It’s been a while since we last had a we hear – but with the beginning of fall and Vancouver’s rainy season it seems to be about time for an extra large September edition of we hear. First off is a song from an artist I first learnt about during our interview with George Giannakos, Alt-J. The song is called Matilda, from their recent release An Awesome Wave. Alt-J were formed in Oxford in 2007, and have enjoyed success in Europe for the last while – finally reaching North America recently with An Awesome Wave. The album is up for sale here, as are tour dates and previews of some of the songs. Second is one of the songs of the summer in both our opinions, and we were lucky enough to hear Hot Chip playing it live as the final song of their encore at their recent gig in Vancouver. Let Me Be Him, with it’s chanted and soaring verses was an amazing end to a perfect concert, and sounded like the perfect end to a summer, orange, yellow and red lights eventually fading as the 10 minute epic of a song came to its conclusion. Next is a song I was recently introduced to, Never Let Me Go from Florence and the Machine. I know Florence and the Machine have been around a while, but I hadn’t really gotten to the party until now. Never Let Me Go is a standout from her most recent release, Ceremonials. It’s not the most uptempo piece you’ve ever heard, but it’s a beautiful song that I know will be on heavy rotation on my iPhone for a while to come. Next is a much older song, Pills from the Swedish indie rock group the Perishers, here performed live with Sarah McLachlan. It’s a nice slower song, definitely one of my favorites from the Perishers – and given a nice vocal boost from Sarah McLachlan. Finally is one AP would like to add, BTSTU from English artist Jai Paul. Jai Paul was long-listed in the BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll but has remained maddeningly elusive despite winning “Best New Track” from Pitchfork this past Spring for “Jasmine (Demo)”. Jasmine is well worth checking out, but we’ve chosen to feature his early track “BTSTU”. It’s a wonderfully produced hazed out and heavy 3 and half minutes. Deep bass is counterpointed with delicate falsetto vocal line and, pleasingly for me, a distored saxophone line. Ever since my brother pointed me in its direction I’ve had it on repeat. Apparently, Jai Paul has withdrawn from the limelight to work on his album for XL Recordings. In the meantime we can enjoy these two tracks and hope.
Alt-J (∆)- Matilda
Hot Chip – Let Me Be Him (Live)
Florence and the Machine – Never Let Me Go
The Perishers (with Sarah McLachlan) – Pills
Jai Paul – BTSTU
– CK and AP