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As we mentioned last week, the Dirty Projectors have a new album, Swing Lo Magellan, coming out on July 10th. The Brooklyn band has now announced an extensive tour schedule in support of their new release. The tour will begin in Canada in the beginning of July, and will then span the US for the rest of the summer, ending in mid-August. The openers for the tour are Baltimore indie-folk duo Wye Oak, and our previous Sasquatch! artist of the week, Purity Ring. If you missed Dirty Projectors’ new single, “Gun Has No Trigger,” stream it here, and find the band’s summer tour dates after the jump.

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Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross is the misleading moniker of just one person; Dexter Tortoriello, a 24-year-old producer from Chicago. Tortoriello put out a six-track release, Blow EP, on April 12th of last year via Mad Decent. The EP includes a combination of live instrumentals and flourishing synths and samples, melded with Tortoriello’s own lofty vocals.

A little backstory: after posting Blow online in 2010, Tortoriello was contacted by Diplo, who was interested in bringing Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross to Mad Decent. In March 2011, Tortoriello spoke with The Chicago Reader, resulting in this article, which gives some insight into his background. Surprisingly enough, it doesn’t seem like his inspiration for Dawn Golden came from similarly electronic or “chillwave” artists, but from other genres entirely.

“When I was gearing up for the Dawn Golden recording, I listened to a lot of death metal,” he says. “Neurosis was one of my favorite bands of all time. Their whole doom, sludge-metal stuff is super inspiring to me, and the way they use their drums is a lot like—I mean in a very different way—how I would like to use my drums. Like really pounding and sort of persistent, driving drums.” (Via.)

Blow EP, though, doesn’t strike the listener as overtly abrasive. Instead, its rippling drums and wavy melodies make it true ear candy.

Today, however, we bring you producer Dntel‘s rework of Dawn Golden’s track, “Blacks,” from the Blow EP. Dntel, best known for his solo work on Sub Pop as well as The Postal Service‘s “Such Great Heights,” takes Dawn Golden’s easy, head-nodding downtempo track and adds an addictive wobbly synth and a muffled, staggering beat, managing to preserve the original’s airy vocals and wandering tone. Stream the remix and the original below; both are well worth your time.

Dntel Remix:


Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross’ Original:

If you tend not to pay attention to world music, you may have missed out thus far on the phenomenon that is Amadou and Mariam. However, do yourself a favor and take a little time out of your day to check them out. This couple from Mali has been making music since the ’80s, beginning with simple guitar/voice blues, and morphing into a combination of traditional Malian instrumentals and other global sounds sometimes referred to as Afro-blues. Both Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia are blind, and they met at Mali’s Institute for the Young Blind early in their lives. They have made a name for themselves in the world music scene over the past few decades, establishing a uniquely palatable combination of lesser-known world music styles with Western musical qualities. Their last album, 2008’s Welcome To Mali, was well-received by critics around the world, and featured the likes of Manu Chao and K’Naan.

Amadou and Mariam now have a new album, Folila, coming out next Tuesday via Nonesuch.  This release continues their time-honored tradition of coupling traditional world instruments with more Western influences, and this particular album takes that concept a step further by incorporating well-known artists from the indie music world, as if to beckon in those with an aversion to the concept of world music. On Folila,we hear appearances from Santigold, Theophilus London, TV On The Radio’s Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ Nick Zinner, and Scissor Sisters‘ Jake Shears. Originally, this album was intended to be two separate releases; one recorded in New York with these well-known guest artists, and another recorded in Bamako, Mali with contributions from traditional African musicians. However, once both versions had been recorded, Amadou and Mariam decided to combine both projects into one fantastic melting pot of culture and tradition. The result is an enjoyable medley of world and Western music, accessible enough to attract indie music fans, but still sophisticated enough to please longtime Amadou and Mariam fans.

You can now stream Folila in its entirety over at NPR.

Here’s the video for the second track off the album, Wily Kataso featuring Tunde & Kyp of TV On The Radio:

Dirty Projectors have announced a new album, a follow-up to 2009’s successful Bitte Orca. The 12-track LP, titled Swing Lo Magellan, is set to be released on July 10th in the US, via Domino. Though the band has not yet announced any new tour dates, they have two upcoming shows scheduled, in Brooklyn on July 10th and at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago on July 13-15.

While we wait for the album’s release date, we can now stream the first single off the LP, a smooth, chilling track called “Gun Has No Trigger.” It comes with a wacky music video complete with hieroglyphic karaoke-style lyric scrolling. Listen here, and check out the video below.


The tracklist for Swing Lo Magellan is as follows:

01 “Offspring Are Blank”
02 “About to Die”
03 “Gun Has No Trigger”
04 “Swing Lo Magellan”
05 “Just From Chevron”
06 “Dance For You”
07 “Maybe That Was It”
08 “Impregnable Question”
09 “See What She Seeing”
10 “The Socialites”
11 “Unto Caesar”
12 “Irresponsible Tune”

Eight weeks ago, the Sasquatch Music Festival lineup was released to much fanfare. Like all festivals, some hated the lineup while others loved it. For the more levelheaded, it appears to be a very balanced lineup with a deep undercard. From here on out we will be underscoring the lesser-known Sasquatch artists by highlighting a different artist each week. Beyond delving into each artist’s bio, sound, etc., we will attempt to give some insight into what will make their performance at Sasquatch so amazing.

