Posts Tagged ‘Christoph Andersson’

December 19, 2017
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The North Bay Fire Relief Benefit Concert at Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma went down exactly a week ago, and we’re still feeling very despondent that we couldn’t make it up for the show. Not only was it for a very good cause, but we would’ve loved to have been mesmerized by Devon Baldwin again. The now Los Angeles based San Francisco native both lifts our spirits and tears our hearts asunder with a gorgeously devastating new track. The ever stunning siren has presented us with a beautifully moving, chiffon stirring cover of Drake’s Shot For Me, featuring a few slightly altered choice lyrics to “make it extra topical”, as Devon herself said. The singer songwriter re-unites with her go-to producer and friend Christoph Andersson on the heartstrings tugging ballad. It’s a synthesis we’ve praised with much zeal in the past, and the union proves to be rewarding once again as Andersson sculpts an immaculate and austere electro-based soundscape to cushion Devon Baldwin’s aerial fluttering, pure and silvery voice. It’s a minimalistic song with no bells and whistles to hide behind, but there’s nothing that needs hiding when it comes to Devon Baldwin’s pristine vocals and heartfelt performance. She lays it all out. Shot For Me has never felt more raw, vulnerable, and sincere than on this deeply moving cover, which even works in some well suited Marvin’s Room. Devon Baldwin’s Shot For Me can also be streamed via Spotify, here, and downloaded from iTunes, here.

March 28, 2017

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It’s been a rather wild month, what with SXSW and everything else going on all around the same time. As a result, I’m still tripping all over the place trying to be fastidious in making sure I don’t let jewels like this tune slip by your ears. JOME’s Mountains has been making the rounds since its release earlier this month, moving hearts and misting up eyes with its beautiful ambiance and dewy melody. Los Angeles based songwriter Jesse Marc and New Orleans based writer/producer Christoph Andersson (an IHM favorite who has worked with the likes of G-Eazy, Devon Baldwin, Monopol, and more) team back up on this gently sprawling aria, melding alt pop with indie electronica to take us up breathtaking sonic peaks. We tower over clouds as golden cities glow in the distance. We suddenly find ourselves exultantly musing over the meaning of life and the secrets of our hearts. Re-visit JOME’s prior gems on Soundcloud. You can also stream Mountains via Soundcloud below.

February 22, 2017
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The 21st of the month is a special day, as it has been for some months now. On the 21st of every month, San Francisco’s own Devon Baldwin presents us with a fresh ballad from her song a month series. Except, February 21st is extra special. Before we move ahead with proliferous praise regarding new song How You Like Me Now, let’s take a moment to wish Devon a very happy birthday. And let’s thank her for giving us the gift of music, even though today is her birthday, and not ours. The ever captivating chanteuse explains that her latest treat was written a few years ago, and though it’s been through several different production versions with various producers, she’s glad How You Like Me Now is finally seeing the light of day. I’m also very glad that she ended up releasing the song with frequent production collaborator Christoph Andersson. How You Like Me Now is breathy ravishing. The moody yet misty pop ballad, despite its soft and woolly atmosphere, packs a bitter bite. It’s yet another moving number from Devon Baldwin to add to a growing repertoire of heartrending tunes. Visit her prior songs on Soundcloud.

January 29, 2017

It’s nearly surprising that the music video for Devon Baldwin’s Hero is the San Francisco chanteuse’s very first, considering the fact that we’ve been enamored with this gifted and versatile talent for such a long time. The video, which was directed by Devon Baldwin’s friend Bobby Bruderle, is simple yet entrancing. We can’t take our eyes off as Devon takes us on a dusty ride across gorgeous golden hills. Despite the sprawling landscape spread before us, it’s the familiar intimacy that exudes from the video which draws us in the most. Devon Baldwin stares straight into the camera and serenades us with her earthy and heartfelt ballad. Hero is a candid beauty with vivid poetics. Its finespun dream pop meets surging electropop production come courtesy of frequent collaborator Christoph Andersson. Hero is as tender as can be, a gracefully heartrending ballad on which Devon Baldwin’s pure, flawless voice shines ever brilliantly. For more of Devon Baldwin’s past releases (which showcase her impressive versatility both in vocal delivery and style), visit the SF starlet’s Soundcloud, here.

