Ellie Goulding - Beating Heart

3/30/2014 Tunes For Loons 1 Comments

Through both powerhouse collabs (Calvin) and relationships (Skrilly, although from the "I Need Your Love" vid I wish this was also Calvin), Ellie G has become a legit pop-star. Good for you, Glen Coco! With the bestowal of this powerful title, however, there comes great responsibility. Let's be honest, if you are an indie artist, you can release shitty music and still get hipster cred (otherwise idk how the f Tuneyards attained such success). If you are a pop star though, you have to show serious game every time. RIP Britney's latest album. This song, "Beating Heart," is a good first effort. Nice mid-tempo pace, classic electro production, and strong vocals (displaying more range than usual). It's also the best song off the Divergent soundtrack. So props for that. When in doubt, surround yourself with inferior music and you look like the fucking Beatles. Carry on Ellie G!!!!

Rae Morris - Do You Even Know

3/30/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

 Rae Morris is a kind and angelic lion. Jk, she's a British singer of the indie/electronic genre but would you look at that hair?!?! Amazing. When I look like that, people search for the short bus. **SIGH** Moving on, "Do You Even Know?" is the second single from this girl, and it's fresh and bouncy. The production reminds me so much of Frou Frou that I felt like I had to go watch Garden State again. Speaking of Imogen Heap, (aka the Indie Songstress who was lightyears ahead of her early 2000s time), the lyrics are serving up delightful stalker vibes. Ex. "Did you love someone to the bitter end? Do you even know that I keep everything?" Probably Rae Morris is singing about more philosophical things, but I like to imagine a crazy haired lady lurking outside her co-workers house: Like, maybe I rifled through your trash and saved your dentist checkup postcard and empty Corona bottles, WHATOFIT? Do You Even Know EP out May 6th.

Misun- Sleep

3/30/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Misun definitely wins the tunes4loons MVP award so far (basically one step down from a Grammy, right?). Sleep is our 4th track by them and I don't see an end in sight for us raving about this growing L.A. band. They've shown their mastery of all things indie and Sleep shows they can do the indie-electronic hybrid perfectly as well. The beginning synth is sick and the choral synth is even sicker. Misun Wojick's vocals are as unique and flawless as always, but, unfortunately, this song is so catchy that all your tone-deaf friends will drown out her voice while singing along.

The band's explanation behind the song is also facinating: on their FB page they write:


"[Sleep] is about waking up in the middle of the night after a really good dream and realizing it's not your reality. And being unable to fall back asleep because you're afraid you're wasting your time dreaming instead of creating the reality that you desire. More or less, it's a song about telling yourself to wake up and take a look at your life and to do the things that you want with it. It's also about love and needing someone to share and understand this realization with."


In other words, this is the musical version of Inception.

M83 - I Need You

3/30/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

I saw Divergent (aka the Hunger Games with more boring people and a constipatedKate Winslet) yesterday, and the music was pretty FG. Since the entire plot is a blur to me, I cannot remember where this song played, but I'd like to imagine it was during one of the MANY moments when the girl & guy leads basically molest each other thinking it's subtle sexual tension. People there is a scene where this man "accidentally"  mounts her and still they're like omg noOO we are totally just partners in crime against the upcoming apocalypse . Anyways, M83 basically invented the vocal styling that Bon Iver is now super rich from***, so it's no surprise he does it better. "I Need You" boasts a strong chorus, spacey ambiance, and you guessed it, sax. Although I've just decided sax can be tacky when deployed incorrectly, and this veers dangerously close to that. Still, listen.

***don't be fooled, his homeless/amish clothes dEF came from Rag n Bone


Mirah- Oxen Hope

3/30/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Eeriness has never felt so normal. Mirah's voice shines in this track and her back-up robotic vocals paired with the bass synth makes this song equal parts depressing and catchy. If you're going through a break-up, this track is the sympathetic shoulder to cry on. Seeing as my girl Mirah hasn't produced a solo album in 4+ years, this song is a great start for her hopefully-humungous comeback. He new album, Chasing Light, (legally) hits the internet on May 13th and is definitely one you should look out for this spring. 

Gilbere Forte- Pray

3/30/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Is this Gilbere Forte the love child of Jay-Z and Kanye? Maybe (sry Bey). Is this song the long-lost bonus track to the Watch the Throne album? Probably. And that's probably also why I fucking can't stop listening to it. The sampling of Fiona Apple in this track is perfection and Gilbere Forte has a surprising amount of rhythm for someone who I've never heard of before. The inclusion of the handclaps elevates this from just another rap song to the track you turn up so loud that it blows out your speakers. So enjoy, but don't crank it too loud (I know, it'll be difficult not to).

