Posts Tagged ‘chamber 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 19, 2018
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It was a year ago that we first discovered Soft Corporate, right around the time they made their debut with Boats. We were immediately taken in by the band’s ruminative music. The four piece Melbourne outfit returns today with a leisurely brooding new chamber pop meets ambient rock single named Full Of Nothing. A haunting string section, courtesy of violinist Kelly Lane, joins pensive keys and melancholic vocals to create a quiet sense of unease. Our own hearts begin to ache rather blissfully as we ride the gentle tide of this beautifully mournful canticle. The band will be launching the single on June 2nd at The Toff In Town in Melbourne. Tickets are on sale now. Soft Corporate’s Full of Nothing is out now.

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.

April 28, 2018
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Delicate guitar picks and deeply contemplative, dewy nostalgic vocals tenderize the heart on When We Were Young, a debut single from James New, whom you might recognize from his previous projects like Mumm-Ra and Mirrors. He steps back into the spotlight solo on a tender ballad, whose gentle yet lush instrumentals and soft lilt are like a conjoinment of Patrick Watson’s pastoral charm, Sufjan Steven’s chamber pop, and SYML’s ambient atmosphere. James, who’s written pop songs for artists like Dua Lipa and Raye, pours his heart out on misty and vulnerable When We Were Young. He reminds us of a time when life seemed simpler, when hope filled every crevice of our hearts. And he does so ever so beautifully, too. When We Were Young can also be streamed via Spotify, here.

April 25, 2018

Vestigial tails are strange unnecessary relics leftover from our evolution as human beings. But they’ve lent themselves well to Enola Fall’s sprawling new single, Vestigial Tail. The Tasmanian band has shared a Lynch-meets-Pan’s Labyrinth styled music video to go along with their fourth and final single from forthcoming album Bloodhound, their first record since permanently moving to Los Angeles late last year. Wild Beasts’ melodramatic tendencies intertwine with DeVotchka’s orchestral driven grandeur and Geographer’s dark fantastical beauty on Vestigial Tail. It’s a dream-like, soul-searching journey that leaves us excited for Bloodhound, expected to arrive soon. Vestigial Tail can be found on iTunes, here.

April 13, 2018
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As huge fans of FYFE over the years, we have no idea how we missed out on his excellent new single Hold Us Down last month. It’s probably his most animated and upbeat track to date, too, compared to his more poignant brooding offerings of the past. London musician Paul Dixon, the brilliant musician behind the project, scintillates us with frisky strings and his unique vocals on the exultant alt and chamber pop track. He’s since followed the song up with a collaboration with classical quartet Iskra Strings as well. Peaks is a lush Max Richter-like orchestral track from a new EP arriving in a week. We won’t be missing out on any news regarding that, you can count on it. Stream Peaks below.

April 2, 2018
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Out of the ever rife with talent town of Nashville, so mired in music history, comes Ellie Schmidly, whose indie folk is nothing short of beautifully haunting on One More Wave, her second single from an upcoming debut EP named Blossom & Bone. Its gentle strums and willowy vocals are joined by dreamy keys, making it a bittersweet and exquisite gem. You can also stream Ellie Schmidly’s debut single from last month, Where To Begin, below, for a jazz tinged continuation of the spell she’s cast on us with her delicately affecting music. Debut EP Blossom & Bone arrives May 11th. 

March 31, 2018

Much beloved Canadian indie pop band Stars are back with a darling new tune named Ship To Shore, accompanied by a Natalka Proszak-directed music video crafted out of found super 8 footage. The veteran band has also expanded their 2018 North American headlining tour and confirmed their appearance at Lollapalooza this summer. They’ll be at the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco on June 16th. Hopefully, I’ll be able to make it out since the last time I caught the charismatic outfit was some years ago when they did a several day stint at intimate Slim’s. Ship To Shore is out on Last Gang. You can stream/save the track, here.

March 22, 2018

S. Carey, or Sean Cary, the musician from Wisconsin also celebrated for his work with Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens, among many others, released his new solo album Hundred Acres recently. And today, he’s premiered a picturesque new music video for his gorgeous chamber folk hymnal, Yellowstone. The clip fittingly features footage from Yellowstone National Park, as well as Grand Teton, Grand Canyon, and various other beautiful states. As someone with a deep penchant for the great outdoors, it’s hard to believe that I still haven’t been to Yellowstone. I know what song I’ll have to listen to when I finally make it out there someday. Yellowstone is the perfect blend of everything we love about both Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens, a pastoral and soothing, reedy and idyllic gem. And it features long time IHM championed musician Gordi on lovely backing vocals, too, who’ll be supporting S. Carey on various dates of his expansive tour this year. Hundred Acres, out on Jagjaguwar, is available, here.

February 27, 2018

We’ve had an incredibly long Twin Shadow drought, though esteemed musician George Lewis Jr. has made surprise appearances on Rainsford’s Intentions as well as Zeds Dead’s Stardust in the past year. But it’s been a few years since Twin Shadow released any new material of his own, so when we came across two new tracks from the Brooklyn based synthpop and new wave artist, we were overjoyed. And he’s linked up with the HAIM sisters on one of the tracks, no less! That song is named Saturdays, a crisp pop rock thrummer whose punchiness and crunchy rhythm is perfect for the HAIM alliance. Alongside Saturdays comes Little Woman, a moodier experimental offering that feels very different from George Lewis Jr.’s usual repertoire. There’s a theatrical feel to the brilliant song, almost like a Phantom Of The Opera meets Perfume Genius aura with its crashing chords and softly brooding vocals. The welcome arrivals herald the coming of a new album from Twin Shadow named Caer, out April 27th. Stream/download Saturdays, here. Watch the video for Little Woman below.