7 Day Mixtape: Vol. 27 – SHAKY SNAKES
Vancouver’s Shaky Snakes has been on our radar for some time now and if you’re not familiar with his work, we suggest you check out the links below. He has some pretty incredible stuff up for grabs and for the most part it’s all free!
Recently we asked him to put together a 7 Day Mixtape and he was more than happy to get in on the action. We couldn’t be more excited about the mix he put together – perfect for a warm summer day. Stream the mix at the bottom of the page and be sure to check out the write-ups and links to all the artists.
1. OREGON BIKE TRAILS – Come On Come On
This is my favorite summer song so far this year. It combines chopped samples, jangly faraway piano and highly reverbed vocals into this thing that sounds old and new at once. Oooh, also, hand claps!
2. DEER TICK – Sun Street
Deer Tick love to do cover tunes. They turn this Katrina and the Waves song into a fuzzy, dreamy ode to being high and/or drunk and it’s a great fit on your next nighttime bicycle ride playlist. Last time Deer Tick were in town, I saw John McCauley III smoking and told him how much I loved this cover and he kinda sneered and chuckled and seemed embarrassed. Take from that what you will but I didn’t let it phase me.
3. FUTURE ISLANDS – Old Friend
Everything by Future Islands is amazing to me. They have the most bizarre energy and it makes me feel like I’m listening to some sort of space-age radio drama musical. This track is from their first EP- it’s less polished than their most recent output, but the energy is exactly the same. They’re coming to Vancouver in August and I wrote them a heartfelt letter asking if there was any way I could open for them, but I didn’t hear anything back. :( I gots no connections.
4. KINGDOM CLOUD – Rainbow Road
Kingdom Cloud are from my hometown of Kelowna, BC. They play these lovely reverb-y surfy pop songs and this one just happens to be named after the most psychadelic Mario Kart level ever. I caught their live show a couple months back and they wore matching outfits and smiled while they played and it was like diving into a pool of reverb and pineapples.
5. CLIVE TANAKA Y SU ORQUESTA – Neu Chicago
The music of Clive Tanaka is so perfect it sometimes discourages me from even trying to make things. His bio claims that he practiced ‘hikikomori’, where one essentially stays in their room and disregards society, for 11 years. His parents would leave him meals at his bedroom door and one day left him a synthesizer. He taught himself to play just by reading the manual and eventually produced these incredibly warm and lush tracks. Electronic music with soul.
6. LOVE CUTS – I Will Kiss Anyone
Love Cuts are a dreamy three-piece from Vancouver and unofficial ambassadors of love and kindness throughout the universe. I recently attended their first show and picked up their brand new 7″ EP that was released on Nominal Records a month or something ago. Their songs are soooo catchy and their words are perfect and it took me a long time to pick just one for this mix.
7. WALTER MEEGO – Starlight
Starlight! This song is so magical. Glammy space rock for bike rides under meteor showers or perhaps even for leaving the atmosphere. I love the long spacey synth lines and the frantic vocal delivery. Glimmering in the dark, indeed!