The Hotness: Pati Yang “Hold Your Horses”

Pati Yang Hold Your HorsesOriginally, I was going to write about another artist – but lately I can’t get enough of Pati Yang’s new EP, Hold Your Horses; I’m guessing that the gloomy weather of late has something to do with it.

That’s not to say that Pati’s music is gloomy by any stretch, but sometimes when the weather gets dark, I need some extra motivation to get my ass outta bed – and Pati Yang’s industrial tinged electronic pop has really been hitting the spot for me of late. For many of you, Pati Yang’s music may conjure up images of the days when Garbage was ruling the airwaves. Being the huge Garbage fan that I am and have been for years, it’s very easy for me to channel that desire to hear all things dirty pop – and I don’t mean in an Nsync way, trust me.

For those of you that are new to Pati Yang’s music, she’s actually been around for years and is quite well known in her native Poland. Over the years, I’ve been a pretty big fan of her music and own every one of her albums – and even her 2010 collaboration with her husband, known as Flykkiller (which is SO good). What’s nice is that, like most of us (hopefully), Pati is getting better with age. She began her career all the way back at age 19 and has released 4 or 5 albums since then; none of which have made much of an impression anywhere other than in eastern Europe. However, last year’s Wires + Sparks was easily her best work to date; featuring a barrage of songs that make you wish you were dancing in a dirty Berlin club at 4am.

Now seemingly ready to make a push to get her music recognized in the rest of the world, Pati has just released a sampler of sorts in the form of an EP, entitled Hold Your Horses. My favorite song on the record is one of the more mellow ones, Revolution Baby, but I’ve also included the grittier, Kiss It Better, for your listening enjoyment below.

*Pati Yang’s new EP, Hold Your Horses, is out 17 September; and her new album will be out in December.


Pati Yang “Revolution Baby”

      Pati Yang \"Revolution Baby\"


Pati Yang “Kiss It Better” 

      Pati Yang \"Kiss It Better\"

The Hotness: Wild Nothing “Nocturne”

Wild Nothing NocturneA couple of years ago, one of my favorite tracks was a dreamy love song called “Chinatown” by a band named Wild Nothing. Two years later, the man behind Wild Nothing has just released his 2nd album, Nocturne, and I’m diggin it.

Those of you that read the site regularly have heard me talk a lot about how much I love to daydream. When people ask me what type of music I like, I tend to say “things that make me dance, daydream, think, and/or smile.” Wild Nothing ticks the last 3 boxes on that list and I truly love his sound.

The band is really made up of just one man; Virginia-based solo artist, Jack Tatum. His music seems to be most often categorized in with the whole chillwave/lo-fi craze – but I’d argue that placing him within those confines doesn’t do his music justice. Chillwave is a lazy offshoot of shoegaze, and one that I tend to steer clear of; while lo-fi is just chillwave without the wave.

For me, the problem with shoegaze, chillwave, and lo-fi, is that all 3 of them produce music which almost creates profound emotion, but never really does. For instance, chillwave has beats loud enough to where you’ll sometimes be fooled into thinking that dancing may be involved at some point – until 4 minutes later the song ends with a big “Hahahahaha! Gotcha! No dancing!” – and it pisses me off.

Anyway, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, let me get back to Wild Nothing. (Man, if he ever reads this, Jack is probably going to be thinking something like “What the fuck? I thought this review would be about my music; not some orange guy’s issue with his own music collection.”)

Moving right along….

So, Jack’s voice reminds me a lot of a more soft version of the Stone Roses’s lead singer. (Ian Brown? I think that’s his name.) It’s very soothing, and has a way of ringing the emotion out of every song like the water out of a wet bathing suit. Daydreaming certainly happens, but his emotional lyrics and voice never let your mind run too far away from the actual music itself.

As for the music, this time around Jack has added a lot more instruments to his arsenal, and the production is much crisper than on the first album. Musically, I’m often times reminded of Crowded House (one of the most underrated bands of all-time) and possibly Yo La Tengo; with lots of acoustic guitar in the background complimenting upbeat lo-fi melodies throughout.

I’m still getting aquainted with “Nocturne,” but I can tell you I love just about every song on the album. So far, my faves are the title track and Only Heather. Listen to them both below.

*Wild Nothing’s 2nd album, Nocturne, is out now via Captured Tracks.


Wild Nothing “Nocturne”

      Wild Nothing \"Nocturne\"


Wild Nothing “Only Heather”

      Wild Nothing \"Only Heather\"

The Hotness: JJAMZ

JJAMZ Suicide PactJJAMZ (pronounced juh-jams) is an LA-based supergroup (and super group) made up of 5 members from various well-known bands: Lead singer, Z Berg (The Like), Jason Boesel (Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes), James Valentine (Maroon 5), Alex Greenwald (Phantom Planet), and solo artist, Michael Runion. Sorry for the parenthesis overload.

I came across these cats by way of my good friend Jamie, who’s music taste I love and respect as much as anyone else’s. Interestingly, when asked what I thought about the album, I said it reminded me of a more powerpop Rilo Kiley – which is when she told me about all of the various bands that these artists come from.

While these days I definitely tend to go for artists with a more unique sound than JJAMZ, good songwriting is good songwriting; and as long as there’s a hook of some sort and vocals I like, chances are I’ll be a pretty easy sale. They certainly don’t break any new musical ground on their debut album, Suicide Pact, but they do as good of a job as anyone out there right now of writing solid poppy alternative rock songs. The album finishes stronger than it begins (in my opinion), and I especially love the few ballads thrown in at the end. Most of the vocal duties belong to Z Berg, who goes from playful to sensual, and whose voice will remind you of a lower, less country-tinged version of Jenny Lewis’s.

Suicide Pact has been in heavy rotation here at Fred Hystere Headquarters; with my favorite songs being the title track and super catchy (but sad) “You Were My Home.” Check them both out below.

*JJAMZ’s debut album, Suicide Pact is out now via Dangerbird Records.


JJAMZ “Suicide Pact”

      JJAMZ \"Suicide Pact\"


JJAMZ “You Were My Home”

      JJAMZ \"You Were My Home\"


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