give me a secret and i’ll tell you

Prior to hearing Work, the Shout Out Louds’ latest album, my familiarity with them was limited to one song, the exuberant “Tonight I Have to Leave It“. Work holds some similarities, playing with rhythms and putting a smile on your face, but the songwriting is decidedly more calculated and grown-up.

Work is cool, but not in the contrived and pretentious sense. Everything is played close to the chest, heavy-lidded with curls of smoke lapping at the edges. Easy beats, strings, horns, and piano inject jazz into the songs without the finished product falling anywhere near jazz as a genre; 80s indie and midwestern emo guitarwork are closer to the mark.

“Candle Burned Out” lacks bells and whistles, and that is exactly its charm. Other pleasures include “Moon” and “Fall Hard“, a banner for Work on the whole.

Work drops 02.23.10.
Download the track “Walls” here.

if you fall, i’ll fall harder

Shout Out Louds – Fall Hard (foreign TV is a blur)
Noah & the Whale – Love of An Orchestra (what a delightful gentleman)
OKGo – This Too Shall Pass (surprise! another fun video)
Major Lazer – Keep It Going Louder (terrifying hypercolor vomit)
Jay-Z – On To the Next One (excellently understated)

saturday nights in neon light

It’s been far too long since I’ve made a mix. Here’s one to kick off summer:

Saturday Nights In Neon Light
01| Stars – Take Me to the Riot
02| Alphabeat – Fascination
03| Jimmy Eat World – Here It Goes
04| Vampire Weekend – I Stand Corrected
05| She & Him – Sweet Darlin’
06| Head of Femur – Jetway Junior
07| The Fashion – Solo Impala
08| Hot Chip – Ready For the Floor
09| Kate Nash – Pumpkin Soup
10| Shout Out Louds – Tonight I Have to Leave It