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Grimes' voice on Visions will get stuck in your head. Not just her agile melodies or her pop-smart lyrics—although those will, too—but that strange, elfin voice. Or voices, really, since electro-pop artist Claire Boucher frequently loops and layers herself into harmonious polyphony. This makes her solo songs surprisingly roomy and active, her main register—a high voice that often strays into baby-ish twee—playing against thumping beats, spacey synths and less modulated vocals without cluttering up the frequency range. It's a captivating sound, but it would be academic without such supremely catchy pop tunes as back-to-back pair "Genesis," with its koto-like synth lines and ecstatic chorus, and "Oblivion," which displaces girl group harmonies and handclaps for a dark, stalking taunt.
Nightlife is the third EP by electronic rock band Phantogram, released November 1, 2011 by Barsuk Records. It was also sold at their shows before the official release date. The first single from the album, "Don't Move", was debuted October 5, 2011 by Pitchfork. They released the album for full streaming on their Facebook page on October 18.
Mr Little Jeans
Sylvan Esso is the debut studio album by American electropop group Sylvan Esso, released May 12, 2014 via Partisan Records. The band consists of singer Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn.
The album reached number 39 on the Billboard 200 and number 7 on the Independent Albums chart, and as of November 2014 has sold 39,000 copies.
III is the third studio album by Canadian electronic music duo Crystal Castles. The album was released in the United Kingdom on November 12, 2012. It was initially planned to be released on November 5, 2012 before being delayed. Produced entirely by Ethan Kath, was recorded in Warsaw and mixed in London. The album addresses the theme of oppression, with the musicians using different pedals and keyboards to create a diverse "palette of sound". "A lot of bad things have happened to people close to me since II and it's profoundly influenced my writing as I've realized there will never be justice for them. I didn't think I could lose faith in humanity any more than I already had, but after witnessing some things, it feels like the world is a dystopia where victims don't get justice and corruption prevails," Alice Glass said in a statement. On October 9, 2012, the track listing for the album was revealed via the duo's official Facebook page.
For all the talk that The xx's second album would be more influenced by the beat-driven remix and production work that band member Jamie Smith has done since 2009's self-titled debut, Coexist sticks largely to the UK indie-electronic trio's already well-established strength: restraint. As ever, The xx mine a vein of minimalism in which the smallest moves make massive impacts: a sliding, single-string guitar lead or bobbing bass line; the inviting space in-between Smith's spare but kinetic beats; the sensual tension between Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim's gently tug-of-warring vocals. There are fresh elements here—the wavering steel drums and muffled, clacking beat of "Reunion," the resounding piano chords on "Swept Away"—and maybe some new confidence to Croft and Sim's singing—but for the most part Coexist doubles down and further distills The xx's singularly subtle allure.
Secondhand Rapture is the debut studio album by American duo MS MR, released on May 14, 2013 by Columbia Records. The album was written and produced by MS MR with additional production and mixing done by Tom Elmhirst. The album features the singles "Hurricane", "Fantasy" and "Think of You". Secondhand Rapture peaked at No. 116 on the Billboard 200 and sold 3,500 copies during its first week.
In Return is the second album by American electronic music duo Odesza, released on September 9, 2014 through Counter and Ninja Tune. It is the major label debut of the electronic duo after the release of their self-released debut album Summer's Gone two years prior and follows up that album.
The album debuted atop the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart and was positively received by critics.
The "Say My Name" track used in Windows 10 Promotional and Retail Demo Video.
LP1 is the debut studio album by English singer and songwriter FKA Twigs. It was released on 6 August 2014 by Young Turks. Production for the album is handled by FKA Twigs herself, alongside Emile Haynie, Arca, Cy An, Devonté Hynes, Clams Casino, Paul Epworth, Sampha and Tic.
Upon release, LP1 received widespread critical acclaim, and placed high on several year-end critics' lists. The album spawned three singles: "Two Weeks", "Pendulum" and "Video Girl". The album was nominated for the 2014 Mercury Prize and the award for Best Recording Package at the 2015 Grammy Awards.
Recover EP is the debut EP by Scottish synth-pop band Chvrches.