Purity Ring is Megan James and Corey Roddick, two twenty-somethings who have been dabbling in a variety of genres since their early teens. Roddick was previously a member of the experimental electro-pop group Gobble Gobble, and James has been trained as a pianist since age sixteen. Not much is known about the duo, but they make music that is unlike most of the material floating around the Internet these days. Though their repertoire is relatively slim, having only released three songs over their year-plus-long existence, their work is complex, intricate, and clearly effort-driven. In an interview with Pitchfork last summer, when asked to explain the group’s few-and-far-between track releases, Roddick explained:

“When you are releasing a constant stream of music, it can cheapen the work– we want each song to linger with people. We also spend an incredibly long time on a track. I have tons of files on my laptop that aren’t finished; sometimes I’ll start something and come back to it later.”

Their style is incredibly unique, and includes rhythmic tributes to Roddick’s love for Southern hip-hop, backed by both purely electronic instrumental elements and fantastic lyrical imagery in the muted, mixed-in female vocals. The lyrics are presented in an almost childlike vocal tone, evoking a sense of discovery and exploration within the hazy verses.

Purity Ring’s releases began with their single “Ungirthed,” back in January of 2011. The track is sticky and many-layered, doused in a brassy bassline and adorned with bits of chime-like treble, all neatly wrapped around Megan James’ sweetly electronic vocals.

Their next track, “Lofticries,” was the b-side on their Ungirthed 7″. “Lofticries” is a work of slow-paced, catchy genius, carried through by a simple drum track and heavy shades of deep, warped synth and almost-vocal melody. This one will get stuck in your head. The lyrics seem as though they describe a dream sequence:

“You must be hovering over yourself
watching us trip on each other’s sides
Dear brother, collect all the liquids off of the floor
Use your oily fingers
Make a paste, let it form

Let it seep through your sockets and earholes
into your precious, fractured skull
Let it seep, let it keep you from us
Patiently heal you, patiently unreel you.”

Purity Ring’s third release came out in August of 2011, and appears on a split 7″ with Canadian art-rock outfit Braids. Fans of AraabMusik and Clams Casino will enjoy the instrumental hip-hop feel of this one, but the chopped-up vocal track gives this a sound all its own.

Somehow both calm and insanely energetic at the same time, Purity Ring’s music is so complex it takes several listens before you feel you’ve heard all the layers in any one track. But the ear-pleasing intricacy of the group’s production style will make you want to listen over and over again. Their Sasquatch performance will take place in the Banana Shack, and will undoubtedly include lots of eardrum-pounding bass and dance-provoking synth and rhythm. Presumably, their set will include more material than the three songs we have heard from them thus far, so you won’t want to miss the chance to hear more from the talent within this group.

Back in Week 3 of Sounds From The Astral Plane, we brought you a three-minute preview of Oxford electro DJ Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs‘ feel-good single, “Tapes & Money.” The original track is not set to be released until Monday, but mysterious Spanish house producer John Talabot seems to have gotten his hands on it. The result is a trance-like, dreamy, and perfectly repetitive track that trades the original song’s heavier bass for more complex rhythms. Check it out here:



Our favorite radio station, Seattle’s KEXP, caught Vancouver BC dream-pop songstress Grimes for a short in-studio performance back in February, shortly after her album Visions was released. Crouched on the studio floor surrounded by tangled chords and knobs, Grimes delivers three ethereal songs through a mixture of layered instrumentals and drum tracks, keyboard melodies and super-delayed, innocent-sounding live vocals. Beginning with her song “Symphonia IX (My Wait Is U),” and continuing almost immediately into “Genesis,” she then stops for a short interview with host Cheryl Waters before finishing out her set with “Be A Body.” Check out the full video below.


According to several Chicago news sources, Lollapalooza has begun to drop hints about potential performers, but you’ll have to be paying close attention. Today, on Chicago’s public transportation system, CTA ads on video screens in the Logan Square Blue Line station have reportedly been displaying lines from song lyrics, followed by “#Lolla.” According to these ads, we can expect to see Die Antwoord, Justice, The Weeknd, and Jack White at this year’s Lolla festival. Here are the four reported hints, via Wine & Pop:

– “I fink u freeky” from Die Antwoord’s “I Fink U Freeky”
– “Do the D.A.N.C.E.” from Justice’s “D.A.N.C.E.”
– “I got a test for you” from The Weeknd’s “Initiation”
– “I won’t let love disrupt, corrupt, or interrupt me” from Jack White’s “Love Interruption”

It remains to be seen whether these first four hints provide the festival’s headliners, or whether even more exciting additions are to come. If you’re in the Chicago area, keep an eye out for new Lolla clues, because their video-screen locations means they could be changing by the minute. Here’s a photo from one of the CTA ads, displaying the lyrics to Justice’s “D.A.N.C.E.”:

Photo via Red Eye