Did you miss us? Because we completely forgot to post your favorite (only) music blog aggregator search tool game, Hypem Hunting. This week, we chose the word “far”, well, just because. Maybe because it’s been far too long since I did this segment. Or maybe it’s because I recently got a bike and have been riding it pretty far. Or maybe it’s because I saw Yeasayer live last night and they were pretty far out. Whatever the reason, this was the random word that popped into my head this week, and these are the songs that found their way to me because of it.
Normally I say that the beauty of this is that I find songs that I probably never would have heard otherwise, but that’s not totally true in this case. You see, the song is “Far Nearer” by Jamie xx, better known as the guy from The XX who has been all over the place as a remixer/producer and DJ lately. And at the time of my writing this post, the track had over 113,000 listens already, and it seems like it’s been around since early last year. So how am I only first hearing about it/hearing it now? The world may never know. But since I hadn’t heard it before or knew it existed, it counts.
Next up, we’ve got a song that’s even older than that one. Yes, that’s right, we’re going back to 2009, folks. It’s a super lo-fi, rather psychedelic tune from Nite Jewel. I think I’d heard of Nite Jewel a lot but never heard Nite Jewel. But when I heard the extreme lo-fi-ness and then found out that the second member of the duo was once a member of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, I was slightly less surprised.
Oh hey! Another song that I’m surprised I never heard! Its the Hercules & Love Affair remix of Cut Copy’s “Far Away”. Again, not sure how I never heard this before. However, there are about a zillion Cut Copy remixes out there, so it becomes a game where you try to collect them all. But it’s a game you will never win.
And last but certainly not least, it’s this little sub-3 minute jam from Junip, whose singer is the easily recognizable Jose Gonzalez. Once again, I just kinda never listened to Junip even though I always wanted to. But now I got this nice surprise on a random night in 2011 months after everyone else knew what was up. I feel like this song is the garage rock side of Gonzalez, and I like it.
Until we meet again….