A single off the new album One Life Stand. These guys have always made great music but also some ridiculously awesome and weird music videos. I think this one wins. Directed by Peter Serafinowicz and starring Ross Lee…
Apparently he’s a big deal. Kind of.
This'll be on my videotape
Now i’m posting the song (just audio) and I expect the’ll block all embedding soon…
Do you know who Jona Bechtolt is? I do. Sucker.
I first learned about him back in 2006 when he was all up in The Blow, a stripped down electro pop duo with Mikhaela Yvonne Maricich. She still uses the moniker. I actually copped their gangsta tunes back in 2007 on ‘Paper Television,’ no joke, it’s a fantastic album. Back in the day I tried to get my hands on a their 7″ single Parentheses but I still don’t own it. Sad Face.
I’m just kidding you silly goose, I own it. It’s on my shelf next to my Jason Webley EPs. Lots of happiness in that section, I sometimes move an Elliot Smith LP over there just to bring it down a few notches. But seriously, wonderful minimal pop qualities album..but that’s not what this post is about.
So monsiuer Bechtolt moved on from The Blow in 2007 and decided to crank out an EP last year (Summer Song EP) and finally a full length album this year. Sweet mother thank you. See Mystery Lights is pure electronic music hotness. This was released on DFA records and as you would expect it’s very upbeat. Much like the rest of the DFA lineup, this is pure funky electro pop with a hint of disco fun. It’s fresh, it’s retro and the LCD System/Murphy influence is completely obvious from the first few tracks (most notably on Summer Song but that was intentional according to a Pitchfork review). But that’s not the whole picture. Reviews have seemingly breezed right past one of the most obvious influences, ska. I’ve seen mentions of the island sound reggae organ and beats, but I can’t help but see the distinct 60’s ska influence on this record, seriously Desmond Dekker is oozing out of this album. Quite an enjoyable listen if I do say so myself.
My favorite song on the record, “Psychic City,” sounds like the perfect blend of his work with The Blow and the LCD Soundsystem influence. Ah, happy heaven 2009. You’ll like this if you like: LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, …and all other releases on DFA.
Casiokids! Casiokids! Casiokids!
Who are they? Okay so these guys are on Moshi Moshi records (Hot Chip, Friendly Fires, Lykke Li, Architecture in Helsinki, Matt And Kim) so they’re legit and fun, but other than that all I know is that they’re from Norway, and they like big paper mache heads (see video below)?
Sounds like? Well they are kind of what I expect a collaboration between Hot Chip and the lead singer of Sigur Ros to sound like…yeah… haunting discopop? I’m not sure if that’s the best explanation but it’s all ive got. Think music that would fit on a playlist with The Knife, Empire of the Sun…Hot Chip
So basically i dont know much about them, but i totally dig this track…
Buy the 7″ here!
Oh man Norway, yes.
Who wants to go on a hot air balloon ride with me?