The soundtrack for the the new film Divergent is one of the most collaborative collections we’ve seen in a while. It features quite a bit of unexpected tracks, specifically a Tame Impala/Kendrick Lamar song “Backwards”. The whole this is streaming on Pitchfork right now, give it a listen.
One night at Northeastern University in Boston, Lee Schuna got a phonecall from Anjimile Chithambo who said she had found her musical soulmate, Drew Wilcox. Lee grabbed her guitar and the three headed over to a practice room on campus that night and started jamming. The trio soon decided that they wanted to officially work together in their own band: Modes.
Although Modes is a cohesive project, each member distinctly draws influences from their own sources. A quick glance at their facebook page would tell you that Anjimile hails from Texas, while Drew from Chicago and Lee from Wisconsin. Even their influences vary from bandmember to bandmember, Drew drawing inspiration from Radiohead and Sonic Youth, whereas Anjimile grew with Brand New and Emily with Warpaint. Before that night, each musician had been working individually on separate projects - Drew working as Eskimo Rangers, Lee working as The Vacuum Party and Anjimile releasing solo music that she continues to record.
Luckily for the three, they had met and formed at school, so collaborating together in person wasn’t too difficult. Shortly after forming, however, Lee temporarily moved to Brooklyn to work at indie label Captured Tracks. Therefore, the band’s creativity was inhibited and recording was halted. During this time, Lee commented on MP3s sent to her by her band members, but was unable to contribute to them in a simple manner for over half a year. After returning to Boston, Modes had started working on a forthcoming EP.
When asked about the interaction during the songwriting process, Lee explained, “Music doesn’t care if you know each other or not. All you need is creative energy that works well with someone else’s, and that’s how it happened.”
Modes doesn’t have any recorded material out just yet, but check out each band member’s individual work at the links below. We certainly look forward to hearing more from them.
Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux and Serengeti are coming together as Sisyphus and just released this awesome new song.
PICKAMUSICFESTIVAL: YOUR 2014 GUIDE
People, music festival season is just around the corner! Time to start buying passes, finding friends, and booking travel plans. To commemorate this special time of year, here’s a detailed compilation of festivals you can’t miss in 2014.
Check out Baio of Vampire Weekend’s remix of Broken Bells’ new track “Holding On For Life”.
First, Best New Artist nominated James Blake released his 2013 album Overgrown featuring the song “Life Round Here”. Second, Chance the Rapper added a few verses resulting in a great collab. Next, the two released a music video for the collab and are apparently continuing to work together.
Today, Angel Haze and Ellie Goulding uploaded there take on the song to Soundcloud. Check it out!
Death Grips is a pretty fun topic of conversation. After releasing mixtape Exmilitary, the band signed to Epic Records, released The Money Store, and shortly got dropped after cancelling tour dates and releasing No Love Deep Web for free, on top of even more craziness.
Today, Death Grips released stems from No Love Deep Web, as well as their more recent release Government Plates. Click here to take a look.
To celebrate Hummingbird's one year anniversary, Local Natives have released stems from the album for YOU to remix! They'll post their favorites, so find them here and go wild.