Entries tagged with: Tezeo
by Andrew Sacher
UK trio Darkstar made a solid impact with their 2010 debut full length, North, a dubstep-meets-synthpop album that came out on Hyperdub just before that sound really took off. After three years, and finding a new home on Warp Records, they've finally resurfaced with a second album, News From Nowhere, which came out earlier this month (2/5).
A much lighter record than its predecessor, News From Nowhere ditches dubstep in favor of electronic-tinged ambient pop. It's a beautiful sounding record and most of it is heavy on the atmospheres, though there are moments that break the mold, like the Animal Collective-indebted "Amplified Ease." The video for that track and a four-song sampler of the album are below. You can also hear the whole album on Spotify or pick it up on iTunes. That's the artwork above.
Darkstar just wrapped up a European tour this week and they'll be headed to the US for a tour here in March, which hits NYC on March 28 at Glasslands with Gobby and Tezeo. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
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by Andrew Sacher
Kindness - 'World, You Need a Change of Mind'
UK artist Kindness (aka Adam Bainbridge) released his first full length, World, You Need a Change of Mind, earlier this year via Female Energy/Polydor and made some live appearances at SXSW. He's now set to make his NYC live debut at a FIXED show at Le Poisson Rouge on May 17 with Tezeo and FIXED DJs JDH & Dave P. Tickets are on sale now.
Kindness pulls from US disco and synth-funk and its long-standing relationship with rock, dating back to bands like Talking Heads and ESG, and on World, You Need a Change of Mind, he ends up somewhere in the middle of that spectrum. The album reaches its biggest disco-pop moment on "That's Alright," while still paying tribute to indie rock with a synthed up cover of The Replacements' "Swingin Party." That cover was initially released as a single a few years ago with the b-side, "Gee Up," which also appears on the record. It also includes Kindness's second single, "Cyan," which was issued in the US on Chris Taylor's Terrible Records. Check out some streams from the album below.