Freeloader Friday: Grupo Fantasma, The Frights & More


Grupo Fantasma ProblemasHappy Halloween weekend, everybody! Though I know you’re inevitably going to end up listening to “The Monster Mash” and “Thriller” all weekend, take a few minutes to check out this week’s Freeloader Friday list.

First up, we have a full album NPR ‘First Listen’ from grammy-winning, Latin-Funk 9-piece, Grupo Fantasma. Hailing from Austin, Texas, the Spanish-singing powerhouse band delivers contagiously Funky horn and percussion-driven grooves that permeate the language barrier. Careful, though. If you click the link you will most likely spend the next 44 minutes and eight seconds busting out your most humiliating Salsa dance moves.

Next, check out San Diego surf-punk band, The Frights and the title track from their upcoming album, “You Are Going To Hate This. Debuting on Brooklyn Vegan earlier this week, the song has a party-Rock vibe that is full of energetic, singable melodies and lyrics that illustrate a Weezer-like struggle to be cool. Mix in some Punk aesthetic, spread on some clever-studio-production icing, and you’ve got yourself a track that you’ll have willingly stuck in your head well after the sugar buzz fades.

Princess Century, the self described “Electronic space Disco” solo project of Canadian musician, Maya Postepski, got some love this week, too. The Pitchfork-featured track, “Sheughnessy,” is an exhibit of Electronic pointillism with mesmerizing, melodic polyrhythm. As the texture of sounds grows in density and momentum, a gooey, thick layer of organ is eventually layered in, pulling the mix together and pushing the song to an end.

Thanks for taking the time to check out some new music! Have a fun and safe weekend and see you next Friday!

Grupo FantasmaProblemas full album stream via NPR
Problemas out October 30 on Blue Corn Music.

Floating PointsElaenia full album stream via NPR
Elaenia out November 6th on Luaka Bop

Princess Century: “Sheughnessy” track stream via Pitchfork
Progress out now on Paper Bag Records

The Frights: “You Are Going To Hate This” track premiere via Brooklyn Vegan
You Are Going To Hate This out February 12 on Dangerbird Records

A Sunny Day In Glasgow: “Hey You’re Mine” track premiere via Stereogum
Planning Weed Like It’s Acid / Life Is Loss: Pop Songs 2015 out November 13 on Mis Ojos Discos

Eleanor Friedberger: “He Didn’t Mention His Mother” track premiere via Pitchfork
New View available January 22nd on Frenchkiss Records

The Mantles: “Doorframe” music video premiere via Impose Magazine
All Odds End out now on Slumberland Records

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