Posts Tagged ‘baroque pop’

May 30, 2018

Brooklyn’s genre-defying indie quartet Rubblebucket lifts our spirits this month with news of a new album entitled Sun Machine, out August 24th via Grand Jury Music. And they’ve already shared an endearing first peek into the full length by way of a video for their wistful, supple new single Fruity, replete with smoky horns and honeyed vocals. It’s a dreamy yet buoyant gem with a lusciously plucky rhythm and a soft lissome, light fluttering drawl. Our love for Rubblebucket is more than renewed by this chamber pop imbued single, and now we really can’t wait to hear Sun Machine, which can be pre-ordered, here. Fruity is available as a single, here.

May 18, 2018
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Lovesick might feel raw and stripped at first, but you’ll soon find it to be richly potent and robust. It’s the latest gorgeous single from UK singer songwriter and producer Laurel, whose husky and deep crooning on the song reminds us of Florence Welch, but smokier, as if charbroiled in some deliciously fragrant oak. Lovesick’s peppery indie rock and baroque alt pop is earnest and honest. The gripping ballad more than convinces us we need to pre-order Laurel’s debut album DOGVIOLET when it arrives on August 24th via Counter Records. Stream/download Lovesick, here.

May 4, 2018

A large part of the music-loving world is basking in joy now that Florence + the Machine has announced a release date for new album High As Hope. And I’m sure, like us, you can’t wait for it’s arrival on June 29th. In case you haven’t heard the second song Florence Welch has revealed from the album yet (after enthralling us with breathtaking first song Sky Full Of Song), let’s all watch the A.G. Rojas directed video for Hunger together. We get a magnificent dose of Florence’s incomparable voice and her intimate, raw lyricism on the song which explores themes involving acceptance, community, and joy. “This song is about the ways we look for love in things that are perhaps not love, and how attempts to feel less alone can sometimes isolate us more,” says Florence. “I guess I made myself more vulnerable in this song to encourage connection, because perhaps a lot more of us feel this way than we are able to admit. Sometimes when you can’t say it, you can sing it.” I can’t wait to see Florence + the Machine headline at Outside Lands Music Festival this August. She’s such a spectacular performer, a goddess bursting with contagious vitality and vigor, and her glorious baroque pop always lifts us towards the heavens. Pre-order High As Hope, here.

May 1, 2018

I just came across new Mass Gothic a short while ago, and I immediately listened to it not once, not twice, but three times (making this the fourth as I’m writing this). That’s how brilliant the band’s new single is. Dark Window, which arrives via a murky lyric video, is nothing short of inky splendorous. Its verdant lushness exudes shades of Arcade Fire, tinted with the opaque bewitchment of Bat For Lashes and perhaps even some of Beach House’s more atmospheric whirring, vigorously unsettled pieces. The husband-wife duo from NY leave me incredibly excited and hopeful for news of a sophomore album with their first song in quite some time. It’s been a couple of years since their eponymous debut album dropped on Sub Pop. Dark Window can be found on Apple Music, here.

January 11, 2018
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San Francisco husband wife duo NRVS LVRS, the pair who gave us that instantly hooking, whimsically glinting indie pop gem City Lights, are hitting up the Independent on January 13th with Abbot Kinney and MANICS. To mark the occasion, the pair have turned in a gorgeous remix of Abbot Kinney’s It’s The Middle Of The Night. They turn the band’s baroque flavored jaunty rock ballad, which can be heard in its original form here, into a dreamy wafting, synth airy alt/electro piece. NRVS LVRS’ remix is fittingly rife with plenty of their capricious and imaginative sound, restless beats and all. Find out more about their forthcoming show and purchase tickets for it, here.

December 7, 2017

The year is closing out rather splendidly for a Sufjan Stevens fan like me. Aside from his new The Greatest Gift mixtape that just dropped recently, he surprised us today with a new one off single named Tonya Harding (not affiliated with the movie about the infamous figure skater arriving soon). And what a gorgeous folktronica and chamber pop song it is, heavily drenched in melancholy, with a bit of a cheeky undertone if you catch all the lyrics. In a way, the story of Tonya Harding is tragic, yet so American. It’s about the fall of an amazing athlete, who succumbed to her demons and became tabloid fodder for the world. We get to watch one of Tonya Harding’s routines, an undeniably pristine performance, while we listen to Sufjan Stevens coos in his mellow, laid back fashion. Seeing that perfection only adds to the sadness of how everything turned out. To get that close to pure excellence and to descend in such a fashion, it’s like a Greek tragedy, or nearly Shakespearean, in a way. Tonya Harding is out on Asthmatic Kitty. Stream/download, here.

November 7, 2017

Everyday we inch towards the release of Sufjan Stevens’ new outtakes and unreleased tracks mixtape, The Greatest Gift, but we still have nearly three weeks to wait before it arrives to sooth the soul with the esteemed artist’s delicate chamber pop and intricate folktronica. It seems like a long time to wait still, but we now also have Visions Of Gideon and Mystery Of Love to tide us over until late November. Though they’re not from the mixtape, these brand new songs are from a fresh soundtrack for a movie arriving soon named Call Me By Your Name. Both tracks emit the usual tender, wistful, heart string tugging beauty that we’ve traditionally come to associate with this versatile artist and multi-instrumentalist. You can stream the full soundtrack album for Call Me By Your Name on Spotify, here.

October 16, 2017

I’m looking forward to December 11th, when Emily Haines and her recently revived solo project will be performing to a sold out crowd at the gorgeous Great American Music Hall. I’ve been a fan of Metric for countless years, but I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing the ex-Broken Social Scene member tour as Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton. Solo album Choir Of The Mind is out now, and we get to watch a new music video for album cut Legend Of The Wild Horse, a beautifully baroque and artsy, solemn and regal piece lead by that unmistakable voice. Choir Of The Mind is out on Last Gang, purchase, here.

October 11, 2017

Porches’ 2016 sophomore album Pool was one of my favorites that year, so my heart fluttered with joy when the New York based band lead by Aaron Maines shared a fresh new tune via a music video Maines co-directed with Nick Harwood today. Country even features backing vocals by Bryndon Cook and Dev Hynes, that ever amazing artist also known as Blood Orange. The song blooms effusively, a delicate and tender suffusion that slowly takes hold of every corner of the heart. Maine says that this is the last song he wrote for his new album. He’s been hard at work this past year working on the follow up to Pool. Country brings us his signature vulnerability with a fresh baroque and chamber pop like leafiness. Download Country, here.

October 10, 2017

We’re three days away from the release of St. Vincent’s sure to be brilliant new album MASSEDUCTION, and I can’t be more excited. Annie Clark has already given us two incredible tunes off the full length, and I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been listening to Los Ageless and New York on repeat. Today, St. Vincent shares with us a new track named Pills, giving us yet another dose of her genius art rock with the whimsically biting, witty gushing tune. We get an ample amount of her rough angular guitars on the treat too, despite its baroque pop veneer and brisk saunter. Along with Pills came news of an expansive tour that will take St. Vincent to the cavernous Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco in early January. While I mourn the fact that we won’t get to see St. Vincent in smaller venues anymore, I do believe her talent will shine spectacularly on that massive stage. She’s larger than life and one of the most amazing artists of this generation, after all, and her creative vision encompasses far more than just the auditory. Pre-order MASSEDUCTION if you haven’t gotten around to it yet, here. Learn more about her forthcoming tour on her website, here.