Posts Tagged ‘downtempo 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

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 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 4, 2018

Canadian four-piece Dizzy continues to awe critics and melt our hearts with the band’s tender bedroom dream pop on new single Joshua, out today via Royal Mountain Records / Communion Music. The pellucid trickling gem follows on the heels of remarkable prior singles like Swim and Pretty Thing. Airy, lustrous guitars and soft, saccharine vocals truly leave us dazed by Dizzy and their gently heartrending, intimately stirring lullaby. 

Singer Katie Munshaw explains it’s ”a goodbye to someone who left my life unexpectedly. There’s a constant buzzing in your entire body after a relationship ends without closure. At first it chatters through to your teeth and bones, but eventually it dwindles down to a soft humming in a secret hiding spot in your heart. Coping. This song is ‘Goodbye, and thank you. I hope you’re well. This is what’s happened since you disappeared on me.’” Dizzy will be playing a series of tour dates these next few months, including stops in the UK, France, Canada, and Austin. Perhaps they’ll fit in some California shows at some point, too. One can hope…

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.

April 11, 2018
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Buzzy Lee is certainly attracting a lot of buzz these days, particularly after the Los Angeles based singer songwriter, who’s also the daughter of renowned film ogul Steven Spielberg, released her last single Coolhand. She reunites with acclaimed producer Nicolas Jaar on her latest single, too, adding fuel to that buzz. No Her, a cimmerian indie pop aria, marches slowly and deliberately, a bewitching and other worldly beauty with murky, dusky production and aching, burning guitars. The entrancing songbird explains: “‘No Her’ is about that piece of myself that I’m worried my partner will discover isn’t really there. That there is an ideal ‘her’; someone’s idea of me is different from who I am, and yet, I’m worried the other ‘her’ is the one who has drawn them in… But to be fully honest it’s about not believing someone loved me.” Re-visit our Coolhand feature, here. No Her is lifted from Buzzy Lee’s forthcoming EP Facepaint, out April 27. Pre-order, here

April 11, 2018
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We’ve always been fond of Swedish-American folk pop duo Flora Cash and their beautifully evocative, willowy stirring music. Their debut album Nothing Lasts Forever (And It’s Fine) is a stunning listen, and they also proved to be amazing live when they opened for Raleigh Ritchie at a sold out Popscene in San Francisco last spring. So it’s only natural that we’re ecstatic that they’ve released a new song named 18 Dollars. Once again, they send tingles down our spines with their gorgeously husky and wispy vocals on the verdant track. They even tweak their dreamy, spindly sound with a hint of R&B pop a whole lot of heart-string tugging, sigh inducing sentimentality. 18 Dollars is a funereal lament, a profusive elegy for love deceased. Stream Flora Cash on Spotify, here.

April 4, 2018

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Though many recent fans of Nicole Dollanganger probably found out about her through her association with her good friend Grimes, we fell for her innovative music long before we saw her opening for Claire Boucher (Grimes) at the Fillmore in San Francisco on Halloween a couple years ago. The Canadian singer songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist’s wispy voice even reminds us of Grimes, but as you can hear on breathtaking new song Uncle, much of her music leans towards the more dreamy and atmospheric. Uncle is a hypnagogic beauty, an airy drifting, meditative brooding enchanter from her forthcoming album Heart Shaped Bed. The tender and melancholic lullaby, interlaced with delicately mournful keys, is like a heavenly Grimes and Lykke Li pairing. It leaves my heart aching for the arrival of Heart Shaped Bed this summer on Crystal Math. You can also preview four other songs from Heart Shaped Bed or pre-order the full album on Bandcamp, here.