Indie rock band Of Montreal has quickly become the most blogged act on The Hype Machine on June 29, appearing in the top slot after having announced details of its upcoming album. Dark electronic trio Salem and Californian lo-fi band Wavves are in second and third place, and Chromeo is among new additions to the top ten.
American group Of Montreal formed in 1996 and has released several studio albums, most recently 2008's Skeletal Lamping. The band has just announced that its next album, False Priest, is due out on September 13, and has made a single from that LP - "Coquet Coquette" - available for free download on its website. The Photon God (hailingthephotongods.wordpress.com) writes of the new track, "It has a fresh, solid pop infrastructure that's elegantly decorated in all of these fantastical sounds and noises that Kevin Barnes is known and loved for and then some."
Chromeo is a Montreal-based electronic funk duo made up of childhood friend P-Thugg and Dave 1, who describe themselves as "the only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture." The duo released a debut album in 2004, followed by 2007's Fancy Footwork, and has since performed at major festivals including Coachella, Glastonbury, and Lollapalooza. Chromeo is due to release a third album, Business Casual, before the end of the season, and bloggers are passing around the tracks "Night by Night " and "Don't Turn the Lights On" from that album.
The 10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on June 29 at 11:00am GMT:
• Of Montreal (new)
• Salem (+1)
• Wavves (+4)
• Blonde Redhead (-3)
• Chromeo (new)
• LCD Soundsystem (-4)
• The Roots (-2)
• Passion Pit (unchanged)
• Perfume Genius (new)
• Stars (-4)
Launched in 2005, The Hype Machine aggregates information from more than 1,000 music blogs worldwide. Known for identifying up-and-coming artists, the site enables music fans to easily find out what music is hot in the blogosphere and to instantly hear and buy mp3s.