Monday, July 27, 2009

Just Announced: Broadcast and Atlas Sound w/ Selmanaires



Trish Keenan and James Cargill are the duo known as Broadcast from Birmingham, UK. Their initial influence was the psychedelic band The United States of America. Over the years their sound has evolved from a mixture of ’60s pop with ’60s film score music, and recently modern electronic elements, into what is now a relatively minimalistic sound. Keenan’s vocals (think Francoise Hardy) are hauntingly beautiful against Cargill’s inspired instrumentation, ranging from pulsating electronic bursts to simple acoustic arrangements.

Atlas Sound

Atlas Sound is the solo moniker of Deerhunter frontman / provocateur Bradford Cox. It is also the earliest incarnation for his musical adventures. Although “Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel” is the Georgian’s debut album, the genesis of this music can be traced back to when Bradford was a kid, more specifically when in sixth grade ; a time when he discovered through reading a Beck interview that his family’s disused karaoke machine could be used as a rudimentary multi-tracking device. Furthermore, the darker childhood experience of spending an entire summer on a children’s hospital ward undergoing operations also (understandably) plays a pivotal part in colouring his music. Bradford is everything with Atlas Sound and what you hear is a complex, expansive bedroom recording. Totally absorbed and working at a prolific rate, he channels a stream of consciousness, leaving the scorched beauty of his vocals raw and untreated. Bradford cites the “ideas that I can't make work with a five piece rock band,” as the basis of his solo work and unrestricted, he makes a currently unparalleled meld of garage rock and ambient electronics. 'Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel' is a serious body of work that manages to combine seemingly incongruous sound elements to make a wonderfully cohesive pop narrative.


The Selmanaires are an Indie rock band from Atlanta, Georgia. Two members.

The name of the band derives from the street address of the first house they practiced in together : 73 Selman Street in Reynoldstown, a neighborhood in Atlanta. The band played its first set of original material in the summer of 2003.

The first few shows featured Herb on acoustic guitar, Tommy on stand-up bass, and Jason on Wurlitzer electric piano, drums, bongos and various other percussive instruments. All three sang. After a series of shows in Atlanta, the band eventually reduced the number of instruments played to electric guitar, electric bass, and drum kit. All three members continued on vocals. Multi-instrumentalist Mathis Hunter joined the band in January 2007.

More information here.

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