CoachellAltDelight: Broken Bells

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CoachellAltDelight brings attention to special artists that will be featured in Indio come April.
Some we love. Some we just discovered. All essential.
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13/20 Days

The great beauty of the internet today is that it allows us to communicate with people around the world like never before. Sure, this is obvious obvious, but it’s changed the game for the possibilities of music. It has created opportunities making it easier for the most unlikely collaborations between artists. There is no better example of this than the musical lovechild of indie sensation James Mercer (The Shins) and hip-hop producer Brian Burton (Danger Mouse). Who would have thought that these two would come together in a way that would so gloriously improve the legacy of these two established artists?
No Matter What You’re Told (right click > save as)
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Upon the release of their self-titled debut album, they showed us how organic of concoction these two could create. Mercer’s nostalgic voice and the soulful rhythms of Danger Mouse come together in a way that makes it too easy to get immersed on their sonic canvas. A combination of live instruments and futuristics synths make this project unlike anything I’ve heard before. Sing alongs, orchestral choruses, groovy bass lines, catchy beats…these guys have got it all.
The High Road (right click > save as)
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Their followup album After the Disco was released early this year and is looking to be one of the best albums of 2014. I’m calling it now. They have not done much touring yet which leads me to believe they have a lot of surprises and artistic elements prepared for their upcoming shows around LA and at Coachella. Without a doubt, my #1 “Most Excited For” of the festival.
After the Disco (right click > save as)
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