NEW DISCOVERIES OF 2013 (Whether released in 2013 or not)
- Lar’s pick: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Pop-psychodelian Ariel Pink maintains a playful approach to music making, through the lo-fi vibes of 2002’s House Arrest to the more polished production value of 2012’s Mature Themes. House Arrest track “Alisa” is an upbeat but heart-wrenching homage to his ex-wife.
- Les’ pick: Banks
Pigeonholed by bloggers as “Ellie Goulding singing songs written by The Weeknd,” Banks tries to transcend current trends by bringing a soulful vulnerability to her lyrics and vocals. Everything comes together in “This is What it Feels Like,” produced by Jamie Woon and Lil Silva. We’re still waiting for her debut album to see if she really is greater than the sum of her influences.
Check out the full indepth discussion in the podcast below!