March 6, 2013

Sound Bites: Big Black Delta, Glass Candy and M83


Big Black Delta's "Side of the Road"


As you’ll soon read below, M83’s Midas touch extends beyond just the silver screen, as Big Black Delta, the recording moniker of former Mellowdrone frontman Jonathan Bates, is set to reap the rewards of being part of the electro-pop maker’s "Midnight City" remix series as well as the opening act during last summer’s Stateside tour in support of Hurry Up, I’m Dreaming. On April 30th, BBD releases his self-titled debut album through his own cheeky-named label Master of Bates. Its first single "Side of the Road" is an electro-charged banger that pushes his celestial neon pop ambitions to an extreme affably inspired by Anthony Gonzalez and his fellow Frenchman in Daft Punk.



Glass Candy's "The Possessed"

Sophisticated synth-pop perfectionist Johnny Jewel and his stylishly excellent Italians Do It Better label have a tendency of keeping the music world patiently waiting for what comes next, and after putting out one of the best albums of 2012 in Chromatics' Kill for Love, it's quite understandable why listeners might be curious to hear just about anything new from him or any of his associated projects. The label's forthcoming sequel compilation After Dark 2 is due out imminently, but nobody actually knows when or what it will include other than the sultry Chromatics cut "Cherry" and "The Possessed," the latest listen from Jewel's other band alongside vocalist Ida No, Glass Candy. At seven minutes long, it's a fluttering and airy listen that produces the best of both Jewel worlds with inert darkness and dangerous romantic mystique.



M83's "StarWaves"

Having proven time and time again that’s he’s a top notch maker of emotionally vested atmospheric soundscapes, it was only a matter of time before M83 mastermind Anthony Gonzalez’s talents were harvested to help score and soundtrack a big-budget sci-fi Hollywood blockbuster. You’ll be hearing both some familiar M83 tracks as well as new sounds collaborated on by Gonzalez and composer Joseph Trapanese (TRON: Legacy, TRON: Uprising) for the upcoming Tom Cruise-starring flick, Oblivion. "StarWaves" is part of the latter, and while it does escalate beyond the Earth's stratosphere toward the end in signature M83 fashion, is anyone getting the feeling that he hacked into the diary of Laura Palmer à la Angelo Badalamenti for the most part?

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