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Originally begun as a project called The Calendonia Mission by brothers Anthony and Angelo Lamarca, The Building has since grown into a full-fledged band based in NYC. Although Angelo still resides in their hometown of Youngstown, OH, the additions of a cellist (also Anthony’s wife) and a saxophonist/clarinetist (whom Anthony met when they both played with St. Vincent), have helped give The Building a hefty and robust, indie-rock meets orchestral-pop sound.
Slowdance, a Brooklyn-based quintet, have a penchant for edgy indie-pop and for crafting songs in French. According to the band, their moody, keyboard-heavy stylings were influenced by Blondie and ‘70s synth-wave, so it’s no wonder that here, they sound sultry and submerged in hypnotic, humming electronics. Frontwoman Quayar Quinn-Settel — seemingly mysterious and secretive, curtained by thick bangs — recalls a cross between Tennis’ laid back Alaina Moore and the dynamic Karen O. An intriguing vocalist and performer — beautifully delicate one moment, curiously detached the next — she is one of many reasons Slowdance is a band that’s hard to forget.
Yep, lucky boy that I am, I’m still on my holidays in the S of the UA, but it’s all coming to an abrupt end, all too soon. For this, my final Planet Beet from NYC, I’ve employed the talents of voice-under artiste ordinaire, Emily Youssef. You may have heard her on The Funk & Soul Hour a few months ago. Realistically though, you probably didn’t.. Listen on, and Thor Out to some great music for the next hour of your stupid life. Whadaya say? Let’s Radio!

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