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Remember that one time when I had a blog?…I do I do!

Life has been crazy and it stresses me out to think of all the things I wanted to share with you but didn’t get a chance to…that’s all in the past though because I’m back, baybaaay! Wait And Scene will only get better from here. PROMISE. Since we last “spoke”, I went to SXSW in Austin for ten days and had the time of my life! The music bender that is SouthBy gave me such a feeling of bliss that I refuse to ever not be in Austin on that week in March from this year on. Just don’t tell my boss, kay? Next week I’ll be sharing my super excluse SXSW intel with y’all…so so EXCLUSE that it’ll be worth the wait.

For now, let’s talk new music:

Back in November, I included Vondelpark’s track Dracula on my playlist. Remember when I used to do those?…man, I’m really falling apart. Check out how awesome I used to be here.

Today their album, Seabed, is finally available digitally (cop that) and it will be available physically on April 2nd. Thanks to Pitchfork Advance the whole album is streaming here. It is so beautiful and today it’s helping me get through a crap load of paperwork for my job. Vondelpark are somehow making this task of staying inside on this perfect Portland day to scorch my lap with my burning up old laptop (don’t ask) a lot more pleasant and that, my friends, is a real feat.

A little info. Vondelpark is a public urban park of in Amsterdam, Netherlands with an open air theatre, a playground….oh, not the info you were looking for? Vondelpark are an R&B, ethereal, smooth, cloudy, warped, fluid, dark, dreamy (adjectives for days!) electronica three-piece from London. The group is comprised of singer, plays-every-instrument-you-can-think-of, producer-guy Lewis Rainsbury, keyboardist Matt Law, and guitarist/bassist Alex Bailey. These guys are really young and relatively new to the game but they sound like a band that has been doing this together for years and years. They’ve taken their sweet-ass time putting out an album; throwing us a couple of EPs in 2010 and 2011 and then falling off the map for two years, but Seabed was worth the wait. I feel like each Vondelpark release has been better than the last. What do you guys think? Are you feeling this dreamy music goodness like me?

Here’s an Easter treat waaaay better than those creepy Cadbury Creme Eggs people are so into this time of year.

Vondelpark – Seabed (Album Stream)

ENJOY.

-Jenna

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HAWT off the press (literally debuted hours ago live on BBC Radio1) James Blake hits us with this new beauty. Retrograde is the first single off of his new album, Overgrown, set to be released on April 8.

For those who don’t know, James Blake is an electronic music producer and singer-songwriter from London who has been deemed the ‘King of Post-Dubstep’….yup, post-dubstep…In the interest of full disclosure, I had no idea what this genre really encompassed so I did a little reading. What I gathered, and I’m going to put in my own words, is that this style of music has those bass-heavy beats with a dance music feel (often including audio samples of band saws, dental drills, and screaming cats) but post-dubstep is much warmer and less aggressive then the dubstep the bros are poppin’ collars to in da club. Note: I’m not opposed to “brostep” and seeing Skrillex‘s seizure-inducing live show this summer at Bumbershoot was a real treat but James Blake is more my steez.

Blake has released a number of EPs since 2009 but he dropped an amazing self-titled debut studio album a year ago (cop that); Mad blog cred, nominations, and awards followed and we, the people, have been anxiously awaiting some new jams ever since. If he’s new to your ears, YAY! Wait And Scene has done what it set out to do.

In my usual obsessive music tendencies, I listened to this track five+ times in a row as soon as I saw it was available. Do you ever feel like a song was meant for you to hear at a specific time of your life? That’s how I feel about this one (Whoa deep stuff, Jenna).

You’re on your own in a world you’ve grown
Few more years to go,
Don’t let the hurdle fall
So be the girl you loved,
Be the girl you loved

Powerful. Perfect. I will be that girl, James Blake.

P.s. Tour dates have been announced (here) and clearly WAS will be at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland on April 24th. I have so much to look forward in the next few months. ALL OF THE SHOWS.

P.p.s. Here is JB breakin’ hearts with that Joni Mitchell cover.

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