Posts Tagged ‘balearic pop’

October 19, 2017
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NYC artist and producer Amanda Steckler sure took her time to release a new single as Blonde Maze. It’s been nearly a year since we last indulged in new music from the pop visionary, but she’s finally returned as of late with a gorgeous and finespun gem named Thunder. Unlike what the stormy song title might suggest, this is a nimble and celestial pop and electronica hybrid with elegant harmonies, breezy marimbas, and refined keys. We’re brought to an island paradise where we find ourselves waxing bittersweet over distant regrets and receding heartbreak alongside Blonde Maze, all the while gazing towards the future through rose colored glasses. The lush aria has reminded people of Lapsley, Maggie Rogers, and The Japanese House. It also sports a dance ready but light and delicate Balearic groove. Blonde Maze returns armed with a plethora of new material and an EP slated for release in 2018. You can stream Thunder as well as Blonde Maze’s other releases via Spotify, here.

October 10, 2017

Crystal Fighters released their third full length album, Everything Is My Family, last fall, to much critical acclaim. Now, a full year later, the long time IHM championed London based folktronica and alt dance band have shared a music video for the final single off the release. Director Rob Brandon, who’s worked with the likes of George Ezra, Gold Panda, and Sundara Karma, has put together a video to reflect Yellow Sun’s colorful liveliness. The video certainly complements Yellow Sun’s vivacious strumming, sun-kissed stomping energy. Yellow Sun is an irresistible slice of Crystal Fighter’s summery Iberian pop charm. Purchase/stream the single, here.

August 31, 2017
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It’s hard to believe two years have flown by since the very first time we heard of a talent out of Los Angeles named Kotomi. She’d lent her voice to Cyril Hahn’s Grace and captured our ears straight away, after which we gleefully dove into her solo material for some finespun electro pop bliss. Fast forward to summer of 2017, and Kotomi is finally back. The singer songwriter and producer returns in style, too, on lavish electronica and prismatic pop banger named Ooh La La. Prepare to dance your night away to this tropical explosion of sequined synthpop and dancehall ready beats. Ooh La La is steamy and sexy, yet cool and invigorating, all at once. For a brief moment, I feel like I’m in Ibiza, or on some other magical Balearic island, far away from the plain and mundane. Ooh La La is available from Bandcamp, here.

May 24, 2017
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London, that hotbed of musical talent, has given us yet another exciting newcomer to rave about. New alt pop artist Cici Jack casts a spell on us with her first single, Island Vibes, which she wrote and self-produced in her bedroom. This sweetly piquant and sensually enchanting dazzler was produced by David Behan (Little White Things). True to its name, sun soaked Island Vibes brims with dreamy marimbas and breezy beats. It’s quite the uniquely captivating tropical pop concoction, like Lykke Li or Ofelia paired with Jamie xx’s Balearic production. 

May 5, 2017
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Given the options of fight, flight, or dance all night, I think it’s pretty obvious which one I’d pick. And this jam would be the perfect accompaniment to that choice, too. Fight or Flight or Dance All Night comes from a new Norwegian project named Kommode, which means “chest of drawers”. These dashing “drawers” happen to be built by Eirik Glambek Bøe, well known for his role in on-hiatus indie pop duo Kings Of Convenience, and his buddy

Øystein Gjærder Bruvik. As Kommode, the pair leads us into a luxuriant world of snazzy trumpets, zestful keys, and sunny beats. Balearic pop meets Italo disco on this lavishly intoxicating first single, one well worthy of dancing all night to. In fact, it might even be fine accompaniment for the most graceful and artistic of all fights or flights, too, so satin chic it truly is. Kommode has already prepped a debut album named Analog Dance Music for us, and it’s set to arrive August 18th via Brilliance Records. Find out more about the duo at their website, here.

February 9, 2017

Some great news for stateside fans of Crystal Fighters has surfaced this week. The ever endearing folktronica, Balearic pop, and alt dance crew from London will be visiting us this spring in support of their third studio album Everything Is My Family. You can find details about the tour and tickets, here. The band has also shared an official video for album single Lay Low, an airy charming tune that was inspired by the passing of drummer Andrea Marongiu. Lay Low’s main chorus came from an impromptu backstage chant at one of their final shows together. There’s an inviting warmth to Lay Low. The effulgent jangler is “about looking after your friends and family” or “taking the time to try and leave a positive impact on earth everyday, as if it’s your last.” Crystal Fighters’ Everything Is My Family album is available via Spotify and iTunes.

September 30, 2016
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Today brings splendid news for Crystal Fighters fans like me. The London based Balearic folk collective will be releasing their third album very soon! On October 21st, Everything Is My Family arrives on Play It Again Sam / [PIAS], and it includes this resplendent jam, Ways I Can’t Tell. The song, which premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, is a verdant mountain of uplifting alt dance. Crystal Fighters even spins us about with some drum and bass rolls on this lively spirited new tune. I’m so ready for a tropical electro-folk rave now, if such a thing even exists. 

August 18, 2016
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It’s with wide open arms that I welcome Crystal Fighters back. I can’t believe it’s been three years since their sophomore album Cave Rave, and new song All Night makes me realize how much I’ve missed their folktronica and alt dance. All Night is a festive blast of a ditty, a breezy suffusion of Crystal Fighters’ signature Basque and Balearic flavored dance pop. This laid back summer anthem is also the first taste from Crystal Fighters third album, due out this October. All Night is available now from iTunes.

June 22, 2016

Blondage’s Lucky Black Skirt is far too fine a jam not to share again now that the Danish duo has unleashed a music video for the song. Blondage, formerly known as Rangleklods, cool us off on this hot summer night with their charming tune, one which blends the breeziness of Balearic pop with the spiciness of dance funk. Lucky Black Skirt is like a sexy mix of Foster The People, Empire Of The Sun, and Peter Bjorn & John. “I’mma go dancing tonight, I don’t care if you’re by my side”. You see, I have Blondage, and that’s all I need. The duo’s self titled debut EP arrives this September, and you can pre-order here.

April 8, 2016
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At first glance, you might think that this act, Blondage, is brand new. In actuality, Blondage is the new name adopted by the Danish electropop duo formerly known as Rangleklods. They make their debut under their new name with a lushly sleek, jungle verdant dance pop song named Dive. The contagiously whimsical song unites Balearic pop with dance funk, giving us a very animated tale about being broke but happy, wild and careless, and suffering the consequences of that recklessness. But it’s a hot summer day, and though it feels as if the world is ending, we just don’t care. Dive’s jaggedly bewitching tropical dance pop is like Lykke Li gone Sofi Tukker, fully alluring and playfully sensual.