Incorporating instruments more widely known for their use in classical arrangements than in dance music, Berlin-based trio Brandt Brauer Frick combine piano, strings, and timpani, along with a wildly free-associative approach to music, on their latest record Miami out March 19th via !K7 Records. Drawing in Om’Mas Keith, the founding member of Sa-Ra Creative Partners and co-producer of Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange, for the first single “Plastic Like Your Mother,” the band seems to channel the same kind of reckless creativity that Keith brought to Channel Orange and combines frenetic, stuttering jazz percussion and repetitive vocals loops in the service of some grand scheme–some attempt at breaking down the barriers between genres and letting the notes run wild. Listen to “Plastic Like Your Mother’ below.
Plugging away since 1999, The National finally hit mainstream success with the release of their 2010 album High Violet. Of course, this entailed their first world tour, but in the new documentary Mistaken For Strangers, it’s only the backdrop for the relationship between lead singer Matt Berninger and his younger brother Tom, who had no idea that these short videos he was shooting would turn into a public document of their troubled, if still loving brotherhood.
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We talk with Yvonne Ambree and Jesse Barnes of Take Berlin about some of the records which influenced the recording of their debut EP, Lionize.
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