Last weekend I packed two t-shirts, a pair of tennis shoes, and a few extra socks and jumped on a plane bound for Burbank, California for my inaugural weekend at Joshua Tree’s Indian Cove.
PURE SUGARY TWEE POP BEAUTY. 1990s Seattle birthed one of the world’s greatest pop bands, and almost 20 years later they’re still (tully)crafting some of the best stuff out there. Light, fun, undeniably cool, retro and youthful at the same time, LILR may even surpass Disenchanted Hearts Unite as their best yet. Everything is ultra-catchy and pure radio. So I would ask you to politely put down whatever wannabe’s tape is in your hand and spin anything from the true DIY mother of indie pop, please. Don’t lose this is light rotation (ha).
Damn, Bastille rocks! Giving a unique British soul twist on a rather familiar electronic-alt-rock format, frontman Dan Smith and company blow the doors down with a set of songs from their Spring 2013 debut album. k1 became a bit of a hit over the summer, and deservedly so; it’s the best on this release, closely followed by the new track, “Haunt.” Bastille shows impressive production reminiscent of Viva-era Coldplay, but simultaneously showcase raw talent in Mumfordesque harmonies. This EP has everything you want from a British electronic band. It’s got the big sound, the fantastic musicianship, and the catchiness of a great summer album.
Boards of Canada is a legendary Scottish electronic duo. Tomorrow’s Harvest is their long-awaited return, and it does not disappoint. This is an album of brooding, minimal instrumentals of the sort that only this pair seems capable of creating.