Free Music Friday With Exitmusic and Korallreven
Welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. We’ve got some great music for you today. The first free track is from a band that we really like a lot. They are called Exitmusic from Brooklyn, NY. Their debut album, Passage, is out on May 22nd. We have an advance copy that we’ve been playing to death around here. It’s an excellent album full of moody, dark, uplifting and very intriguing songs. We’re pleased to present the title cut from the album today.
The second free track is from the Swedish duo Korallreven. Titled “Sa Sa Samoa”, this one comes to us from the band’s debut album An Album By Korallreven. Both bands will be heading to this year’s South By Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Austin, Texas. We hope you enjoy both of today’s tracks and we’ll see you next week for more. Have a great weekend!
Exitmusic’s debut album, Passage, has been a long time in the making, and is certainly worth the wait. Devon Church and Aleksa Palladino started writing together several years ago, when the Canadian-born Church moved to New York City (Palladino’s home) following a year teaching English in Taiwan and India. Their collective sonic interests – layers, textures, churning, spacious guitars (Palladino had been playing hers since age 12), blinking electronics, shimmering vocals – created a fruitful writing partnership immediately. Their songs began to take on new dimensions when the pair moved to Los Angeles a year later, finally committing their compositions to the recording process.
A few twists and turns (and a move back to New York City) later, Exitmusic found a home for their material with lauded independent Secretly Canadian, who released their first EP, From Silence, in Fall 2011. Critical raves for the four song collection poured in globally, with everyone from New York Magazine to The Guardian heralding the band’s arrival. They expanded their live lineup from two to four, adding drummer Dru Prentiss and engineer Nicholas Shelestak to help bring their blistering songs new dimensions. They toured the U.S. for the first time as well, opening for Phantogram and more.
And then, it was time for Passage. Recorded at Rare Book Room in Brooklyn with mixer Nicholas Vernhes (Dirty Projectors, Deerhunter), Church and Palladino, along with the assistance of Prentiss and Shelestak, built on the chilling, beautiful aesthetic they had created as a duo when recording at home. The result is a sound that is more powerful and more nuanced, covering broad oceans of emotional terrain. Here is the title cut from Exitmusic’s Passage.
Swedish duo Korallreven aka Marcus Joons and Daniel Tjäder (of The Radio Dept) have announced their first US shows ever, with select East and West coast dates behind their critically acclaimed debut album, An Album By Korallreven, available now on Acéphale. The forthcoming March performances follow Korallreven’s sold out debut shows in Europe this past December. A few of the US performances will include a special guest appearance by Victoria Bergsman (Taken By Trees, The Concretes), who was featured on the duo’s lauded single “As Young As Yesterday.”
Korallreven was conceived after Joons returned from an extended trip to Samoa where he found inspiration in the local Catholic choirs. Mesmerized by the beauty of the South Pacific and the exhilaration of travel, he shared his newfound passion with Tjäder and a partnership was born. The result is a blissful journey through influences as far flung as Southern Rap, Dreampop, Reggae, and Minimal Techno, among many others.
The glittering, joyful production of An Album By Korallreven focuses on melodic evolution rather than structure; lush, dubbed-out instrumentals like “Loved-Up” perfectly compliment trance-pop vocal cuts “Keep Your Eyes Shut” and “Comin’ Closer”. One of the best cuts on the album is “Sa Sa Samoa” (featuring Julianne Barwick), which we’re pleased to bring you today.