“Pyxis” is made up of retrospective synth melodies (that harken to old-school M83) which repeat over and over and over, somehow sounding fresh every time, and some classic french house. It makes me want to air drum. And and since no one can see me air drum while I type…
Boom SLAM Boom SLAM Boom SLAM Boom SLAM
tic tic tic tic tic tic tictic tic tic tic tic tic tic tic tic tictic tic
That’s me air drumming along to the Tycho-esque beat that drives this energetic electronic instrumental. These sounds are dark, fresh, and breezy.
Beets Tip: enjoy with a side of evening retrospection or a new adventure. And when you’re done, try some cold water sipped from an empty beer bottle that you filled with water and put in the fridge for later.
One part boisterous New Orleans street musicians, two parts summer heat, a dash of Regina Spektor-esque boldness, and VOILA! you have “Hot Night” by New Orleans based Carsie Blanton.
Beets Tip: enjoy with a side of late night summer heat – the kind where even a thin cotton sheet is too warm. And drink something with ice cubes in it!
Mount Everest. Mount Everest. This Mount Everest!! This one guy, Jesse Mitchell Lindsey, has been making a song every Monday for the past 298 weeks. YES!! So, now we can hear what music sounds like when someone makes a song every week for 298 weeks! And better yet, what delicate gems of life are to be found in this intricate collection of music?!
Folky, introspective, and vulnerable – the latest Mount Everest track (which features Jesse’s wife) is a masterful depiction of the refuge found in love.
Beets Tip: enjoy with a side of hand holding on a clear, windy night, while looking up at the stars and realizing the universe goes on forever
Are you experiencing loads of travel and transitions this summer? What to listen to when these things are happening?? Well – for a start, this Beach House-y track by SALES! With its haunting half-mumbled vocals and laid back spring-reverbed out guitar licks – it is a great way to quiet the mind and step back from the rush of everything: computer beeps, GPS commands, text alerts, family dysfunctions, the inevitable degeneration of the human body, and the ever increasing speed of time.
Beets Tip: enjoy with a side of not giving a FLEEP anymore, but in a good way ; )
Mix two parts Rainer Maria from 2006, one part Le Tigre, and a dash of The Cranberries and you may find yourself with the veritable cocktail of jangly low-fi pop that is Snail Mail’s latest single “Thinning.” The self proclaimed “3 piece band from bmore” delivers a melancholy summer track with a truly indie soul that makes me nostalgic for something I’m not sure I ever experienced. And it feels so good.
Beets Tip: enjoy with a side of sticking your head out the window on a hot and breezy day
Trivial Shields investigates darker subject matters and somehow makes it seem like a great idea to dance about it. His music is a friend who gets the sh*t you’re going through, listens, doesn’t brush anything under the rug, and then gets you to dance the angst away.
Sounds like: catchy pitch-shifted vocals, infectious backbeat, and sparkling arpeggiated-synths
Beets Tip: enjoy with a side of backpacking through Europe
Joey Dosik is a musical beast. And his latest release, The Game Winner, is a masterpiece of soulful goodness. Dosik – who has played with artists such as Princess, Vulpeck, and Mocky – released a 6 track EP this summer that is refreshingly authentic. Check out the warm crunchy sounds, masterful musicianship, and timeless vocals that make this EP a joy to listen to:
Beets Tip: enjoy with a side of fresh lemon balm iced tea