SXSW Recap #6: Miracles Of Modern Science

New York group Miracles of Modern Science was a big surprise. Caught them Sunday night at Stubb’s waiting for a table in the restaurant. Maybe it was the spur of the moment but their setup of mandolin, violin and cello arranged around banging drums produced a refreshing pop sound > unlike anything I heard before. Their latest album Dog Days was released in December last year, but I reckon the true greatness of this unusual mix is best seen live..

Miracles of Modern Science – Eating Me Alive | buy LP

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SXSW Recap #5: Hands

SXSW companion Lucy dragged me to this apparently gay bar (/bear bar?!) with her friends Hands playing a set.. good thing she did > it was a wonderful concert, really energic.

Hands – Warm Night Home | handssounds.com

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SXSW Recap #4: Beat Connection

I was really pumped to finally see Beat Connection (>Poule d’Or 4) and caught them twice, at LoveJoys and Red7. The production duo Jordan and Reed added singer Tom and drummer Jarred to live line-up a while ago, and I thought it worked really well. The set was therefore more engaging and wild and less electronic and instrumental-based than their recorded material. They closed with an extended version of In The Water > pure bliss.

Beat Connection – In The Water | beatconnection.tumblr.com

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morceau du jour: Summer Heart – A Million Times

Just can’t get enough of Summer Heart. This is his latest track, off his upcoming album. It’s simple, it’s dreamy, it’s just right. Loving it. A Million Times is also his first track to come with an official video – directed to Jonas Börjesson.

Summer Heart – A Million Times | bandcamp

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SXSW Recap #3: Blondfire

Blondfire are Bruce (of Freedom Fry fame > grab on Poule d’Or 9) and his sister Erica. They played at The Parish at 2.30pm and it would be a vast exaggeration to say the place was packed at this early hour.. nevertheless the duo and their drummer put on a wonderful show and you could tell they enjoy what they’re doing and that’s what it’s all about. They are based in Los Angeles, so try to catch them there if you can.

Blondfire – Walking With Giants | blondfire.com

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SXSW Recap #2: Breton

Breton was one the bands I was looking forward to most to see in Austin and I had the chance to catch two of their shows, one at Latitude and the other at Red 7. Both shows were actually amazing. What sounds epic on record sounds even more exciting on stage. Two super energetic sets which reminded me of a more parent-friendly version of Is Tropical. And despite playing multiple shows they went through the trouble of playing a video background to each of their shows > incredible. Those guys!

Breton – Ordnance Survey | download on Poule d’Or 9

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morceau du jour: Sameblod – Loud (Summer Heart Remix)

Woozy. This one makes the Poule’s plumage tickle in all sorts of ways. The dreamy greatness of our two favorite Swedes combined > pure bliss.

Sameblod – Loud (Summer Heart Remix) | stream on Soundcloud

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