School of Seven Bells consists of Benjamin Curtis and Alejandra Deheza. You can download “Lafaye” for free on iTunes or stream their most recently released album, Disconnect from Desire on their website. Ghostory, their newest album, will be released Feb. 28 on Vagrant Records/Ghostly International.
Adele’s soulful voice with the bass drum puts the song in a completely new area, and Childish Gambino doesn’t enter until half way through, but adds another stellar layer to the song. Also if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out CAMP, Gambino’s most recent album released late 2011.
This is from LCD Soundsystem’s Sound of Silver released in 2007 on DFA. The video was done in a single take and directed by Tom Kuntz, who interestingly enough also directed the emmy-winning Old Spice “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” commercials.
“The Shrine / An Argument” is from Fleet Foxes‘ Helplessness Blues released earlier this year on Sub Pop. The album is without a so-so song, and as a whole definitely one of my favorite albums of the year. This video was directed by Sean Pecknold who also co-animated the film.
Van Etten’s new album, Tramp, is due out on February 7 on Jagjaguwar. It has some fantastic guest appearances from Aaron and Bryce Dessner (The National), Matt Barrick (The Walkmen), Zach Condon (Beirut), Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Thomas Bartlett (Doveman), and Julianna Barwick. On March 28 she’ll be playing the Bluebird in Denver so mark ya calendar.
Portage hails from the great state of Minnesota and formed in early 2011. Their self-released album, The Unsalted Sea, is full of excellently crafted rock/pop numbers and streamable in its entirety on the artists’ bandcamp page. It is wholly worth a listen or five.