It was released on 25 March 2013 in the UK via Goodbye and Virgin Records and 26 March 2013 in the US via Glassnote Records. The song "Recover" was issued as the second single from their debut studio album The Bones of What You Believe and it reached number 91 in the UK Singles Chart. This was the first time that a Chvrches single received notable attention on singles charts, as the band's first single, "The Mother We Share", would not begin to chart until its re-release in the Fall of 2013. The "Recover" single was also promoted by a music video.
Recover EP was released as digital download and as a limited edition 12" vinyl for Record Store Day 2013. It was also re-released as a limited edition orange 12" vinyl for Record Store Day 2014.
Without My Enemy What Would I Do
Made In Heights
Ghost is the second extended play by American singer Sky Ferreira. It was released on October 16, 2012, by Capitol Records. It was made available in place of her frequently delayed debut studio album, which eventually became Night Time, My Time. Ghost represents a musical departure from Ferreira's earlier work, which explored more prominent elements of dance-pop. She collaborated with producers including Ariel Rechtshaid, Greg Kurstin, Jon Brion, Dev Hynes, and Blake Mills to achieve her desired sound. Their efforts resulted in a primarily synth-pop record, although it differs from her earlier work in that it sees additional influences from acoustic, indie pop and new wave music.
Ghost received mixed to positive reviews from music critics, who appreciated its diversity, but were ambivalent towards its overall cohesiveness. It peaked at numbers eight and 71 on the US Billboard Top Heatseekers and Alternative Albums record charts. Along with three other tracks, the extended play included the singles "Red Lips" and "Everything Is Embarrassing".
Paracosm is the second studio album by American singer Washed Out, released on August 7, 2013 by Sub Pop. It was produced by Washed Out and Ben H. Allen and was recorded at Maze Studios in Atlanta.
"It All Feels Right" was released as the album's lead single on June 11, 2013. Upon release, the album received mostly positive reviews from critics. The album debuted at number 21 on the Billboard 200, selling 13,000 copies in its first week.
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming is the sixth studio album by French electronic music band M83, released on 18 October 2011 by Naïve and Mute. It is M83's last album with keyboardist Morgan Kibby and the band's first full double album.
The album has received generally favourable reviews from critics. It debuted at number 15 on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 21,000 copies, becoming M83's highest-charting album to date. It has sold 300,000 copies in the United States as of March 2016.
The album was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards and was recognized in The 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far by Pitchfork in August 2014.
Treats is the debut studio album by American noise pop duo Sleigh Bells, released on May 24, 2010 by Mom+Pop and N.E.E.T. Recordings.
Santogold is the debut studio album by American artist Santigold. The album was released on April 29, 2008 in the United States and May 12 in the United Kingdom, on Downtown Records and Atlantic Records, respectively.
Blending a variety of musical genres ranging from new wave to alternative rock and reggae, the album was very well received by critics upon release and was noted for its "cross-genre confidence". It earned multiple spots on 'top albums of the year' lists from major music periodicals such as NME, Rolling Stone, and Spin, and was positively compared to several other artists, including Debbie Harry, Pixies, M.I.A., Goldfrapp, The Go-Go's, Joe Strummer, and The Slits. White, who was admittedly influenced by '80s new wave rock, based the music of "My Superman" from the song "Red Light" by Siouxsie and the Banshees.
The album spawned four singles, most notably "L.E.S. Artistes" and "Creator", and features appearances and/or production work from Bad Brains' Chuck Treece, Clifford Pusey of Steel Pulse, Diplo, Disco D, Freq Nasty, Spank Rock, Radioclit, Sinden, Switch, and Trouble Andrew.
Bikini Daze EP
Bikini Daze is the debut extended play by Danish singer and songwriter MØ. It was released on 18 October 2013 by Chess Club Records and RCA Victor. The EP was made available as a digital download and as a limited-edition 10-inch vinyl.
How To Run Away
Sbtrkt is the self-titled debut studio album by English musician Sbtrkt. Pitchfork placed the album at number 42 on its list of the "Top 50 albums of 2011".
In Colour is the debut studio album by English producer Jamie xx, released on 29 May 2015 by Young Turks. The album was composed during a five-year period while a member of the indie pop band The xx, starting with his production on xx in 2009. After starting his solo career with the remix album We're New Here and singles like "All Under One Roof Raving", he was intent on making the album something of a departure from his previous work and genre. The album features guest vocals from fellow The xx members Romy and Oliver Sim, as well as from Young Thug and Popcaan. The album produced five singles: "Girl" and "Sleep Sound" as a double-single on 5 May 2014, "Loud Places" on 27 March 2015, "Gosh" on 4 May and "I Know There's Gonna Be" on 22 May.