Funky Past- Just Don't Have the Time (Marvin Gaye Remix)

3/25/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

The combination of heavy house piano and jivey synth makes this song a prime jam for spring break. The laid-back backbeat is seamlessly layered under Marvin Gaye's silky smooth male vocals, something we've that's been slowly taking over the music scene for years (Frank Ocean, Drake, Miguel, Sam Smith, the list goes on and on). This track brings back motown while at the same time manages to be ultra chill.


Wye Oak - Glory

3/20/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Uppin our hipster cred (idk why it feels that way, but normally we post about Calvin Harris and Coldplay so this felt super Williamsburg 2 me), we give you "Glory," the new single from Baltimore rockers Wye Oak. There are actual instruments in this song. Pretty cool, no!? Shout out to the hypnotic guitar riff and the endless reverb at the finale. I really like this girl's voice too. She sounds like a rock-ier Sharon Van Etten. On an unrelated note, does the lead singer not resemble a skinnier /hipster Rebel Wilson?! At least, from the four inches I can see of her face. Album "Shriek" (kinda fun!) out April 29th. 

SAFIA - Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds

3/19/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Aussie electro dudes SAFIA have released a new song called "Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds," Aside from the fact the track name sounds suspicously like a rejected Radiohead album title, it's very original and cOOOOLL. It's got some reggae/"world" vibes, and also does that thing that Rokysopp has in all his songs (one day I will learn the names of the instruments I swear). Additionally, the lead singer's voice is raw in a way that you don't often see in electronic music. If that's not enough to entice you, halfway through this song becomes pretty theatrical/dramatic. I mean, I'm not talking Celine Dion, but there are organ sounds of some distorted sort, and a loop that bellows, "CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW" over and over. On another note, what the f is that teddy bear about? It's like the Blair Witch's childhood doll emerging from the woods. LOVE MEEEEEEEE.

Also listen to their other song, "Listen to Soul, Listen to Blues" It's less weird.



Kodaline - High Hopes (Filous Remix)

3/18/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments


Not a lot to say about this one. It's cute and floopy. Much improved from the original (Snoozzzzefest2014.). Also while we're on general PSAs: do NOT watch the music video. It's all the cheap emotional trickery of Nicolas Sparks novels and My Sister's Keeper wrapped up in 4 minutes of whining. Or maybe I'm the Grinch, idk. Getting back to the song, I really appreciate a simple remix. Sometimes pepping up the production with a little staccato and splicing the vocals is all you need. Not everything needs Summertime Sadness "I'm at Ultra" rager treatment. Although, Filous, the intro sounds criminally similar to Youth Group's "Forever Young." Now I'm gonna go listen to that. I miss the O.C. 

CunninLynguists - Beyond the Sun (ft. J-Live)

3/18/2014 Tunes For Loons 1 Comments

On principle, I refused to listen to this song for a while (like an hour) because of the name of the band. Ew. What if I just ran around school saying, "Hey guys, have you heard the new Fellatio song, it's amazing!" I guess that sounds less gross, but whatever you get what I'm saying. Then I pressed play, and I was a goner. First of all, who isn't a sucker for a good Gregorian chanting sample!? (said no one but me). Throw in some pitched up chipmunk vocals, mellow yet powerful rapping, and a hook that repeats "We came from beyond the sun" in a weird alien evoking fashion? SOLD. Also that picture made me love these people. "Yeah, we murdered our drummer and buried him, what have YOU done today?" Their album Strange Journey Vol. 3 out April 1st. 
 

The Weeknd - Wanderlust (Snakehips Remix)

3/18/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

This might be the closest we ever get to replicating the genius of MJ. As we all know, although the Weeknd shares similarly #blessed pipes to the king, he has a tendency to be a whiny bitch in his music. Not that I don't dig that, but comonn there's only so many times you can sing emotionally about an empty bottle of Bacardi. Like, did your dog die? NO. You ran out of rum, so stop pretending your life is over and go to the liquor store dumbass. This is why I thank Snakehips for his treatment of "Wanderlust," in which a peppy, hell downright funKAYYYY vibe is established. Really everything about this remix is better than the original, including some background claps, groovy synths, and an all around disco / underwater vibe. It's almost as if this spirit of MJ is with us. Almost.

The Night VI - Sienna

3/18/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Apparently, these people have been bogged down by cancelled gigs and failed record deals for a long time. That is a shame, because they add a nice dimension to the melancholy/tranquil girl singer/ indie niche. And OF COURSE THEY'RE BRITISH! They are like the poppier London Grammar. Doesn't that sound delightful? New track "Sienna" is by far their best offering to date, and involves some betch passive aggressively wishing her Ex good luck with his new GF. Ex. "I hope you're happier with Sienna...I hope you marry her." LIAR!!! You definitely do not, but props to you for the fake enthusiam. Also I'd just like to say, the girl has a great voice: part Emeli Sande ,part Jessie Ware, part girl from London Grammar (that or all British singers sound the same to me). Buy their EP, out April 28th, or they'll probably get fired again.

