Posts Tagged ‘avant-garde pop’

May 25, 2018

Perhaps you somehow missed the news and buzz surrounding this welcome development, but in case you didn’t know, Theresa Wayman of Los Angeles art rock band Warpaint has been releasing some fabulous new music as solo project TT. In fact, she just released her debut album LoveLaws last Friday, and it’s high time we pay homage by sharing its latest single, a murky, muddy trip hop and art pop song named The Dream. It’s a heady Björk meets

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treat that I’m very much looking forward to sinking into live when TT headlines Popscene in San Francisco on July 6th (with our French-American favorites Freedom Fry supporting, too). For more tour dates and links to TT’s debut album, head over to her site, here.

April 2, 2018
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Bernice’s new song Glue really does stick to us like an endearing adhesive. It’s a finely textured and whimsically crafted tune from the rising Toronto pop experimentalists, and it’s a must for anyone who loves Dirty Projectors and Hundred Waters. The spacey, jazzy ambling art pop tune arrives with news of a new album from the group named “Puff LP: In the air without a shape” which follows on Bernice’s acclaimed 2017 Puff EP. The languorous wafting song is deeply entrancing and delightfully capricious. “Puff LP: In the air without a shape” will be out on May 25th via Arts & Crafts.

February 20, 2018
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With a musical moniker like Buzzy Lee, it’s almost as if Sasha Spielberg already knew she’d pick up a whole lot of buzz with her music. The Los Angeles based singer songwriter is the daughter of renowned film mogul Steven Spielberg, but she’s making her own way with glossy and coltish pop on whimsical Coolhand, which was produced by esteemed artist Nicolas Jaar. Coolhand’s sass and playfulness evokes a mix of Feist and JAIN, but enveloped in a fluid and murky, dreamy and surreal soundscape. It’s quite the dynamic and kinetic arrangement, and it explores our notions of self-worth as entailed by our addiction to social media. Coolhand is the lead single from Buzzy Lee’s forthcoming EP, Facepaint, due out April 27th on Future Classic. Pre-order, here.

February 15, 2018
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New Los Angeles based Salt Lake City artist Madge has made an indelible impression on us with her very first single. In fact, we’ve fallen head over heels for Fight Or Flight Club, which could very well be one of our favorite finds of the year so far. Madge lists very little details about herself on her socials. She does, however, quip “might be a witch” on Soundcloud. We concur, because she’s cast a bewitching spell on us with her left field creativity on Fight Or Flight Club, an ethereal yet feisty coagulation of willowy electro and piquant pop that at once reminds us of a wide range of artists we love, including Pixx, M.I.A, School Of Seven Bells, and Kristin Kontrol, among others. There’s even a touch of Massive Attack’s trip hop to be found on the track, too! Fight Or Flight Club is restless and agitated, yet sweetly fluid and tartly stinging. We really can’t wait to hear more from this compelling new sonic sorceress. 

February 13, 2018
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Let’s make our way back to Sweden as a 21 year old avant-garde pop artist named Thea Gustafsson casts an eclectic spell on us as Becky And The Birds on Holding On, a dynamic shape-shifter of an electronica and pop hybrid. Holding On starts out as a minimalist twinkler, a surreal daydream filled with wonder and beauty, before it suddenly capers skywards and bursts into a breathtaking and opulent prism. We hold on for dear life, infused with life, as we take flight with Becky And The Birds, before she quiets our restless hearts with her lullaby once again. It’s hard to believe Holding On is only this singer songwriter and producer’s first single, and we can’t wait to hear what the rest of her forthcomign debut EP sounds like. 

October 13, 2017

The moment we heard Pixx’s quirky dark debut A Way To Say Goodbye a few years ago, we were fans of the British talent. She went on to release a phenomenal debut album named The Age Of Anxiety on 4AD, and it was one of our favorite albums of summer as well as one of more critically lauded records of the year. Her whimsical art pop and avant-garde experimentalism is on full display on bustling album cut Romance, which received a music video treatment today. Join Hannah Rodgers at her local football club as we dance to the swiveling, whirring song. The Age Of Anxiety is available, here.

October 11, 2017

I’ve already listened to this gorgeous new Sufjan Stevens treat countless times since it first surfaced this morning. The revered multi-dimensional musician will be releasing a new mixtape entitled The Greatest Gift entailing a collection of outtakes, demos, and remixes from his Carrie & Lowell days in 2015. Wallowa Lake Monster is one of four unreleased songs to be included with the mixtape. It’s a breathtaking stroll close to seven minutes long that harkens back to his chamber pop and folktronica infused sound. The Greatest Gift will be out on November 24th on Asthmatic Kitty. Pre-order, here.

July 11, 2017

Danish experimental pop auteur Kill J has been one of the brightest blips on our talent radar for many a year. We could never predict what she’d give to us next after having experienced the wide array of electronic pop and avant-garde electro R&B she’s given us in the past. Kill J recently signed to Nettwerk Records, and she makes her debut on the label with an ethereal single named Gravity. Its unconventional pop and willowy fluttering vocals, framed in the atmospheric yet minimalist soundscape, leave me wondering if Gravity is what an FKA Twigs and Kate Bush collaboration would sound like. I’m pretty sure I’ve fallen in love with Kill J all over again, and I’m overjoyed that Gravity is the first single from her upcoming debut full length. You can be sure I’ll be awaiting more news about the album in the coming weeks.

June 22, 2017
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Superorganism, the ear turning new collective of musicians from both Maine and London, certainly have a handle on things when it comes to eccentric alt and electro pop. Their prior single It’s All Good was the epitome of peculiar bubbling, experimental burbling brilliance, and now they’ve followed it up with Nobody Cares. They douse us with another burst of whizzing synths, bouncing beats, and glitchy aesthetics on this minced charmer. Watch the trippy visuals they’ve put together for the song via the music video below. 

June 13, 2017

New York based Columbian artist Ela Minus has released a music video for Ceremony, the lead track off of her EP, Adapt, the last in a trilogy. It affords us a fine chance to be bewitched by her minimalist avant-garde electro pop, which feels like a cross between Zola Jesus and Austra’s gothic offerings and Visions era Grimes. The video for Ceremony is a representation of “every day life with all its beauty and all its heaviness”. It’s built on Hieronim Neumann’s landmark work Blok, an experimental animation from 1982 made in critique of the buildings erected in the midst of communism in Poland. Ela Minus decided to edit it and remix it in celebration of his work while adding her own perspective to it. This tribute and cross-generational collaboration of sorts between Ela Minus and Neumann is an extension of Ela Minus’ visionary talent and creativity, which is more than apparent on her restless skittering song itself. Ela Minus will in fact be heading out on tour with Austra soon. Ceremony and the rest of Ela Minus’ Adapt EP are available from iTunes, here.