October 31, 2012

Sound Bites: Broadcast, Charli XCX and Crystal Castles

Broadcast's "The Equestrian Vortex"

Last year, the music world sadly lost a beautiful artist following the death of Broadcast frontwoman Trish Keenan, who passed away at the age of 42 following complications with pneumonia. While she may be gone, there is still some remaining life left in the British indie electronic band. Currently being upheld solely by originally bassist James Cargill, the band recorded a soundtrack prior to Keenan's death to the upcoming Peter Strickland-directed Italian horror throwback, Berberian Sound Studio. "The Equestrian Vortex" is the film's eerie-sounding first preview and title sequence. The entire soundtrack will be released on January 8th on Warp.

Broadcast - "The Equestrian Vortex"

Charli XCX's "Cloud Aura" (feat. Brooke Candy)

2012 Breakthrough Artist honoree Charli XCX is like the gift that just keeps giving. While there's still no word yet as to when exactly we can anticipate her debut full-length, the dark pop songstress has given us one of the year's most enjoyable singles in "You're the One" alongside this past summer's Heartbeats and Earthquakes mixtape. There's another one on the way, as The Super Ultra Mixtape is due next Wednesday, November 7th via her website (where you can download all her prior freebies as well.) It includes the following brand new track, "Cloud Aura," featuring Internet meme, rapper and professional clothing remover Brooke Candy (the My Little Pony-hued ninja from Grimes' "Genesis" video) who helps put a hip-hop slang on Ms. XCX's blood red heartbreak confections.



Crystal Castles' "Affection"

Let's get the bad news out of the way first: Crystal Castles' highly anticipated forthcoming self-titled-but-not effort (III) has been delayed in release -- but just by a week -- now due out November 12th via Casablanca / Fiction / Universal Republic. Taking into account listeners are probably going to need another fix to hold them over, the Canadian electronic-noise duo of Alice Glass and Ethan Kath have done just that with the LP's latest listen, "Affliction." Unlike the celestial cold pop of "Plague" and the frenzied synths of "Wrath of God," this track jams its way through trap-like beats and Glass' vapory vocals, making for (III)'s most dance-worthy preview yet. In other news, Alice Glass blames her female pop competition in the mainstream for corrupting young minds.

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