RecommNeds: Conduits / Hospitality / Frankie Rose / Luyas

…breaks just like a little girl…

Conduits: Conduits

Too new to be known? Hopefully not for now. The debut album from Omaha’s Conduits is a revelation of pop music. Intense and dark, it’s dense with spellbinding music. There are layers upon layers in here, wailing guitar drone, deep low end and dreamy female vocals. The songs are great throughout, sometimes foreboding, sometimes hypnotic: enough groove to keep it moving, enough freak-outs to keep it interesting.

Spotify: Conduits – Conduits
MOG: https://mog.com/m#album/65144783
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B007H03ZHG
Rhapsody: http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/conduits/album/conduits

Hospitality: Hospitality

Another self-titled gem.  This is classic Brooklyn indie-pop, but don’t hold that against them! There are some giddy departures from scoop-of-vanilla here with thoughtfully diagrammed tunes and a punchy upbeat sound. There’s an NYC-through-the-eyes-of-David-Byrne thing going on with this album. Flourishes of horns, knee-jerk bass, loose guitar and a “your sister’s in a band!?” female lead vocal punctuate an album that’s flush with potential indie movie music montage material.

Spotify: Hospitality – Hospitality
MOG: https://mog.com/m#album/62722251
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B0071T66E2
Rhapsody: http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/hospitality/album/hospitality

Frankie Rose: Interstellar

Ambitious solo debut from Rose who has played a part in several other bands including Dum Dum Girls and Crystal Stilts, she has struck it out on her own not a moment too soon. While it’s tempting to adjective up this music with a range of {blank}-pop descriptors, this is one of those albums that defies our human tendency to categorize. Interstellar wants you to dance joyfully to it in front of your mirror, listen to it intently with big headphones sealed over your ears and your eyes closed, and sing along to it in a room full of friends all at the same time. Pop hooks, dance beats, anthemic rock riffs, nostalgic swaths of synth and creamy-center vocals, Interstellar hints at a this-is-only-the-beginning run for Rose.

Spotify: Frankie Rose – Interstellar
MOG: https://mog.com/m#album/63050605
Rhapsody: http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/frankie-rose/album/interstellar

The Luyas: Animator

Hailing from Montreal and only a degree or two removed from Arcade Fire, The Luyas are an art pop outfit not afraid to take some chances. The result here is an album that seems to squeeze pieces from different puzzles together into a single picture… and it mostly works. Orchestral forays butt against wet spaghetti bass while dreamy vocals from Jessie Stein float over the top like pink clouds. The result is somber and meditative at times, up-tempo and urgent at others;  Animator is the response to a sudden death of a friend and it shows.

Spotify: The Luyas – Animator
MOG: https://mog.com/m#album/74902195
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B009KKI62A
Rhapsody: http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/the-luyas/album/animator-dead-oceans


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