The Hotness is your daily look at 3 new songs that are amazing, essential, and are sure to make you horny. Ok, the last part isn’t necessarily true. But if you don’t like at least one of these three songs, you need to check 1) Your testosterone levels 2) Your estrogen levels 3) Your hearing.
Backnbloom is an LA-based duo comprised of lead singer Lori Steele and Alberto Becka. I must admit that I’ve been a tad overwhelmed of late with all of the music being sent my way on a daily basis; and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to respond to everyone that sends me an email. But what tends to make me read one email over another, has as much to do with the subject line as the content itself. A few days ago, I received an email from Lori with the subject line “Pretty freaking cool electro-pop music and video – and Alberto is single.” While I’m not single, I always appreciate humor, and was enticed enough by hers to read what she had to say. At the end of the day, it always comes down the music, however, and Backnbloom’s debut album definitely deserves your ear. Actually, how silly of me, it deserves both of your ears. I watched the video that Lori included in her email for their song Venice, and I have to be honest that, while I like the video, it’s not my favorite song of theirs at all – which is puzzling considering how many great options Backnbloom have to choose from. Their very promising and thoroughly entertaining debut album, Music For The Modern Monkey, features 9 tracks – all of which are great, and remind me of a cross between two bands that I love: Dubstar and Metric. Lori’s voice is a more fun version of Metric’s Emily Haines; which is quite an accomplishment on its own considering how much fun Metric’s music tends to be. The entire album skips through genres and is produced exceptionally well without ever overdoing it. Good shit. I’m stoked they’ve found me and that I’m able to pass their music onto you! Check out my favorite song off the album, Heed The Flashes, and then buy the entire thing. You won’t be disappointed.
*Backnbloom’s debut album, Music For The Morning Monkey, is out now and self-released.
Backnbloom “Heed The Flashes”
The Sound Of Arrows is the recording moniker of Swedish electropop duo, Oskar Gullstrand and Stefan Storm. Fellow music geeks have been waiting and waiting and waiting forever for The Sound Of Arrows to release their debut album, Voyage – and I have to say that I am loving the album way way way more than I expected to. Though I’m aware that the times we live in give artists no other choice than to progressively leak songs in the lead up to releasing a full album, it tends to leave the finished result very watered down; thus taking away some of the excitement on release day. Of the 13 tracks that make up Voyage, I’d already heard at least 7 of them and possibly more – and I anticipated the album feeling almost like a Christmas present that’s already been opened. However, every one of the songs I’ve heard make WAY more sense to me now in the context of the entire album than they did individually, which is rare. Trying to describe The Sound Of Arrows’s sound is tricky because, though it’s been done before many times by bands like Pet Shop Boys and Erasure, neither of those bands have been able to recreate their 80s magic in 2011. With Voyage, The Sound Of Arrows have vaulted to the top of the pack and created an album that’s dramatic and beat driven, yet dreamy and cohesive. One of the albums of the year for sure. Check out my current fave, the Pet Shop Boys-y “My Shadow” which features the line “The only one that’s got my back is my shadow.” Cheesy, yes, but also poignant. Have a listen below.
*The Sounds Of Arrows’s debut album, Voyage, is out now via Skies Above.
The Sound Of Arrows “My Shadow”
Ball Park Music is a six-piece Australian band consisting of Paul Furness, Brock Smith, Jennifer Boyce, Sam Cromack, Dan Hanson and Dean Hanson. Their sound is a nice blend of old-school Pete Yorn and Fountains Of Wayne with a little bit of a country tinge to it. (Wait, did I really just say ‘old-school’ while talking about Pete Yorn? Um..) A few of Back Park Music’s songs are pretty animated and feature so many theatric vocals and instruments, that I can’t help but imagine their debut album, Happiness And Surrounding Suburbs, as a musical. Many of you wises asses out there are probably saying “You probably wish every album out there was a musical, you gay boy, you.” However, while I do fancy singing some Sound Of Music songs in the shower to get my day going every once in a while, I am not a theatre queen. (I love how we’re supposed to be talking about Ball Park Music’s music and here I am hitting back at childhood bullies instead.) Considering I’ve never lied to you before about good music, I highly suggest you all take another leap of faith and purchase Ball Park Music’s debut album. I’m really diggin it. My favorite track is called “Rich People Are Stupid” but their new single is just as good and called “It’s Nice To Be Alive.” Amen. Watch the video below.
*Ball Park Music’s debut album, Happiness And Surrounding Suburbs, is out now in Australia via Stop Start Music Pty Ltd.
Ball Park Music “It’s Nice To Be Alive”