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Album review: Strange Talk – Cast Away *Most underrated album of 2014

May 29th, 2014 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Electropop, synthpop |

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I thoroughly enjoy almost every single song from Australian indie electro-pop band Strange Talk‘s debut album, Cast Away. This is a group that has loads of potential and will be a headlining act across the US very soon.

The album starts with the track “Cast Away” which has an excellent beat and a catchy hook that get you pumped for what lies ahead on the album. You will be singing fall to the night shortly after hearing it a couple times and the beat will get your hipster ass actually dancing to the song, no more folding your arms as you enjoy Strange Talk. After “Cast Away”, there’s the club jam “Falling In Love” which really gets you amped and this is when you start looking for someone to dance with. “Picking Up The Pieces” is super upbeat and has great rhythm. Then comes two of my three favorite songs ever from Strange Talk, ”Eskimo Boy”, a 2011 release that got me falling in love with this Aussie band, and “Young Hearts” their latest single that’s getting love from Snapchat! “Eskimo Boy” is that indie electro pop anthem that is super fun while “Young Hearts” is that timeless electro pop summer anthem that gets you reminiscing about past summer love and you will be surely singing along to the catchy chorus, something Strange Talk are experts in creating in almost all their songs!

“Another Day” may have some of the best instrumentation and is a great track following “Young Hearts” because after you’ve sang the chorus to your summer love in “Young Hearts”, then you can pledge your interest in them by seeking to be with them for “Another Day”. Sounds corny hearing me describe it but trust me, it’s an awesome song with great synths. “So So La La” I think is a song that makes fun of poor communication, almost like playing the telephone game and just writing a song about how frustrating it is to accurately carry a message through several people; it’s silly but if your embarrassed to sing along to this jam, I don’t blame you. What I love about the next track “Is It Real” is the catchy part where the harmonies come about with the band singing How Does It Make you Feeeeeeeeeeeeeeellll, very catchy and I enjoy the beat, very 80′s electro pop influenced. My other top 3 favorite songs ever from Strange Talk is “Climbing Walls” which is so awesome, two music videos were released for the song! I absolutely love this song, probably know all the words to this electro pop jam and when it gets to the chorus where the lead singer goes Oh, I Keep Trying To Run Away From What Your Saying, that’s when you really fall in love with this track.

“Come Back Home” is the slow jam that you slow dance to with your dance partner but your dancing will probably get interrupted by the chorus because Come Back Home, ‘Cause I’ve Been Waiting, Waiting for You is so god damn sexy to sing to someone you truly care about! “Morning Sun” is that fun synth pop jam where I love how the singer saying “Morning Sun” gets louder and louder as the track begins and it’s a song about post-hooking up/love making/getting it on. It’s a bit corny but to play this song after sex to remind your lover that you both should wake up early enough to catch sunrise is a great way to be romantic or creepy, however you pull it off is your thing but next time I have some sweet love making, don’t be surprised if I tell my lover “If we make it through the night, let’s watch the morning sun” “Wanted (Dead Or Alive)” is that 80′s synth jam with once again a super catchy chorus. The last song, “Take Me As I Am”, is one of the more forgettable songs but that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it; it’s about being yourself and asking those to accept you for who you are, unless you have no soul, there’s no reason not to enjoy that message!

I absolutely love this album, love this band and hope everybody reading this becomes a larger fan of Strange Talk. Stream Cast Away (iTunes) below which includes 12 of the 14 tracks from the album.

Video: Wunder Wunder – Coastline *upbeat retro psychadelia

April 3rd, 2014 by | Alternative/Indie, Music Video, Rock |

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We initially introduced you to Wunder Wunder through “Sure Stuck” which was a very fun track that I wanted to listen to while cruising on a long board through a beach town. Their latest “Coastline” makes you want to ride your longboard skateboard to the beach.

This song makes me want to run to a beach and see how far I go until I’m annoyed by all the salt water and call it quits and say, “fuck sand” as I inevitably will say at some point when I go to the beach. Anyways, shouts to Noisey for premiering Wunder Wunder‘s latest video for “Coastline”, it’s a fun beach rock retro psychadelia type of song that’s easy to enjoy.

Watch “Coastline” below.
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Video: Chance Waters ft. The Griswolds – Bonnie *indie hip-pop

April 1st, 2014 by | Alternative/Indie, Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video, Pop |

unnamed 600x360 Video: Chance Waters ft. The Griswolds   Bonnie *indie hip popNot sure how to categorize this song but I think it has this hip indie pop-rock feel that is very fun from some awesome Australian musicians in MC Chance Waters and infectious pop-rock band The Griswolds, my favorite emerging pop-rock band in Australia and maybe worldwide!

The video is the perfect companion piece to the multi-talented Chance Waters‘ ”Bonnie,” the MC’s collaboration with Sydney indie-poppers The Griswolds. The song blurs lines with pop hooks, harmonies, swathes of live instrumentation and world class production from Adelaide producer One Above (Hilltop Hoods).You can hear elements of Lily Allen crossed with Macklemore, crossed with the jubilation of such modern pop upstarts as Capital Cities.

