Wednesday, April 15, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

A Is For Atom – “Bombs Away” (A Is For Atom is the solo project of Brooklyn based musician Mike Cykoski; working with producer and former NYU classmate Julian Cassia, Mike has released two acclaimed EPs of his smart, fine-crafted brand of orchestrated indie-rock over the last couple of years.  The most recent EP titled, Song For You is highlighted by the standout single, “Bombs Away”, which is a bittersweet love song aided by a bouncy synth-leaden groove and infectious refrain that recalls 90’s alt-pop favorites Eels.  Look for more new music from this emerging songwriter soon.)  

Protomartyr – “Blues Festival” (Hot on the heels of their highly-praised sophomore album, the genre-defiant Detroit post-punk band returns with a brand new 7” single titled, Half Of Seven with the new song, “Blues Festival” that features vocals from Kelley Deal of R. Ring and The Breeders.  The B-side is a new song from R. Ring, Kelley’s lo-fi project with Mike Montgomery of Ampline.  The 7” is out now digitally and will be released physically via Hardly Art on June 16.)


Big Data – “Snowed In” (Big Data is the recording moniker of synth-pop producer Alan Wilkis, his long-awaited debut album, 2.0 – led by the standout single and collaboration with the likeminded Joywave; “Dangerous” - was recently released on Warner Bros Records.  The guest heavy album features vocal performances from Twin Shadow, Jamie Lidell, Kimbra, and Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner among others.  The new single heard here features vocals from Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo and like the rest of the album comments on technology and paranoia while remaining danceable and fun.)


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