October 23, 2016
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San Francisco’s own talented singer songwriter Devon Baldwin is in the midst of a new project in which she’ll reveal a fresh track every month on the 21st, reportedly “till the end of time”. That last part may very well be in jest, but I would be more than content if it were true, particularly after losing myself in the rich harmonics of the second song from her series, a breathtaking gem named Heights Like These on which Devon reunites with producer Christoph Andersson. The modulated pop and electronica on this exquisite beauty evoke the exposed intimacy of Imogen Heap and The Japanese House just as much as it does the sonorous grandeur of Bon Iver or Francis and the Lights. Heights Like These is a sweeping aria, it engulfs us into a flowery expanse, in which Devon Baldwin’s pristine pure voice takes immaculate flight. We reach heights we’ve never been on the wings of Heights Like These, and I’m left soaring in the sky, eagerly looking ahead to the next 21st of the month. Visit Devon Baldwin’s Soundcloud to listen to prior tracks from her song a month series or re-visit her EP, Lungs.

May 24, 2016
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Having been a long time fan of Christoph Andersson’s production work on a long list of superb songs from the likes of G-Eazy, Devon Baldwin, and 90 Pounds Of Pete, I was more than ecstatic to learn of debut as Monopol last month. The producer trades in his usual vibrant hip hop beats for a more electronic pop flavored presence as Monopol, which is fully and richly displayed on glimmering gem, Haunting, the follow up single to debut Somebody That I’ll Never Be. Haunting is a radiant anthem. It haunts in a much upbeat and zestful way. Crisp beats, glistening synths, and slick vocals make for a fluidly driving treat. Haunting comes as part of Monopol’s self titled debut EP, available to stream on Soundcloud and purchase from iTunes

April 25, 2016
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I’ve been a fan of Christoph Andersson’s production for some time now, thanks to his production on bounteous songs released by G-Eazy, Devon Baldwin, and 90 Pounds Of Pete. The 24 year old artist makes his debut as Monopol on Somebody That I’ll Never Be, easily reminding me why I can’t resist his florid handiwork. Somebody That I’ll Never Be is a rippling cascade of hooking electropop. Slick synths, vibrant beats, and glowing vocals ferry us away into a deep reverie about lost love. The twinkling debut sounds like a hybrid between Robert DeLong, Smallpools, and Passion Pit.

March 31, 2016
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If you’ve been wondering what Chicago’s 90 Pounds Of Pete has been up to this past half year, as I have, you’ll be excited to learn that the dance pop artist has been working on an upcoming debut EP! Perfect High Five drops on April 19th, and its excellent first single is an anthemic pop punk meets electropop number named Tryouts, produced by Christoph Andersson. Tryouts rolls mellifluously and slickly, evoking both Robert Delong and Angels and Airwaves. Head to Soundcloud to download the gleaming gem. 

October 29, 2015
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It’s been but a few days since Devon Baldwin regaled us with Backwards, produced by Christoph Andersson, but here we are again, melting away to yet another astronomical collaboration between those two artists from a forthcoming EP. Ocean is dramatically sweeping and fluidly soaring. It’s rife with a daring beauty both aching and divine. Christoph Andersson’s expansive, cinematic production and Devon Baldwin’s breathtaking vocals are inescapably engulfing, like the very ocean alluded to in the bittersweet, weighty electronic pop ballad. White Sea evoking majesty intermingles with BANKS redolent bewitching smokiness, resulting in a dark pop song steeped in tragically noble magnificence. Ocean will be on the San Francisco singer songwriter’s new EP, Lungs, out November 10th and available to pre-order now on iTunes.

October 24, 2015
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It’s been a few months now since I managed to rush myself over to Outside Lands Music Festival on time to catch Devon Baldwin’s set back in August. It’s something I don’t regret doing by far, as the blossoming San Francisco R&B pop starlet’s short but stunning set is still deeply ingrained in my mind today. While much of her music is very dark and seductive, new single Backwards, also produced by recurrent collaborator Christoph Andersson, is one of her more warmly radiant and smoothly polished offerings. It would be easy to compare Devon to the likes of BANKS or Halsey yet again, but it’s obvious this hometown girl holds her own and more with her spectacularly rousing and alluring songs and beautiful voice. Backwards is taken from Devon Baldwin’s upcoming Lungs EP.