new music roundup: pantha du prince, surfer blood, local natives, phantogram, the morning benders

5 new albums and 4 brand new bands.

Hailing from Germany, Hendrick Weber, better known as Pantha du Prince, produces minimal techno and dark ambient electronic music. His newest album, Dark Noise is a blast of fresh air into the electronic scene, bringing to mind aspects of Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works years and Four Tet’s organic sounds.

Pantha du Prince : Behind The Stars

Black Noise is out now via Rough Trade.

Surfer Blood are a new band from South Florida infusing surfpop-esque melodies and classic indie rock.

Surfer Blood : Anchorage

Astro Coast is out now via Kanine Records.

Silver Lake, California’s Local Natives don’t necessarily bring anything new to the table but bring elements of Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Arcade Fire, and Grizzly Bear all into one, with a West coast flavor.

Local Natives : Wide Eyes

Gorilla Manor is out now via French Kiss.

Upstate New York’s Phantogram are a duo whose album jumps around a lot but at the same time effectively touches upon Blonde Redhead, Asobi Seksu, and Portishead influences.

Phantogram : Let Me Go

Eyelid Moves is out now via Barsuk.

Lastly, Berkeley, California’s the Morning Benders bring Phil Spector wall-of-sound elements to the forefront with their heavily 60’s inspired pop. Their upcoming album was co-produced by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor.

The Morning Benders : Excuses

Big Echo comes out March 9 via Rough Trade.


~ by the reckoner on February 17, 2010.

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