Pretty Lights announces new album, release date and host of pre-order options [News]

Pretty Lights

Derek Vincent Smith, otherwise known as Pretty Lights returns on the 2nd of July 2013 with A Color Map of the Sun, his first full length since 2009’s Passing By Behind Your Eyes. The first single Around the Block is already available as a free download from Pretty Lights’ website and is much in the trend of recent Pretty Lights tracks with glitchy electronic flourishes, deep bass and big beats; however it also returns to a slower more hip-hop focused sound with vocals from Talib Kweli. Continue reading

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Lord Huron – Lonesome Dreams [News & Listen]

“No time to rest. I’m gonna find me a life, baby, way out west”

After the success of his previous two EP’s, Ben Schneider a.k.a Lord Huron is now set to release his first album. Since the announcement of Lonesome Dreams (2012), a handfull of videos, images and songs and have been released on his website, giving us a glimpse of what is to come.

His previous EP’s have all been complimented with distinct and tasteful artwork, and this seems evident in his new release too. Currently on his website are grainy teaser videos of deserts and dense forests accompanied by excerpts of music from the album. There’s no doubt Lord Huron has adopted a Western theme, with grubby cowboys in bandanas and Mexicans tied up with knives to their throats. Red Dead inspired perhaps?

What’s most exciting is the full track he’s released called Time To Run, which is also free to download. Lord Huron has a knack for creating atmospheric, well paced songs that keep your finger hovering over the repeat button, and this track does exactly that. Lonesome Dreams is set to be released on October 9th but until then here’s Time To Run, and also one of his hit tracks from his previous EPs Mighty called, The Stranger.



Indian Summer by end’s not near [Listen]

This is a true gem of a track. About a year ago Bad Panda released a free album with a compilation of music from various artists, which as usual was put onto my iPod and buried away without proper attention.  However, like the majority of my loved ambient songs, this one wormed it’s way on my shuffle playlist and happily surprised me.

Japanese minimalist artist, end’s not near, has produced one of my favourite ambient tracks, Indian Summer. I’m a huge Haruki Murakami fan, and for me this song is the perfect soundtrack to his literature. I’m unsure of where the dialogue during the track comes from, or the actual reason for the production of this track, as his other work doesn’t seem to be connected. Either way, it’s a joy to the ears so sit back and relax to it.

Click here to download the track from Bad Panda’s blog.

Indian Summer by end’s not near