Red Lights: 5th Edition

0 Posted by - 04/24/2013 - Red Lights

I’ve noticed in our remodeling that there is a void in my inbox where some tracks don’t quite fit the Shorthanded Goals mold, yet they don’t quite require or elicit a full feature. Basically, they are great tracks – I just can’t find the words or time to praise and describe.

I’ve thought about this and I figured why not post up a little segment where I can quickly run through the tracks that caught my ear but didn’t quite catch my tongue…Red Lights to make you slow and stop what you’re doing to listen.

There was a pleasant surprise in my inbox yesterday. News of the Fire, a band I wrote about when I was merely a fledgling blogger (some things never change, no?) released a new titled Paint. It has some absolutely rad artwork which you can admire above. Below you can hear the sweet riffs of “Emergency Sounds”. It’s a laid back rocker with a deliciously warm tone and the perfect kick start to a day of whatever quality you choose it to be.

A band called Lumina with a single named “Drive You Around”? I’m not even joking. It’s pretty good, too. This track reminds me of a warm late night in the 80’s, you know, when I was three or four. I bet I sat on the deck with my old man jamming to something that sounded like this. Probably not, but it does have that influence. It pained me to include it on Red Lights and not give “Drive You Around” it’s own post…I just couldn’t find the words to make it look as good as it sounds.

Lana Del Rey returned to the peaks of everywhere when her latest track on the Great Gatsby soundtrack appeared online. This is actually the second remix I’ve came across of it, though the first by Ta-ku was just a major edit of a snippet. This time (in what’s becoming a regular occurrence), Kulkid redid “Young And Beautiful” with electronics, adding a little bit of a synthetic vibe to latest Lana Del Rey cut.

I would rant a little on this track by LA based Valley Dweller, but he described it best. He’s got an indie pop vibe going on “Another Night”. The track is quite catchy, and the combination of electronics and guitars seems to a just right portion of each. This track isn’t gonna blow your mind with a wild new take on the genre, but it will certainly make a nice listen to chill to. Genre busters are overrated anyway.

This sat in the dusty, forgotten pile in my inbox since April 3rd. Needless to say I’m a touch late to the party, but Hands’ new track “Brave Motion” is the most rocking effort I’ve heard from them to date. The vocals are simple but effective, with oft repeated phrases sliding into your subconscious and a show ready chorus that you’ll probably find quite appealing. Synesthesia drops on April 30th.

Another interesting video from The Rest popped up yesterday. There’s a rather curious mental institution portrayed, and the track it’s set to, “Who Knows”, is quite the dreamy hunk.

Stream the track and watch the video below:


1 Comment

  • 36D 04/28/2013 - 5:40 AM

    Kulkid, master of generic kick, snare, and 1 finger base line.