By Wondering Sound Staff, ContributorEvery week, eMusic's editorial team assembles a newsletter called The Crib Sheet, which features the five new records we think are essential listening. This is your chance to tell us what you think of the… more »
By Andrew Parks, ContributorAbout a month still needs to pass — the days leading up to August 6th, to be exact — before Swisher drops in LP/CD form, but the new Blondes record is already available digitally here.… more »
By Marc Hogan, Lead News WriterThe euphoric electronic music that Sam Haar and Zach Steinman make as Blondes does suggest the duo knows how to, well, have more fun. The Brooklyn group (via Berlin, via Oberlin) debuted with 2010's Touched… more »
By Marc Hogan, Lead News WriterThe concept of duality is as obvious as the two sides of a vinyl record, but it suits Blondes on multiple levels. The improvisatory electronic duo of Sam Haar and Zach Steinman initially approached dance music from indie rock's basement-show terrain, which led to gigs last year opening for scene-straddling elders like Matthew Dear, Simian Mobile Disco and the Juan MacLean. On Blondes' self-titled follow-up to 2010 EP Touched, however, they explore more meaningful dichotomies, particularly the boundaries between psychedelia and house, as well as between electronic instruments and live performances.
Blondes takes this obsession with pairs to extremes: one disc collects each side of the three duality-oriented 12" singles Haar and Steinman released last year, plus another couple of interrelated tracks, while the second disc collects relatively like-minded remixes of each by fellow Oberlin alums Teengirl Fantasy, JD Twitch of the legendary Scottish club night Optimo, and eight more. The… more »
By Philip Sherburne, ContributorAlthough nominally an EP, Brooklyn duo Blondes' debut outing feels much more substantial than its format would imply. At 38 minutes, the record is just shy of LP running time; but that sense of heft… more »