Dream Cop, aka Tommy Davidson, hails from Blacksburg, Virginia, the same small town that brought us Wild Nothing. Not much music of his exists yet, but he has two releases scheduled to drop sometime in late August. The first song I have up is "Beach City / Carol I Know." This is definitely my favorite of the bunch, and definitely the best "remix" I've heard in a while. It's based around samples from the Beach Boys' "That's Not Me" and "Caroline, No," and creates a dreamy electronic composition that almost reaches the epic beauty of the original two songs. The Beach Boys are my favorite band, so I was skeptical when I heard the concept of the song (especially after that crap Bullion released), but it's executed flawlessly. The rest of the songs are originals, featuring shoegaze-y guitars and synths and Tommy's faint, whisper-like voice that brings to mind early Yo La Tengo. This guy's on to something.
I know it's been a while since I've posted, but the wait was worth it if you haven't heard this song yet. This is Swedish pop outfit jj's half-cover of Jeremiah's "Birthday Sex." I say half-cover because the lyrics have (mostly) been changed, and the phrase "birthday sex" is never actually sang. But jj take the goofy hit song and surround it twinkling pianos, swelling strings, and Elin Kastlander's amazing voice (which has never sounded better), showing us new depths to the song none of us would ever have thought existed. This is definitely one of my favorite songs of the year. And speaking of my favorites of the year, be sure to check out jj's new album, jj n° 3.
Dirty Beaches is Montreal resident (via California/Hawaii/China) Alex Zhang Hungtai. Dirty Beaches recalls Elvis Presley barely coming through late at night in between AM radio stations. Beautiful, haunting, and nostalgic for decades past, this is some really eerie and original music. Check out the new video for his new song, True Blue (I can't get enough of this song right now):
Here's an mp3 of the song, although it's not very good quality:
Well, here's another dark, gloomy, electronic, post-punk-y supergroup featuring a Xiu Xiu member! Former Ghosts are the brainchild of Freddy Ruppert, formerly the one-man-band This Song is a Mess But So Am I. The band also consists of Xiu Xiu main man Jamie Stewart, Nika Roza of Zola Jesus, and Yasmine Kittles of witch house outfit TEARIST. Like the aforementioned acts, this stuff is dark, dense, and full of emotion.
Here's a Manchester band that no one seems to know too much about. All that's known is that Wu Lyf statnds for "World Unite - Lucifer Youth Foundation." Their website just adds to the mystery. They make a strange brand of soulful lo-fi music that they describe themselves as "heavy pop." They've been compared to two favorites of mine, Spiritualized and Swans, but I'm not sure I'd agree. Maybe if a young Tom Waits was the frontman. I don't really know how to put this sound to words actually- just have a listen yourselves: