This week we're all over the map, quite literally. We have two tracks from Sweden (including a vinyl reissue from 2007), a new release from L.A. songstress Chelsea Wolfe, and the long-awaited return of Brooklyn's Au Revoir Simone. Perhaps most exciting, though, are the two new songs featuring man-of-the-hour Pharrell. We would have been satisfied with just his excellent Daft Punk and Robin Thicke collaborations, but we're not complaining. Is their a Pharrell-only satellite radio station yet?
Back in 2007 Boat Club released an amazing record of balearic pop that has gone on to gain cult status. Cascine, a label who specializes in a similarly breezy vibe, has done us the favor of printing the band's Caught The Breeze EP on vinyl for the very first time. "Memories," is summer-time perfection that hasn't aged a bit in the six years since its release.
Swedish/Norwegian newcomers Postiljonen has captivated us with its ethereal vocals and sweeping synths. "Atlantis" is the latest from the band, with an awesome sax lick that recalls M83. The band's debut album, Skyer drops today.
Au Revoir Simone
It's been a while since we last heard from Brooklyn dream-pop trio Au Revoir Simone (although Erika Spring has been making some great tunes as a solo artist). Picking up right where they left off, "Somebody Who" is a catchy piece of danceable pop that finds the group in top form.
Chicago quartet Twin Peaks make nostalgic guitar rock with a power-pop edge. "Irene" is the newest taste from the band's debut, with a jangly '70s vibe and a chorus that would make Alex Chilton proud.
We love Chelsea Wolfe's dark pop enough to have featured her as a Musical Muse here on Refinery29. "The Warden" has a stark industrial beat, with Wolfe's immaculate voice driving the track forward.
"#ATMJAM (Live at Glastonbury)"
While Azealia may have yet to drop her long-awaited debut, she did give us a taste with "ATMJAM" at Glastonbury this weekend (while wearing an amazing dinosaur costume, no less). For the track, the spitfire MC is given some help from Pharrell who is having what's shaping up to be the best year of his career.
After team-ups with Daft Punk, Robin Thicke, 2Chainz, Azealia Banks, and more, can we all agree that summer '13 belongs to Pharrell? (He's on this week's playlist twice!) For "Feds Watching," his smooth production perfectly bolsters 2 Chainz' zany rhymes, featuring what may be the best Commes des Garcons pronunciation we've ever heard.
French chanteuse Soko has a thing for wildly whimsical videos and her latest, featuring Ariel Pink, doesn't disappoint. This time Soko's ethereal voice soundtracks a modern day Frankenstein movie with a pleasantly happy ending.