In Colour received widespread acclaim from critics. It debuted at number three on the UK Albums Chart, selling 19,255 copies in its first week. In the United States, the album entered the Billboard 200 at number 21 and topped the Dance/Electronic Albums, with first-week sales of 19,000 copies.
If You Leave
If You Leave is the debut album by Daughter released under 4AD on 18 March 2013. In anticipation of the album, a music video for the promotional single "Still" was released on 24 January 2013. It was directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard.
Tremors is the debut studio album by English musician Sohn, released on 7 April 2014 by 4AD. In 2014 it was awarded a silver certification from the Independent Music Companies Association, which indicated sales of at least 20,000 copies throughout Europe.
Era Extraña is the second studio album by American electronic music band Neon Indian, released on September 7, 2011 by Static Tongues and Mom + Pop Music. It was recorded between the winter of 2010 and 2011 during frontman Alan Palomo's visit to Finland. Containing influences and elements of psychedelic pop, shoegaze and new wave, the album has the same summery sound as the band's debut studio album, Psychic Chasms, but with a darker and more serious tone.
The record was generally well received by critics, with some reviewers calling it more focused, tight and cohesive than Psychic Chasms and some praising the songcraft. However, some mixed reviews noted that on this album, Neon Indian lost much of the charm that was apparent on Psychic Chasms. The album peaked at No. 74 on the US Billboard 200, the band's first release to appear on the chart.
Give You The Ghost
Give You the Ghost is the first studio album from American indie pop band Poliça and was released on February 14, 2012, by Totally Gross National Product. It was re-released by Mom + Pop Music together with a remix EP on August 14, 2012. "Wandering Star" and "Lay Your Cards Out" feature vocals by Mike Noyce from Bon Iver. On the use of vocal effects, Leaneagh explained that "I'm not using Autotune to correct my voice, I'm using it to distort it, to catch the notes in between the melody line".
Cults is the debut album by American indie pop band Cults. The album was released in the US on June 7, 2011 on In the Name Of, an imprint of Columbia Records. The album was recorded over the course of 2010 and early 2011. In early 2010, the band released an EP, which featured two of the songs to appear on the album; "Go Outside" and "Most Wanted". The song "Go Outside" was featured on the soundtrack of the game MLB 11: The Show on PlayStation 3. The song "Bad Things" also appears in the Hulu true crime drama series The Act during the end credits of the third episode "Two Wolverines", and it was sampled on the track "She Knows" by rapper J. Cole from the album Born Sinner. The song "You Know What I Mean" appears in episode 6 of Amy Poehler's show Russian Doll on Netflix.
Passive Me, Aggressive You
The Naked And Famous
Passive Me, Aggressive You is the debut studio album by New Zealand indie electronic band The Naked and Famous. It was released on 6 September 2010 by Somewhat Damaged. The album debuted at number one on the New Zealand Albums Chart. The album spawned four singles: "All of This", "Young Blood", "Punching in a Dream" and "Girls Like You"; with "Young Blood" peaking at number one on the New Zealand Singles Chart.
Ritual Union is the third studio album by Swedish electronic music band Little Dragon. It was released on 25 July 2011 by Peacefrog Records. The album reached number 47 in the band's native Sweden, as well as number 28 on the UK Albums Chart and number 78 on the US Billboard 200. The album's second single, "Ritual Union", peaked at number 76 on the UK Singles Chart. Ritual Union received generally positive reviews from music critics.
Days Are Gone
Days Are Gone is the debut studio album by American pop rock band Haim. It was released on September 27, 2013, by Polydor Records. The album spawned six singles: "Forever", "Don't Save Me", "Falling", "The Wire", "If I Could Change Your Mind" and "My Song 5".
The album was recognized as one of The 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far by Pitchfork in August 2014.
