Artists at SXSW 2012: Korallreven (US debut), Javelin, Beat Connection, HAIM, Yukon Blonde, CFCF, Jonquil, Carter Tanton, Chad Valley and more

By on February 23, 2012
::::: SXSW 2012 PERFORMING ARTISTS :::::

Beat Connection, Bishop Morocco, Bright Moments, Carter Tanton, Chad Valley, CFCF, Deleted Scenes, Delicate Steve, Fenster, HAIM, Javelin, Jonquil, Korallreven, Letting Up Despite Great Faults, Radiation City, These United States, Slam Donahue, Young Empires, Yukon Blonde



BEAT CONNECTION
Seattle-based quartet released its Surf Noir EP last year, which made a splash on Pitchfork, Death + Taxes, and MTVHive who describes them as “bedroom-production nerds and DJs with voracious musical appetites,” saying, “[Beat Connection] finds the warm, quivering heart of electronic music…equivalent of a sunset-to-sunrise ecstasy trip and the wistful day after.” Moshi Moshi will release their forthcoming “Think/Feel” single.

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Toronto-based quartet fronted by Jake Fairley (Fairmont) and James Sayce (Deadly Snakes/Tangiers) recently signed to Arts & Crafts to release its new Factory Records-influenced Old Boys EP on March 13th. A savvy delivery loaded with smart electronic instrumentation and richly textured melodies, NYLON says Bishop Morocco is “one of those rare bands whose songs we can listen to over and over again.”
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Bright Moments is NY-based Kelly Pratt’s new project – multi-instrumentalist for Beirut, Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem. Bright Momentswrites pop songs that leap and tumble with an exotic, diverse mix of sounds…a wildly creative album, packed with energy,” says NPR: World Cafe ‘Next. He’ll be touring as a 5-piece band down to SXSW behind his new album Natives, out on Feb. 21st with Luaka Bop.
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Carter Tanton released his Freeclouds album last year with Western Vinyl featuring Marissa Nadler, which has received accolades from SPIN, Paste, NYLON, American Songwriter, and many more. Also the newest active member of Baltimore-based Lower Dens, his music is described as a dizzying journey into the region somewhere between jangly alt-country and basement indie rock.” – NPR World Cafe ‘Next 20’

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Montreal-based DJ and electronic artist CFCF (aka Michael Silver) will release his new mini-LP, Exercises via Paper Bag Records on April 24th. Each track feels like an exploration of lost memories, studies in nostalgia, exercises in spatial remembrance and Pitchfork says, “Silver can evoke bittersweet memories of a bygone era without resorting to pastiche.”
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The DC-based quartet released its sophomore album, Young People’s Church of the Air last year incorporating 80s pop, R&B, surf rock, dark funk, and Go-Go. Pitchfork describes the album as “…a unique ground between pop and experimental impulses. It doesn’t belong wholly to either world. It’s an album that seeks to transcend ugliness, both personal and aural. More often than not, it succeeds on both counts. 7.6 Review).”
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“Fenster is the biggest and best indie …band you haven’t yet heard of,” says VMAN (Artist You Need To Know). The NY/Berlin-based trio will be playing their first shows in the US this spring behind their debut album Bones with Morr Music, out on March 13th. Influenced by The Velvet Underground and city soundscapes, at times, you might be reminded of an American version of The xx.
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Having already toured with Julian Casablancas and worked with Blondie producer Mike Chapman, LA sister trio HAIM channel Fleetwood Mac with some TLC in their debut Forever EP. Check out their ‘Discovery’ piece with Interview Magazine.
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[Watch Jonquil’s It’s My Partvideo and stream Chad Valley‘s ‘Now that I’m Real (How Does it Feel‘]
Noted as an American Songwriter ‘Band to Watch,’ Oxford, UK-based Jonquil will release the new Point of Go LP on February 21st with Dovecote Records. Filter says, “Jonquil spins listeners’ attention to something fun and shiny with classic pop elements.”Chad Valley is the moniker of Hugo Manuel who also fronts Jonquil. NPR says his “mellow beats and washed-out vocals sound lush and captivating…steady and relaxed.”
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[Listen to ‘Sa Sa Samoa’ and watch the video]
Swedish-duo preparing for its first US shows ever behind An Album By Korallreven, which BlackBook calls as “crisp as Autumn in Stockholm…punctuated by sudden bursts from electronic synths and drums to kick up the groove.” Their single “As Young As Yesterday” featuring Victoria Bergsman went to #1 on the Hype Machine and was named one of Pitchfork’s ‘Best New Tracks.’
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Also one of NPR World Cafe’s: ‘Next 20’ artists, the LA four-piece’s single “Teenage Tide” was #1 on the Hype Machine off their 2011 Paper Crush EP, and was featured on Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, & Exclaim! etc. NPR describes it as“beautiful, lolling music with whispery vocals.”
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RADIATION CITY
[Listen to ‘Find It of Use‘ and watch the video]


Portland, OR-based 5-piece that write 60’s girl group-inspired tunes with bite and will be releasing their Cool Nightmare EP on March 6th with Tender Loving Empire. NYLON says, “their dreamy, faraway sound reminds us of a sunshine marriage between Reading Rainbow and the Dum Dum Girls…Either way, let’s just say it’s really good.”


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Brooklyn trio that write amazing pop songs in the form of blasted-out demos recorded on a boombox with CMJ [On the Verge Artist] saying they’re “an ecstatic dance-pop trinity…prepped to slam them all.” They just signed to Cantora Records with a proper release to come later this year. Check out Interview Magazine‘s Discovery piece on the band.


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YOUNG EMPIRES
[Watch the band perform “Enter Through the Sun” and stream their Wake All My Youth EP]
The Toronto-based quartet is touring behind its forthcoming debut EP, Wake All My Youth, out this week. Their infectious hooks have been featured on TV shows like Suits, The Jersey Shore, The Real World, Ringer, and Cougar Town, and NYLON says “their glossy production and funked up rhythms, reminds us of the Rapture’s dance-ready grooves…they’re too good.”


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YUKON BLONDE

[Download ‘Stairway’ and watch the video]

Vancouver-based quartet readying its new Tiger Talk LP, out on March 20th with Dine Alone Records (Tokyo Police Club, Neon Indian). The band was featured on How I Met Your Mother and ABC’s Revenge last year and is an Alternative Press: Recommended Artist and MAGNET describes their music as “…reminiscent of Buffalo Springfield, Gram Parsons, and Sloan’s boundary-breaking power-solo album ‘Twice Removed.'”

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