They are a bit over 20 years old, but this Valencian quintet evokes the dark synth pop of the 1980s “new wave”, the exact starting point of Valencian scene that would put the Mediterranean coast on the map of avant-garde pop and international club culture, before paellas in car parks and all the other clichés from the bakalao route. La Plata take that baggage in Diego Escriche’s songs, increase the revolutions and crush it with intense guitars not unlike those of Triángulo de Amor Bizarro, with whom they share the producer Carlos Hernández, who worked with them on their EP Un atasco (2017) and debut LP Desorden(2018). Teenage angst from twenty years ago with one of the sensations of the season’s peninsular indie pop.
Formed in 2010, Turnstile quickly became the most visible band in hardcore, seemingly without trying to be. The group’s groove-heavy take on New York hardcore saw the band routinely compared to 311, the kind of backhanded endorsement that could have derailed them but, instead, vocalist Brendan Yates kind of leaned into it,
Since the release of Turnstile’s debut, Nonstop Feeling, the Baltimore group toured for months on end both in the hardcore scene. Their latest musical statement, Time & Space, speaks to their expanding audience in ways that are primarily infectious.
Dunedin-based four piece Mild Orange have dropped their debut full length record Foreplay. The collection is chock full of mid-paced, optimistic but introspective guitar-driven tunes such as standout tunes ‘Stranger‘ and ‘Some Feeling’, the latter of which features excellently smooth spoken words from guest artist Bena Simanu. According to the band from New Zealand they created ‘melting melodies.’
A Beacon School is the first solo effort from Brooklyn-based Patrick J. Smith, a composer who’s played in Perfect Strangers, BLUFFING, and Fiasco. His debut LP Cola is out March 23 on Grind Select. On “Algernon,” premiering on The FADER today, Smith adds layers of soothing guitars and vocals with ease, reaching a build-up that feels natural, without ever fully peaking.
The grass still hasn’t grown back around the stages where Odd Future used to play. Among that wild gang one voice stood out from the rest: Tyler, The Creator was the most menacing, the most magnetic and the most promising of the OFWGKTA collective. A few years later, that promising, magnetic and dangerous artist is a reality. Tyler Gregory Okonma barks and bites like no other MC, and here we are not only speaking about the Odd Future gang. In each and every one of his verses he lights a fuse that explodes in the final rhyme. In these times in which hyper-connection ends up condemning us to non-communication, fury, angst, indignation and the truth will be rapped by Tyler, The Creator or it won’t be.
Irish duo, brothers Harry and Alfie, released their long awaited debut album “Singing for Strangers” in 2015. The multi-instrumentalists had honed their craft busking on the streets of their hometown of Dublin as well as all over Europe and in fact gained the albums name from their love of entertaining anyone who would stop and listen. Millions of people did stop by and look at their YouTube videos and there were already several well-loved songs on the album by the time it was released. Produced by the band and long-term collaborator Iain Archer with help from Mike Einziger and Danton Supple in London, LA and Eastbourne the record features hit songs “Chasing Rubies”, “Battles” and “Weapons”.
Tune-Yards is the music project of New England native Merrill Garbus. Ingenious and irresistible, Tune-Yards new album I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life bursts like fireworks, flirts with the dancefloor and blends pop, hip-hop, soul, folk, rock, 80’s house, African and Caribbean music in a manically infectious way that only Tune-Yards can.