SPOTLIGHT - NEWVILLAGER
They might not be a 'new' band, but I think they've at least been overlooked by many. In most (if not all) major music publications, their self-titled album (released in August of '11) didn't even crack the top 50 albums of the year. Outlets like Stereogum, NME, and Pitchfork had them losing out to, what I thought, were lesser albums. Albums like Take Care by Drake, David Comes to Life by Fucked Up, and Yuck's self-titled, if only to name a few. Not that I think these were terrible records, but I believe that NewVillager's self-titled has much more worth. There's a lot to take in on this album, and in only ten tracks. The harmonizing and vocals on some of these tracks are straight-up mesmerizing and I honestly can't name an artist that sounds exactly like them. The track that got me interested was 'Lighthouse'. Starting with chanting and a feathery intro, bulding to one of the catchiest choruses in any song I had heard back then.
The funny thing about this band, however, is that they're not a band. At least in the contemporary sense. They're an art-collective, started by Ben Bromley and Ross Simonini. Based in Brooklyn, they're constantly holding art installations at different galleries around the city. You can check their schedule on their website. If you're one of the people last year that decided to pass over this band, give them another listen. I think they deserve it.
'Lighthouse' - Bubbly, poppy, strange, infectious. This song will make you feel great.
'Shot Big Horixon' - The vocals on this track are amazing, just trust me on this one.
'Rich Doors' - Probably the most acessible, I'd say that if I had to put my finger on it, this one sounds like it could be a New Pornographers track.
on Saturday (7/7) they'll be at the Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn. And if I think I'm reading this right, they'll be on the LIRR to Bridgehampton Station performing on 7/14, which is free. You're guess is as good as mine as to what that could be. At the very least, it will be exciting.