The Perfect Pill is Lithuanian duo hailing from Vilnius, apparently they have been together for years and have released bunch of albums and EP’s. Cool. Now it’s time to dive into their newest material - EP called „The Wake”.
First thing that comes to my mind when I think about Lithuania is legendary basketballer Arvydas Sabonis. At his prime he was unstoppable, always there for rebounds and blocking, unexpected, never afraid to shot. Dude was a beast. The Perfect Pill is not far away from one of the heavyweights of Lithuanian sport, you never know what comes next for the band. In „The Wake” they go from electronics to alternative rock to alternative metal to acoustic ballad in 18 minutes. They’re being selfish and doing what they want, but it’s one of the most important part of being a good musician.
So, what they sound like you may ask after all this sports talk. You will probably think about A Perfect Circle, when you’re spinning this EP on a coming dark autumn evening. The Perfect Pill is extremely good for a duo at greating huge soundscapes. Harder songs have sharp guitar riffs that sound both calm and heavy at the same time. Does it make sense? Ballads bring us rather gloomy feeling, you can hear some neofolk influences on „Emigrant’s Song” and you wouldn’t dare to listen to the eerie last track „The Wake” while being all alone in the woods. But there’s no reason to go outside anyway if you can stay inside and enjoy these nice Lithuanians.
Producer Leon Somov and vocalist-songwriter Jazzu are no newcomers in the Baltic music scene – these two Lithuanians have been fusing jazz and pop and electronica and dance beats for years now, in 2009 they were awarded with the Best Baltic Act award by MTV, 2010 saw the daylight of their self-released album „Score“ and before and after that they have been giving several live performances with their full band not only in the Baltic countries, but also in the UK and Germany for example.
In the summer of 2012 the duo suprises us with a brand new single called Pretender, which has this really great summery vibe: 80s beats and synths, sweet careless vocals and a feeling of just lying down in the sun, looking at people passing by and simply being satisfied with everything in this moment.
Mickey Dukk is a Lithuanian guy who really wants you to ask yourself a question: „What was the last time you heard nasty juke-sque attitude, blissful jungle bassline, juicy uk-funky snares, and future-house tempos in a single track?“ If you take few minutes to listen to his debut single „Venus“ you can problably say, that the last time was basically NOW.
Personally I would suggest you to also flip to the B-side called Sukleedaw to catch much more dreamy vibes. Wondering, what Mickey will do next, but until then you can download these tunes with your own price from his Bandcamp page.
Audioerotique (LT) aka Gedas Mekšriūnas makes seductive french-like electro-disco. This track, Just lick it, embodies some of his skills, but not all, as he’s got plenty of aces up his sleeves. Definitely check out his soundcloud page for a free download of this song, as well as for other tunes.
The Colours of Bubbles (LT) introduced a new single titled Pheonix on December 1st, and it’s got a rebellious autumn vibe to it, persistently rising from the wet vibrato sepia to a lively spectrum of horns and cymbals. I really adore the guitar parts in this. Golden Parazyth made a bubbly remix of this, adding a little more dancefloor juice to the ol’ bourbon.
OMG! Garo (LT) is incredible. He released an album in August that was inspired by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and maaan, it really lives up to the expectations! This track, Truckload of Poison, reminds me of the walls in my room in pre-2000’s covered with posters of Backstreet Boys and Aqua. And those cartridges that never worked and you had to blow in to them. Sweet. His album can be acquired via band camp.
Deeper Upper is a an alternative/indie four-piece from Vilnius, LT. The tittle of the band somewhat illustrates their sound; it’s Maracot-deep! This is a song they introduced to the world just recently. I really love the distorted synth in the back, it’s like the cold static I used to wake up to at nights as a kid when the TV had to be switched off after buzzing for hours. Remember those TV’s? Knight Rider, Baywatch and Sega? Go nineties!
Brokenchord is young and blazing and from Lithuania. This piece or artistry is called Lowe and it was captured when Mary Anne Hobbs featured him on her show. She says it all. Just recently this track appeared on Radiohead’s Office Chart (songs digged by Thom, mostly).
The Sneekers (LT) are, like, WHOAAA. This song has 1450 listens on Soundclound and I think some 1300 of those should be mine. When I shared Computer Love with Andrejs, he told me it sends shivers down his spine and I seriously understand what he means. The Sneekers are gaining huge momentum, they’ve been posted re-posted numerous times and their Facebook page with its 4000 likes means people dig what they do.