JudyJams Weekly Picks #3: High Places, Future Islands, and Garotas Suecas
It was hard to pick from all of the new music out there this week, but three bands caught my eye more than the rest. Thrill Jockey is consistently a favorite record label of mine, and I was very excited when they signed L.A.-based (originally Brooklyn based) High Places, who I had seen in various venues across Brooklyn. Their sound is a mixture of lush electronica and folky-pop, and their self-titled debut came out on Thrill Jockey in 2008 to modest success. Their new album, out now, is called High Places vs Mankind, and from the sound of the few songs I have heard, it is sure to make a bigger splash. You can download their new song “On Giving Up” here.
High Places is playing Shea Stadium in Brooklyn tonight, April 8. (It was originally set for Market Hotel, but has changed locations).
Next up is Future Islands, a Baltimore-based three-piece who are putting out their Thrill Jockey debut, In the Evening Air, this May. The band has received a ton of online buzz for their quirky brand of “Post-Wave,” (their own term), and have been touring frequently, including many dates with good friend Dan Deacon. I saw them about 2 years ago at Deacon’s curated Baltimore Round Robin, and they stood out among the din. You can check out the song “Tin Man” here, and I will post the soon-to-be-released video with a review of the full album in the near future!
Third pick for this week is Sao Paulo based Garotas Suecas (which apparently means “Swedish Girls” is Portuguese). They play a fun, modern take on Tropicalia, mixed with garage rock. The band has 6 members, and has been receiving an overwhelming amount of enthusiastic press. They are not signed to a U.S. label yet, but you can download their song “Codinome Dinomite” here.
Garotas Suecas album cover shot via AAM
The band just played a few dates in NYC at the beginning of this month, but I’m pretty sure they’ll be back again soon, judging by the tremendous reception they’ve received here! A video for their song “Bugulu” is here.