Posts Tagged ‘avant-pop’

March 1, 2018

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.

March 1, 2018

It’s fitting that Dutch-Iranian artist Sevdaliza has released another new track but days after I witnessed her long awaited San Francisco debut last weekend. My only other time catching her live was at SXSW a few years ago, where I made it a priority to experience the visionary talent’s experimental R&B and dark electronic pop live. Throughout all these years, Sevdaliza has mesmerized me with her imaginative music, often dark, seductive, tortured, and anguished, as well as her ability to deliver the most unique and riveting visuals. While that SXSW stint at the Sidewinder was amazing, the tiny stage and the bright sun shining in didn’t afford her a chance to fully perform her multi-faceted art form, but the Noise Pop show she performed at last Saturday blew us away fully. A Sevdaliza show isn’t just about her spectacular vocals, or the glitchy haunting production of her music, but it’s about the movement, the emotion, the aura of it all. Try and imagine taking in new single Human Nature live, and you might get an inkling of what we’re trying to describe. The track arrives on the heels of last single Soul Syncable. Ghostly haunting, gossamer and twisted, but dripping with visceral human emotion, Human Nature is as gripping a song though more hushed than usual for this true definition of an artist. Sevdaliza is a performance art goddess, a superhuman vortex which we gladly fall into. You can’t help but gravitate to every voluptuous turn, every sensuous swipe, and every despairing whorl. Human Nature is available, here. Sevdaliza’s debut album ISON is a must listen, and you can find it, here.

February 2, 2018

We’ve been sounding the alarm on Sevdaliza for several years now, that’s how much we’ve been taken by the Dutch-Iranian artist’s sinuous twisting, eerie haunting music, a shiver inducing experimental blend of sensual R&B, dark pop, and trip hop inflected electronica. Her music is always gut wrenching and visceral, and the one time I was fortunate enough to catch Sevdaliza live at SXSW in Austin a few years ago, she blew me away with her stage presence and seductive performance. There was no taking your eyes off of the magnetic artist as she belted out her dusky, shadowy songs. Come this year’s Noise Pop Fest in February, Sevdaliza will finally make her San Francisco debut at the Swedish American (February 24th). I highly recommend you join us in adoring and idolizing the artist & her mesmeric appeal. Until then, entangle yourselves in her voluptuous snaking and murky haunting new song, Soul Syncable. It winds around us and bores into us. Like a snake under the spell of a snake charmer, we can’t help but writhe and bend in hedonistic exultation. Soul Syncable is available from iTunes, here.

January 5, 2017

New York’s Ursae arrives not only to showcase his roots in jazz and a strong command of the studio but to dazzle us with some saccharine cooing on So Green Her Eyes, an avant-pop cut off the artist and producer’s forthcoming self titled debut EP, slated for release this February. When Ursae crafted So Green Her Eyes, he imagined Death as a girl he had a crush on in high school. Though the thought may seem a little bit morbid on the surface, the concept certainly goes with the depression, heartache, and loneliness oft associated with a broken heart. So Green Her Eyes shimmers and glides, a dreamy drifting alt pop heart render. Some of Ursae’s influences, which include The Postal Service, Grizzly Bear, and Modest Mouse, are more than apparent on the finespun song. To continue melting to Ursae, stream beautifully poignant I Swear below.

February 17, 2016

New London act Our Mother is a splendid surprise indeed on Surprise Machine, a whorling mesh of twisted experimental pop and warped electronica. Surprise Machine is the sort of intricately arranged, finely textured opus that stops you in your tracks and draws you in deeply, hypnotizing every minuscule atom of your body with its pumping complexity, much like the way Caribou does with his music. Surprise Machine is the first single from the brilliant band’s upcoming debut EP, A.O.B., out April 29th via Lucky Number.

January 15, 2016

Glasgow rockers White dish out the sort of funky dance rock and artsy avant-pop that lures me in immediately. New song Living Fiction, their latest single, is a rollicking slick track with hints of Jungle mixed in with some Franz Ferdinand, a vibrant and flashy concoction that boldly flares and struts glamorously. It comes along with a fittingly colorful and snazzy music video. Living Fiction marks the beginning of a sure to be fantastic year for White as they prepare to head to Eurosonic in the Netherlands before heading out on their biggest UK tour to date. Who knows, maybe I’ll even get to experience their sure to be vivacious energy live when we all congregate in Austin for SXSW this March. The five piece are currently preparing their debut album for release next year.

December 3, 2015

By now, IHM friends who pay close attention to my shares know that I do like my fair share of quirky pop and peculiar avant-pop. Cue Bunty, a Brighton based project created by vocal improviser and multi-dimensional artist Kassia Zermon. Her new single Mysterious Fruit has received the music video treatment, and the eccentric video is as mystical as the song itself. Bunty’s vocals remind me of Björk, while the clattering texture and sharp edges of the art pop song remind me of Sylvan Esso and tUnE-yArDs. There’s also an eerie darkness to the song that reminds me of London artist Pixx’s music from last year. It serves as no surprise that Bunty has me mesmerized with the idiosyncratic treat.

OFFICIAL VID: Hundred Waters – Cavity

March 5, 2014

For another delicious dose of haunting music, check out this new video for Cavity, from Florida indie art rock band Hundred Waters, who never fail at creating odd, visually stimulating clips for their beautiful, exquisite music. Cavity is a beautiful, melodic, and textured alt pop number. It’s very emotive and at times quite minimalist, conjuring up music by Daughter in my mind. The track is the first single off Hundred Waters’ next album, which will be out in May on Skrillex’s label OWSLA. As mentioned previously, OWSLA has certainly diversified their portfolio with all kinds of sounds, and I’m greatly impressed.