Posts Tagged ‘avant-garde’

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.

May 11, 2018
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Still very much cloaked in intrigue and mystery is NAVA, though we have learned a little bit more about the artist since she made her debut last month with mystical RITUAL. As it turns out, NAVA is a solo project created by Nava Golchini, and the Milan based Iranian singer songwriter has followed up her first single RITUAL with another left-field experimental electropop work of art named NAVIGATE. Navigate we do, through its razor-sharp tribal drums, dark nomadic synths, and skittering trip hop beats, absolutely delighted by an enigmatic soundscape and its icy opaque threads. Like RITUAL, NAVIGATE is a near spiritual, thoroughly imaginative experience that evokes Fever Ray and Kill J, but less caustic and more inquisitively meditative. Re-visit our RITUAL feature, here, as we await further treats from this bewitching sonic shaman. 

May 5, 2018

It’s been three long years since Canadian group BRAIDS released their last album Deep in the Iris, one of 2015′s remarkably avant-garde and artfully brilliant masterpieces. Though they did release their Companion EP the following year, it’s been a long time since we’ve heard from the art rock trio, so it’s a fortuitous treat that BRAIDS has returned with not one, but two spectacular new tunes, both lush and mesmeric, extraordinary and beautiful. Burdock & Dandelion is a wavy whirring excursion with shades of Dirty Projectors coursing through its whimsical melody and hypnotic vocals. But there’s also a sweet tenderness and a quietude that reminds me of Wet, and an electro-driven experimentalism that evokes Hundred Waters/Nicole Miglis. The song is accompanied by second track Collarbones, a key lavish jazzy piece. Stream Collarbones below. These are songs that literally seem to inhale and exhale, and we do so in sync with them, riding their ebbs and tides, their swells and recessions, utterly caught up in each one’s current. Both stunning songs are available, here.

April 13, 2018

Madge’s Fight Or Flight Club is one of our favorite debuts of the year. We just can’t get enough of the Los Angeles based newcomer’s piquant and sprightly electro-pop on the song, and we’re glad many more people have picked up on the track since our feature last month, garnering it some impressive spots on viral Spotify playlists. Madge is back this week with her second single, and it’s as eccentric a hyperactive noise pop and electro pop single as her first. Bombastic Red James is like Grimes’ art pop mixed with Superorganism’s squishy pop, then coated with School Of Seven Bells’ lissome luster and shimmer. The song’s self-directed music video is also a capricious and outlandish treat. Re-visit our Fight Or Flight Club feature, here.

March 1, 2018
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Honestly, we’ll never feel “aimless” when we have music like this to be our beacon of light in the dark world that surrounds us. Berlin by way of Amsterdam’s O-SHiN delivers alt and electro pop perfection on her third single, Aimless. It’s a finely constructed twilight enchanter with swirling electronics, stuttering percussion, and even samples from a forest. We saunter through that forest, following this verdant and intricate sonic path laid down by the compelling artist. Every soft plink and watery burble fills us with wonder. Aimless is lifted from O-SHiN’s debut EP, set for release this May.

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. 

January 26, 2018

Austin based duo NÄM dropped their video this week for their artsy electro pop jam, Face, giving us a jittery captivating accompaniment for their breakout single. Nora Luders and Sam Simmons, who first met online while Nora was residing in Germany and Sam in Tennessee, have woven a sophisticated tapestry of edgy fidgeting pop that recalls the snazzy aesthetics of Marian Hill, saturated with some of Purity Ring’s haunting bewitchment and Sylvan Esso’s bold electronica. You can stream more of the pair’s music on Soundcloud, here.

January 25, 2018

Though I’m still rather dejected over the retirement of Swedish experimental electro-pop collective The Knife, I’ve been elated for the past few months over the return of Karin Dreijer Andersson’s other project, Fever Ray, who’d been silent for well over eight years before the sudden release of her sophomore album Plunge. Fever Ray’s strange and esoteric, dark and edgy electropop, much rooted in the macabre and gothic, is right up my alley, and I can’t get enough of Andersson’s new music. Today, Fever Ray shares a music video for Plunge track Wanna Sip, giving us some sinister and eerie visuals to go along with the icy droning, glitchy needling song. Fever Ray also announced a North American tour this week, which concludes in Oakland on May 26th at the Fox Theater. You can count on my presence at that show. It’s going to be a magnificent experience, no doubt. I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of my CD copy of Plunge next month, too. You can grab your own, here.

January 4, 2018

I’m one of those people who hates sitting through television commercials. I tend to switch the channel, or pop over to something on my DVR just to avoid sitting there staring at advertisements while minutes tick off the clock. But lately, it’s been a joy catching all the new Apple ads on TV, which I tend to see a lot of when I’m watching my Golden States Warriors games. I’ll never get enough of hearing SOFI TUKKER’s Best Friend and NVDES’ Turning Heads over and over again on TV. Which brings us to our next share, a fresh new video from visionary LA project NVDES, who never disappoint us with their quirky visuals and standout music. The Josh Ocean (Ghost Beach) lead collective’s latest peculiar and playful video is an accompaniment to WALLS, a heady, muggy stroller of a beatific gem off NVDES’ latest EP, Vol. 2. NVDES is currently in the midst of a national co-headlining tour with Pierce Fulton, and I can say from personal experience that they’re a joy to see live, so I highly suggest you make it out to a show. The energy is jaw dropping. Even a more laid back tune like WALLS is going to be a ridiculously enthralling affair.  NVDES’ Vol.2 EP is available, here.

December 13, 2017

Texas project Cross Record and Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg surprised us a few weeks ago by partnering up and announcing a new band named Loma. Accompanying the news was first release Black Widow, an icy haunting, willowy gusting beauty that came with an eerie visual accompaniment. The trio will be releasing their self-titled debut album on February 16th via Sub Pop, which I’ve heartily pre-ordered today after hearing their second single, Relay Runner, an avant-garde krautrock infused experimental piece that draws us into a deep hypnosis. It’s an edgy and restless meditation, strange and delightful in every way. You too can pre-order Loma’s debut album, here.