Posts Tagged ‘chill pop’

May 30, 2018
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There’s no resisting Zoey Lily’s misty, dusky pop. Her willowy, smoky voice tends to remind us of Billie Eilish and Soak, while her exquisitely emotive music always cuts to the bone, leaving a mark that lasts for all eternity. The 20 year old independent musician from London mesmerizes and moves with her gorgeous new single Not There, which features guest hip hop artist Indigo Svn. Not There is a morose ballad with soft electronic beats that leaves our hearts blissfully tingling… It’s a sparse and gossamer, pensive and reflective beauty bursting with tender and tragic romanticism. The haunting gem can also be streamed via Spotify, here.

May 22, 2018

RIVAH’s name might as well be “riveting”. The Australian artist turned in an effortless performance on debut single Untame late last year, transfixing us with a dusky glistening electro R&B emulsion. The track attracted a whole lot of praise and buzz. RIVAH went on to play her debut shows in NYC and LA last fall, and she’s since shared the local stages with the likes of Willow Beats, Golden Vessel, and SAATSUMA. Transitional Love is her latest release, a breathtaking teaser track developed from a first-take demo vocal and accompanied by a DIY iPhone video released ahead of her next single out in June. It’s a weightless gliding, ethereal soothing pop song with transcendental vocals and beautifully haunting, feathery pulsing production. We’re more than ready for that next single, but we’re going to take our time soaking in this celestial beauty in the meantime. Re-visit our Untame feature, here.

May 22, 2018

An impeccable fusion of light and shadow, electronica and pop commands our hearts on bittersweet pop aria Keep Me Up from fast rising starlet Charlotte Lawrence. The melancholic aria walks a delicate line between olivia o’brien’s lissome R&B pop and Billie Eilish’s willowy gusting, dreamy ethereal pop. 

“I write easier about sad emotions,” says Charlotte Lawrence. “I think it’s so cool to have an upbeat song with dark lyrics. If you tap into an emotion then you can write a whole story. No matter what you’re going through it’s important to take risks with music. I never want to play it safe.” Keep Me Up definitely doesn’t play it safe. It’s breathtakingly personal, a pop confession that deals directly with mental health in a frank way. “I’ve always had anxiety,” she explains. “It’s not something we talk about a lot but people are being more open about their mental health. I felt it was important to talk about it in my music and help other people who might be struggling.”

Charlotte, who also recently collaborated with Sasha Sloan and Nina Nesbitt on Psychopath, has prepared two full EPs to drop later this year. Stream/download Keep Me Up, here.

May 22, 2018

In less than two weeks, I’ll finally get to cross “seeing Kllo” off my bucket list, though I can’t promise I won’t end up adding “seeing Kllo a second time” right back on immediately afterwards. We’ve been following along with the duo from Melbourne, Australia for over two years, and we’re ultra excited to finally experience them live when they headline Popscene in San Francisco on June 1st. The “potential” of me coming away from the show even more awestruck than before is more than high. The duo recently returned with a gorgeously stirring new tune named Potential, a soft trickling, tenderly yearning downtempo ballad whose supple R&B pop and mellow beats evoke WET melded into some early BROODS. The translucent heart-render is out now on Ghostly. Stream/download, here

May 19, 2018

Let’s visit the desert with Summer and Torrey from LA duo JOYNER as they enthrall us with the video for their fleecy, honeyed synthpop song Blue Love. We go on a soul-searching journey across a beautiful yet barren landscape while JOYNER tenderly examines disconsolate love on their airy melodic song. There’s a mirage-like quality to the shimmering beauty, which seem to mirror the deceptive illusions of love itself. For all the heat we usually associate with a desert, Blue Love feels crisp and refreshing, like a cool draft of thirst-quenching, life-giving water after a long and arduous day. Whether it’s the elements, or whether it’s heartbreak, JOYNER offers us a moment of sweet respite. The California sister duo will be releasing their self-titled debut EP on May 25th. 

May 19, 2018
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I have a couple pairs of white jeans at home, but I rarely wear them. They get dirty too easily, and I tend to be extra clumsy when I’m trying hard not to be. But I gladly embrace SALES’ White Jeans, a gently sauntering, dreamy sailing indie pop song from the Floridian duo’s next album. If I could wear the song, I’d dress myself in its cottony threads everyday. The misty soothing, feathery light  tune might be pellucid soft, but it’s utterly enchanting from start to finish. We alight on an ethereal reverie with SALES, who wrote, recorded, mixed, and mastered the song in their bedroom studio. SALES will be going on tour this summer, supporting one of their favorite bands (and one of ours, too), No Vacation. White Jeans is available on Apple Music, here. Learn more about SALES’ forthcoming tour on their website, here.

May 16, 2018
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Refs waxes poignantly reflective on gooey melting new tune, Roots, the latest fine single from a NYC based electronic pop duo we’ve been featuring for three prolific years. We indulge in the jazzy, snazzy, creamy, and buttery alongside Refs on their electro-soul styled track. All of a sudden, all I want to do is close my eyes and slow-waltz around the room to their satin crooning and the luxuriantly simmering song, of which Refs states: 

‘A side effect of love stories that never fully play out is a looming sense of “if-only”. Roots is about all the meandering semi-truths and ill-advised solutions we lean into and learn from, in the absence of that bloom.’ The tenderly heartrending, gently aching sonnet can also be streamed via Spotify, here.

May 11, 2018
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Our favorite Los Angeles based couple, pop siren Molly Moore and progressive soul swooner Brandyn Burnette, have re-united as Cosmos & Creature on I Am Free, a chill sauntering, pristine prancing pop song whose dulcet vocals and verdant electronic production take us on a truly liberating ride. Its brisk beats and chill house radiance lifts a weight off our shoulders after a long work week, filling us with joy and euphoria. I Am Free is your new go-to summer jam, a laid back swathe of bliss with wistful, nostalgic undertones. You can download the single from iTunes, here.

April 26, 2018
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Jeremy Zucker and Chelsea Cutler together on one exquisitely moving song. Really, need I say more? The world is by far “Better Off” now that the two East Coast singer songwriters and producers have united on the twilight ballad, a heart-string tugging, melancholic stirring lament about star-crossed lovers and calamitous love. Chelsea Cutler’s wispy, supple voice and Jeremy Zucker’s poignant crooning transfix us beautifully from a lush ethereal sonic pasture sown with tender guitar strums and softly chiseled, gently floating beats. A sad yet blissful sigh escapes the lips as the final notes of this impeccable tear-jerker fades away. Better Off is available from major outlets, here.

April 19, 2018

News of a sophomore album from Wet was met with much revelry and joy last month, when the Brooklyn project shared new song There’s A Reason after debuting new material at Air + Style. We were one of many who were elated by the band’s sudden return, and now we get to celebrate the arrival of a second song from their as of now still untitled sophomore album, too. Wet reverts back to their tenderly aching synthpop tonality on Softens. They strike our hearts with their beautifully melancholic, stringy lush track ahead of a headline tour that will bring them to San Francisco in early June. I’m guessing we’ll be hearing more about that new album soon. For now, melt away to Softens, which is available, here.