Hiatus Kaiyote is a group from Australia I heard in my friend Dave’s car on the radio a couple of years ago. I didn’t know what was playing and I liked it so much I went online to the radio stations website log to find out. Turns out it was Hiatus Kaiyote playing a song called Nakamarra. They make the difficult easy and easy going. — Noah Lennox
My wife Fernanda makes clothes and is a far more inventive and creative thinker than I am. Im especially fond of this collection of jackets she made a little while back. The fabric for the jackets comes from traditional Portuguese blankets (Fernanda is Portuguese I should mention) and I like the idea of walking around covered in a blanket. — Panda Bear
This is another local group that i like a lot. I first saw videos of theirs as promotion for one of the Principe nights and liked how they grafted with the music. They’ll have a new 12” record coming out soon but for now check out this video which shows them playing together. i like the performative aspect of the music and how theres actions and reactions to the playing.
Im looking forward to the upcoming record from Shamir. Wish Id caught him live as Ive heard from a bunch of people about the shows. I like the rawness and directness of his singing against the robo synthetic backgrounds. — Panda Bear
Here’s a recent one from this Swedish band. I like the singing a lot and really like how they go the extra mile to craft synth sounds. They also don’t seem to let the machines do the work which i can appreciate. Im also a fan of the song they did with Gorillaz called Empire Ants with two loosely connected but gracefully navigated sides. — Panda Bear
I like the Rivers of the Red Planet album a lot. Max mashes together a bunch of different styles and elements but they all sound happy enough together if you know what i mean. There’s a humorous mystery and fog around the music that I like a lot too. I find often that it’s the music that asks something of me or demands that I meet it halfway that really tends to stick with me. My lady has a refrain that goes something like “We don’t see the world as it is, we see it as we are.” Sometimes it’s not only the beauty of the music but the way the music has changed us that feels powerful. — Panda Bear
My friends Nelson and Afonso play in this local band and we share a practice space as well. Nelson and another friend Pedro are in part responsible for why Im here as they booked Animal Collective at a festival in Lisbon (the now defunct Numero Festival) 12 years ago or so. Gala Drop play electric stuff thats sometimes rocked out and sometimes kind of funky. Nelson and others are responsible for the great Principe label around here as well.
Here is a video of “You and I” by Pedro Maia from their record, “II” , that came out November 2014 on Golf Channel.
I’m a little foggy on the details but this is a label out of Vancouver and is home to a bunch of producers and groups. Jack Js Something (On my mind) was one of my favourite things last year. There’s a chunky beauty to a lot of it that I really like and nothing’s synched to death or oversanitized which I appreciate.