To celebrate the release of their fantastic sophomore album ‘Landscape‘ on Frenchkiss Records on 14 September, Brooklyn-based Future Generations were kind enough to put together a playlist of some of their biggest influences. Sylvan Esso – The Glow Sylvan Esso is such a big influence for us in terms of their production techniques and songwriting choices. The sounds they choose and when they choose to use them are so utterly interesting and this song epitomizes everything we love about the group. It’s a seemingly simple song but packs so many different movements and changes in texture. It’s something we try to do in our own way in our songs. Plus that snare sound at around 1:40 ;) Hippo Campus – Buttercup This song is super intricate and represents everything we love about this band. The vocal melody is super unique, combined with an even more interesting rhythm section. The guitar tones are phenomenal and every member of the band just shines through in this song. Particularly a fan of the “Big” moments in this songs. They just hit really hard. Phoenix – Lisztomania An All-Time influence here with Phoenix. Their attitude towards songwriting is one that we admire quite a ...
thebluewalrus.com | Wed, 29 Aug 2018 15:07:03 +0000
'Less' begins almost as a traditional folk track, with Marsh's voice telling of pain and hardship over a harsh, repetitive strumming on the guitar, but as the cello cuts in the song envelops you and evolves into a dark mystery.
thebluewalrus.com | Wed, 01 Aug 2018 10:47:22 +0000
'Ancient Dust' begins with Hill's soulful voice in darkness over hanging bass growls and finger clicks, before breaking into a surprisingly upbeat chorus, reflecting the contradictions and inconsistencies of the human condition.
Riley Pearce' s If I Knew is a soft and understated track with little more than his stirring voice backed slow percussion and muted horns, giving him the space to reflect on past mistakes and discover where he went wrong.
Dyan's Absence sees the band move away from the electronics towards a hazy lullaby about new beginnings opening up. Its soft guitars and warm harmonies hint at the sunlight of moving on with a smoky saxophone awaiting you on the other side.
Thomas Azier's Echoes is melancholy throughout, sweeping from the sampled stuttering strummed guitar of the verse and a wistful longing chorus, but where I think Azier really comes into his own is as the tracks destructs in the final bars, moving from the cleaner pop of his past towards something all the more interesting with a sound I can only describe a a distorted elephant's trumpet.
thebluewalrus.com | Thu, 28 Jun 2018 08:30:32 +0000
One year on from his last release, the critically acclaimed Colours EP, Proper Micro NV is back with 'Dot Dot Dot', the first track from a new collective due later this year - and we are thrilled to give the track its first play here on the Walrus.
thebluewalrus.com | Wed, 27 Jun 2018 09:36:28 +0000
Max Rad's Carousel is a silky smooth slow fuck groove about infatuation that the Londoner carefully crafts between verse and chorus with funk guitar and falsetto harmonies. This is how you make an impression.