5 Tracks You Gotta Hear
Do you remember what you were doing when you were in year 12? If you’re anything like us, it might read something like a casual approach to school overridden by a focus on the next 18th birthday party and how many cheap beers and/or goon you could put down before you sloshed around a backyard dance floor. Which is why it is infinitely more impressive that Melbourne kids Snakadaktal are producing absolutely incredible music at an age where the focus is usually on drunken debauchery. The five piece’s first single from their debut long player has been released and it is another testament to their sheer talent. ‘Dance Bear’ still strikes a chord with the band’s EP, yet you can tell in just a year the band have already come a long way. They are currently demoing their album for release later in the year and if that isn’t the most exciting prospect of 2012, then we don’t know what is.
With ‘Take A Walk’ having been firmly stuck in our heads since it dropped about a month ago, finally Passion Pit have given us some reprieve by dishing up a second taste of Gossamer to replace it in our frontal lobes. ‘I’ll Be Alright’ is another jittering bit of indie pop from the kings of falsetto. The song reminds us a bit of ‘Sleepyhead’ with its fidgety samples and glimmering synth work and if the rumours are to be believed, will undoubtedly go down very, very well at Parklife.
We like to include at least two Australian acts in this little feature every week. However, we’re not quite sure how to classify our next artist. Yes, Jens Lekman is a Swedish national but after ‘An Argument With Myself’ was inspired by our own backyard, it is tempting to just treat him like we treat New Zealand artists and just claim him as our own. Well, our very own Mr Lekman is set to release his third studio LP and we, his countrymen, are all very excited about it. I Know What Love Isn’t won’t be released until September, so in the mean time tide yourself over with it’s first single, ‘Erica America’.
Melbourne boys Northeast Party House have been enhancing their reputation as a killer live act with every show they play. Which is why it is imperative that we all go and check out their recently announced East Coast tour. Their self-titled EP was a thumper and their newest single ‘Pascal Cavalier’ follows on appropriately. This song has fast become like crack to us here in the Vulture’s Nest and while we do not advocate the use of illicit substances, if you want to replace them with something just as addictive, click play.
It always awesome to hear some new stuff from the enigma that is Dan Deacon. The prolific musician, DJ, film composer, producer and performer extraordinaire is set to release his 9th, yes 9th, studio album since 2003. What’s more uncommon than a man who can churn out nine albums in nine years is a man who repeatedly churns out quality. America will be released in August and will put an end to the longest break in Deacon’s discography. It seems it will be worth the wait. ‘Lots’ is the first single from the album and it is all kinds of awesome. We could dream up all kinds of adjectives to try and describe what’s going on in ‘Lots’, but we just aren’t that creative. Dan Deacon is, so we’ll just leave it to him.