Archive for April, 2018

April 30, 2018
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Let’s continue our Monday afternoon dalliance with fine cover gems by taking a youthful frolic with this modern take on Pussycat Dolls 2000′s hit classic Stickwitu. LA based producer Jynjo, who’s already graced IHM with his music a number of times this past year, gives Stickwitu a contemporary future beats twist by injecting it with effervescent electronic beats and crystalline vocals turned in by fellow Los Angeles artist Aubrey Wood. The doe-eyed future pop crush song captures all the butterflies and heart flutters that we associate with young love. Rising producer Jynjo is currently taking a break from live performances and concentrating on creating unique music for his fans. Some exciting collaborations are lined up, too. For now, you can stream/download Stickwitu, here.

April 30, 2018
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Ever since Salad Days in 2014, slacker rock purveyor Mac DeMarco has become a dignitary of sorts in the indie rock scene, with countless devout fans all across the world. Sydney’s Mickey Kojak must be a big fan, too. After all, he’s given Mac DeMarco’s Chamber Of Reflection a ravishing cover re-work, and the resulting languorously synthwavy and spacey soulful rendition is absolutely stunning, if not wonderfully, dreamily nostalgic. It’s a thorough transformation, and a thorough intoxicator. 

April 30, 2018

If you didn’t catch this news over the weekend, I can assure you, you’re in for a double Monday treat, courtesy of Los Angeles’ Michl, whom we’ve been enamored with for the past several years. Our experiences catching the artist live have only added to our fervor. Michl, who last surprised us by teaming up with production luminary Mura Masa on Better With You, has unleashed a thoroughly bewitching new song named I’d Do It Again.  The dreamy waltzing, lushly glistering ballad carries the intricacy of Fyfe, with Michl leading  us through his sonic garden with contemplative vocals. Alongside the new song also comes Michl’s first-ever music video, a three-part short film titled ‘datum’ featuring two previously freleased songs (Better With You and Out Of Order). The film was co-directed by Michl with Sean Hollihan, and it peels back yet more layers of Michl’s story as an artist. “The entire film was shot in my hometown of Riverside, CA. In the same home, same streets, same local grocery store,“ said Michl of his debut video. "Most would consider Riverside an uninspiring city, but somehow I always had big aspirations. By subtly placing high fashion within the context of my hometown, we were able to re-create that dreamlike optimism I had growing up.” Watch ‘datum’ below. New song I’d Do It Again can also be streamed via Spotify, here.

April 30, 2018
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It’s been almost a year since we last heard from San Francisco’s own Cathedrals, and over three years since they released their acclaimed debut EP Blush on Neon Gold Records. Just as we were starting to wonder whether we’d ever hear from our hometown favorites again (and ready to bawl our eyes out at their absence), the synth and alt pop duo are back with pure sonic gold on new single Hits Me Like a Landslide. Brodie Jenkins and Johnny Hwin even kick the level of their brilliance up several more notches with the exceptional tune. Hits Me Like a Landslide, the first single from a new set of songs they’re finally ready to share with us throughout the rest of this year, features lines lifted from the pages of love letters. It’s also the first single to feature Johnny on lead singles since Cathedrals’ debut single Unbound. Hits Me Like a Landslide is a tidal wave of emotions, a passionately gusting, sonorously soaring synthpop epic that seems to meld CHVRCHES’ electropop with The Naked And Famous’ lush soundscapes and Twin Shadow’s voluminous grandeur. It’s a gloriously gut-punching torrent of tormented anguish, assembled ever so flawlessly with sleek retro synths and the duo’s resounding vocals. DoTheBay premiered the new single last Friday, calling it ‘among the band’s most evocative cuts yet.’ We fully concur with the assessment. Alternate streaming and download links can be found, here. To say we’re head over heels for Cathedrals once again, is an understatement. The same can be said about how excited we are to hear the rest of their new songs. 

April 30, 2018
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It’s been years since Adrian Lux dropped his hit single Teenage Crime. A bevy of fine remixes cropped up in its wake, too. Swedish multi-instrumentalist and producer STRØM brings back our love for the song with a superb cover that injects the song with a fresh sense of sultry dark intrigue. The sooty splendor of this murky, dusky Teenage Crime is rather deliciously Zhu-like, with some of the curling funk guitars of Ben Khan. STRØM’s electrifying cover seems to befit a mysterious tryst, or a secret rendezvous of some sort. You can also stream the track via Spotify, here. Re-visit some of the artist’s prior originals on Soundcloud, here, including previously featured releases Shay-Ling and Mesmerize.

