By Logan Hernandez
Maximilian Hecker – “Lady Sleep”
Lady Sleep is filled with extremely emotional lyrics sung in an angelic falsetto over melancholy piano ballads. It’s an album about darkness, about winter.
For fans of: Brian Eno, Sigur Ros, Radiohead
Best to listen to when: You want to channel your romantic side.
Maximilian Hecker is a German musician known for airy pop music, similar to bands like Air. After performing as a drummer in a number of small German bands, his demo tapes attracted the attention of Kitty-Yo Records, who released his debut album Infinite Love Songs in 2001.
Avoid at all costs if: You’ve recently had your heart broken.
Cut Copy – “Zonoscope”
Whereas Lady Sleep reveled in the cold of winter, Zonoscope is all about summertime. While In Ghost Colors, the last album by Cut Copy, was pop hit after pop hit, Zonoscope explores the more meditative side of dance music. The best example would be “Sun God”, a 15-minute opus that closes out the album in a riveting, epic way. This is an easy album to get lost in.
For fans of: LCD Soundsystem, Empire of the Sun, Friendly Fires
Highlights: “Take Me Over”, “Sun God”
Best to listen to when: On an Australian Beach at the height of summer.
Cut Copy is a synthpop band formed in 2001 in Melbourne, Australia, and made up of Dan Whitford (lead vocals/keys/guitar), Tim Hoey (bass/guitar) and Mitchell Scott (drums). It began in 2001 as the project for Dan Whitford, however in 2003 Whitford recruited a band, and in 2005 toured internationally for the first time, visiting London, New York and Los Angeles.
Avoid at all costs if: You missed the plane to Cancun.