In case you didn’t know, I’m here to let you know – it’s Pitchfork Music Festival week here at Faronheit. Be on the lookout for full coverage of the 2017 Pitchfork Music Festival, beginning later today! Basically the official festival doesn’t start until Friday, but leading up to it you’ll be able to stream songs from all the artists and get daily previews detailing what to expect. It’s going to be a whole lot of fun, so if you’re interested I encourage you to follow along! Of course you can also join me in Union Park if you’re so inclined. Full lineup info and ticket links can be found on the official festival site. Now then, let’s dive into today’s Pick Your Poison. There are some great downloads in this set from Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, Brad Byrd, JSMV and a double dose of Pearl Earl. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from A$AP Twelvyy, Cousin Stizz, Cults, Faith Healer, filous, Future Generations, Ikonika, Marc E. Bassy (ft. Kyle), matt pond PA, Nicole Atkins, Upsahl and more!
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Put on your dancing shoes, because Cut Copy are back! You definitely need to check out their new one “Airborne” below. It’s got all of the band’s signature hallmarks, including a driving beat, a dynamic hook and just a hint of psychedelia. Fans of abrasive noise rock will definitely want to check out the latest from Ice Balloons, which pretty much takes Death From Above electric guitar riffs and chops/screws them with a very Death Grips-esque twist. It’s loud, intense, and fun. Speaking of fun, Omni continue their streak of making memorable and fuzzy garage pop that sticks in your head for quite awhile after. They’ve got a new record out in September, and “Equestrian” is the delightful first single from it. Other artists in this set include ALKE, DAIJO, Falcons, Garrett David, Joey Bada$$ (x2!), Private Island, The Steoples, and Tricky.
Cut Copy – Airborne
Ice Balloons – The Wasp
Omni – Equestrian
It’s mid-week, so it’d be understandable if you’re looking for a bit of respite from the world. Maybe sit down in a quiet corner and try to forget everything that’s going on. Fear not, for Hayden Calnin’s latest “Collision” delivers the sort of meditative melody needed to put you into that necessary headspace. Then Olafur Arnalds steps in to take over with an absolutely gorgeous instrumental that makes perfect use of piano and strings. He’s from Iceland, so majestic and sweeping melodies seem to come naturally from there. Then Rare Monk completes this triptych of songs with a very measured take on love and death. It’s a beautifully constructed and measured rock song that reminds me of some of Death Cab for Cutie’s finer moments. Other artists in this set to help pull you out of the post-holiday blues include Anevo (ft. Heather Sommer), Chris LaRocca, Drinker, Moullinex (ft. Fritz Helder), Orlando (ft. Nemesis), Prince Fox (ft. Bella Thorne), S Olbricht, STANAJ, and more.
Hayden Calnin – Collision
Ólafur Arnalds – 1440
Rare Monk – Happy Haunting
Pick Your Poison is taking tomorrow off for Independence Day, but things will be back to normal on Wednesday. In the meantime, maybe you can find a few good songs in this set to play at your BBQ or whatever else you might have going for the 4th of July. Don’t miss downloads in this set from Azealia Banks, The March Divide, Sparrows and This Way to the Egress. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Anna of the North, ayokay (ft. Baker Grace), Benjamin Shock & Marina Martensson, Benny Cassette, Blair, DJ Tennis (ft. Fink), Ezkiel, kyd the band, MYZICA, Rudimental (ft. James Arthur), and more!
There’s a real ramshackle charm to Baby!’s new single “Weather Girl,” the first from their forthcoming album that’ll be out this August. The guitars and synths jangle and sparkle, respectively, and the chorus feels like a warm hug. They’re a band to keep an eye on, so start right now! Elsewhere, inc. no world continue their dominance of R&B sounds with another slow burn track that adds some clarity and down-to-earth vibes to their instrumentation and radiates confidence amid the stillness. There’s something beautiful and just a bit sentimental about “Cocoon,” a mid-tempo slice of synth-pop from The Mynabirds. More than anything else, I can’t quite get that chorus out of my head, and that’s a good thing. You should also check out songs from other artists in this set, including Amine, Billie Eilish, Cymbals, The Dears, Montell2099 x 21 Savage, VON GREY, and more!
Baby! – Weather Girl
inc. no world – Living
The Mynabirds – Cocoon
If you’re in the mood for a little bit of post-punk with a splash of psychedelia thrown in for good measure, Flesh World’s latest “Destination Moon” will send you soaring into the darkness to play among the stars. There’s something fascinating and just a touch different from the norm in the new Grieves track “RX”. It’s an effortless blend of hip hop and R&B, with fascinating production and sampling. Chicago’s own Whethan has a big record out this summer and a big hometown show at Lollapalooza, so it’s only natural he’d follow up a strong collaboration with Charli XCX with another strong guest vocalist in the form of Mascolo. It does nice work blending traditional pop melodies with modern electronica. Other artists in this set include Al Salvatore (ft. Tessa Marie), Grant, Lil Pump, Partner, RALEIGH (covering Frank Ocean), Shay Lia, Siv Jakobsen, Sudan Archives, and Sure Sure.
