BlackBook Tracks #24: Prelude To Seasonal Affective Disorder
Is it gloomy today, or what? This week’s picks ended up involving a lot of vaguely melancholic dance music, so I hope you’re into that kind of thing. This is really just a precursor to when it’s February and there’s a blizzard going on and I hate everything and start filling up this column with just covers of the Smiths.
Owlle – “Ticky Ticky”
Rising French artist Owlle doesn’t have many songs released yet, but what’s out shows plenty of potential. Her latest, “Ticky Ticky,” balances her haunting vocals against a danceable beat. Emily Kai Bock (Grimes’ “Oblivion,” Grizzly Bear’s “Yet Again”) directed its striking video.
Ava Luna – “Ice Level”
Would you like to go to a surrealist urban woodsman dinner/costume party? Minimalist funk band Ava Luna invite you to a weird world in the “Ice Level” video.
Team Ghost – “Dead Film Star”
Do you like French electro-rock? I like French electro-rock. Here’s the title track from Dead Film Star, the new EP from ex-M83 man Nicolas Fromageau.
Autre Ne Veut ft. Mykki Blanco – “Counting”
Brooklyn electro-pop maestro Autre Ne Veut will take you to a higher plane. Watch him team up with rapper Mykki Blanco in the solemn video for “Counting.”
Katy B ft. Jessie Ware and Geeneus – “Aaliyah”
Party-loving every-woman Katy B is back, and she’s announced her return with a free EP that dropped today. “Aaliyah” sees her singing with another soulful Londoner, Jessie Ware.
Chromatics – “Ceremony” (New Order cover)
Chromatics add some dramatic flair to the New Order/Joy Division classic in this pleasantly oozy cover.
Phoenix – “Lisztomania”
Phoenix have finally announced a new album, four years after the runaway success of Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. Party like it’s 2009, vive la fête!
Fort Lean – “Do You Remember”
Overheard at the Brooklyn quintet’s show last night: “I like that the singer can actually sing. You don’t hear that a lot these days.” Frontman Keenan Mitchell shows what he’s made of on this cut from the Change Your Name EP, a charming slice of indie pop-rock that flirts with nostalgia.
Baby Monster – “City Of Lovers”
Dearest Baby Monster, I am so sorry that I did not pay more attention to your City Of Lovers EP earlier this year. Your resonant, chilled-out electro-pop is really quite lovely. xoxo, Katie.