Posts Tagged ‘choir’

October 14, 2017

It’s been a wild and vindictive journey for this long time fan of Bishop Briggs, the Los Angeles based singer songwriter who took the world by storm with her fierce and sonorous voice as well as her bluesy rocking electronica. She’s as magnificent as ever on new single Dream, her first release since her phenomenal self-titled debut EP (aside from her ace collaboration with Cold War Kids). Bishop Briggs says of her resolute marching, sooty searing new anthem: 

“’Dream’ is unlike anything I’ve ever released. It was written with Dan Wilson who has never rested or settled on anything inauthentic. This song scares me and I think that’s what I find most liberating about it. ‘Dream’ is about having fears and doing your best to embrace them no matter how strenuous the grip is.”  Dream is an emotionally unshackling, spiritually freeing experience, driven by thunderous drums, a resounding choir, and of course, Bishop Brigg’s extraordinary voice. A debut album from Bishop Briggs is due to arrive next Spring. I’ll be restless with excitement for it, all the way through fall and winter. Find out about her extensive fall our, which includes opening dates with Alt-J and Bleachers, here. Dream can also be streamed via Spotify, here.

July 14, 2016

Today’s an epic day. And I believe many of you might already know why. Today, Justice revealed their first new single in five long years. We’ve been waiting. We’ve been waiting what feels like an eternity. And it was well worth the fidgeting, the hoping, the restlessness. Safe And Sound, which the world had a preview of when Ed Banger’s Pedro Winter (Busy P) dropped the track during his set at Sonar, is completely and wholly glorious. Safe And Sound is an electro disco house opera, an intensive retro funk and chorale levitating spectacular. I want to hold my hands up to the sky and sing spiritual praises to Justice. Nile Rodgers would also be very satisfied with the plucky strings on this jam. Could Safe And Sound be the first first material in a flurry of new tunes? Could there be a new Justice album on its way, and a new tour? Patience, my friends. Patience. Download Safe And Sound, here:

August 1, 2012

Sticking with the minimalistic, hollowed, poignant, raw, melancholic music, I give you London artist Sam Howard, aka Halls. His new song is titled White Chalk, and it’ll be off his debut album Ark. Ark drops October 15 in the UK. Unlike Perfume Genius, there’s more electronic and percussion to his music. In fact, at moments, this song reminded me of James Blake’s work, particularly his more vocal and choir-like tracks. Halls certainly sounds like he’s from South London. That’s where Blake originated too, as well as many other minimalist post-dubstep producers and musicians. Halls took inspiration for White Chalk from Mozart’s Ave Varum Corpus hymn, so the choral, gothic qualities make perfect sense. 

SOKO and a “Water Less adventure”

April 27, 2012

SOKO did a lovely rendition of her song How Are You in this video in conjunction with Levi’s, Yours Truly, and the LA Girls Choir. It’s some type of message about living an environmentally friendly lifestyle that Levi’s is promoting, called Water Less. The video was shot in the Mojave Desert at the Deep Creek Hot Springs. It’s very ethereal.

Skrillex Orchestral Suite

December 29, 2011

Wow, what the heck? I just saw that Skrillex uploaded this on his official youtube channel. It’s an orchestral suite by Varien. Not too clear on who or what that is, but I clicked play, and it really is an orchestral suite of Skrillex songs. This is awesome! Here’s the times and tracks within the suite:

Intro [0:00 – 0:45]
With You, Friends – Skrillex [0:46-1:41]
Scatta – Skrillex [1:42-1:59]
Equinox (First of the Year) – Skrillex [2:04-3:19]
All I Ask Of You – Skrillex [3:20 – 4:36]
Interlude – Skrillex [4:36 – 5:14]
Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites – Skrillex [5:15 – 6:54]

For some reason it greatly reminds me of RPG video game music. What an incredibly different and classic take on Skrilly’s dubstep work!

October 6, 2011

Here’s Diplo & Lunice remix of Julianna Barwick’s Vows off her Matrimony remixes EP just released this week. The original is a beautiful track and goes along with the whole classically influenced fusion front in indie music going on now with its chorale and classic piano inspired feel. Diplo & Lunice’s remix gives it a whole new flavor with the heavier bassline.