Sunday, June 18, 2017

Killer Tracks: The 2017 Playlist Vol.2

A few weeks ago we presented a selection of ten tracks taken from some of our favorite releases of the year so far. As we are getting closer to the actual mid-point of the year, the list of excellent new albums increases and it looks that 2017 is going to be one to remember! Soon we'll have a more thorough presentation of all the albums that stood out for us in the last six months, but 'till that time comes, here are seven more great tracks you should lend an ear to, among them "Cleveland", the latest track to surface off Algiers new album "The Underside of Power", out next week, and Waxahatchee's "Silver" from the album "Out in the Storm", out on July 14th. If the strength of these two songs is any indication of what to expect from the respective LPs, them it seems we have already found two of the Albums of the Year for 2017!

Algiers - Cleveland (from the album The Underside of Power)

Waxahatchee - Silver (from the album Out in the Storm)

Priests - Pink White House (from the album Nothing Feels Natural)

Jay Som - Baybee (from the album Everybody Works)

Girlpool - It Gets More Blue (from the album Powerplant)

Cherry Glazerr - Nuclear Bomb (from the album Apocalipstick)

Amber Arcades - It Changes (from the EP Cannonball)

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Live: The Besnard Lakes & Tango With Lions @ Six D.O.G.S (Athens, June 1st, 2017)

Last week we had the opportunity to check out the first ever show in Athens by Montreal's atmospheric rockers The Besnard Lakes along with local indie-pop hopefuls Tango With Lions and today we have for you sights and sounds from the front row of this epic performance!

The Canadian five-piece led by the husband and wife team of Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas (who had the chance to practice her Greek at this gig!) played a powerful two-hour set, presenting in the first part some of the best tracks from their last 3 albums as well as recent EP "The Besnard Lakes Are the Divine Wind", while for "part deux" they presented in whole their second album "The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse" in celebration of its tenth anniversary.

A few technical glitches at the beginning of the set could not stop the momentum of the group who played with enthusiasm and abundant pathos, raising the levels of the decibels and adding plenty of punk rock energy to their usually melodic, shoegaze influenced compositions.

The breathless, marathon set of The Besnard Lakes was both a crash course in the band's rich history as well as a showcase of their latest musical achievements and as such left their fans thoroughly satisfied. Here's what they played on the stage of Six D.O.G.S last Thursday:

Pressure of Our Plans, And This Is What We Call Progress, Golden Lion, The Specter, Laura Lee, Necronomicon, The Divine Wind, Albatross, Nightingale, Tungsten 4: The Refugee, Disaster, For Agent 13, And You Lied to Me, Devastation, Because Tonight, Rides the Rails, On Bedford And Grand, Cedric’s War, Like The Ocean, Like The Innocent Pt. 1: The Ocean.

The Besnard Lakes - Tungsten 4: The Refugee (live @ Six D.O.G.S, Athens)

Tango With Lions, live @ Six D.O.G.S

The opening set by Tango With Lions reminded us that their last album, 2013's "A Long Walk", was one of the best productions of the local scene in recent years and also served as a sneak preview of their new songs. On the basis of this low-key but thoroughly satisfying performance, it looks hopeful that they will be able to continue exactly where they left off three years ago. Let's wait and see.