April 30, 2018
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Ah, Zanski and that slinky burning drawl… It melts me to the core every time I listen to one of his tunes. I guess you could say I’m a “fool’ for Fool, but in a good way. The electro-soul and R&B funk swooner is the Canadian artist’s latest exhibition of fine musicality and expert delivery, a Jai Paul meets Opia and RKCB sort of gooey, moody sonic courter. It’s a new taste from Zanski’s forthcoming EP, Derivative Emotion, arriving next month. You can also jam out to Fool on Spotify, here.

April 28, 2018
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I was wildly obsessed with Meg Myers and her debut album Sorry back in 2015. The Nashville artist, based out of Los Angeles, absolutely transfixed us with her phenomenally fierce and impassioned vocals, as well as her dark and turbulent form of alt rock and pop. It was almost unbelievable to witness that much volatile energy exploding out of Meg. And now, after a far too excruciating wait, Meg Myers is back, with moody scalding, grunge tinged panache, too. Much akin to Torres with some of the sheer force of Alanis Morissette, Numb bursts wide open at the seams with angst ridden ennui. It’s a glorious track that combusts with punky roaring guitars. Along with the magnificent new tune comes welcome news of Meg Myers’ sophomore album, Take Me to the Disco, arriving July 20th. She’ll also be hitting the road on a short tour this summer. Find out more about both via her website, here.

April 28, 2018
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Delicate guitar picks and deeply contemplative, dewy nostalgic vocals tenderize the heart on When We Were Young, a debut single from James New, whom you might recognize from his previous projects like Mumm-Ra and Mirrors. He steps back into the spotlight solo on a tender ballad, whose gentle yet lush instrumentals and soft lilt are like a conjoinment of Patrick Watson’s pastoral charm, Sufjan Steven’s chamber pop, and SYML’s ambient atmosphere. James, who’s written pop songs for artists like Dua Lipa and Raye, pours his heart out on misty and vulnerable When We Were Young. He reminds us of a time when life seemed simpler, when hope filled every crevice of our hearts. And he does so ever so beautifully, too. When We Were Young can also be streamed via Spotify, here.

April 28, 2018
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A “Wonder” indeed is this new tune from Australia’s San Mei, who partnered with Oscar Dawson to produce the new single. A dream-like haze is met by fierce, gusty assertion on the psych washed rock meets grungy guitar pop song. San Mei, aka Emily Hamilton, achieves a very striking fusion of sounds on the track. The artist began her musical journey at the keys of her family piano, and as can probably be gleaned from her latest single, she inherited her dad’s love of the Beatles and his penchant for 60′s pop. San Mei’s lissome voice and a heavy blanket of rich smoldering guitars create a gloriously heady contrast on Wonder, leaving us, as previously mentioned, in awe-struck wonder.  She explains: “The new single ‘Wonder’ captures the classic butterflies moment when someone unknown to you captures your attention, and you’re not sure why. It’s about that person becoming a mysterious daydream to you, wondering who they are, what they’re about, and that feeling of not knowing if you want them to become anything more than some intoxicating illusion.” You can also stream Wonder via Spotify, here.

April 27, 2018

Mi Amore”, as most of you can probably figure out, means “my love” in Italian. And who is more than worthy of being called our love after two long years of fervent praise and joyous live experiences? Acclaimed Los Angeles duo FRENSHIP, of course! The duo, who are in the midst of their spring North American tour right now, have taken time to release a new song and video named Mi Amore. The visuals give us an intimate window into the pair’s touring lives, while the song is a dash of FRENSHIP’s ever infectious alt pop and kinetic dance pop. Mi Amore is a rambunctious charging anthem with crisp snapping drums and slick 80s synths. “This song is an homage to many lessons we have learned throughout the last couple years,” the group explained. “When you love something and truly care about it, chase after it with every ounce of your being and don’t let anyone or anything get in the way. This is an autobiographical song that we’ll tell the stories of around the fire someday. Til then, we couldn’t be more thrilled to have it out in the open-air.” FRENSHIP will be back in San Francisco on May 8th when they headline the Independent. For more tour dates, hit up their website, here.