Hard Candy favorites Labyrinth Ear are the latest act we have tapped to create a mixtape exclusively for our series. It is our pleasure to present to you the ‘Magnolia‘ mixtapethat expertly fuses together some of the band’s favorite tracks of all time and some newer stuff that they are currently listening to. They’ve got everything in there from The Carpenters to Sonic Youth and M83… Say what?! Somehow this eclectic mix really works!
Labyrinth Ear had this to say about creating the mixtape…
“This mixtape is a culmination of everything we’ve been listening to currently. It’s a mixture of different genres and eras and styles, but I think somehow the mixture shares some similar qualities in the overall feel of the music. There’s some 90s hip hop, some classical, some chamber pop, some bangra, overall it’s a good representation of both of our tastes combined. We hope that you enjoy the mix as much as we did making it, and find it entertaining“
Make sure that you are following them on Twitter and Facebook for updates on their forthcoming EP and any other goodies they may drop between now and then! Also, don’t forget to check out their latest trackAmber if you missed it!
Arthur Russell – Wild Combination
The Cure – Lovesong
John Maus – Believer
Sonic Youth – Becuz
Little Dragon – Ritual Union (Maya Jane Coles Remix)
Lata Mangeshga – Lag Ja Gale
The Carpenters – Close to You
Franz Schubert – Piano Trio No 2 in E Flat Major
M83 – Run into Flowers (Jackson remix)
Inner City – BIg Fun
Souls of Mischief – 93 till Infinity
A few weeks back I had the pleasure of seeing Labyrinth Ear play a fabulous gig just a few blocks away from my apartment at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn. It was their last appearance in a string of successful shows marking their North American debut at the CMJ festival here in NYC.
We were treated to a wonderful set made up of songs from the Oak and Apparitions EPs including my favorites ‘Humble My Bones‘ and ‘Amethyst Days’, which you can watch below. We’ve had our eyes on these two for quite some time and after falling in love with their unique brand of moody electro pop, it was fabulous to watch them deliver live and see that they are already gaining a following… people in the venue were going as far as to excitedly shout requests at them!
After the show I got the chance to chat with Tom and Emily for a few minutes, where they told me that Emily had unfortunately got sick the first day of CMJ, I would never have guessed because she sounded amazing. I’m happy to report they are just as lovely in person as they are via email!
You should look out for their first full length album which is set for release in 2013, and if you aren’t already familiar with them get up to speed by checking out all ourLabyrinth Ear songs and videos here and the ‘Magnolia‘ mixtapethey completed for us back in 2011.
Well, I totally forgot to post this when it was released, but since Labyrinth Ear are in town for CMJ, what better time to share it! “Urchin” is a moody track with a stormy bassline, twinkly synths and hypnotizing vocals. These two create such interesting tunes, I love the Asian influences in this one!
I’m so eager to hear the rest of the music they’ve been working on, and hopefully I’ll get the chance in a few days time when I see them play right in my backyard! If you’re in NYC over the next few days you can catch them at the following places:
18 October – Pianos, NY – 12:00am
19 October – 252 Norman Ave - 9:15pm
20 October – Cameo Gallery, Brooklyn – 8:30pm
Over the last few months Labyrinth Earhave been hard at work on the follow-up to the glorious Oak EP, released last year. Much to our delight they have just dropped Amber the first track to be taken from the forthcoming EP (more details to be shared soon!)
It’s a gorgeous track perfect for chilling out on a lazy summer evening. As usual the production is a cut above the rest and Emily’s smooth vocals slide nicely into the mix.
You should make sure you’re following them on Facebook and Twitter and not only because they like to invite people over for tea and cakes!
It has been a little while since we have been treated to new tunes fromLabyrinth Ear, but they have have just dropped a rather splendid cover of Arthur Russell‘sThis Is How We Walk On The Moonon us! I love it when bands reinterpret their favorite songs don’t you?
The band are currently reading the follow up to theOak EP, which you simply must download for free if you haven’t already! I’m really keen to hear what they come up with next! – Camille