November 14, 2012

Sound Bites: Damon Albarn, The History of Apple Pie and Ra Ra Riot

Damon Albarn's "Radio Reunited"

The good news is that the coolest and arguably most prolific British alternative musician of our time, Sir Damon Albarn (kidding, he isn't knighted... yet) has composed a new listen to commemorate the historic 90th birthday of the BBC. It was simultaneously broadcast earlier today at 5:33pm UK time on all the network's radio stations, and features a collage of iconic sounds representing the many decades of transmission (according to Albarn, "There's Bertrand Russell in Morse code, there's a skylark and there's a scary Cold War spy station.") By now, you're probably wondering what the bad news is, and it's that there still aren't any signs yet of a Blur stateside reunion on the horizon, but you can at least watch this clip of them performing "Under the Westway" from this past summer's Olympics Closing Ceremony at Hyde Park, culled from the forthcoming live DVD due out on December 3rd via Parlopohone.

Damon Albarn - "Radio Reunited"

The History of Apple Pie's "Glitch"

Since bursting onto the scene in 2011, BUZZSound the History of Apple Pie have spent the past year refining their swirling nu-gaze and '90s-influenced guitar pop over a string of new singles. The London-bred indie quartet have finally worked out the kinks, however, and are preparing to release their debut full-length Out of View on January 28th via Marshall Teller. "Glitch" is the LP's first listen, a jangly number that distances itself away from the reverb-drenched production of their earlier work in favor of sugary, crystallized pop much like counterparts the Pains of Being Pure at Heart did on their sophomore effort Belong.

Ra Ra Riot's "Beta Love"

Ra Ra Riot downsized from a sextet to a quintet following the departure of easy-on-the-eyes cellist Alexandra Lawn back in February, but the stylistic evolution on their newest single hints that the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Syracuse indie poppers have found a synthetic way to fill her void. "Beta Love" is the title track off Ra Ra Riot's third LP, due out January 22nd on Barsuk, and fans of Discovery (frontman Wesley Mile's bouncy electro-pop side project with Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij) will hear its influence wedging its way into their nautical pop backdrop. Between now and the early spring, Ra Ra Riot will be on the road supporting their reinvention, opening for Passion Pit along the way.

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