Sunday, August 22, 2010

USF - "Branss"

If the sweet jams on Hipsturbed's sunny mix weren't enough to remedy your end-of-summer blues, here's another track to remind you of days gone by. Whether you spent those days on the beach, your friend's front porch, or inside a cramped car on a cross-country road trip, USF's (formerly known as Universal Studios Florida) new song, "Branss," is likely to evoke your warmest summer memories.

USF - "Branss"

The B-side from a forthcoming vinyl EP on Highfives and Handshakes, "Branss" is a quintessentially USF track - and that's a good thing. It highlights how well the Seattle duo can combine ambient textures with tropical rhythms and deliver them with a wonderfully upbeat and retro aesthetic. And the consistent, almost Balearic-inspired beats featured here suggest that the act are taking their ethereal brand of Afro-pop to even more engaging and accessible levels.

For those of you who keep up with Things as They Are, I'm sure you know by now that I'm a big fan of these guys; not surprisingly, then, I highly recommend this song. But more importantly, I encourage you to support USF by buying a couple of songs they've released to preview their next full length, The Spray (all proceeds go to help replace the equipment that was stolen recently from their practice space). Enjoy the good tunes, and keep your eyes peeled for the band as they tour the West Coast.


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