Newcomers Daughter currently have their first album out (If You Leave) and recently let loose this stunning cover of Bon Iver's "Perth" which segues into Hot Chip's "Ready For the Floor" in a haunting, chilling fashion with Florence Welch style vocals. (via Twenty Four Bit)
Night Beds Covers Robyn
Speaking of good covers, Night Beds recently stopped by the AV Club and performed an out-of-the-box cover (my favorite kind, similar to the randomness that worked so well on The Last Bison's M83 cover) by choosing "Dancing On My Own" by Robyn. Yes, that Robyn. And yes, that Night Beds. And yes, it works.
Night Beds cover Robyn
Here's the original:
Bell X1 Teases New Track
Irish band Bell X1 is currently working on a new album and have released a taste with "Starlings Over Brighton Pier", a sort of typical-yet-atypical Bell X1 song. Lead singer Paul Noonan's standard aching vocals are there, but they are set against a sonic landscape that's a bit different from some of the more electro-sounding tracks off of 2011's Bloodless Coup. Its more ethereal, but the chorus brings it around into a more familiar Bell X1 territory, allowing the melancholic tones of Noonan's voice to push through.
Acoustic Performance by Jon Russell of The Head and The Heart
Songs for the Day often posts songs that pull at the heart strings in a 'pay attention to me, dammit!' kind of way, but this song might take the cake. Its a video of Jon Russel from The Head and the Heart singing acoustically and solo, with Winston Yellen (Night Beds)-like vocals. Head on over the Songs for the Day to listen to another video of him performing "Bourbon St." from the same session.
Dawes on NPR Music
As I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, LA band Dawes recently released their stellar third album, Stories Don't End, continuing to hone their 70's California rock vibe and make it all their own through the lyrical mastery of songwriter Taylor Goldsmith. Dawes recently chatted with NPR Music about the album, songwriting, and touring with Bob Dylan. Check it out here:
Local Natives on World Cafe
Also through NPR Music, World Cafe talked with Local Natives, displaying some tunes from their recent album, Hummingbird - an album that has quickly become one of my top albums of this year. Host David Dye talks with the band about their recording process, and the band performs in studio "You & I", "Heavy Feet", "Breakers" and "Columbia". You can listen to the entire show over at World Cafe here and check out Hummingbird below.