I absolutely don’t like his voice bare, like that. I have the same problem with other artists too, that make very atmospheric music, and then the human voice destroys all that atmosphere because it’s not processed the same way the music, so it “gets on top” of the whole listening thing. I’m personally not interesting in the human voice being the central point of the music, which is why I love music where the voice blends with the music, e.g. the old Washed Out, John Maus, the old How To Dress Well. This is just plain pop in my ears. Sure, the actual music behind is two orders of magnitude more interesting than plain pop, but the singing voice, it’s just plain R&B/pop. It’s pushing me out of the whole atmosphere.
I didn’t like where they were going in the last few years (more banal pop), but THIS is good! Well done!
Chillwave never died. This is beautiful, and it was great seeing Tycho composing in less abstract terms, but with actual hooks.
I don’t like this music video. It’s just like their previous one, only worse (less mystery/dark atmosphere). This track deserved a new idea, something interesting and intriguing. Instead, this feels like the odd cousin of the previous music video.
I love Austra’s music (I always go see them live when in the Bay Area), but I think their videos leave a lot to be desired. They could take some cues from the darker tones on videos by The Soft Moon and Forest Sword. In terms of editing and especially camera framing, this video could be a lot better IMHO.
Fully agree. “Of Moons, Birds & Monsters” was the best song on the first album too. If MGMT want to make music that people want to hear, they need to stop being making boring music (you can only hear that guy sing, and sing, and sing, etc, there’s no actual melody or interesting twist and turns anywhere).
Thumbs up! It also has a bit of Duran Duran (the Nick Rhodes influence) in there too. Overall, great new single!
I got to know Emily Reo via this legally free compilation http://getoffthecoast.blogspot.com/2010/04/eskimo-tco.html Back then at the height of chillwave, she delivered an amazing, drowsy atmosphere. I hope her new album has similar highs.
“as close as Lopatin has ever gotten to anything resembling traditional song structure”
It’s actually that quality of OPN that was the most precious to me. The fact that he broke the rules, and yet, his music made some weird sense, just like a modern Chopin would. I see no progress/value in OPN doing “traditionally-structured songs”. The specific track was so-so for me. It lacked the emotional highs, it felt too cold to me. It also felt like “I want to sound like Jean-Michel Jarre”, while his older tracks were more like “breakthrough, fresh experimental electronic”. A small distinction for some, but an important one to me. I hope the rest of the tracks in the new album offer more of an atmosphere. For example, when I hear “Replica” or “Power of Persuasion”, I’m immediately getting transported to a rainy New York. Everything kind of look ’80s (like in the Hills Street Blues TV series look, but as if set in NY), slow motion, while I observe the various happenings in the misty streets. It has such a synesthetic effect to me, it creates a whole world in my mind, it’s a trip. This new song it creates no new images to me, apart from making me feel like an emotionless robot. I guess, there might be value to that too, but I personally prefer some sensationalism.
I love Austra! Can’t wait for the new album!
I think “Warner Bros” has something to do with it.
This is simply amazing!
No wonder he’s sick. If he doesn’t eat at least fish and shellfish (particularly oysters), then he has compromised his health in a number of ways. And it’s not just B12 I’m talking about, but a whole host of nutrients that the body needs to operate properly, that aren’t found in plants (or they’re found in too small quantities, or they’re found in different forms).
I very much dislike this video. Yes, it looks impressive with its slow-mo and nice locations and all, but in my opinion, it’s not a video that fits the genre. Here we have Toro y Moi, a child of a very experimental and interesting genre, looking and behaving on screen like Puff Daddy. I expect newer genres to push some intellectualism, progressive visuals, not try to become some kind of “soft hip-hoppers” from 10 years ago.
Chillwave is the only music I still listen to 90% of the time. For me, it’s my favorite genre because it evokes images to me (I’m a synesthete). Other indie genres do it less, and others not at all. But chillwave just works for me. If I have to stay static in 2009 and never acquire new music tastes, I’m contend with that.
This band is amazing, but I don’t understand why is it now that it’s getting the attention of the media. Their previous albums were very good. So why now and not 3 years ago? Anyways, can’t wait for the album too.
For example, when she sings the “aaaaa” part in the chorus, that could have been so ethereal and melodically powerful with the right production…
You might not agree with the following, but it’s just my personal opinion.This is a classic case of a melody that is stellar, but the production of the track is very poor. The song has very nice highs, but the music itself doesn’t follow the vocals, it’s like background music. The music itself should have been richer and more complex, and it should have been the one carrying you through from one point to another, along the vocals. Instead, we just got a plain pop song, with overpowering vocals that almost feel acapella in some sense (a’la Florence). Too bad. I think this song could have reworked beautifully by someone like the Grizzly Bear guy or Caribou (“Jamelia”‘s musical complexity comes to mind).
As for the video, it’s nothing to cheer for. It’s a compilation of shots. She looks pretty.
I absolutely love Trust!
The best thing that came out of the Bay Area in the last 10 years. An amazing band, great live too!
I loved their first album, and I loved even more their instrumental EP (their best work), but this song is so blah. I don’t like how the voice is mixed so high compared to the music either, not ethereal at all. It just feels like boring pop. I had high hopes for their second album.
I hope their new album is just like that. I played this for my husband too, and he liked it best as well. It sounds somewhere between Peaking Lights and Lower Dens, very trippy, very modern.
I LOVE this. This is the sound I like these days: far out, out there, up high. Or something. I found Wye Oak the best in what they used to do, but what they used to do in general wasn’t my favorite “genre”, so to speak. This one is, and they seem to be doing it right! It feels so modern to me! Can’t wait for the album!
I love The Soft Moon! One of the few bands that I go to see live over and over again.