Foxygen is the bi-coastal songwriting duo of Sam France (vocals, Olympia, Wash., 22 years old) and Jonathan Rado (guitar/keyboards, NYC, 22). They are the raw, de-Wes Andersonization of The Rolling Stones, Kinks, Velvets, Bowie, etc. that a whole mess of young people desperately need. They create a sometimes-impressionistic, sometimes-hyper-real portrait of sounds from specific places and times. Yet, it never comes across as anything but absolutely modern music. They bring the manic, freewheeling qualities of an artist like Ariel Pink to those aforementioned influences to make for one of the most refreshing listens of the year. They are the real deal and total savants. Their albums are love letters to vinyl collections. Jagjaguwar is proud to share with you Foxygen's bedroom masterpiece, Take the Kids Off Broadway.
Hundred Waters (9:30PM)
Hundred Waters was woven together under the spell of a viscous Floridian summer, from a home on its own in the woods amidst a city. The music sets sail into ancient seas, subtly shifting through worlds of howling silence, borealic tales, and briarpatched exotica, ultimately arriving into the arms of a caring embrace.
Nicole Miglis narrates the journey alongside Trayer Tryon, Paul Giese, Zach Tetreault, and Sam Moss, in Hundred Waters' debut release. The album was composed, recorded, torn apart, reshaped, spat on, shined, and tucked in at their Gainesville home through a method of remote collaboration and thoughtful solitude, reconvening at the helm to gather their threads into rope, and pull.
Hooray For Earth
Hooray For Earth formed in Boston, MA in late 2005 and soon after self-released their rock-leaning eponymous debut album in 2006. Band leader Noel Heroux moved to New York City after the release of their Cellphone EP (Dopamine) in 2007 and the band took an indefinite hiatus (a few informal break-ups occured), after which Heroux remerged with a new set of songs. The result is Momo (Dovecote Records / June 1st, 2010), an EP that expertly blends crunchy rock with layered electronic pop and countless influences in between. A wash of warm synths coasting under Heroux's languid delivery opens Momo on single "Surrounded By Your Friends," a combination so inviting it was picked for play on Good Morning America. "Comfortable, Comparable" follows with rollicking keyboards and perky drums, while distorted guitars buzz over heavy-hitting rhythm and 60s-style vocal harmonies on "Form."
Hooray For Earth is Noel Heroux (vocals, guitar, synth), Christopher Principe (bass), Gary Benacquista (guitar, live synth) and Joseph Ciampini (drums) with MOMO co-producer Josh Ascalon as part-time live-percussionist. The band has played with Mission Of Burma, Deer Tick, Holy Fuck, Oh No Ono, and Depreciation Guild in the past and just completed a US tour in support of Momo's release with Surfer Blood and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. The band calls New York City home, along with two members currently residing in Cambridge, MA.
Jensen Sportag (DJing Between Sets)
Nashville's Jensen Sportag create the type of R&B-brushed electro that feels plucked from your uncle's Detroit living room in '89 and presented in the same tortoiseshell case it originally came in – smooth music, contemporary as it is timeless. On Pure Wet, the boys of Jensen Sportag remind us that we can be vulnerable without being overexposed.
'Pure Wet' opens the EP with gauzy production, breathy vocals and a staccato pulse. At points the track is autoerotic, at other points claustrophobic. 'Mapquest' is a nighttime car drive that starts downtown, amidst big city lights, and ends on a country road, miles away from the small apartment you call home. In its perfection, single 'Everything Good' is an unattainable 1950's date night, and 'Jareaux', an empty love story that sees its protagonist committed to something he doesn't really believe in.
Pure Wet is a thoughtful release, steeped in timeless grooves and déjà vu.