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[on repeat] GASHCAT

With a name like GASHCAT, I had no idea what to expect.  After 10 seconds into my first listen, I didn’t care what their name was.  All I cared about was hearing more.

Originally from Mississippi, the five some (i think) released their debut LP Reunion! in March 2011.  More recently, the group had a strong showing at this year’s SXSW and are now currently working on a new record and touring the east coast, with plans to venture out west for some mid-summer shows.  It’s a bit difficult to pin down their “sound”, but Robin Hilton of NPR Music put it best — “Neutral Milk Hotel for the 21st century.”  If you’ve ever listened to the All Songs Considered podcast, you know Robin is a big fan of Neutral Milk Hotel, so this is an even bigger compliment.  Don’t believe Robin?  Listen to “Ghost of a Ghost”, “Melanie”, or “The Morning Sun” and you’ll definitely hear the resemblance.

I’m really excited to see what GASHCAT has in store for us.  In the meantime, I’m gonna continue listening to Reunion! on repeat, as you should too.

♩GASHCAT//The Morning Sun (from Reunion!)

♩GASHCAT//Ghost of a Ghost (from Reunion!)

♩GASHCAT//Melanie (from Reunion!)

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[on repeat] Charli XCX

If you’re a fan of such artists as Grimes, Class Actress, Robyn, Purity Ring, and Niki & The Dove, you’ll love Charli XCX.  I discovered this British pop vixen just last month (via The Hype Machine Radio Show – March 2012) and I was immediately hooked.  It was her special Valentine’s Day track, aptly titled “Valentine”, that initially caught my ear.  Since then though,  I’ve listened to just about everything I can find and haven’t found a track yet that I don’t love.  She’s got a really cool sound, that she describes as “dark pop”,  and her range keeps you wanting more.  In one track, she could be channeling Siouxsie Sioux with a heavy goth-pop ballad and next thing you know, she’s treating you to some of the catchiest synth-pop you’ve heard all year.  No official word yet on when a debut LP will arrive, but she’s working on a EP, due this summer via IAMSOUND, with a full-length to follow late 2012 or early 2013.  I for one can’t wait for more of the “dark pop” stylings of Charli XCX, so stay tuned for more.

Valentine
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