Watch “Bonnie” below and start singing along to the catchy chorus. Do me a favor and comment below if you know anybody named Bonnie and who is younger than 30 years old. (more…)

Review: Steed Lord and Flower Drums live at Los Globos

April 1st, 2014 by | Alternative/Indie, Ambient, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Electropop, synthpop |

10153855 10202768983764454 1774323253 n 600x554 Review: Steed Lord and Flower Drums live at Los GlobosLast Thursday I saw international music coming to LA in the form of Iceland’s best electro dance pop trio Steed Lord and Australian psychedelic/dream pop band Flower Drums at Los Globos in Silverlake, California. The Icelandic hipsters were out in full force supporting Iceland band Steed Lord and although it wasn’t the largest crowd until the headliner Steed Lord got everybody dancing, it was still a fun show filled with new songs I have come to enjoy.
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Download: Wunder Wunder – Sure Stuck *must-listen lo-fi chill rock

March 5th, 2014 by | Rock |

artworks 000063387469 gxbg2f crop Download: Wunder Wunder   Sure Stuck *must listen lo fi chill rockWith an amalgamation of lo-fi squelch, dreamy guitars and warping synths, Wunder Wunder is a true aural trip into the west coast sun. “Sure Stuck” provides a kaleidoscope of melodies, they provide the sonic colour and boldness that most music seems to forget.

Wunder Wunder is the creative conception of Australian music producers, Aaron Shanahan and Benjamin Plant. After many years of producing and writing electronic music, the duo have given birth to a new project that adventures into their love of colourful psychedelic ’60s and ’70s pop.

Stream and download “Sure Stuck” below and make sure to keep an eye out on their upcoming releases.

“Sure Stack” reminds me of Arcade Fire (Reflektor edition), LCD Soundsystem and !!! (Chk chk chk) in how the song finishes.

 

Listen: Strange Talk – Young Hearts *must listen electro pop

February 7th, 2014 by | Alternative/Indie, Electropop, Music Video, synthpop |

artworks 000067907322 fkeq6r t500x500 Listen: Strange Talk   Young Hearts *must listen electro popAustralia indie electro pop band Strange Talk is back with a new song, titled “Young Hearts”, off their upcoming debut album, Cast Away (Pre Order), which I can’t wait to come out on April 29th. “Young Hearts” has their signature indie electro pop vibes that remind me of Cut Copy, Empire Of The Sun and Passion Pit, acts that Strange Talk will reach in popularity once their debut drops and their worldwide touring begins. This band is built for stardom and ever since I saw them at The Satellite back in November, I’ve been dying to hear more new releases from them.

Stream “Young Hearts” below and you will understand why I dig these Aussie rockers so much.

By the way, if you haven’t seen their latest music video for “Eskimo Boy”, you MUST WATCH IT! This is one of their best songs and the reason I fell in love with their music back in 2011!
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Review: The Griswolds and Strange Talk at The Satellite

November 12th, 2013 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Electropop, Music Video, Rock, synthpop |

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Contest: Win tickets to Strange Talk & The Griswolds at The Satellite Thursday

November 5th, 2013 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Dance, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hidden Gem, Music Video, Rock, synthpop |

04.03.strangetalk 1 Contest: Win tickets to Strange Talk & The Griswolds at The Satellite ThursdayCourtesy of Wind-Up Records, they’ve given us two tickets to giveaway for Thursday’s show to see two rising bands out of Australia, including one of my absolute favorite acts, Strange Talk and another I’ve slowly become a fan of, The Griswolds.

To win 2 tickets to see Strange Talk and The Griswolds this Thursday at The Satellite, email beforebigs@gmail.com with subject CONTEST and mention why you deserve tickets to see both Australian acts at the Satellite on Thursday. Contest ends Thursday at noon PST and if you don’t win, I highly recommend going to the show, more details on it here.

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Hidden Gem: Lancelot *Australian Nu-Disco/Dance

October 17th, 2013 by | Dance, Disco, House |

919832 649621955053526 762950066 o 600x395 Hidden Gem: Lancelot *Australian Nu Disco/DanceAbout a month ago on my way home from work, I put on Songza’s Indie Dance & Nu Disco playlist and about 3-5 songs in I hear Australian musician Lancelot‘s “Spoken Word” and immediately fall in love with his tunes. Within that same week I believe I heard another track, maybe “Higher Ground”, which I also dug a lot.

The dude has less than 5,000 Facebook fans, which will change when DJs more well-known than Goldroom and Le Crayon start remixing his tunes or when he starts remixing some mainstream music in Australia and worldwide. Either way, I hope he comes to LA soon, so I can impress my Nu-Disco music friends when I invite them to see Lancelot.

Below is my favorite, “Spoken Word”, his latest project, “Thinking Of You” EP and a 2-track Free EP as well.. I really love the handclaps or finger snaps with the piano to open the song plus I believe I hear children cheering in the background of the song, just lovely dance vibes especially when the guitar riff jumps in, so smooth!


This Friday: Miami Horror DJ set at Hotline Comic-Con San Diego

July 18th, 2013 by | Dance, Disco, Electro, Electronic Dance Music, Electropop |

comiccon21 400x600 This Friday: Miami Horror DJ set at Hotline Comic Con San DiegoHotline Comic-Con is an event based on the popular indie video-game, “Hotline Miami.” The event will be in the midst of San Diego Comic-Con International, starting at 8:30 at 1401 E St. San Diego, CA, 92101 on Friday, July 19th 2013. Sponsored by Sapporo and Nerd Reactor, guests are invited to enjoy beverages while they indulge in live dance music provided by our special guests. Hotline Comic-Con is ages 21+ with an admission price of $15. Tickets can be purchased at: http://oheyemusing.ticketsocket.com

Originally released in the Fall of 2012 by Dennaton Games for PC, “Hotline Miami” was inspired by the 80s aesthetic movie, “Drive.” “Hotline Miami” is now out for Mac, PS3 and PSVita. The game and its accompanying soundtrack has been highly reviewed within the video game community with praise from non-gamers, as well.

Australians Miami Horror DJs (of the band Miami Horror) will be spinning their dance-pop jams at the event as headliner. Miami Horror is known for their 80′s-influenced dance music and single collaborations with artists such as Kimbra and Alan Palomo of Neon Indian.Watch videos to my two favorite Miami Horror songs below. (more…)


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