The Mantles Release “Brown Balloon,” Long Enough to Leave Due June 18
Lovely new stuff from San Francisco’s The Mantles. “Brown Balloon” echoes a bit of New Zealand’s Flying Nun label (with bands such as The Chills and The Clean) with clean guitars dripping reverb, but the vocals are nicely left largely rough and untouched, giving it a garage feel that goes a long way to set it apart. Loving those pristine guitars that come in about 40 seconds in, as well as the power chords at the chorus — remember those? Long Enough to Leave is out June 18 on Slumberland.
The Soft Moon Unveils “Want” Video
The Soft Moon’s Zeros is a deeply dark, cinematic record, so it makes sense that the video for one of its best songs, “Want,” would follow suit. Feeling somewhere between a nightmare, drug hallucination and horror movie, “Want” calls to mind classic videos like Prodigy’s “Smack My Bitch Up” (and similarly to that video, “Want” is very much NSFW, so don’t click if you may be offended by drug use or brief nudity and violence).
Stream Thee Oh Sees’ Floating Coffin on Pitchfork; Preorder it from Amoeba
It seems like every week I write about S.F.’s Thee Oh Sees, but they keep making great music and releasing it often, so why not? Their entire new album, Floating Coffin, is streaming via Pitchfork Advance ahead of its April 16 release. It’s one of the garage-rock act’s most accomplished releases to date. Preorder it on CD or LP from Amoeba.
Le Youth Sample Cassie on “C O O L”
Imagine you’re a privileged high school kid in L.A. listening to some chilled-out electro by the pool with your friends like Empire of the Sun or something, but your kid sister and her friends are bumping Cassie’s “Me and You” from her bedroom, loudly. Instead of fighting, you decide to hang out, now that she’s older and cool enough, and keep the music simultaneously playing. Out comes “C O O L,” which borrows significantly from the Cassie jam but imbues it with Hollywood-rock sunshine vibes, and is way better than it has any right to be. Ultra releases it July 2.
Shows This Weekend:
Coachella is this weekend. If you’re not there, there are lots of other great shows to see.