Back in 2009, writer David Keenan coined the term “hypnagogic pop” to describe a new generation of experimental lo-fi musicians channeling the sounds of ’80s pop radio, New Wave, New Age and synth-driven VHS soundtracks into a form of neo-psychedelic music. Zones, the solo project of artist/musician Derek McKeon, is one of Toronto’s finest studies into that unique school of music. Crafting hazey, sun soaked psych melodies that coast through warbling dub and kraut grooves, McKeon’s music in Zones calls to mind a melding of early Ducktails and the twisted dub of Sun Araw. Much like his own art, McKeon’s music is a collage of psychedelic tropicalia.
The weathers have warmed and the season’s first bloom is upon us once again. Put away the heavy coats and skis, dust off the gardening tools, throw on these spring-themed tunes and have yourself a hit of fresh air.
Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile returns to his childhood neighborhood of Ridgewood, NJ in the video for “Under Cover,” featured on his latest album The Flower Lane. Our sources tell us that Mr. Mondanile is currently taking some time away from Brooklyn to work on more solo recordings and revisit his sense of boyish wonderment. Members of the extended Real Estate family appear in the video, which seems like a rational cost-saving decision on their part. The Felt connection is more prominent than ever on this one.
Since we’ve been revisiting cassettes on twitter today, what better way to keep it going that to dive into a digitized cassette rip, right? Well, earlier this year when Matt Mondanile (aka Ducktails) announced his Kickstarter project to fund his Killin the Vibe 12″ release, he offered those who pledged $30 or more a limited cassette featuring unreleased Ducktails songs. That cassette leaked over the weekend, and can now be streamed below. It features several typically lo fi songs from Ducktails, ripe with pitch shifts, hiss and all the other things that make tapes so great. You can purchase more of Ducktails music via his Bandcamp site.
Here’s a new video from Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile (aka Ducktails) that emerged last week. Filmed in Mondanile’s hometown of Ridgewood, NJ, the video captures the pleasant suburban vibe of the street from which the song takes its name. “Hamilton Road,” comes off Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics available now via Woodsist. Check out Ducktails live this Thursday at The Glasslands in Williamsburg.
A couple weeks back, Woods made their way across the bridge for a Woodsist family gathering at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom. The highlight of the night came during a 15 minute jam tucked into the dark psych drones of “Bend Beyond” with Matt Mondanile (Real Estate/Ducktails) sitting in on drums. Here’s the recording, captured by NYC Taper.