Archive for April, 2017

April 29, 2017
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25 year old Brooklyn based talent Kidepo just released his beautifully haunting EP Reunion, and I find I can’t disengage from the viscous clattering magnificence of EP cut Little Soul Little City (as well as any of the rest of the EP, to be honest). Kidepo, who as previously reported is a London born Ugandan singer songwriter and producer, offers up a thoroughly heady electro soul and R&B experience on Little Soul Little City. It’s a gossamer swirling, warped entrancing hymnal that takes us on a trip deep into the recesses of our crestfallen hearts. Kidepo’s Reunion EP is a reflection of a personal sense of displacement and transience. I feel frozen in transit myself. I’m adrift and stuck in between gradients. It’s as if the flow of time has slowed to a stop, and I don’t want it to start again, to have to figure out what comes next. I just want to stay lost in Little Soul Little City. Stream Kidepo’s new EP on Soundcloud. Purchase from iTunes, here.

April 29, 2017

There seems to be several artists in the scene who harbor a fondness for koalas, including the likes of Shura, and this enigmatic producer musician from Los Angeles, FRND. He releases his latest single via a Billboard premiered music video featuring his animated incarnation The Koala. Be Happy is a melancholia tinged indie electronica meets pop piece that some describe as “emo-electronic”. Even its indie electronica is genre defying, as it traverses between chill house and melodic bass. It’s infinitely hooking and deeply stirring. The video for Be Happy centers around an emotional journey after a relationship. The bittersweetly melting crossover gem is out now on iTunes, here.

April 29, 2017
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I’m turned green with envy knowing full well that my colleague Nick was fortunate enough to see Oh Wonder not once, but twice, when he went to both weekends of Coachella, and countless other fans were able to make their way out to Santa Cruz in between those weekends to see our favorite UK duo play a sold out show at the Catalyst. It really doesn’t help my jealousy when Nick sends me footage of Oh Wonder performing Body Gold at the perfect moment at Coachella, when a golden sun is setting over the horizon and everything seems to be in the right place, nothing askew, nothing amiss, except for the fact that I wasn’t there. I trust in the thought that I’ll get to see Josephine and Anthony soon enough if luck would allow it. In the meantime, I look forward to their highly anticipated sophomore album with joy. And I melt away wistfully to their gorgeous new song, My Friends, a stripped down piano pop ballad mostly steeped in hushed, heartbreaking emotion before it lifts us up with a lush orchestral crescendo. The elegant aria takes us through a vast range of emotions with grace and beauty, in an eloquently and oh so unmistakably Oh Wonder way. Sophomore album Ultralife arraives June 16th, pre-order here, if you haven’t already done so.

April 29, 2017
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I’m more than glad that I didn’t see The Japanese House in a dream, but I really did catch the incredibly talented singer songwriter and producer Amber Bain at a swiftly sold out Popscene in San Francisco back in December of last year. She was stunning, and I really must make my way out to see the BBC Sound Of nominee once again. In fact, I fully plan on doing so when she returns to San Francisco for Outside Lands Music Festival this August. Amber Bain, who’s currently on a headline European/UK tour, takes us to cloud nine with her new single, Saw You In A Dream, out now via Dirty Hit / Interscope. Saw You In A Dream is more of The Japanese House’s refined and sophisticated pop. It’s a finely layered, sleekly wafting alt/electro puff of soft, woolly cotton, into which we blissfully sink. The single is available from iTunes, here.

April 29, 2017
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Ah, “drunk”, a state both physical and emotional that I’ve placed myself in far too many times before in the past. I suppose it’s far better for both mind and body to be inebriated by Mating Ritual instead, who’s dropped a gauzy burbling new piece named Drunk. We hover along with Ryan Marshall Lawhon as he waxes melodic over being intoxicated on love before we get a jolt of surprise as Drunk opens up with verve and vigor a third of the way in. Mating Ritual spins us on our head with the shift. Our senses seem heightened, our vivacity spiked. Drunk is an enrapturing ride and fascinating taste off of Mating Ritual’s highly anticipated two volume debut album. Volume One arrived back in January, and the second volume will arrive in June to complete the release. 

April 29, 2017
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“You’re so cool when it’s so hot” and “you’re so hot when it’s so cold” sings Brooklyn’s Vacances on his irresistibly hooking new single Cool, a fine follow up to earlier this year’s Human. I can’t help but wish the Brooklyn by way of Bay Area artist was singing about me as I bop my way around the room in joy to this vivacious electro and alt pop piece. As on Human, Vacances’ sun kissed dalliance and slaphappy shenanigans evoke The Limousines, combined with the synth laden tendencies and bright catchy vigor of Gentleman Hall (in particular, their song Sail Into The Sun). If anything is ‘cool’ here (and trust me, it’s not me), it’s this Vacances tune. Cool can be purchased now from iTunes.

April 29, 2017

SXSW is a whirlwind week in Austin, and it’s jam packed with commitments, meetings, showcases to manage, and an endless list of immensely talented bands and musicians to catch. It’s simply impossible to do all the things you want to do, and still balance that with all the things you must do. As a result, I missed out on a lot of bands I adore, like Britain’s Blaenavon. Though I couldn’t take home with me a sure to be incredible experience of watching them perform, at least I get to enjoy the music video they shot in Texas while they were there. The trio pair their new Texan visuals with their song Lonely Side, a track from their acclaimed debut album That’s Your Lot. I can never resist the trio’s melodic lilting, sway inducing art rock. I sway and sway away yet again to their languid riffs and plump groovy bass. You can find links for streaming or purchasing Blaenavon’s debut album That’s Your Lot on their website, here.

April 29, 2017

Afterglow is the title of Icelandic singer songwriter Ásgeir’s highly anticipated new album. In the months and weeks leading up to its release early next month, we’ve been bewitched by many gems off the record, like prismatic Stardust, and ambient entrancing Unbound. Let’s now float away to the sounds of the title track, whose gently tinkling keys and cool skimming vocals place me in a deep blissful trance. Afterglow is a tender orchestral hymnal. It lifts us up gingerly into a phosphorescent sky. Our weary souls feel renewed, our tired hearts revived. I’ve never seen the Northern Lights, something I must do before the day I depart from this earth, but I feel I can see them now in my mind, while I’m listening to Ásgeir’s Afterglow. Pre-order new album Afterglow ahead of its May 5th release date on One Little Indian, here.

April 29, 2017
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I’m a deeply sentimental kind of person who tends to look back at the past a lot more than I look towards the future. Let’s reminisce about “the good old days” today, together, with British rockers To Kill A King. I promise it will be a magnificent journey and a moving experience. The Good Old Days is the London five piece’s second taster from their third album following recent single The Problem Of Evil. The Good Old Days’ cinematic rock is accompanied by an simple and understated “artwork video” which you can watch below. To Kill A King’s new single is truly anthemic, its beautiful anguish and haunting discontent bursts forth with sheer force. To Kill A King’s new album is expected to arrive in fall. You can purchase The Good Old Days from iTunes in the meantime, here.

April 29, 2017
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I’m indebted to serendipity for my chance encounter with a project named Goodwood Atoms whose members reside in Vancouver and who create atmospheric, evocative indie rock. Some of the music I found myself fixated over from the band may have been out for some time, but they’ve been newly imported into SoundCloud, perhaps even re-released as part of a self titled EP. Considering the brilliance of Goodwood Atoms’ compositions, there’s no avoiding the need to share. One such single, entitled Into The Bay, is moored to finespun folktronica and tethered to intriguing art rock in a manner that recalls both Alt-J and Radiohead. Visit more of Goodwood Atoms’ fine songs on their Soundcloud, here.