Most Radical List Pick: Gems, ‘Tangled Memories’ (mixed by Damian Taylor)

Via The Most Radical List:


The return of DC-formed, LA-residing pop duo GEMS was the highlight of last month in music for us. We’ve been following the path of vocalist Lindsay Pitts and polymath Clifford John Usher for some time, and now their route is heading towards a debut full-length release, Kill The One You Love, out on 30th October, we couldn’t be more excited. Having already aired the hugely atmospheric ‘Living As A Ghost’, Pitts and Usher are stepping it up another gear, breathing effervescent and expansive new life into their traditionally tightly-knit compositions with ‘Tangled Memories’. Sure, it still has that dreamy undertone we’ve come to love from GEMS, but the sweetness of Pitts’ vocal hook, the boldness of the percussion, and in fact, the overall glossiness of Usher’s instrumentation are all welcome additions indeed. – DC

Listen over at The Most Radical List.  ‘Tangled Memories’ was mixed by Damian Taylor at Golden Ratio in Montreal.

Love Thy Brother talk upcoming releases and working with Damian Taylor

Love Thy Brother via Thump / Vice

Love Thy Brother via Thump / Vice

Via Thump / Vice:

Music has the ability to create a special bond between two people. Artists who produce music together often feel like family. For Montreal-based producers and DJ duo Love Thy Brother, that musical bond is as thick as blood. Love Thy Brother, consisting of Conor and Liam Clarke, have been making waves with a string of well-received remixes and originals over the past year.

The brothers do utilize the impressions they’ve gained of the music industry when working in the studio. They continually focus on originality and inventivity in lieu of exploiting a popular sound.

The duo is looking to ramp up their releases over the rest of 2015 and onward. “We’ve been working with Damian Taylor, our neighbour in Montreal, who has produced with everyone from Arcade Fire to Björk. We’ve got an album’s worth of original material and there is a lot of excitement going on with what we have for that,” says Liam. “The wavelength we’re now on,” concludes Conor, “after working musically together for almost ten years. We’re just getting started.”

Read more at Thump / Vice.

Daisy Victoria blends agony and ecstasy on latest offering “Pain Of Dancers” (mixed by Damian Taylor)

Daisy_general pressVia The Line of Best Fit:

Up-and-coming indie-pop crooner Daisy Victoria is sharing a new single called “Pain Of Dancers” on Best Fit.

The tune careens through bright, spangly indie-rock and operatic noir-pop, with Victoria’s victorious vocals at the vanguard. The gravity of her voice bears a few similarities to Nadine Shah’s deep growl, but where Shah plumps for introspective glimpses, Victoria jets into the stratosphere.

The track was written by Victoria with Sam Lawrence, and was recorded at 4AD’s London studio with Damian Taylor (Björk, Arcade Fire, Robyn) on mixing duties.

Victoria released two EPs in 2014 – Heart Full Of Beef and Nobody Dies.

Stream “Pain Of Dancers” below, and then check out Victoria’s upcoming London shows afterwards.

To listen and for more, visit The Line of Best Fit.

Montreal’s FOXTROTT unleashes her brassy synthpop masterpiece “Shaky Hands” (mixed by Damian Taylor)

photo by Richmond Lam

photo by Richmond Lam

Via The Line of Best Fit.

Montreal’s Marie-Hélène L. Delorme – nom de guerre FOXTROTT – is revealing her brand new single “Shaky Hands” on Best Fit.

“Shaky Hands” follows “Driven”, both of which are taken from the long-playing follow up to her 2012 EP Shields, A Taller Us.

The track is immensely poppy from the off – glimmering synths and a parping brass bassline recall Scandinavian sensations The Knife or Kate Boy. A wet slap of percussion punctuates each hook, snarled lyrics shine through fluffy electrics – Delorme vanishes into the nebulous borderlands of experimental pop, dance and electronica.

Delorme is a “self-taught singer, songwriter, producer and beat-maker” venturing into her first proper release with fresh tactics. Speaking about her approach to the new noises, Delorme said: “My goal was to find the perfect balance between rhythms and frequencies, the production style that I wanted to put forward, and lyrics and emotional presence expressed by the voice. It was a big challenge I set myself.”

Debut record A Taller Us is released 6 November via One Little Indian. “Shaky Hands” is released 28 August.

Listen to “Shaky Hands” on The Line of Best Fit.  The track was mixed by Damian Taylor at Golden Ratio. 

Premiere: GEMS, ‘Living As A Ghost’ (mixed by Damian Taylor)

GEMS.  Kristen Wrzesniewski/Courtesy of the artist

GEMS. Kristen Wrzesniewski/Courtesy of the artist

Via Bob Boilen, NPR:

I savor the moment of finding a band to love. I relish those first singles and EPs, and hearing their live sound take shape on record. And then they release their debut album.

GEMS is that special group for me, a former hometown band about to be discovered by everyone else. These two have had a vision for their breathy, explosive sound and they’re dedicated to it. The dreamy duo of Lindsay Pitts and Clifford John Usher has left D.C. and moved to LA, and I’ve just heard “Living as a Ghost,” the first song from Kill the One You Love, their debut album. It’s the culmination of a process that we in D.C. have watched. They are a twosome meant for each other, with Usher’s guitar and electronic production punctuating Pitts’ soaring, swirly shimmer.

Kill the One You Love will be out Oct. 30 on Carpark Records.

‘Living As A Ghost’ was mixed by Damian Taylor at Golden Ratio in Montreal.  Continue reading and listen at NPR.