Teen Daze – “Garden 2”

It’s taken me a few days to finally get to this one, but Teen Daze released a brand new track via his Soundcloud page.  It’s set to be on his new album The Inner Mansions.  You can pre-order right here.

It seems like Teen Daze is channeling his inner Sigur Ros on the “Garden 2,” and I think that is a great thing.  I’m not so sure there can be too much beautiful, atmospheric music in the world, so hats off to Teen Daze for accomplishing it in such a dramatic fashion.  I love the soft background vocals on the beginnings of the track, and Teen Daze proves he can do more than produce with his own vocals featured on the track.

“Garden 2” floats on for 6 minutes and 43 seconds of relaxed, bliss.  While it’s not something that I would necessarily jam out to in my car or during a run but, it’s perfect background music for some relaxation at the end of a long day.  This is certainly a long way from the chill wave genre, but Teen Daze proves his talent by tackling more than one genre.  Something that helps him stand out from many of his electronic peers.

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Abel – “Fire Walk With Me”

I’ve been hearing this track for the last couple months on the radio, and I totally dug it.  I never took the time trying to figure out who it was, until today.  Duh, it’s Abel, and it’s their new track entitled “Fire Walk With Me”.  I can’t believe it has taken me literally two months to figure that out.  Especially since I loved Abel’s last album Lesser Men.

Well, bonehead move aside, Abel is coming out with a brand new album.  It’s due out this Tuesday, September 18th, and it’s called Make It Right.  You can pick it up here on their Bandcamp page for only four bucks.  You even get immediate download of “Fire Walk With Me” and “Daughter” if you pre-order before the release date.

The first single off the album “Fire Walk With Me” is a doozy.  Featuring some chanting during the intro as the band sings, “The Devil wants to drag my soul down to the lake of fire.”  This is definitely an epic sounding track, but with the signature Abel sound.  The track  has some great lead guitar riffs in between verses, and the band continues to use the opposition of loud vs. quiet to help build momentum.  The band sounds a little more focused though, and almost a little bit darker.  As a whole, it seems like the band has really grown since their last release.

Lyrically, this is a very poignant song.  Focusing on doubt, self-reliance, and hypocrisy.  In the end, we are all in a battle whether we know it or not.  “It’s just years of this battle’s been pulling me into the flame.

I can’t wait until the new album comes out! Also, you can download the track right here.

Mmoths – “Over You”

I was looking through some Soundcloud pages today, as I kept coming across the name Mmoths. I finally decided I had to check out who this Mmoths guy was, and I am definitely glad I did.

Residing in the UK, Mmoths is an up and coming young producer, much in the same vein as Koreless.  Making simple, yet memorable electronic music.

Less is definitely more with the newest track he has loaded on his Soundcloud page.  Featuring only a few layers, “Over You,” really showcases Mmoths’ Ableton skills.  The track has a great feel to it, and has you hooked within the first 30 seconds.  With a great melody played on some 80’s sounding synths, and the kick drum coming in and out through the entire song, the build has you anticipating every move on the track.

The track is also going to be featured on an Annie Mac 2012 Compilation.  Way to go Mmoths, keep making rad music!

Perfect track for this laid back Friday night.

Deas Vail – “The Things You Were (Campbell’s Dubstep Remix)

Today as I was trolling through Soundcloud, I came across a remix of “The Things You Were” by Deas Vail off their Birds & Cages album.  I have to say I was intrigued by the fact that it was titled as a Dubstep Remix, so I had to give it a listen.

Done by a producer named Campbell Jensen, from Auckland, New Zealand, the remix truly takes the best part of “The Things You Were.”  Specifically that little guitar run that you just can’t get enough of when you listen to the original song.  Jensen really takes it up a notch though by adding some nice break beat to it, and really making the track groove.  It almost sounds more focused than the original without the extra bit of the song that almost sounds out of place.

By the time Jensen drops the vocals, the song really takes off to another place.  Taking the beauty of the song, without focusing too much on any sort of drop or anything that would seem awkward.  Just enough wobble to make your head bob.

Campbell Jensen, I have no clue who you are, but thanks for a great remix of a great song!

Neo Safari – “Coastal Cruise”

After coming back from a Texas wedding over the weekend, and coming across a track from the Dallas chillwavers, Neo Safari, I just had to blog about them.  I guess I’ve got a bit of a Texas theme going.

The track “Coastal Cruise” by Neo Safari is a fun track, and a great stand out off their self-titled EP that you can download here.  It seems like the perfect ending to summer as September has officially hit, and any day Fall will start appearing.  With it’s super laid back vibe, it’s hard not sit back and remember the great past summer that was.  Check it out, and enjoy!