Flesh World – Destination Moon
Grieves – RX
Whethan – Good Nights (ft. Mascolo)
In terms of electro-pop tracks, I’m really digging this new one from Allure. Quality beat, a strong hook and skews just far enough away from formula to keep things interesting. On the polar opposite side of the spectrum, Boris continue to deliver scathingly loud and impressively artful black metal that’s worth your time and hearing to check out. Then once again for something completely different, the soft and somber folk of Caroline Says captures lots of truth and beauty with “Winter Is Cold”. Somehow that season doesn’t seem so bad when accompanied by the crackling warmth of that song. Other artists in this set include Cedric Gervais (ft. Liza Owen), Disco Fries (ft. Jared Lee), The fin., Mal Devisa, Patricia, Rain Man & MAX, Shine 2009, Wifisfuneral, and more!
Allure – Loving You
Boris – Memento Mori
Caroline Says – Winter Is Cold
We’re quickly racing towards the heart of summer, which is exciting and terrifying at the same time. I mean, good times and all, but wasn’t it just spring like a week ago? Here are some new tunes to help the time fly by even faster. Don’t miss downloads in this set from Blake Banks, DreamVacation, Karen & the Sorrows, and Kazyak. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Blood Cultures, Comedienne, Foxygen (covering Jessica Pratt), Guided By Voices, Heems, Kintaro, Super Duper (ft. Daniella Mason), The Van T’s, Wu-Tang Clan, Xan Griffin (ft. Emilia Ali), and more!
If you’re on the hunt for something pathologically weird, hopefully the new song from Ice Balloons will do the trick. It sounds like what would happen if you took Death From Above guitars and then threw in a whole bunch of other random noises with very little sense of cohesion. TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone contributes his vocals to “Calypso Heartworm,” but they’re so processed and buried in effects that it sounds like they’re slowly drowning. Shockingly, it all works somehow. Your guess why is as good as mine. What’s interesting to me about an artist like Lissie is how she doesn’t seem content to simply stay confined to a singular stylistic box. Best known for being a folk singer-songwriter whose songs stand out because they’re very well written and sung, “Boyfriend” maintains a similar aesthetic, but removes the guitar in favor of very subtle synths. You may be unsurprised to learn that it works out quite well in a beautiful, almost R&B type of fashion. David Bazan and some of his old Pedro the Lion bandmates have found rock and roll again in their new project Lo Tom. “Covered Wagon” is yet another slice of their debut album, which does a strong job of conveying exactly what sort of sound they’re going for. It’s not exactly new territory, but there’s definitely still room in this world for a lively, well-written rock song like this one. Similar things could be said about matt pond PA’s latest song. If you’re familiar with his generally upbeat take on full band folk, “Skin and Bones” will feel immediately recognizable. It’s gotten less effective over the last decade, but there’s still enough wistful emotion attached that it’s difficult to say anything bad about it. So I won’t. Other artists with tracks in this set include Blondes, courtship., Elias, Grapell, Minimal Violence, Nicole Atkins, Sad13 (aka Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz), and Twinsmith.
Ice Balloons – Calypso Heartworm (ft. Kyp Malone)
Lissie – Boyfriend
Lo Tom – Covered Wagon
matt pond PA – Skin and Bones
There are quite a few great songs in today’s Pick Your Poison, and it’s difficult to choose only a couple to really highlight. Definitely listen through the entire set if you can, because there’s some real gems buried in here. Briana Marela specializes in ethereal pop arrangements, and on “Give Me Your Love,” the latest preview for her forthcoming album (out 8/4), she manages to push that aesthetic a step further. The echoes, overdubbed and harmonized vocal hook morphs along with the tempo to dip a toe into pseudo dance music. It works remarkably well, especially when paired with the new Kedr Livanskiy track “Ariadna”. Livanskiy is known as a creator and producer of dynamic electronic tracks, and her use of space, synths and reverb here makes for a hauntingly beautiful dance track. Speaking of hauntingly beautiful, you can get another preview of Mutual Benefit’s forthcoming full album cover of Vashti Bunyan’s 1969 classic Just Another Diamond Day below. It’s tough to think of another artist more equipped to take on such a landmark album, and the combination of acoustic guitar, violin and meek vocals really takes the original song in a different (yet equally great) direction. Those in search of a psychededlic pick-me-up need look no further than the fresh instrumental synth jam from Black Moth Super Rainbow member TOBACCO. If you’ve heard his stuff before, you pretty much know what to expect on “Got Wet in the Bomb Shelter” – strong, energetic beats tied to synths that sound like they were shot out of some sort of futuristic laser gun. It’s fun stuff, and a bit trippy when associated with the right visual. Other tracks in this set come from Clairo, Electric Guest, Katie Von Schleicher, Lafa Taylor & Aabo, Laoise, MIKE, Pandreas and RAC (ft. St. Lucia).