Manners is the first studio album by the American electropop band Passion Pit, released on May 15, 2009, by Frenchkiss Records and Columbia Records. "The Reeling" was released as the album's lead single on May 11, 2009, and its music video was premiered on YouTube on April 21, 2009. A second single, "To Kingdom Come", was released in August 2009, followed by "Little Secrets" in December 2009. "Sleepyhead" was originally included on Passion Pit's first EP, Chunk of Change, but was mastered for inclusion on Manners.
Pitchfork Media announced on March 16, 2010, that Frenchkiss Records would release a deluxe edition of the album on April 13, 2010, with three bonus tracks and new artwork. The bonus tracks included stripped-down versions of "Moth's Wings" and "Sleepyhead" and a cover of The Cranberries' 1992 song "Dreams", which the band played live on their 2010 world tour.
A haunting sense of the past plays into Tycho's Dive, starting with a relatively recent vintage, the music is informed by the likes of Boards of Canada before stretching back—way back—into something more paleolithic. The sound is dusty and spacious, with beats that bellow big, but fan out more than stomp down; and various adornments—cooing synthesizer lines, almost-folk acoustic guitar, atmospheric ambient washes—coalescing in ways that scan as personal and warm.
Sweet Talk EP
Kito & Reija Lee
The Year Of Hibernation
The Year of Hibernation is the debut album of American artist Youth Lagoon, the stage name of musician Trevor Powers. The album was released on September 27, 2011 on the independent record label Fat Possum Records. It peaked at No. 41 on the Independent Albums and No. 8 on the Top Heatseekers charts of Billboard. While no official singles were released, two of the songs were made available on Bandcamp prior to the album's release and two videos were made in support of the album.
Something is the second full-length album by American indie band Chairlift in the United States via the Columbia Records on January 24, 2012, and in the United Kingdom via Young Turks on January 23, 2012. The first album since founding member Aaron Pfenning left the band in 2010, Something features production from Dan Carey and Alan Moulder. The first single, "Amanaemonesia", was released as a 7" on August 16, 2011 via Terrible Records. In March, 2012, an interactive video for "Met Before" was released. The video, directed by Jordan Fish, allows the viewer to determine the direction the main character takes.
An Awesome Wave
An Awesome Wave is the debut album by English indie rock band alt-J, released on 25 May 2012 through Infectious. The album includes the singles "Matilda"/"Fitzpleasure", "Breezeblocks" and "Tessellate". It peaked at number thirteen on the UK Albums Chart, and also charted in Belgium, France, Netherlands and Switzerland. An Awesome Wave won the 2012 British Barclaycard Mercury Prize, and in 2013 was named Album of the Year at the Ivor Novello Awards. The title is a reference to a quote from the 2000 American-Canadian film American Psycho.
Warpaint is the second studio album by the American indie rock band Warpaint, released on January 17, 2014 on Rough Trade Records. Produced by Flood and the band itself, the album was preceded by the single, "Love Is to Die". It has been characterized as dream pop.
Hummingbird is the second studio album by American indie rock band Local Natives, released on January 29, 2013 on Frenchkiss Records in the US, and on Infectious Records in Europe. Produced by The National guitarist Aaron Dessner, the album was preceded by the singles, "Breakers" and "Heavy Feet." "Breakers" reached #12 on the Billboard Top 200. The song "Mt. Washington" was also featured in the 2015 video game Life Is Strange.
I Never Learn
I Never Learn is the third studio album by Swedish singer and songwriter Lykke Li, released on 2 May 2014 by LL Recordings and Atlantic Records. The album was produced by Li, Björn Yttling and Greg Kurstin. It spawned the singles "No Rest for the Wicked", "Gunshot" and "Never Gonna Love Again".
Blue Jeans Remixes
Lana Del Rey
Strange Mercy is the third studio album by musician St. Vincent, released by 4AD on September 12, 2011, in the United Kingdom and a day later in the United States. The album's cover art was designed by St. Vincent, and was photographed by Tina Tyrell. The album peaked at number 19 on the Billboard 200, it was St. Vincent's highest charting album at the time, later being surpassed by her next two solo albums, St. Vincent and Masseduction. In addition, Strange Mercy also received significant critical acclaim.
The album was recognized as the 23rd Best Album of the Decade So Far by Pitchfork in August 2014. Strange Mercy sold nearly 30,000 copies in the three weeks following its release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. As of January 2012, UK sales stand at 7,500 copies according to The Guardian.
Gold (Flume Re-Work)
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