Posts Tagged ‘atlernative’

November 16, 2017
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Cologne based four piece Xul Zolar are here to drop your jaws with a sensational new offering named Soft Drones. Darkwavey alt pop fuses with a wall of purring indie electro as Xul Zolar carries us away with their multi-faceted and ecclectic genre bender, a percussive clattering, lavish swelling sojourn replete with icy synths and funk guitars. Soft Drones is about as unique a taste off Xul Zolar’s forthcoming debut full length as can be. Fear Talk arrives January 19th via Asmara Records. 

July 26, 2017
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If you’re in the mood for some gritty chugging, psych tinged, post-punk inflected rock, you’re going to want to take Prism Tats’ new single for a gratifying spin. Garett van der Spek, the Los Angeles by way of South Africa artist behind the project, has spent the past year supporting the likes of Guided By Voices, Surfer Blood, and Nada Surf. He’s now prepared for us a five song EP entitled “11:11″, out on July 28th via ANTI- Records. Used To Be Cool is a rambunctious cruncher of a rock and rolling taste off the EP that evokes a mixture of Operators and The Black Keys or Spanish Gold. You can keep up with Prism Tats and find out more about his new EP on the band’s official website, here.

April 28, 2017

The good news continues to roll in this week as my favorite American psych rock band (who’ve proven themselves to be expert troubadours in far more than just psych rock) release details regarding their next full length album. Woodstock will be Portugal. the Man’s eight studio album, and it drops on June 16th. The Alaskan outfit lead by John Gourley is already responsible for one of my favorite tracks of the year in the form of funky strutting Feel It Still. They now follow it up with a sleek new taster from Woodstock by giving us steady stomping, sooty spiraling Number One Number One featuring Richie Havens and ever talented Philly man, Son Little. The genre bending alt track is an instant grat download if you pre-order Woodstock (as I’m about to) from major outlets, here.

April 25, 2017
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British singer songwriter and producer Youngr was a dazzling beast to be reckoned with when he took the stage at WFNM’s official SXSW showcase in Austin last month, an event that I was proud to be serving for as operations manager. The buzz worthy artist incited the crowd into a frenzy with hits like Out Of My System and Too Keen. He even busted out a live bootleg of The Temper Trap’s Sweet Disposition, remixing the song live with a barrage of fresh percussion. It’s fitting that Youngr’s new single is named Monsters, because that man is a monster on the drums! Monsters is a funk tinged, electro pulsing banger which Youngr’s Dario Younger Brigham-Bowes co-wrote with Sam Romans. It’s a sleek seductive, vibrant hooking jam and a mighty fine preview from Youngr’s debut full length expected to arrive later this year. 

April 21, 2017
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If you’re into the organic strings and reverb heavy atmosphere of The xx as well as the pulsing grandeur of Avec Sans and the beachy, gazey dreaminess of Mazzy Star or Yumi Zouma, you’re going to fall ever so deeply in love with Geowulf’s latest charmer. The duo from London presents us with pure intoxicating decadence on Won’t Look Back, a golden lush vortex of angsty burning passion and synth swelling extravagance. Geowulf explains that Won’t Look Back is about “trying to look forward and deciding to be excited about what might be next.” I know what I’m excited for next.. whatever else Geowulf has up their sleeves for their next release. In the meantime, we can purchase their latest single from major outlets, here.

November 10, 2016

Elusive UK producer and songwriter XO delivers dark spellbinding, dusky skittering R&B on Waiting Game. This warped slow burner ricochets through its capacious shifting atmosphere, grazing our hearts with each melancholic echo as it builds with urgent intensity. We can feel the very anguish flowing through XO’s voice as we join him on this desolate tryst, which is very much a syrupy seductive, wavy hypnotic

 “waiting game”. Waiting Game arrives with a murky mesmeric music video ahead of its November 11th release date. 

November 8, 2016

Slick rolling, dapper strutting Recall comes from West Australian band The Money War, a five piece project featuring Carmen Pepper (Warning Birds) and Dylan Olliviere (Rainy Day Women). Though Recall is only the their second song, it’s a resolute mixture of bluesy rock and smooth alt pop that marks the band as one to watch. Considering how catchy this jaunty tune is, it’s no wonder Recall has already been added to Triple J Radio rotation. The single, which Dylan produced himself, will be on The Money War’s debut EP, due out in 2017 via littleBIGMAN records. 

October 15, 2016

Lately, for some reason, my new albums haven’t been arriving punctually on release date, though I suppose I shouldn’t complain, considering hyow far behind on LPs I am this month. Despite that fact, a part of me is still miffed that I don’t have The Naked And Famous’ Simple Forms sitting in my hands. If I did, there’s no doubt I would hop into it straight away. At least I get to listen to album cut Falling via the next episode in their lyric video visual series. Our favorite electronic rock purveyors from New Zealand stray towards the dark side on this one, giving us an icy pulsing synthcore and alt pop cut that channels some Chromatics alongside a little CHVRCHES. I can’t wait to blast this one at full volume off CD when I finally receive Simple Forms. Purchase your copy of the album, here. You can find details about TNAF’s forthcoming tour, here.

October 6, 2016

It would seem today must be Christmas Day in Grimes world.  The artsy eccentric, brilliantly innovative pop prodigy just dropped a smorgasbord, or a buffet, of videos upon us, and this fan of Claire Boucher can’t be any more happier. Entitled Grimes x HANA’s Acid Reign Chronicles, the videos cover four tracks off of Grimes’ critically acclaimed Art Angels album as well as three tracks from her buddy and collaborator HANA. All visuals were filmed while they were on tour in Europe in a “guerilla style”. Grimes explains that they were captured on a phone, with no crew, makeup, cameras, or lights. Yet these videos are absolutely charming, and oh so uniquely Grimes. Watch the video for World Princess Part II above, then view videos for Butterfly, Scream ft. Aristophanes, and Belly Of The Beat below, followed by videos for HANA’s Underwater, Chimera, and Avalanche

September 28, 2016

Perhaps you missed Get To Know You when we shared the song earlier this month. We might forgive you for that oversight, but your ears will not if you miss out on Sydney newcomer Sparrow’s bewitching tune a second time around now that she’s revealed an accompanying music video. Get To Know You is a haunting spellbinder of a soulful electro pop song that lures you into a tactile sea of dusky twinkling, other worldly charm. Sparrows’ whiskey drenched vocals and the song’s distinct allure evoke Amy Winehouse with the ethereal sprightliness of Oh Land, the dark mystique of CocoRosie, and the whimsicality of Sylvan Esso. The new video for Get To Know You is mesmerizing in itself with its mysteriously masked characters. Get To Know You’s sliver of freak folk eeriness only makes Sparrow ever more endearing.