Briana Marela – Give Me Your Love
Kedr Livanskiy – Ariadna
Mutual Benefit – Diamond Day (Vashti Bunyan cover)
TOBACCO – Got Wet in the Bomb Shelter
If you love a dark piano pop ballad, you really shouldn’t miss Anya Marina’s new song “Serious Love,” which is graceful and beautiful complete with soaring strings and a sultry vocal that really sets the mood. The great talents of electronica producer Hudson Mohawke and hip hop artist Remy Banks meet on the rhythmically dope track “Passports,” composed specifically for the latest season of HBO’s Silicon Valley. And speaking of talented electronica producers teaming up with great vocalists, we’re lucky enough to get a new track from the duo of Joel Ford and Leanne Macomber, aka Young Ejecta. “Build A Fire” contains the essence of an 80s dance track, replete with pulsating synths and supremely smooth vocals. It feels like a long-lost classic from New Order, but if they were fronted by Siouxie Sioux or something. Pretty fantastic. Other songs in this set come from Cam’ron, Don’t DJ, INDIIA, LINES, The National Parks, Sudan Archives, Super Furry Animals (covering The Smiths), TOKiMONSTA (ft. Yuna) and more!
Anya Marina – Serious Love
Hudson Mohawke – Passports (ft. Remy Banks)
Young Ejecta – Build A Fire
Back in action for another week with a fresh edition of Pick Your Poison to entertain your ears and soothe your soul. Don’t miss downloads in this set from Mt. Doubt, Pearl Earl, Suntrodden and Yeah But No. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Bassnectar (ft. Mimi Page), Cathedrals, The Duke Spirit, Eamon, The Fresh & Onlys, Galimatias, L.A. Witch, Leven Kali, Majid Jordan (ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR), See Through Dresses, Washed Out and more!
The retro futurism of Skylar Spence combines with the electronica of The Knocks to form Amelia Airhorn, which is about as fun and danceable as you might suspect. “NY Is Red Hot” has all the feeling and heart of a classic disco song, with some modern sampling and effects to prime that pump and do something fresh. It’s a little difficult to describe the new Keep Shelly in Athens track “Leave In Silence,” and that’s a good thing. It takes synth-pop and adds a few experimental tweaks for some dramatic weight. Then there’s the new one from band to watch Sleeping Bag, who dive straight into the post-punk pool and go for a quick sonic swim. “Doin’ It Alone” may not last longer than two minutes, but it accomplishes everything it sets out to do. Other songs in this set come from A$AP Ferg (x2!), Cardiknox, Drop the Gun, Exit Someone, Oly, People Like You and more!
Amelia Airhorn – NY Is Red Hot
Keep Shelly in Athens – Leave In Silence
Sleeping Bag – Doin’ It Alone
Oh wow, this is a great set of music for your mid-week blues. Amy O’s “Sunday Meal” is a complete delight, moving from a somewhat quiet and serene ballad into a fun little ball of energy in just over two minutes. If you’re a fan of beautiful piano ballads, Gordi’s latest single will hit you right in the feelings. She’s got a new album Reservoir out at the end of August that’s going to be one to keep an eye (and ear) out for. Those in search of some interesting electronica might do well to check out the new track from Makeness, which somehow manages to feel energized yet restrained. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart also continue to evolve their sound by exploring some ’80s-style synth pop with a bit of modern flair on “When I Dance With You”. Other artists in this set include A$AP Ferg (x2!), Mumdance & Logos, Otzeki, Pink Frost, Viceroy (ft. Tom Aspaul), Yoko Ono, along with a solid Hercules & Love Affair remix of a Sharon Van Etten track.
Amy O – Sunday Meal
Gordi – Heaven I Know
Makeness – Micro Boss
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – When I Dance With You
In terms of modern R&B artists, I think one of the main reasons why 6LACK is starting to get lots of attention from fans of the genre is because he’s demonstrated a unique ability to occupy the creative space between Frank Ocean and Jeremih. That impressive dynamic continues on new track “That Far,” which is magnetically compelling. Fascinating, to me at least, is Diet Cig’s new song “Together We Can Conquer Whatever,” which takes the pop-punk band’s sound and softens it up a bit. They just put out an album a couple months back, but this is a one-off track they contributed to the soundtrack of an Amazon original special American Girl: Summer Camp, which might explain the sense of child-like wonder that radiates from it. It’s kind of an odd choice to have a band named Diet Cig do a song for a children’s film, but when it works, it works. Also making it work is Kyle Bent on his new track “Just A Little Bit”. It’s a solid rap track that lands somewhere in the neighborhood of Future and D.R.A.M., so if you like them then you’ll probably like this. Other artists in this set include The Aces, alxxa, Blondage, Cam Maclean, EMBRZ, Jayaire Woods, Minke, Thea & The Wild, and Wingtip (ft. Delacey).
6LACK – That Far
Diet Cig – Together We Can Conquer Whatever
Kyle Bent – Just A Little Bit