NakNoise VIA Edition Part 1

Published On August 3, 2011 | By Clark | Music

Hey Everyone,

This time around the NakNoise list will be all about Pittsburgh’s upcoming music festival, VIA! The list of artists thus far is phenomenal and I want to help familiarize everyone with some of the upcoming acts. If the initial list wasn’t enough, there are even more surprises in store as there will be a second wave of artists that will be announced in the near future. The VIA lists will be comprised of 5 tracks and will occur more frequently than the regular 10 song list. I highly suggest nabbing an All Access pass over at the VIA website ( This is an incredibly important event for the Pittsburgh music scene and we need everyone’s support to help make it a big success. They are currently seeking volunteers. For more information, hop on over here, after you read this list of course!

1. Laurel Halo – Embassy

The blonde-haired bombshell that hails from Brooklyn, Laurel Halo has been dropping serious heat over the last year. Embassy is from her debut “King Felix” EP that released in November. Laurel Halo effortlessly drifts through hypnotic sounds and ethereal beats. She described “King Felix” as “a collection of pulsating sci-fi fantasies”. I also suggest checking out her recent release, Hour Logic. They are both great, but have distinctly different sounds.

2. Four Tet – Pinnacles

Kieran Hebden has been a pioneer in electronic years for over a decade. He’s plays at all the biggest festivals and has remixed tracks for some of the biggest DJs in the world. Four Tet has a style of his own; a melting pot of sounds that range from slow & meticulous to serious dance floor tunes. Pinnacles, the track I selected, is the latter. An undeniably, smooth jazz vibe mixed with an addictive baseline; Pinnacles is worthy follow-up to his massive 2010 album, “There is Love In You”.

3. Battles – Atlas

Some of you may not know this, but Battles has some Steel City blood pumping in its veins. The guitarist, Ian Williams, was originally in Don Caballero, a math rock band that started right here in Pittsburgh. Battles is one of my most anticipated acts at VIA this year. Atlas is an absolute monster of a track. This song was an instant favorite of mine when “Mirrored” dropped in 2006 and it hasn’t lost an ounce of its edge. Heavy on the drums and heavy on the loop pedals, I anticipate being totally steamrolled by this track live.

4. Austra – Beat and the Pulse

Austra, an extremely talented group from Toronto, are on a rocket to the moon. I feel this is a time where the indie music scene is a red ocean of chill wave. Austra is a breath of fresh air among all the reverb junkies. Beat and the Pulse has a dark, grimy, textured beat that is paired with Katie Stelmanis’ haunting voice. Be sure to check out their entire album, its definitely worth a listen.

5. FaltyDL – Hip Love

Its unwieldy, its unstable, and well it’s down right awesome. Hip Love is not the most accessible track by FaltyDL, but that doesn’t make it any less special. The chaotic beat of this track rejects categorization, yet it still embraces the sensibilities of several genres such as dubstep, garage, and house. Hip Love is a prime example of FaltyDL’s versatility and talent for percussive rhythms.

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