As you are reading this (well, at least at the time that this is first posted to the interwebs), I will be finishing up my flight to California for an awesome week of fun in the sun that just so happens to include a trip to the Coachella music festival, not to mention a few awesome days by the pool with friends. So on that note, I figured that the theme for this week should represent what is going to be bathing me for the next week, and that’s why this week’s theme is “Sun”.
So, if you’re new to the game, you might ask how this works. Well, I’ll tell you. First off, you pick a random word. Any word at all. In this case, that word is “sun”. Then, you go to The Hype Machine and you enter that word in the search box. And then you listen to a bunch of songs that you’ve never heard of before until you find a couple that you really dig. I play this game once a week, and I share the results with all of you. So, let’s see what we found this week.
Up first is a previously unreleased tune from Chromatics. It seems that it’s a tune that didn’t make the cut as part of their 2007 album Night Drives, which has recently been remastered and released as a deluxe edition including this fantastic, excellent, awesome tune. I’m not that familiar with Chromatics by any stretch of the imagine, but this song was most definitely a wonderful introduction that leaves me wanting more. And the faux crackling of vinyl is a great touch.
Next up is a slower tune from Sun Glitters, the newest moniker of Luxembourg’s Victor Ferreira. He’s apparently released lots of tunes in the past as Sug(r)cane but his first release as Sun Glitters is the 8 track Everything Could Be Fine. Take a listen to “Outside (reprise)” which features a weird vocal sample that totally reminds me of the “vocals” in Radiohead’s “Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors”. And the song title is especially appropriate since I will be outside for the next week, and it finally won’t be 50 degrees.
This next tune from Santa Cruz duo Old Arc definitely falls into that “little bit weird” category that we were looking for today. There are just about a million different styles going on all within one song here, and we love it for that reason. Hazy, dancey and even a couple breakdowns here and there. This one’s from a self-titled EP of theirs so it’s not super new or anything, but it’s new to us.
And last but most certainly not least, here’s a really pretty acoustic tune from Nigerian Henry Pedro since you put up with all my other much weirder picks. I really can’t find any info on this except that it’s from his Tender Loving LP which appears to have been released round about 1983 (twas a great year indeed), so it also fulfills the “old song” requirement of this segment. It’s got a definite Simon and Garfunkel vibe at certain times but for real, it’s just a great song that I want to listen to again and again. So figured it would be a nice way to close things out this week.
Until we meet again….