Power Pyramid doesn’t have much patience for nonsense. That appears to be the takeaway from the Oklahoma City quintet’s last 10 months, which brought The God Drums in September, the Insomnia EP in January and its latest, self-titled effort in July.
The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.
And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
Zorch’s hyperkinetic, synth-based experimental music makes me want to jump up and down, as well as go back to SXSW, where they played something like 16 shows.
Indie-poppers Mates of States’ new video is vintage in a “are they kidding or not?” sort of way.
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“Breakers” – Gem Club. If Iron and Wine had taken up piano … “Shoeboxes” – David Ramirez. Gorgeous. Just gorgeous. “Jump with a Child’s Heart” – Annie Crane. I don’t know how so much great country/folk comes out of urban settings. The vocals win here.