C Spencer Yeh
“In The Blink Of An Eye”

The prolific and – now that he’s making pop music – diverse C Spencer Yeh will release his new songwriting 7” March 15 on De Stijl Records. But what is songwriting, man? Taking hundred year old classical tropes concerning harmonic movement and condensing them into their simplest form within a rigid, segmented structure that lasts 2 to 4 minutes and is accompanied by repeated quad-beat percussive phrases? What isn’t songwriting? I wish C Spencer would answer these questions, and many more.

• C Spencer Yeh: http://www.dronedisco.com/
• De Stijl: http://www.facebook.com/pages/De-Stijl-Records/254039376413

Outer Space

“Bad Rubycon Sequent”

Emerald’s John Elliot, performing as Outer Space, gives us another pointilistic synth journey through outer space. Vangelis is pissed.

BAD RUBYCON SEQUENT by spectrumspools

Ponytail

“Easy Peasy”

Ponytail make music that we like.

The group’s latest, Do Whatever You Want All The Time, is due April 12 on We Are Free. (via P4k)

• Ponytail: http://chocolatelabinegypt.blogspot.com
• We Are Free: http://www.nowwearefree.com

Skeletons

“Grandma”

Skeletons’ new album, PEOPLE, is due April 26 on Shinkoyo/Crammed Discs. There’s a song called “Barack Obama Blues” on it. Another one’s called “Walmart and the Ghost of Jimmy Damour.” :)

• People: http://skeletonstv.tumblr.com
• Shinkoyo: http://shinkoyo.com
• Crammed Discs: http://crammed.be

Time Wharp

“Cuspcake”

I suppose it’s only natural that 8-bit synths would become increasingly popular in a realm of music so dominated by nostalgia these days. It seems like every week I read about a new ‘chiptune’ artist trying their hand at manipulating some 20-something’s heartstrings. But, “Cuspcake,” the most recent reveal from Time Wharp’s upcoming debut, later., is much more than reminiscing afternoons spent with an NES. Jazzy hooks, arpeggio rainbows, and a stutter-strut will make this a go-to 2011 Summer Jam.

later. will be available for digital download on March 17th through AMDISCS, and on tape from Wonder Beard Tapes soon after.

• Time Wharp: http://timewharp.com/
• AMDISCS: http://www.amdiscs.com/
• Wonder Beard Tapes: http://wonderbeardtapes.tumblr.com/

Gang Gang Dance

“Glass Jar”

Stream the 11 minute opener from Gang Gang Dance’s upcoming Eye Contact:

• Gang Gang Dance: http://www.ganggangdance.com/
• 4AD: http://www.4ad.com/

  

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