Archive for March, 2017

March 31, 2017

We’ve literally been waiting years for a debut album from New York’s Wilsen, having been eagerly devouring their beautiful dream folk all this time. I Go Missing In My Sleep arrives April 28th via Secret City, and the latest taste from the record is exquisite, to say the least. Final is a sparse and reedy tune that builds ever precisely towards a moving peak. The hushed spaciousness of the song harbors a torrent of emotion, tenderly delivered straight to the heart by Tamsin Wilson and her soft, intimate vocals. You can pre-order Wilsen’s debut album from major outlets, here.

March 31, 2017

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Any day we’re graced with fresh new Billie Eilish is a fine day, much less when it’s such a gorgeously soothing masterpiece like Bored. The 15 year old pop sensation has become one of the most loved and praised artist’s in the scene this past year after winning hearts with songs like Ocean Eyes and Six Feet Under. We’re used to expecting only the best from Billie Eilish at this point, and that’s exactly what she gives us on her contribution to the soundtrack for Netflix Original series “13 Reasons Why”. Svelte willowy, aerial light pop enchants us thoroughly on this misty gem. The stacked soundtrack for 13 Reasons Why is available now from iTunes.

March 31, 2017

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Norway’s Firewoodisland has been hard at work for the past several months putting together their debut album, and today, we get to listen to the first single from Chaos Is The State Of The Heart. There’s nothing chaotic about Soldier. It’s a serene beauty, but it certainly stirs the heart. Firewoodisland renders me a molten puddle with the ambient indietronica piece, which you can also stream via Soundcloud below.

March 31, 2017

And here it is, folks! Oh Wonder is back! I’ve been waiting on pins and needles to hear fresh music from the beloved UK duo whom IHM has fervently supported since their debut what feels like a lifetime ago. Ultralife is Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West’s first song since their debut album, a record I love so dearly. As its name might suggest, Ultralife is ultra vibrant, a coruscant plumed beauty. Josephine and Anthony’s vocals come together euphoniously, as they always have, alongside Ultralife’s technicolor rich, exultant barreling alt pop. I miss the days when we had a new Oh Wonder song to look forward to every month, and this brings that unforgettable journey back to life for me. The pair have been working hard all this time, bringing us the joy of their live sets while travelling all across the world. It’s hard to believe it’s been well over a year since they sold out two shows in one night at Popscene. My memories of that evening are as vivid as ever. If you missed our interview with Oh Wonder that night, you can peep it, here. Ultralife is the title track from Oh Wonder’s sophomore album, due out June 16th. The single can be purchased now from iTunes. Here’s to hoping we get to see Oh Wonder in San Francisco again later this year, since there’s no way I can swing making a trip down to Santa Cruz on a weekday for their sold out show next month.

March 31, 2017

Come tomorrow, Vallis Alps will be unleashing their sophomore EP into the world. The Sydney via Canberra/Seattle electronic duo have been a favorite of ours for over two years, and we’re more than excited over the EP. Since last week, we’ve been firmly anchored and addicted to East’s emotionally arched electronica & pop, and now we get to listen to another taste from Fable. Serity is very different from East. Instead of gripping us with dark atmospheric electronica, Vallis Alps swoons us with silky smooth electro pop. Serity is airy light and weightless billowing, a breathtaking gem that leaves our hearts aflutter for Fable. Vallis Alps will be returning to tour the US in May, ticket info and tour schedule can be found, here.

March 31, 2017

Islands, the gorgeous first taste from Physical’s debut album Ride It Out, has been remixed by Dntel, who’s also one half of famed legends The Postal Service. The original is a chiffon sheer ambient pop gem from New Zealand based duo Julia Parr and Nik Brinkman, who met in a karaoke bar in New York’s Chinatown. Fast forward several years and they’ve come together to give us a dramatic pop record, due out later this year. Dntel gives Islands a darker atmosphere with his resplendent cascading remix. It buzzes, ripples, and shuffles with vibrant texture, spellbinding us and sending us pitching and yawing with its ever shifting splendor. Physical’s Islands can be streamed in its original form via Soundcloud below.

March 31, 2017

New Portals’ glassy, glacial electronic pop on their debut EP Stereo is utterly bewitching. The Belfast duo have also delivered a captivating music video for Stereo track Fill Me Up, in which the pair play the part of a judging panel for a disparate talent show featuring drag queens, infatuated couples, a priest, and more. It’s an altogether fascinating experience, particularly when soundtracked by New Portals’ ethereal sparkling pop. Fill Me Up’s nod to the 80′s and its shimmering appeal is reminiscent of some of my favorite Scandi-pop acts, like Niki & The Dove, Karin Park, and Say Lou Lou. You can stream New Portals’ Stereo EP in full on Soundcloud or Spotify.

March 31, 2017

I’m not sure what a moon might taste like, but it sure sounds delectable if its anything like this ambrosial piece from Grammy nominated British electronic legend Goldfrapp. Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory suffuse us with gauzy electronica and spacey pop on Moon In Your Mouth, a slow building, masterful beauty from their seventh album Silver Eye, arriving tomorrow. Silver Eye, which was co-produced by Haxan Cloak and John Congleton, can be pre-ordered from all major outlets, here.

March 31, 2017

This long time fan of IDER (since their debut nearly a year ago) is mighty happy to have come across news of a debut EP. The duo from North London will be releasing Gut Me Like An Animal tomorrow on Aesop, and the four track release even features a song produced by Shura. Though IDER’s yet to grace our ears with that treat, they’ve brought us a video for Nevermind, the second song on the EP. The whimsically warbling, fanciful clattering electronic pop on Nevermind is instantly hooking and a must for fans of Marian Hill and Sylvan Esso. The video for the song is a restless array of edgy visuals and jerky images. Gut Me Like An Animal can be pre-ordered before its release tomorrow via iTunes.

March 31, 2017

Just Like A Dream seems an appropriate title for a song from Nashville based singer songwriter Bantug. She’s more than dreamy captivating on her new single, whose gorgeous pop is wispy and light, svelte and graceful. Gauzy synths and a hint of sensuous R&B pop make Just Like A Dream a smooth billowing, delicate grooving gem. The single is lifted from Bantug’s forthcoming debut EP Blue, arriving soon on March 31st.