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.
Mint Julep is a Portland, OR-based husband/wife duo, comprised of Holly and Keith Kenniff, who make ethereal pop with hints of darkness and lots of beauty. Their latest album, Save Your Season, came out towards the end of last year and I almost included it in my Top 25 Albums Of 2011, but decided not to mostly because I knew I needed more time with it before giving it any sort of year-end ‘ranking.’ The two types of music I’ve always been most drawn to, historically, have been dark (musically) and pop (differently) – with a hint of mystery. Mint Julep tick all of those boxes and provide the added benefit of female vocals and plenty of hooks surrounded by beautifully atmospheric production. I’ve been a big fan of the mini wave of dark pop bands, such as Austra and Still Corners, getting their time in the spotlight. The best of the bunch, however, is Mint Julep – mostly because of the hopeful tone that permeates many of the tracks. My current fave is called To The Sea, and you can check it out below.
*Mint Julep’s new album, Save Your Season, is out now via Village Green.
Mint Julep “To The Sea”
Class Actress is the recording moniker of Brooklyn-based solo artist, Elizabeth Harper. I’ve written of my love for Class Actress on several occasions, but interestingly enough had a very hard time getting into her fuzzy synth-drenched beat-driven debut album, Rapprocher. After releasing what I believe to be one of the best debut EPs in recent memory back in 2009 with Journal Of Ardency, the eyes of the indie music world were firmly on Class Actress to produce an equally excellent debut album. While Rapprocher isn’t nearly as immediate as Journal Of Ardency was, I’m happy to report that it’s finally grown on me – though it took MONTHS. One of the more frustrating things about writing about so much music on a daily basis is that I don’t get to spend as much time with each artist’s music as I’d like to. Well, at least that’s how it was before I quit my day job in order to focus on building Fred Hystere every day! Nowadays, I have a solid amount of time that I’m able to give to all of the albums I feel deserved more airplay on my iTunes – and Rapprocher was near the top of the list in terms of records I needed to hear more of. My current favorite track is one of the older ones, called Love Me Like You Used To – a sentiment we can ALL relate to. Check it out below.
*Class Actress’s debut album, Rapprocher, is out now via Carpark Records.
Class Actress “Love Me Like You Used To”
Korallreven is a Swedish duo, comprised of Marcus Joons and Daniel Tjäder. The band was formed a few years ago after Marcus had an ephiphany while vacationing in the South Pacific that he wanted to make music that was “Spiritual like the local Samoan Catholic church choirs, hypnotic like the breathtaking tropical nature and, overall, a feeling of that you finally had reached to the other side.” One listen to Korellreven’s breathtaking debut, An Album By Korallreven, is all it takes to let you know that Marcus has succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. Similar to Class Actress’s debut, it took me a while to get around to listening to Korallreven’s new record – but I’ve had it on repeat for the past two days and I anticipate that continuing for the foreseeable future. Listening to An Album By Korallreven makes me feel as if I’m on vacation in South America and running through a rainforest taking pictures and soaking up the endless beauty of the landscape around me. Their music reminds me of one of my favorite artists from last year, Southern Shores, thanks to relaxing production and tropical melodies that drenched each one of their songs. Seriously gorgeous stuff. My current favorite track is one of their older ones, called The Truest Faith. Sit back, daydream, and listen below.
*Korallreven’s debut album, An Album By Korallreven, is out now via Acephale.
Korallreven “The Truest Faith”