Tycho - Spectre

3/18/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Tycho strikes again! Unlike the bizarrely named "Montana" (idk maybe you "found" yourself there bro, but I see no connection between your xylophone instrumental track and the randomest state in the union), "Spectre" is pretty ghostly. There's some ambient guitar, steady drums, and a nice ebb&flow kind of rhythm. It's all very icy. In fact, I feel this track would be perfect for like an Iceland tourism commercial. It could do for Iceland what Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This" did for Sandals resort. Remember that commercial!? Fucking legendary. A minor quibble, if I'm being honest, all Tycho songs sound the same to me. This isn't a huge problem, because I like all the songs, but just thought I'd give you a heads up Tycho. If your song is chorus-less you're pretty much fucked, there's a reason Rat-a-Tat didn't become the new Maroon 5.

Sia - Chandelier

3/18/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Sia, the ruler of the universe aka the genius behind Titanium, Wild Ones, Diamonds (curveball?), Pretty Hurts (CURVEBALL, that's right motherfuckers Beyonce doesn't know shit!! Sry, aggressive), has released a new song called "Chandelier". In this song, she basically sings the tale of college girls across the nation on a Friday night (unless you are a loser who studies***). It's definitely an anthem, although I NEVER want to be present for drunk girls attempting to sing this chorus. The fact that Sia can make what's essentially screeching sound good is a testament to her magical powers. Other good things about the song: the structure is cool, and the snare drum is front and center. Bad things: Maybe I am just thinking I hear this, but this track has a lot of similarities to Diamonds, especially in the beginning. Also Sia seems to be doing her best Riri impression until she is required to actually sing. But even so, I hope to see this song on the Top 40 asap. Sia 2016.

***Just kidding, if you study and don't live your life as a train wreck, I respect you a lot and wish I could be more like you #help ^^^

^^^JUST JUST KIDDING MOTHERFUCKERS IF YOU STUDY U SUCK . O'DOYLE RULES

Prinze George - Victor

3/18/2014 Tunes For Loons 1 Comments

I hope so badly that this band is named after the spawn of Will and Kate. I wish this so much I almost made the thumbnail a picture of that cute chubby little bb!! ALMOST. But then I remembered this blog is about music and not the royal family blah blah whatvr. Moving on, "Victor" is pretty unreal for being only the second piece of music released by PrinzeGeorge. There's not a lot to say about it besides it's going to the top of my crying music playlist. I mean this in the best way possible. The layered vocals are beautiful, and the production is the perfect mix of organic and electronic. I have no idea what the lyrics mean and they are so moving. EP coming sometime this spring, keep a tearstained (is it just me?!?! #notsry) eye out. 

Shlmo & Jeremih - No More

3/18/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

From this picture, I'd like to imagine that Shlomo and Jeremih are the Forest and Bubba of indie music. They dress the same, are besties, and seemingly possess less than average intelligence ("hey world I have this many fingers!"). Yet, like Forest and Bubba, these two are heading for success (ok, technically Bubba doesn't have success...this parallel should rest now). The marriage of Shlomo's soundscape and Jeremih's slow-burner falsetto is seductive and addicting. I also like the static in the background. I swear that wasn't meant to be sarcastic I do. While this stuff isn't necessarily original (Jeremih are you the Weeknd? His little brother?), it's high quality and worthy of your time. I promise. 

Calvin Harris - Summer

3/18/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Calvin Harris, otherwise known as the hottest DJ in current music (although when your competition is Skrillex and the ancient fossil club rat known as David Guetta, the bar is not all that high.***), has released a new tune called "Summer." This time around, he has used his own vocals rather than consult a pop star diva. To that note, I'd like to say the following: Calvin, is this a Singing in the Rain gig? (Also am I 60 with that reference?) Because I cannot for the life of me believe that you possess that voice. It's magical , and sounds like the love-child of Bono and a leprechaun (idk it felt right, JUST GO WITH IT). I want to replace Siri and just have the singing voice of Calvin Harris answer my questions. To address the actual song: ......meh. I basically have no opinion. It's not bad, but it's also pretty boring. I sense Calvin wanted to make some $$$$$ and thought this was formulaic enough for a radio hit. Still, I'll prob jump around to it at the club (my living room).

*** But also who am I kidding!! CALVIN IS A GOD

Miguel- Simplethings

3/11/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Miguel- Simplethings



LITCHRULLY all I want to do is cruise with the windows down and listen to this song on repeat (I just want the simplethings, yah know?) . Unfortunately I live in upstate New York where the high tomorrow is 12 degrees and I have to write 10 pages on the Sapir-Whorf theory of linguistic relativity (#notremotelysimple). Miguel's voice is flawless and raw, elevating this song to the peak of R&B tracks out there right now. The badass background electric guitar adds a unique element to the pretty basic backbeat, which only highlights Miguel's vocals (I know i already mentioned them, but they truly are perfection). My only complaint is that the song is only a short 3 minutes 20 seconds. MIGUEL, YOU TEASE!



