TRZTN – Black Exit (ft. Paul Banks)

Had this land in a playlist for review a few days ago without knowing who the artist was. I was happily coding along when the voice hit me. I knew I recognized it but with the hard unrelenting slithering synth bass line threw me off. Sure enough when I checked the playlist it was none other than Interpol’s lead singer Paul Banks. I for one would love an entire album in this style with Paul on the lead vocals over a solid synth backing track. The beat on this number is sexy. Its deep and keeps moving forward with a swagger. Paul does an outstanding delivery which fits the mood perfectly. This track will be released on TRZTN (Tristan Bechet) forth coming full length album due out Jan 22. Also on that album is a collaboration with Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O.

[Verse 1]
It’s nice of you to notice
I really had no time to throw this thing together
Hey, its holding up
It’s right that you can see the beauty
Every summer leaf obscures the moon
The big balloon, coming soon

[Chorus]
Feel, taste, obscene goddess
Real, shake, venal daughters
Drink, partake, crystal waters
Slow, emotion, moving father

We made it
We made it through time, time of sound mine

[Verse 2]
It’s right that you can show this
You’re not like all these other lotus who refuse to bloom
Here in this room
I like that you can see the beauty
Every summer leaf consumes sun doom
That big typhoon, coming soon

[Chorus]
Feel, taste, obscene goddess
Real, shake, venal daughters
We made it
We made it through time, time of sound mine

Matt Welch – Two Reasons

A bit dreamy, a bit romantic and very 80’s synth pop reminiscent in the best way. The classic synth sounds and the interplay between the male (Matt Welch) and female vocals (Mia Bee) are just begging to be in a soundtrack of young love. Matt Welch’s vocals are warm and endearing. If his voice sounds familiar it’s because he also fronts the band, The Good Minus. This track can be found on the newly released EP ‘Two Reasons’.

Hawk Jupiter – Self Destruct

China, India, and Nepal as seen from Gemini 11. Original from NASA. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.

Reminds me of Kate Boy with its metallic sheen on the track. Has a crisp rezzy sounding bass and the vocals elevate the track to the next level. The production really brings the electronic elements to a neon blaze. This is 80’s inspired electronic pop done to perfection. Has energy galore and production is top shelf. One of my favorite tracks this year.

Lyrics:
We loved so hard
Down to the wire
Petroleum
On a bonfire
Reckless abandon
Volcanic lies
Sparked an endless light

I will never be ok with us breaking up
Cos it’s breaking up
Every part of me
You will never know how I fall when I self-destruct
And start breaking up
Every part of me

I lose myself
In blurred out lights
My one relief
In a cruel night
I lie in silence
But the tremors hit
Like an endless cry

I will never be ok with us breaking up
Cos it’s breaking up
Every part of me
You will never know how I fall when I self-destruct
And start breaking up
Every part of me

Oh you spark a fire, you light the darker part of me…
When you go, it burns brighter, until the flames are all I see

I will never be ok with us breaking up
Cos it’s breaking up
Every part of me
You will never know how I fall when I self-destruct
And start breaking up
Every part of me