade

BRAIDS – Plath Heart

BRAIDS – Lemonade (Green Go remix)

 

BRAIDS video for Plath Heart directed by Blair Neal

 

BRAIDS video for Lammicken directed by Mark Webber

Youth Lagoon – “Montana”

I posted the first two singles off Youth Lagoon’s forthcoming record, The Year In Hibernation , last month and at the time things were kinda up in the air for the young artist. He wasn’t signed to a record label and had postponed the release indefinitely. Well It’s official, he has since signed to Fat Possum Records and is prepping his debut set to drop September 27th. Here’s a download for the lead track Montana. Up until now it’s only been on soundcloud. It’s a slow builder that begs introspection.

22 year old Trevor Powers is Youth Lagoon. Here’s a little inside look from Trevor on his music.

“For my whole life I’ve dealt with extreme anxiety. Not anxiety about passing a test or somewhat normal things, but weird.. bizarre things. Things that only I know. I sometimes feel like I’m literally being eaten up inside. So I started writing these songs. Not just songs about my anxiety, but about my past and my present. Songs about memories, and all those feelings that those bring. I know that if I can be honest about what is inside my mind, there will be others that will be able to relate to it.”

 

Youth Lagoon – “Montana” 

peviously:

Youth Lagoon – “Cannons”

Youth Lagoon – “July”