It’s one thing to write about the best new bands, and it’s another thing entirely to put their records out. On top of that, it’s taking it to a completely new level if you’re giving away their stuff for free. Corporations have been jumping on the free downloads bandwagon, but they rarely give away tracks with the intensity and brilliance of AMDiscs, the self proclaimed ‘futures reserve label’ that has already given away EPs by the obscenely talented unouomedude, Ghost Animal, Tearist and Young Adults amongst many others. The fact that one of their latest acts, DannielRadall is so brilliant isn’t nothing short of expected, then.
Neither should be the fact that his MySpace top friends list saves it’s third place for Washed Out, given the blissful way the beats on this year’s ‘La femme’ EP burst in faded harmony. There’s a large portion of this that could and will be described as chillwave, but there’s far too much depth on show here for it be written off as derivative. The ebb and flow of the electronica is offset by some fuzzy guitar work, rocky riffs seemingly plundered from the golden age of slacker rock a glorious accompaniment on a few of the tracks. There’s also the usual mix of samples and sun bleached melodyto get you hooked. God knows where AMDiscs finds them, especially given that DannielRadall hails from Mexico, but whatever methods they use are certainly working – this is another act to add to their heady list of would-be stars, for sure.