I must say, I really do adore NewNowNext Music on Logo. Admittedly it can be hit or miss since at times they fill the half hour with pounding Euro beats and simplistic lyrics sung by shirtless boys or (at the other end of the spectrum) crunchy ballads solemnly crooned by girls with guitars wearing cowboy boots. Don’t get me wrong, I can dig both of those genres given the proper mood and setting, but most of the time I vibrate on a somewhat mellow, uplifting electronica frequency. Dream pop fulfills my deepest desires. Give me synths or give me silence!
Luckily, NewNowNext, when not churning out the aforementioned videos, quite often exposes me to my newest musical obsessions. Trumping even old-school MTV at its music video pinnacle, Logo gives me hearty helpings of gorgeous tunes that I’d never heard before but suddenly can’t live without, such as School of Seven Bells or Asobi Seksu, as well as keeping me well-fed on the latest from established greatest acts like Pet Shop Boys and Madonna. Last night (or rather, very early this morning) was another gem-packed block of videos. I was treated to the most recent offerings from Scissor Sisters and Katy Perry as well as a kick-ass video for “Generals,” a fab ditty by The Mynabirds that I’ve been enjoying thanks to the Summer 2012 Saddle Creek Sampler (currently available as a free download on Amazon). However, the very first video of the night was hitherto unknown to me, and that is what I’m sharing with you this week, little earbuds.
Exitmusic is an entirely new band to me, but what a glorious introduction “The Night” provides for the uninitiated. The song begins with that dreamy electronic buzz that I adore in all kinds of bands from The Jesus and Mary Chain to The Raveonettes, then immediately layers on some shimmering guitars reminiscent of Interpol at their best (my absolute favourite band from 2004-2006, incidentally). However, singer Aleksa Palladino adds vocals that are magically raspy and ethereal at once, delicately relating lyrics that are nothing short of poetry. It’s a delicious concoction of sounds that drew me in immediately and elevated my senses. If the rest of their first full-length album, Passage, lives up to the promise of this one song, then it’s a must-own item for certain, especially if you dig on dream pop as much as I do.