Archive for ‘Tuesday Tip-Off’

April 19, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: Eyal Zuzman & Amir Lev

There’s a distinct pleasure in listening to music in another language, your brain and ears deprived of lyrical meaning are allowed to focus on and hear things they might otherwise not notice. The way all the other parts, including vocal melody, fit and fight with one another. The push and pull and dance of the music and voice free from the analyzation and judgement that we usually run songs through so that it rests in a very different space inside of us. “One Stork” by Eyal Zuzman and Amir Lev lands not only lands in that space, but sets up shop there. A quietly driving number that blends acoustic instruments and percussion with a restrained drum loop and female backing vocals for a vibe that feels a bit like modernized Leonard Cohen. It’s a beautiful ride, even if we don’t know what the conductor is saying.

April 12, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: The Lied To’s

Fun fact for you gentle reader, Postcard Editor loves the Tom Waits song “Time” so much he has one of the lines tattooed on his body. “Time” by Pink Floyd? Another all time classic. We can now add to that short list of Time songs that are in their own stubbornly contradictory way timeless the song “Time” by The Lied To’s. Despite it sounding like the name of a political hardcore band, The Lied To’s is actually singer-songwriters Susan Levine and Doug Kwartler and with this one they lay it down with the utmost tastefulness. That restrained tasteful approach puts the entire focus on the song’s narrative which balances a simple poetic lyricism and a wistful understanding on the back of Levine’s divine vocals for stellar results. A lot of time songs like this can be too straight forward, too on the nose, but The Lied To’s have created something here that is both plainspoken and profound, and that’s what makes this a new classic.

April 5, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: Saxon Jenkins

We, like most of our fellow elders, have a healthy hatred of the TikTok generation. Millions of young people chasing fame by lip syncing words sung by others and doing the latest dance trend and telling dad jokes that have been around forever. Essentially doing anything other than showing some sort of talent or heaven forbid, an original thought. So you can understand our hesitation when we saw the babyface of Saxon Jenkins and the ring light + green screen music video for “Heart Attack,” but it wasn’t long before this plucky Australian teen won us over by A) singing and playing his own song and B) that song being pretty good. Before you pull up your Michael Jordan “Fuck Them Kids” meme give it a spin and realize that this kid has written a catchy straight forward rock n’ roll number in the vein of The Hives (albeit on the poppier side), something we can always use more of.

March 29, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: Gordmin

I mean, who among us is not going at least a little batshit these days? It’s all the rage and here to provide a soundtrack to the battyness is Gordmin. “Batshit” creates a wonderfully otherworldly vibe moving from lackadaisical psych pop to spaced out exploration to frenetic bursts and back around again. The real crazy part is how natural Gordmin makes all these transitions sound, turning it into a complete journey, catchy and creative the whole way.

March 22, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: V.A.L.

There’s no denying ’tis dark waters we be in – both metaphorically (war, record high temps at the polar caps, the current Covid ebb about to turn into flow, etc…) and literally (it’s gray and stormy here in the Midwest) – and coffee can only do so much. Where’s the lighthouse of hope to help us through? Why here it be matey!* “BUS (Baby And Us) [Alternate Version]” by V.A.L. is the beautiful track to raise your spirits and ship above the undertow. As the title might imply, this is a love song between partners (real life couple Vassilios and Rhyannon duet on the track) and to the new life created from that love. We’re suckers for well written boy/girl indie rock and this track is no exception. It’s delicate without being twee and structurally different without feeling forced. These are the gentle winds we need to get us all back on course.

* Did I forget to mention I’m writing this in a pirate voice due to a lack of sleep last night? Ok, go back and read this again in your best pirate voice for full effect.

March 15, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: Jill Lorean

Some songs start so strongly and catch us so immediately that we can’t help but think “oh please don’t fuck this up.” We’re happy to say that at no point in “Black Dog” does Jill Lorean fuck it up, which is saying something as it’s a somewhat epic song (mini-epic?) clocking in at 6:22. Happily, the excitement and intrigue we felt from the opening string part and flat eq’d drums carries throughout. What follows is a driving but minimalist indie rocker with shades and angles that reveal themselves as the song progresses, never losing the main melody/vibe but instead expanding it in inventive yet natural ways. It’s a bop and a wonderfully creative one at that.

March 8, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: Ringhold

It’s the end of the world and Ringhold feel dark and vibey as hell. On “Latest News” the Estonian duo lay down a bewitching minimalist groove via Kalle Tikas reverbed out electric guitar and eleOnora’s vocals – which give us everything from Nico to Beefheart, often within a single passage. If it all feels a bit fatalistic, well that’s because it is, with lyrics focusing on ecological extinction and an experimental vocal passage in the middle that sounds first like animals dying and then humans dying (it works, trust us). If the end is nigh, and lately signs point to yes, there’s nothing that says we can’t have a great soundtrack as we ride into oblivion.

March 1, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: Vakili Band

Hey kids, do you miss kick ass female fronted rock n’ roll? God knows we do. In a world where Phoebe Bridgers (aka Lana Del Ray + clove cigarettes) is seen as a “rocker” and our eyes stay on permanent roll what a breath of fresh air “Rachel” by the Vakili Band is. Actually, scratch that, it’s not a breath of fresh air, it’s a gust of sweaty, musty, dankness that is a packed rock n’ roll show in a dark little venue with no VIP lounge and no doors on most of the bathroom stalls. The Patti Smith Group vibe is strong with the Vakili Band, both in the straight ahead rock n’ roll fire and passionate street poet vibes, and we’ll take that over ironic detachment and empty theatrics any day of the week.

February 22, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: Emma Ladji

When someone describes their song as “a tulip inside an orgy of bees” it successfully grabs the weary, heard-it-all-before music blogger’s attention. When the song actually lives up to such a unique pitch? Well that’s something special indeed. “Tulip” by Emma Ladji starts with a Laurie Anderson style minimalist electronica loop before blossoming (sorry, couldn’t resist) into a layered vocal sound bath, and eventually a slinky experimental jam not unlike FKA Twigs or Solange’s more esoteric work. It’s a different type of sexy than what we usually get in an r&b jam, more buzz and pollinate than bump and grind, but still steamy none the less.

February 15, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: De Staat

Sometimes something is so wrong it just feels right. An over the top, catchy to the point of begging to be in every ad campaign for the next two years, electro pop number by an already well established artist is not what we normally do here at Postcard Elba. But damn it if “Who’s Gonna Be The GOAT?” by De Staat isn’t just undeniably fun in a way that makes us want to throw our normal conventions to the side and dance around to it as we’re sure the cast of Bad Moms 4 probably will. The fact that it is lyrically a diss on the obsession with excellence at the expense of fun is enough to push it through and onto the top of our guilty pleasures list.

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