Archive for April, 2018

April 27, 2018

Songs like Cinnamon and Synthetic Romance were some of our favorite indie songs of 2016. Cullen Omori’s debut album New Misery was also a much beloved record that year. We’ve since been wondering where the ex-Smith Westerns member has gone, but news of a show in San Francisco next month was a clue that something new was coming our way. Sure enough, the Chi-town indie rocker has blasted back onto the scene with a brand new track entitled Four Years. Once again, we find ourselves utterly enthralled by his twangy jangling heart-on-the-sleeve rock, a sun-kissed and dreamy concoction laced with love-struck angst. In his own words, “the song is meant to be an exchange of perceptions: a duet except sung by one person. The first verse deals with the conviction and singular determination needed to end the relationship. The second verse is the reactionary response to what is usually an unexpected upset to a familiar and welcomed status quo.” You can find Four Years on Apple Music, here. For details regarding Cullen Omori’s tour next month with The Gloomies, head to Sub Pop, here

April 27, 2018

Well, she’s done it again, folks. Australia’s Hatchie has charmed us to no end with her effervescent shimmering, youthful whirring brand of guitar luscious dream pop. It’s been a more than vindicating journey as a fan, haven fallen for her Cocteau Twins-inspired music a year ago when she made her debut with Try. In the interim, Harriette Pilbeam’s buzz has grown quickly, such that we were even able to catch her at SXSW last month. Now, she’s preparing to release her first EP come May 25th on Double Double Whammy, and new single and video Sleep is our latest dose of the singer songwriter’s synth whirling, gazey swirling music, which never fails to take us on nostalgic carousel rides that brings back vivid memories of our youth. Hatchie says: “‘Sleep’ is about feeling frustrated with someone who can’t communicate their feelings. In this song I’m trying to coax someone into talking to me by any means necessary, even if it means visiting me in dreams. You can pre-order Hatchie’s debut EP Sugar & Spice, here

April 26, 2018

As if we need more proof that musicality could very well be genetic, Sophie Simmons, daughter of legendary Kiss member Gene Simmons, has dropped a spectacular first single named Burn Me Down. She’d previously lent her powerhouse vocals to electronic releases and served up some sensational covers, but on Burn Me Down, she goes full speed ahead with her sonorous voice and a dark moody, vigorously scorching brand of pop. And Sophie is already putting together a debut full length album for later this year, too. 

April 26, 2018

The phrase “love actually” used to remind me of the British rom-com film of the same name, which I’m sure most of you have seen countless times over the years, particularly around the holidays. But now I associate it with Anglo-Danish project Off Bloom, who recently shared a charming music video for their song Love Actually. How we missed out on featuring the single last month when it first surfaced confuses me, but it’s likely we were running around Austin for SXSW at the time. Now, a new visual accompaniment gets to key us all into the trio’s airy spry electro and alt pop on the weightless prancing, dreamy sauntering gem. As it turns out, Off Bloom’s Love Actually is an ode to the film I previously mentioned. It’s inspired by its pure and innocent love, which never seems to exist quite so simply outside of movies. Oh, but if it could… Stream/download the song, here.

April 26, 2018

If you happened to miss out on Bishat’s latest single, there’s no need to fret, the Swedish artist, whose lithesome voice and opulent R&B pop tends to remind me of both Aluna from AlunaGeorge and Robyn, has shared a music video for the immaculate tune, whose splendorous soundscape also evokes Seinabo Sey. Dream About Me is lifted from her debut EP, a 4-song mixtape entitled Q417. Bishat’s dark soulful pop, much influenced by contemporary R&B, more than shines on the release. Her new video for Dream About Me is as intimate and dramatic as the song itself. They explore the fear of change in a relationship, the uncertainty of the future, and the insecurities that creep up. You can find Q417 on iTunes, here.

April 26, 2018
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Just as we foretold, Toronto’s Jessie Reyez has become a shining star in the R&B pop scene. And now she’s lent her phenomenal voice to a new track from Atlanta hip hop artist Russ. It’s a slow burning, poignant aching elegy about love before fame, which Russ produced himself. Two beacons of light in the urban music soundscape unite flawlessly on deeply reflective Basement, which can be found on Apple Music, here.

April 26, 2018
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Exhibitionist is a true exhibit of hypnotic electronica and futuristic pop. The Sydney based solo project created by multi-instrumentalist Kirsty Tickle, also known for her role in Party Dozen, has shared a third ravishing single named Sway, entrancing us with her silky synths, mesmeric trip hop beats, and acrobatic vocals on the song, out now on Future Classic. Sway was co-written with prolific producer LUCIANBLOMKAMP, and produced by long term collaborator Jonathan Boulet. The dark entangling track explores the tension between wanting to be vulnerable with someone while also guarding yourself against heartbreak. Stream/download, here.

April 26, 2018

Two years ago, we featured a remix of Etta Bond’s Never Seen And Heard Before that featured a new hip hop talent named Ashnikko. Turns out, the London-based rapper has become quite the rising sensation back at home as of late, and her new song Blow is exactly the sort of effervescent, carbonated electropop/hip hop that we find irresistible. The edgy slick, whimsically punchy tune comes with a fresh and quirky video, too. Blow will be on Ashnikko’s forthcoming EP, Unlikeable, which will be out on Parlophone this summer. She explains of the track’s strong message of female empowerment: “‘Blow” starts with ‘Take it off and show them how much you want it,’ which is poking fun at the culture of women being exploited in music. I’m tired of being brainwashed that my body is my biggest asset. And it’s me saying to myself that I will never exploit myself in a way that doesn’t empower me.” Stream/download Blow, here.

April 26, 2018
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Let’s quiet things down a bit and dissolve into the dreamy shuffling R&B soul enveloping us on Take A Ride, the latest single from Los Angeles based Baltimore chanteuse Rose Gold.  Throwback 90s vibes abound on the aureate gem, whose smooth drum rolls add to the track’s hypnotic intoxication. This is the kind of song you take with you on a pensive drive, when the rays of a golden sun bathe your face in welcome warmth yet instill in you the twinge of sad nostalgia. Maybe you’re driving towards something, or away from someone, but for a moment, everything is copacetic, with Rose Gold cooing into our ears, embracing us with her ambrosial voice. Maybe we never have to stop driving. Maybe we can listen to Take A Ride forever, and forever, and forever. Stream more of the artist’s music on Soundcloud, here.

April 26, 2018
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NYC alt electro purveyors 8 Graves has been dazzling us with their creative forte and scintillating, genre-defying music for a couple of years now, but they’ve certainly taken their sound to a whole new level of anthemic sweeping grandeur on new single SOS. 8 Graves fittingly tags the track “future grunge”, having fused stratospheric future bass with gritty pop and explosive rock on the high vaulting epic. SOS arrives on the heels of their last single, Hang, which took off with over a million streams on Spotify and placement on some of their biggest curated playlists. SOS can also be streamed via Spotify, here.