Listen :: Arrow Lourette – Château de la Mer

I want to direct everyone’s attention to Arrow Lourette. The Los Angeles-based experimental dance pop project from Meg Webb. She has a new 7-track album up on Bandcamp that definitely needs to be in everyone’s ears right now.

Check out my favorite track on the album, “Boredom Flashbacks,” below. Then head on over and download the whole thing.

Save The Clocktower :: Carousel

Save The Clocktower is an electro-pop band from Chicago.  Greg Newton (Drums, vocals, electronics), Sean Paras (guitar, vocals), Jimmy Shenk (keyboards) started the band back in 2007 and self-released their debut in 2009. The band is back in 2011 with Carousel.

I’ve probably listened to Carousel 100 times since it was sent to me early December. I immediately fell in love with everything about it.

When I think of a carousel, I imagine the traditional type of spinning machine. The type that has colorful horses and carriages rotating around with smiling kids and parents photographing them having a blast. When I was a kid, I imagined that those horses and carriages would lift off the carousel and take me to another place. It’s easy to lose yourself when you listen to Save The Clocktower‘s Carousel, like it was easy for me to lose myself as a kid on the carousel. The dreamy tracks on this album have the ability to take you to another place.

Save the Clocktower‘s sound is pure electronic pop with a hint of shoegaze. And their 10 track album is compiled of beat-driven jams that could hold their own on any dance floor or in your headphones.

The Carousel ride begins with “Drip”, an introduction to the album got me completely hooked and I couldn’t wait to hear more. The album ends with a slow burning, “Headphones”, which is absolutely gorgeous. Every song in between reinvents the band’s sound. This album has high repeatability without getting old. It’s just a fun album to listen to.

Save The Clocktower‘s Carousel is set for release on February 26 on CD and digital formats. I’ll have more information about how you can get your hands on this gem later, but for now check out my favorite track on the album, “Far Apart”, below.

mp3 :: Far Apart – Save the Clocktower

And if you are lucky enough to be in the Chicago area, Save The Clocktower is playing a show at the Empty Bottle on January 15.

More links!
http://www.facebook.com/clocktowermusic
http://www.twitter.com/clocktowermusic
http://www.myspace.com/clocktowermusik
http://www.soundcloud.com/savetheclocktower

Listen :: Bridge Underwater

Bridge Underwater is an indie/pop band from the greatest town I’ve never really been to, Philadelphia, PA.
Recently the band released Send Me All Your Love EP on CD and digital download. These brilliant, dreamy pop tunes have an unforgettable 80’s sound with a vibe that’s brand new. And it’s easy to pick up on the band’s influences without it being too overwhelming.
These songs would fit in on any John Hughes’ movie soundtrack. You know, at the end when Samantha Baker kisses Jake Ryan or when Keith and Watts kiss. Swoon.
Anyway, my favorite track on the EP is “I Love You.” That ending guitar riff really does it for me.

mp3 :: I Love You – Bridge Underwater

Have you fallen in love yet? Download it here.

If you’re in Philly on January 26, you can check them out at The Fire, otherwise you’re just going to have to keep obsessing over their Bandcamp page like me.

You can stalk Bridge Underwater on all these fine sites:
Tumblr: http://bridgeunderwater.tumblr.com/
Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/bridgeunderwater
Bandcamp: http://bridgeunderwater.bandcamp.com/

Sleigh Bells – TREATS :: Get it digitally right now.

Are you ready for something so awesome that it is going to wear out your dancing shoes and rock your face off? If so, you need to head on over to iTunes and get TREATS (Mom+Pop/N.E.E.T.), the debut record from Sleigh Bells. TREATS is available right now for you to download, but don’t worry, it will be released on a physical CD on June 1 and the LP on June 22.

If for some reason you don’t want to own this now, you can listen to TREATS in its entirety on NPR.

Alexis Krauss is the voice, Derek Miller is the beat. They are all Sleigh Bells and they are awesome. Every track on TREATS is a dance track. Every track has a beat that will blow your mind and lyrics to match. My personal favorite is Crown on the Ground.
Listen:

Sleigh Bells reached buzz status at last years CMJ festival in NYC and really hit the top this year at Coachella and SXSW. You’ve probably heard about them on every blog and indie radio station out there. Now they are playing shows all across the country, you need to see them if and when they stop by your city.

Links to Sleigh Bells on:
Twitter
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Myspace