The last time I saw Tom Cruise in a movie was in Michael Mann’s stunning Collateral. Beyond Mann’s direction, the acting, writing, editing and cinematography was the integral role that music played in pacing and elevating the picture:
Boom, never gets old. I am not sure if Cruise’s latest film, Oblivion, will deliver the same symbiotic relationship between music and storytelling; however, with M83 doing the score I’ll be watching–or at least listening:
Nice way to start the weekend, crazy ass Tyler, The Creator video.
It really is funny how accurate The Creator portion of Tyler’s name is. He doesn’t just lead a rap collective, but has curated this cultish lifestyle and aesthetic that includes video production and clothing and a whole lot of I’m weird but don’t give a fuck (Tyler designs the “Golf” pieces in this video, btw). I don’t love all his music, but Yonkers sure sucker punched me on my first listen. And I’ve been rocking 5 panel hats ever since…
Tyler’s new album Wolf drops next week. It leaked, so you can probably find it on the Interweb, but for now, appreciate the strange greatness that is Tyler, The Creator.
Okay, this smoke machine electronic R&B genre has got to be my favorite in the last few years, and Joel Compass takes it to new heights. The obvious comparisons to the Weekndand Frank Ocean are there, but I think Compass holds a little stronger to traditional R&B lyricism. Feels less… high on Oxycotton.
We don’t have to talk about the video. Just watch it and be excited that the 19-year-old Compass has an EP coming out in June on Black Butter Records.
HIYT’s alternative dream pop is mysterious and surreal. Actually it is just like those words mysterious and surreal - harder to define than envision. Harder to describe than to picture that still, ethereal image; so high that you can’t come down. And then, naturally, so low that we can’t get up.
I’m calling it now, Here is Your Temple will be blowing up soon. They are the best thing to happen to synth pop since Beach House. Watch their video for “So High” below, and listen to the whole EP So High on their Soundcloud. It’s great I promise.
For all you San Franciscan, free spirit Simon and Garfunkelists, here’s a little patchouli perfume for your morning BART commute. Just put your headphones on and pretend you’re riding a bicycle to a Carl Jung convention at Dolores park. Ok I’m out of hippy references. LSD.
Read a great review of Foxgen’s new album We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic over at Pitchfork.
Art meets the 2013 Toyota Avalon. The result? Stunning advert.
Warning: Visual and Auditory Stimulation
According to Shazam, the music is “Orion” by Finnish musician Miika Kuisma. Not too sure about that, but I didn’t have time to corroborate Shazam’s claim. I mean, I am kind of a big deal. Fresh track, regardless.