“The Night” shows us that Exitmusic can soften things up a bit without losing their signature musical intensity. As a track, it shares a lot of percussive and vocal elements with the music of another boy-girl duo, Beach House. Much like the Baltimore band, its hush hush melodies are effortlessly pushed along by slowly bouncing, blue beats. “The Night” takes these ingredients that Beach House employs so successfully, and adds a welcome layer of crunchy guitar and vocals bits to munch on. To top it off – its video is dripping with hauntingly simple household aesthetics. Enjoy!
Building, blooming, dooming. Exitmusic is Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church, an impressively full-sounding duo from New York City. Most of their music begins timidly, with quivering, broken vocals surrounded by a variety of slumbering sounds, an approach that often equates something closer to a desolate landscape than a simply structured pop song. And yet, more often than not, these sleepy slogs rise from nothing and transform. The opposite of collapsing, tracks like “The City” willfully erupt into bellowing blasts of black light. I suggest listening to these guys as loudly as possible.
Sounds like: Zola Jesus, an electrical fire in a thunderstorm, Michael Bay’s depressed teenage daughter doing a line of coke and driving off a cliff
I guess this is my last finals week ever. Finally, my final final. Oh god, I desperately need sleep don’t I? Good luck everyone! Just remember – discipline discipline discip…
Video #3 is… “Kimmi in a Rice Field” which may or may not be the best song off “In Heaven.” With its water fall of foggy, spaced out synthesizers, the song is like a swirling dump truck of supernatural, dreamy, gooey goodness.
This video is particularly great for me. First of all, the over the top, atypically fantastical style fits perfectly with such a densely brooding, beeping song. And as an aficionado of silent film, it’s nice to see homages to F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise and Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon (big year for George), among others.
Video #2 is… A live, studio recording of “Stop” by everyone’s favorite SF music videographer, Yours Truly, a place I would LOVE to work one day. Some highlights include everything being pink, that first rack focus between the drummer and the guitarist, and an overabundance of awesomely cheesy 90’s keyboard-age. Enjoy!