Coldplay - Magic

3/06/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Coldplay - Magic

Coldplay seemingly heeded the advice of Tunes 4 Loons!! #not. While I'm sure Chris Martin isn't responsible for any of our 4,500 hits (half of which are from me), they did fulfill our suggestion and release some catchier music. I don't even think I'm jumping the gun when I say "Magic" is instant classic material. It's innovative while remaining true to what Coldplay does best. That is, singing from the heart, remaining relatively minimal, and out of that, somehow producing a catchy hook. The xx-esque production fits them great, and is a welcome change of pace from the borderline frantic Mylo Xyloto days. It's a real testament to this band (or my undying love for them....) that they can repeat the lyrics "Call it magic" 45x to a slow-burning beat and I will RUN to it on repeat. CANNOT WAIT for Ghost Stories boys!!


Chromeo - Jealous (I Ain't With It)

3/04/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Chromeo - Jealous (I Ain't With It)

We've said it before, but it looks like Chromeo is gunning to climb over Daft Punk and become bonifide pop stars (also see: Tegan and Sara's "Closer"). Their production is glossier, their tempos faster, their hooks catchier...am I writing a bad haiku? Moving on, we've seen Chromeo heading in this direction in the last few months, especially with Toro Y Moi collab "Come Alive," but "Jealous" feels like the big single. It's snappy, compact, and ultimately sounds like funky disco on uppers (if that's possible). There's not a lot else to say. Go buy their song so you can tell people you were like, so into them before they were cool. Oh also, their album is set to drop May 14th and is going to be called White Women. Lol.

Vancouver Sleep Clinic - Flaws

3/04/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Vancouver Sleep Clinic - Flaws

The Australian man (or should I say boy? If there's a statch charge possibility I will def say boy) behind Vancouver Sleep Clinic is 17 years old. Wrap your mind around that. Then understand that he makes music just as melancholy and emotionally draining as Justin Vernon aka Bon Iver. Yet, while there are a ton of similarities vocally, Tim Bettinson's music is less stripped back. He utilizes atmospheric synths, pinao, and backing snaps. And possibly even some xylophone. It's beautiful and glacial (perhaps like his moniker!? I've never been). And dare I say it, much catchier than anything Sigur Ros or Bon Iver releases. Note however, this is a relative term. Do not expect young Tim to blow up the Top 40 alongside Flo Rida anytime soon.

Skizzy Mars - Too Ill

3/04/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Skizzy Mars - Too Ill 

  Skizzy Mars has some good things about him and some bad things about him. Wasn't that an intelligent sentence! Okok moving on, I am digging some of these lyrics and phrases. They are funny and modern. Here are some examples: "I used to hit you on the BBM," (an ode to a tragically dead technology) and "She said what about plan B, we can never have a family" (an observation about a seemingly crazy girl who didn't ask your permission to have offspring). What I am not into: the whole tone of this song. The Yo-I'm-About-2B-Famous-So-Listen-Up-Motherfuckasss is unoriginal and pretty dead to me. Rap about something more interesting please. But this song also has very slick production working in it's favor. Tight beat and some jumpy synths. Skizzy Mars, you win this round.  

Vindata - All I Really Need (ft. Kenzie May)

3/04/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Vindata - All I Really Need (ft. Kenzie May)


  Vindata lists Kanye West as one of their influences, which I feel is misleading. They sound blehh well, like every other person posted on Majestic or Sound You Need. BUT this does not mean they aren't making worthy music. They released an EP today called, For One To Follow, and this collab with Kenzie May is probably the best one. My favorite part is probably the beginning, because Kenz sounds least like Lorde in this part (not commenting on my hatred for Lorde, we can all accept it). I also like the instrument that sounds like a jellyfish darting around in the sea (if there were a sound accompanying that activity). Passion Pit uses the same noise in Sleepyhead if my description makes no sense and you think I am smoking crack.  

Gorgon City - No More (ft. Liv)

3/04/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Gorgon City - No More (ft. Liv) 

  These people had a pretty sizable hit last summer with "Ready For Your Love," a standard British house track that was pushed by Zane Lowe. For those of us who don't go gaga for mind melding house, their newest release is much more accessible. It features an unknown female singer (perhaps Liv is a megastar, but her generic 3 letter name has made it impossible for me to discern anything about her), and some atmospheric production. Reminds me of Kaskade a little bit. Stay tuned for more about Gorgon City, maybe we will learn the origins of their bizarre name.