Every month, the five members of Flip Rushmore will tell the world ? what we're currently listening to. If there's something you think we should check out, email us at flip rushmore @ gmail dot com or leave a comment below.
Hayley Williams, "Over Those Hills" — It's been a long time since I've listened to a new album all the way through ... and then started it from Track 1 again. Williams—who is best known for her pop/rock work with Paramore and the B.O.B. hit "Airplanes"--put out a great record last year, and followed it with Flowers for Vases/Descansos this month. She plays all the instruments (easy hook for me) and tells some memorable stories ("Trigger," "Inordinary"). The song "Over These Hills" is part of a strong middle section on the album that borrows a little bit of Lana, a little bit of La La Land, and revolves around a lick that will probably get it some decent play on AAA radio. (Alex)
Madison Cunningham, "Broken Harvest" — I got turned onto Madison Cunningham when I saw she was a guest on Cory Wong's Wongnotes podcast, one of the few names he's had on that I didn't recognize. For someone pretty young (who only somewhat recently has achieved more mainstream recognition) she has a really incredible style of guitar playing that she layers with her vocals to create songs that are instantly recognizable as her own. All her virtuosity, production, vocal fluidity, and lyrical prowess are fully on display in this tune. Especially in love with these words: "when you're living on a dreamer's salary, a broken harvest seems like robbery." (Nick)
Luna Li, "cloud castle" — Of all the bedroom pop projects making music these days, Luna Li probably has my favorite vibe. She's this super colorful fairylike figure who is equally at home plucking out video-game melodies on a harp or shredding a guitar solo or bowing out some gorgeous cinematic string line on a violin. Sort of like if the chill lofi beats girl with the big headphones stopped doing her homework and started creating those beats while pretty much only sampling herself. (Nick)
Cory Wong and Cody Fry, "Coming Back Around" — I probably listen through at least an album of some Cory Wong-related project every day, and his latest album is gonna help me continue that trend. His music is always groovy as hell and he has an incredible ear for arrangements and tasteful pocket-centric jams. Most relevantly for us metro dwellers he's been one of the most prominent post-Prince funkifiers in the Minneapolis music scene and is always doing his part to make sure no one forgets how hard Minnesota music rocks. Anyway this song is just super dope and I can't get it out of my head. (Nick)
Present Company, "It's Not Looking Good" — I figured this new local band was named after an LCD Soundsystem lyric, and any doubt was removed when I pressed play. Once the verse settles in, there's definitely some James Murphy in there. I also hear some Modest Mouse in the refrain. But there's more of an '80s influence at play here, and—for those looking for another local comp—they'd be a great bill partner with DENNY. These guys are fun. They've got an infectious energy. And I'm really excited to hear more. (Alex)