bridget+luke - Rewind
bridget+luke - Something Wicked

I missed the mixtape this weekend because of a couple of hours spent at the emergency vet throwing my entire weekend off. But that’s another story. Let’s talk about bridget+luke instead. An electropop male/female duo in an sea of electropop male/female duos isn’t the greatest way to get my attention, but something about these songs transcends my innate cynicism when it comes to certain adjectives when applied to music. This band shows a pop temerity on par with far more well known acts and I fully expect them to be annoyingly dominating my Sirius/XM station presets before long. For now, however, I’m enjoying how crisp and unaffected this all sounds and implore them, no, plead with them to put something more than this charmingly concise self-titled EP.

In other news, the lovely ladies at An Emotional Reaction posted this sublime track by Gardens & Villa that you should be listening to. I’ve heard a few other songs by this act, but the slow-mo sway of “Orange Blossom” scratches a rather distinct itch, one I’ve had just between my shoulder blades since hearing the sublime Cotton Mouth a year and some change ago. I wish more bands were willing to strut like this, but, for now, I’ll simply enjoy that anyone is at all.


Reptar - Blastoff
Reptar - Raindance

Oh hey! Look who’s back! Proper album, now on tour … its like Reptar are taking this seriously or something. I’m going to venture to say that the album is more of a proper album, which is to say nothing jumps out at me the way their previous material has. This isn’t a bad thing! The young gents appealing to rockist sensibilities while evading true beardiness is an impressive feat. I’m including tracks one and two, for the impressive intro and initial climax, but you really should listen to the whole thing. The album’s broadening of palette to more closely match their psyched out live presence is a better representation of who they are as a band these days and probably where they’re going.

side a, side b: picture and alpha boy.

Picture - Heaven 7
Alpha Boy - Glam

In which I hypothetically match up two tracks that have lately tickled my fancy into one fine split post, here are two lovely tracks by two talented and lovely producers: Picture and Alpha Boy. The former a Swedish retropop specialist and the latter an italo revivalist and one of the finest of a new breed of German producers, their powers combined equal … well. Just listen, yeah?