Portland's Golden Retriever opened their record release show for Occupied with the Unspoken not with a performance, but with the music video for their latest single, "Canopy". Directed by Jeff Guay and shot throughout the Pacific Northwest, the music video is a slow-paced meditation on man in nature. As trees blew in light wind, water rippled black, and most strikingly, a pink-blue cloud very lightly floated its way across the projected sky, a roomful of strangers was forced to take a slow moment, a collective breath, in reverence to nature.

 

August 1st, 2012 @ Holocene, Portland

"Pop music shouldn't always get a bad rap," says Top Pops!, a recurring selection of pop music highlights across a selection of styles. Portland's Aan bust out a killa new track and Japan's Shintaro Sakamoto, formerly of psych outfit Yura Yura Teikoku, sees a U.S. release for his pop-jazz-rock solo. Plus a mini throwback homage to Yura Yura Teikoku!

Aan

Aan (not to be confused with their Portland neighbors AU despite the consonant-consonant confusion) is one Portland band we've never really written about on REDEFINE. To be very honest, I haven't been the craziest about the samples I have heard -- until now! The band's latest direction breaks them out of simple straight-forward songwriting and into edgier territory, as encapsulated by the preview track for their upcoming album, "I Don't Need Love". The 7" release of this track comes out this month via Cool Summer Records and the full-length, Amor Ad Nauseum, comes out... sometime in the future. Peep their Into The Woods session below for some fucking passion! I know not what the future holds for Aan, but this is a big step in the right direction, dudes! They also have a short string of tour dates coming up, below.

 

See all articles related to Into The Woods See all articles related to Portland Musicians AAN SUMMER 2012 TOUR DATES 8/2 SANTA ROSA, CA @ Christy's on the Square 8/5 SANTA BARBARA, CA @ Muddy Waters w/ Avi Buffalo + Little Owl 8/6 LOS ANGELES, CA @ The Echo w/ Wildcat! Wildcat + Incan Abraham 8/7 FRESNO, CA @ 55 Fulton w/ Light Thieves + Greener By Color + Actress 8/8 SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ Cafe Du Nord w/ Religious Girls + French Cassettes 8/9 PORTLAND, OR @ Holocene -- Into The Woods party 9/7 PORTLAND, OR @ MFNW at Star Theater w/ Pains of Being Pure at Heart + Moon Duo

 

SPECTRAL HYPNOSIS A recurring series, featuring mesmerizing songs for one to lose sense of time and space, mind and body.

Nguzunguzu

On July 3rd, Los Angeles electronic duo Nguzunguzu released their debut record on Hippos In Tanks Records, their Warm Pulse EP. Below, you can choose to stream the first track "Smoke Alarm", or you can do yourself a bigger favor and listen to it in its tiny 5-track entirety via Red Bull Music Academy! No regrets and no waste of your time here. I might note that lovers of sci-fi might find small homages; "Drop Cage" is quite reminiscent of the X-Files theme song. NGUZUNGUZU - WARM PULSE EP TRACKLISTING 1. Warm Pulse 2. Delirium 3. Smoke Alarm 4. Drop Cage 5. No Longer NGUZUNGUZU SHOW DATES July 14th @ The Complex in Glendale, CA w/ oOoOO, ∆Aimon

 

Stream NGUZUNGUZU - Warm Pulse EP via Red Bull Music Academy

 

Remix City Sifting through mountains of remix trash so you don't have to, in an attempt to find the ones that contribute to their originals. Portland's Radiation City and Denmark's Fallulah both get their indie turned dance.

 

Fallulah

Fallulah's solo material definitely lives more in sultry Feist territory than on dance floors -- and "I Lay My Head" is almost much too obvious an example of that -- but Shook's remix of the track turns it from a hand-clapping, foot-stomping kind-of good time into one you want to wiggle your elbows, bend your knees, and get down James Brown style to. Fallulah, aka Maria Apetri, has her debut full-length, The Black Cat Neighbourhood, coming out August 21st on MBM Records. Fallulah - "I Lay My Head" (Shook Remix) Fallulah - "I Lay My Head" (Original)

 

 

Whim is a weekly collection of media focused on independent rock/pop/garage and everything surrounding it. This week we feature the incredible new Grizzly Bear track, an Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti cover, a brand new Jens Lekman cut and more. So yeah, it's been an insanely busy week for music junkies. And a good one too.

 

Grizzly Bear

Putting some of my personal fixations with Grizzly Bear aside, the release of their brand new song almost imploded the internet last week. "Sleeping Ute" is taken from the bands yet-to-be-titled album, due out later this year on Warp, and is an explosive mix of scaling guitars and the band's collective vocal range. It's incredibly reminiscent of member Daneil Rossen's Department of Eagles project, digging into darker, more cathartic sounds on the third verse. It's different from "Two Weeks," which is kind of a bold statement considering the success of that song and Veckatimest as a whole, but "Sleeping Ute" is expansive and brilliant. So for now at least, they have my attention.

 

tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus lends her voice to Elephant & Castle in this laid-back jazzy tune, which flies through prismatic landscapes feathered by bursts of light. In this highly digital rendering, balls of red and purple tones expand like nuclei in space, walking the line between hoakily animated and just artistically removed enough from our current plane of existence.

 

Visuals by Timeboy Elephant & Castle's latest record, Transitions, was released by Plug Research at the end of March 2012. You can also catch a live video of them performing "I Will" on a house stoop, below, along with a full tracklisting for the record.

 

Francis Harris

Sexual tension creates intrigue in Francis Harris' video for "Pharoah In The Morning." Directed by Lisa B, this video pairs perfectly with the minimal and jazzy contributions of Danish singer Gry and trumpet player Greg Paulus, like a morning wake-up call of the most passionate and surprisingly exciting kind. The video follows with a remix from electronic composer Matthew Herbert, who creates a artfully restrained and delicately progressive version of "lostfound," as well as a tracklisting for Leland, which is out now on Scissor & Thread.

 

LELAND TRACKLISTING Plays I Play Pensum Living Lips Lostfound Of the Field Pharoah In the Morning McCleod Picture Us Close Air Whether Is Was Leland

 

Clipd Beaks

Oakland's bringers of psych-jazz-drone are back! Freshly disconnected with the mostly obsolete Lovepump United, Clipd Beaks have just self-released WAKE, a six-track sampling of long-forgotten works they've recently dusted off for your listening pleasure. Album single, "All The Way Evil," which you can download above, recalls both a nighttime drive through winding dark canyons and an intense oceanic quest filled with sea monsters. Sound appealing? Get into the zone and stream the entire album below!