A Quick Word from the Authors:
With an overwhelming amount of album releases slated for the upcoming two months, major releases are on the way from acclaimed artists including The Black Keys with Turn Blue (May 13th), Todd Terje with It's Album Time (April 8th), tUnE-yArDs with Nikki Nack (May 5th) and Damon Albarn with his first real solo studio album Everyday Robots (April 28th). Including dozens of other albums that have been announced for the same time-frame, we will all soon have new music that will keep our free time occupied. Additionally, if there is anything out currently that you are planning on picking up, Record Store Day (April 19th) is just around the corner, giving us all an excuse to get out there and support our favorite artists with physical copies of their music.
With so many things to look forward to let's pace ourselves, take a step back and look at the musical landscape of this past week. After releasing a full-on cover of The Dark Side of the Moon in 2009, The Flaming Lips have released a companion album to the Pink Floyd classic–the album is intended to be played at the exact same time as the original Dark Side (listen via SoundCloud here). Announcing that he has a new album coming out on June 10th entitled Lazaretto, Jack White released the first preview off of his follow up to 2012's Blunderbuss with the instrumental track "High Ball Stepper" (Listen here via YouTube). Lastly, Twitter and Billboard have come together announcing that in the coming weeks we can visit Billboard to see real-time charts of what music Twitter users are discussing at the moment (full article on Billboard here).
– Aaron Thomas & Anna Murphy
The Bees Knees
The Pasture: Tom Misch & Carmody – "Release You"
The Kindle: CHVRCHES – "The Mother We Share" (Vanic Remix)
The Tryptophan: Pomo – "Aerobix"
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- The Pasture Less is more — slow-churned nights need a soundtrack too, and relaxation is underrated.
- The Kindle represents a peak of accessibility where the masses will be drawn to the raw energy exposed throughout.
- Lastly, in The Tryptophan indie gets plugged. What ups the ante more than experimental electronics and synths?
Drawing from hushed textures the intersection between folk and translucent melodies can surprisingly be seamlessly navigated. So kick back, chill out or fall asleep – but be sure to stream the easy-going tracks below for the epitome of mellow. The Highlight comes from Tom Misch & Carmody's soft and flowing track "Release You".