Daniel + Horrors + Braxton + Discovery
Long time ISO50 blog reader, ex. Judah Johnson frontman, and adding some soul and romance to electronic music is Daniel Johnson with his debut LP Lazrus. When i’ve played the record to friends some people said the album sounded like TV on the Radio, Jamie Lidell, Thom Yorke, Deastro and even Hot Chip at times but to be honest I think of it as its own animal. The record came to me during a time that I wasn’t listening to anything like it, I don’t have much soul/R+B in my collection of music and probably never will but this LP has hints of those elements and then some that help me effortlessly engage by Daniel’s additions of detail to an almost actual true pop electronic album.
If there was a most improved band award it would go to The Horrors, I remember being drawn into their myspace by seeing that Chris Cunningham did a video for them but the music didn’t grab me like it does now. Sean Lynch (from 800beloved) and I drove around a few weeks ago when I was in Michigan and it was around 4 am and this song came on I was really enjoying it and then Sean whispered something about how insane it is to put out a 8 minute single for an album today and I remember just chuckling and asking myself if this song is really going to go on for 8 mins but soon enough I didn’t want it to end. Also, do yourself a favor if its your first listen and just watch the video.
Went to the Warp offices the other day and met with Zach who helps hold it down here in the States, he recommended this Tyondai Braxton LP who impresses me on another level when I see him live playing guitar for Battles. I can this song hitting Top 40 local rock radio at times with a radio edit, reminds me if you stripped down a good Deftones song.
I keep hearing about XL’s new signing Discovery since its 2 guys from Ra Ra Riot and Vampire Weekend, after the first listen I would of never guessed that or even came close to that it was members from either. I listened to 2 free songs which you can find if you search for them in the blog world but after going on iTunes I found that I think this Osaka Loop Line song might be a favorite.
Daniel – Heart Of A Dog[audio:heartdog.mp3]
The Horrors – Sea Within A Sea[audio:horror.mp3]
Tyondai Braxton – J. City[audio:jcity.mp3]
Discovery – Osaka Loop Line[audio:loopline.mp3]
The Horrors – Sea Within A Sea Video
9 Comments Leave A Comment
Zach Burson says:July 21, 2009 at 1:58 pm
I love Vampire Weekend and I’m not surprised they could come up with something so melodic. They’re amazing and this song blows me away. I love the flexibility of these bands. Great new sound, I like the progress. Hopefully Vampire Weekend comes out with their new album soon and I’d also like to see more from this project.
Alex / HeadUp says:July 21, 2009 at 1:59 pm
Hell yeah Deftones! This Braxton song is real nice, sounds like Steph Carpenter guitar tuning for sure!
De says:July 21, 2009 at 3:28 pm
That vid is amazing.
ShoXx says:July 21, 2009 at 3:41 pm
Discovery – Osaka Loop Line is sick! Crystal Castles influence much?
The MP3: http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?i5mwmn2b2i5
RA_OUL says:July 21, 2009 at 4:08 pm
All for the these songs are bad ass! I am super excited to go check these bands out. I especially like the Osaka Loop Line by Discovery those sounds are awesome…especially @ 2:03 when the beat slows down. I really dig the Sea Within a Sea song and Video…the screen movement is real psycadelic and the colors are nice. Nothing cliche about this video.
awebb says:July 21, 2009 at 4:37 pm
the horrors track is sick as well. also with a strong gary numan influence.
effixx says:July 22, 2009 at 10:28 pm
Way Way Way cool on giving props to deftones.
effixx says:July 22, 2009 at 10:29 pm
Also, the vocals on the braxton track remind me of bob mould.
Bas says:July 24, 2009 at 6:05 am
I was on Dour Festival last week, where The Horrors played. Sadly I didn’t know them then.