—————————— May 26th, 2010 ——————————
(I tried to resize this photo of Rachel Aggs, but Photoshop decided to make this pretty picture instead)
Honestly this sounds like Mux Mool x Debruit x Hudson Mohawke x etc. etc., but it is pretty damn catchy.
(♪) Kyle Hall – You Know What I feel
This one got panned by critics (and by that I mean I read one lukewarm review somewhere and one of my buddies isn’t into it), but it’s been out for a while and I come back to it more than Kaychunk, the A-side from this release. It reminds me that you can get super hard just with midrange, I love the implied vocals (“you know what I feel” over and over in that synth line), and those chord washes are amazing. This one seems like one of those tracks that sounds catchy and simple, but is really deceptively complex.
(♪) Guido – Orchestral Lab
Okay this one is super guilty. I know it’s been floating around for a while, but his album is out now and it is pretty weird. I almost went with one of the stranger numbers, but I couldn’t get over how awesome the horn synths are. Guido might sound like a kid in the ’90s abusing his dad’s Casio, but it works and the melodies are great (if not particularly coherent).
(♪) Trash Kit – Cadets
I don’t usually post pop punk, but after seeing the video for this song a few days ago (via Rouge’s Foam) it keeps floating back through my head. That little guitar riff is so insanely catchy, and the whole song is definitely a lot of fun. Also I now have a major crush on the guitarist/singer Rachel Aggs.