August 30, 2012

Sound Bites: Ben Gibbard, Maria Minerva and Sky Ferreira

Ben Gibbard's "Teardrop Windows"

7 albums and one abandoned side-project later, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard is finally getting around to putting out an album under his own name (in fact, it's credited to Benjamin Gibbard.) Former Lives is the title of his solo debut, and it'll be released October 16th on pre-major label home Barsuk Records. Gibbard's first full-name outing features songs that chronicle the past 8 years of ups and downs that go along with being a heart-on-his-sleeve indie rocker. Much like the charity single "Ichiro's Theme" earlier this summer, the LP's folky first listen "Teardrop Windows" homages Seattle and sports heroes alongside the city's Smith Tower. Gibbard will be embarking on a solo theatre tour later this fall in support of Former Lives.

Maria Minerva's "Fire" (feat. Chase Royal)

BUZZSound alumni Maria Minerva is set to release her follow-up to last year's trifecta of noteworthy releases with the long play Will Happiness Find Me? next Tuesday on Not Not Fun. The avant-pop artist has already given us one reason to look forward to the progress she's made in just over a year with the LP's initial Recommended Listen, "The Sound." "The Fire" is Will Happiness Ever Find Me?'s second preview, with the Estonian-born musician continuing on her path to bringing glassy abstract dance layers alongside a stronger vocal presence to the forefront of her music instead of lost in a lo-fi haze. Rapper Chase Royal guest spot adds a nice hypnotic touch.

Sky Ferreira's "Everything Is Embarrassing"

Not to pull the humblebrag card, but AwkwardSound had faith in up and coming pop star Sky Ferreira since the site's inception when her early single "One" landed on 2010's 25 Best Songs of the Year list. The actress / model / singer has taken awhile to commit to a direction with her sound, which comes with the territory in a competitive mainstream pop landscape, but progress has been made with "Everything Is Embarassing," the first listen off her forthcoming EP Ghosts, due out October 2nd on EMI. The girl knows how to choose her co-workers wisely, too, as Blood Orange co-produced the soft-stepping lover's dance alongside Ariel Rechtshaid (Cass McCombs, Glasser.) According to her Wikipedia page, Garbage's Shirley Manson and Jon Brion (Fiona Apple, Best Coast) also spent time in the studio with Ferreira to work on her curiously anticipated and tentatively titled debut I'm Not Alight. Here's hoping the wait is almost over for that one...


  1. Mellow, I like it.

  2. That Sky Ferreira track is crazy good

  3. "Homages" isn't a verb.

  4. Oh, but it is.

  5. Ah, this whole time I thought you were just a hack writer, but you're really a renaissance poet. Give up already.