Posts Tagged ‘demo’

January 27, 2018

K-pop is rising to great new heights of success here in the U.S. with BTS leading the charge, but let’s not forget how swooning EXO can be, too. Los Angeles based St. Louis progressive soul talent Brandyn Burnette showcases his creamy chops on a demo of EXO’s Been Through, reminding us how much of a heartthrob this hard working, incredibly gifted artist is. Girlfriend and Cosmos & Creature partner Molly Moore lends her co-writing skills and backing vocals to the amazing rendition of Been Through, which is quickly racking up streams since its release earlier today, while Rice N Peas is on impeccable production duty. As it turns out, Brandyn and Molly are responsible for writing Been Through, which EXO picked up and used a translator to modify into his Korean hit. Stream his version via Spotify, here.

January 11, 2018

Alec Benjamin, the gifted singer songwriter from Phoenix, Arizona who’s collaborated with the likes of Jon Bellion, Matisyahu, Jamie Scott, and many others in the past, is back with a tenderly stirring demo named The Knife in my Back. This stripped back and intimate ballad is as bittersweet as they come. It’s a gently affecting caress and a poignant lullaby. The acoustic pop demo carries a hint of urban pop in its mellow cadence and aching strums. The Knife in my Back is a heartrending yet cozy endearing companion on these frozen winter days. If you’re craving for more of Alec Benjamin’s melting voice, you can stream more of his recent demos and singles on YouTube, here.

December 19, 2017

Sweden’s Tove Styrke is shaping up to be a budding star in the making herself after having released a variety of sterling pop songs in the past, including breakout hit Say My Name, but she takes a moment to give us her ode to New Zealand’s Lorde via a demo cover of her Melodrama hit, Liability. She gives the song an understated electro pop makeover, driven by her honeyed vocals. Its skittering percussion and rotund synths prance with lissome grace as Liability takes on a subtle but mesmerizing future pop aura. Liability arrives ahead of Tove Styrke’s expansive 2018 tour with Lorde, which you can find out more about and purhcase tickets for, here. Her Liability cover is available from iTunes, here.

November 11, 2017

I have an insatiable love for all things Johnny Jewel or Chromatics, so I was elated when a new eight track demo version of At Your Door surfaced earlier this week. The original song comes off of 2012 album Kill For Love. I’ve listened to this new stripped down and minimalist version countless times in the past couple of days. Ruth Radelet’s voice, its moody keys, and its sparse synth line entrance to the utmost. It’s a more than ample dose of the Chromatics’ usual dreamy nostalgia and foggy sadness, but with a disrobed, unsheltered charm. Here’s to hoping Johnny Jewel will finally be releasing Chromatics’ next album Dear Tommy soon. 

April 11, 2017

I can’t believe it’s been two long years since Skylar Fri first alighted on our ears with her first track, a demo named Man Is Strange. The pillowy smooth, dreamy twanging beauty caught my ears right away. It also stole a piece of my heart. The UK artist is finally back with her first single, Better, lifted from an EP named Lyng Land due to arrive May 19th. Better’s chiffon gliding electropop and Skylar Fri’s breathy soaring voice take another huge bite out of my heart. The silky ethereal beauty is out now on iTunes. Re-visit Skylar Fri’s Man Is Strange demo below and fall in love with it all over again with me.

February 25, 2017

We’ve been avid fans of Bruno Major ever since his first single half a year ago, so we should be no strangers to his talent, but he’s absolutely floored us with his latest single anyway. Just The Same truly “cuts me to the bone”, as the singer songwriter and producer from North London croons ever soulfully on the tender emotive hymnal. Minimalist bass rumbles gently, creating a haunting sense of spaciousness as the singer songwriter, the brother of London Grammar’s Dot Major, serenades us with his raw impassioned vocals, which seem ready to break under the weight of heartfelt emotion. Just The Same is as much somber as it is cathartic, a proclamation of eternal love. It doesn’t matter how shattering it is, it’s freeing to be able to say no matter what happens, I’ll stay loyal to you, and that’s all on me, it’s my choice. Just The Same’s gospel meets blues is reminiscent of Hozier, Jack Garratt, Cobi, and even James Blake’s stripped down, piano driven ballads. The song is the latest in Bruno Major’s song a month series. Bruno Major wrote Just The Same at midnight on February 2nd. He recorded it the very next day, and it’s that very demo that we’re listening to now, in all its warm crinkly authenticity. 

December 3, 2016

Mysterious London newcomer Tom Tripp may only have a couple of tunes uploaded to his Soundcloud, and though they’re both marked as “demos”, it’s quickly becoming apparent that this musician is one to pay major heed to in the ever bustling world of new music. Aurelia is the latter of the two, and it has me spinning around the room and cartwheeling with excitement. Not only does Tom Tripp have a smooth honeyed voice, but his Jai Paul and Ben Khan like indie electronic and alt R&B jam is exceptionally enthralling for a “demo”. Despite its gilded, metallurgic production, Aurelia carries heartfelt sincerity in its ornate makeup. It’s clear that Tom Tripp, who both wrote and produced his demo, is a young man to watch. I’m sure there are many music aficionados out there who would agree with that statement. 

September 13, 2016

It’s no surprise that 21 year old English singer songwriter Pixey seems to have caught the attention of BBC Introducing this summer. She’s captured me in her sonic net too, which she casts in an airy spellbinding manner via a lo-fi guitar pop demo named Young. The song, reportedly written in her bedroom, is an absolute charmer. Lightly peppy and angsty zestful Young feels like some Hazel English hopped up on a spoonful of sugar with a modest sprinkling of Wolf Alice. For more of Pixey’s demos and some fabulous covers, visit her Soundcloud page. They’re sure to tide us over as we wait for Pixey to reveal new music. 

August 25, 2016

We were first treated to the music of Manchester quartet Lake Komo a year ago upon encountering their song Thinktank. The band has been relatively quiet since. Turns out, they’ve signed to Columbia and been busy in the studio working on a debut album. Lake Komo recently released a tender sweeping single named Milwaukee, which you can listen to below via its California shot video. They’ve also released a breathtaking demo named Manners, whose beautiful indietronica and golden falsettos exhibits some of the band’s major influences, including Bon Iver and James Vincent McMorrow. Milkwaukee and Manners are available on iTunes

August 19, 2016

It’s been a sensational Friday so far for music fans all around. Not only did Frank Ocean unleash his visual album in the wee hours of the morning, but Jack Garratt has also revealed a new track. BYSKB v2m2 is marked a “demo”, which in some way makes sense. There’s a visceral raw quality to this new piece, its fusion of soul, pop, and heavy dub feels organic and pure, as if with a candid authenticity undiluted and clarion sharp. Its power reminds me of a serendipitous Jack Garratt set I caught at Outside Lands recently. No, not the massive Sutro Stage performance later in the day, but the banter filled, crowd mesmeric noontime tête-à-tête in the Stubhub tent which I happened to encounter while waiting for Oh Wonder’s set. There, I could see every little one of the countless happy faces that adorned Jack’s shirt. 

I have seen Jack Garratt many times over… in San Francisco, in Austin, at Popscene, at the Great American Music Hall, from side stage at a label’s SXSW showcase, but it was never as moving than it was that day, bunched up next to a small gathering of strangers, listening to an incredible artist gifted in what seems to be all areas of music as well as comedy, too. This demo, BYSKB, takes me back to that moment, though its haunting production and soulful delivery is as electronic as we’ve ever heard Jack, reminding me with its wobbling bass and atmospheric minimalism of James Blake’s post-dubstep. If this is just the demo, I can’t imagine what the final cut is going to do to me.