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Weekend Listening

- June 22nd, 2012

The summer solstice was on Wednesday but the sun is still scorching. Here’s some cool, summery tracks to listen to while trying to escape (or embrace) the sun’s rays.

First up is Richmond, Virginia-based Life Coach. This high-energy power-pop slams and rattles around like a creaky VW bus on their self-titled premiere. Life Coach is unsubtle, uncomplex and loud guitar-pop meant to rouse the inner beast. Rowdy, sub-minute gems like “You Try To Run” and tour lamenting “Crossin’ State Lines” are emblematic of the album: very short, very fun and very exhausting.

P.S. Album closer “The Next Generation” is a freewheeling ode to Star Trek: The Next Generation with lyrics like “Councillor Troi/tell me what I’m thinking” and “Geordi LaForge/get down to the engine room/Worf, fix those shields!/ We gotta fix that shield!”

Life Coach has some NSFW lyrics, so it’s best you play this on headphones if you’re in an office.

Stream below:

Next up is Yung Life‘s sunny synth-pop off their recently released self-titled LP. This is the kind of ear candy perfect for hot summer days and cool summer nights. Front-loaded with instant gems like “Isn’t This” and “Pathfinder” Yung Life is soaring synth-pop with darker lyrics than the joyous synths indicate. “90′s Dreams” may be a bit of a misnomer though — Yung Life plumb the ’80s New Wave pretty hard. But considering all the members of this four-piece are 22 or under, it’s understandable.

Stream Yung Life here:

Lastly is a mixtape curated by Brooklyn’s MSMR. This is the first in a Track Addicts series. Perfectly curated, it incorporates dark and moody folk like alt-J’s “Breeze Blocks” and Haim’s day-glo pop. Clocking in at just under an hour, it’s an ear-pleasing bit of ephemera that may net a few new artists to discover.

MSMR also have a download link for it here (.ZIP file)

Listen to their single “Hurricane” below. It’s a beautiful, ethereal and haunting slice of pared-down ghostly electro-pop.