Posts Tagged ‘dream folk’

May 4, 2018

Oh, hello. I hope you don’t think I’m being “rude” by sliding in with something that’s going to disrupt whatever it is you might be doing right now, but trust me, you’ll be grateful once you hear this icy haunting beauty. I do, however, wish I knew more about Rude, a mysterious new project whose minimalist soundscape and experimental sonic construction on their latest single is like Hundred Waters with RY X or SYML’s smooth aching vocals laid sparsely and gently over its gossamer surface. icecold is as eloquently poetic as it is emotionally gut-wrenching, a truly stunning indietronica ballad from a most intriguing new band. 

April 28, 2018
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Delicate guitar picks and deeply contemplative, dewy nostalgic vocals tenderize the heart on When We Were Young, a debut single from James New, whom you might recognize from his previous projects like Mumm-Ra and Mirrors. He steps back into the spotlight solo on a tender ballad, whose gentle yet lush instrumentals and soft lilt are like a conjoinment of Patrick Watson’s pastoral charm, Sufjan Steven’s chamber pop, and SYML’s ambient atmosphere. James, who’s written pop songs for artists like Dua Lipa and Raye, pours his heart out on misty and vulnerable When We Were Young. He reminds us of a time when life seemed simpler, when hope filled every crevice of our hearts. And he does so ever so beautifully, too. When We Were Young can also be streamed via Spotify, here.

April 25, 2018
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In case you missed the news, one of our long time Australian favorites, The Kite String Tangle, dropped a brand new mini-album named In A Desperate Moment earlier this month. And by “mini”, I mean… not so mini. In A Desperate Moment is an 11 track escapade brimming with heartfelt feels and a sweet abundance of The Kite String Tangle’s atmospheric ballads, etched dexterously out of chiffon vocals, intricate instrumentals, and ethereal electronica. The producer/singer’s new oeuvre of songs features this moving beauty, All About Her, a wistful longing gem that showcases a bevy of lush instruments ranging from horns to keys to strings. You can stream In A Desperate Moment in full on Soundcloud, here.

April 10, 2018

Ah, Aquilo, just the thought of your name seems to brush against the tender-most regions of the heart. The British duo has moved us time and time again with their dream pop and woodsy electronica, and now we have sophomore album ii to look forward to for more such exquisite experiences. Aquilo has revealed a new single off of ii, too. Listen to Seagull above, a willowy gusting, chiffon gliding new gem with a twangy indie rock lilt. You can grab the gorgeous new tune, here. Aquilo’s album ii will be out on May 4th. You can find various pre-order packages for the release, here.

April 5, 2018
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I Turned Away is the flip side to Westerman’s recent acclaimed single Confirmation, but it could steal the limelight itself with its glassy pilose vocals and its light, airy indietronica and folk. The British musician floats us high into the stratosphere with his track about illusions and mirages, which was recorded in one take with the intention of retaining its rawness. I Turned Away was written about the realization that what you thought was there was never really there, something many of us have no doubt encountered in our own experiences, too. Westerman reunites with electronic producer Bullion on the light shimmering song. If you missed out on companion track Confirmation previously, you can stream the tune below. 

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.

March 7, 2018
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Haux’s Ricochet doesn’t so much as ricochet off our hearts, but slices gently into its most tender parts. It’s a hushed but emotive, atmospheric and gentle serenade, and it comes accompanied by news of an expansive headline tour as well as details about a sophomore EP to come on Ultra Music. Woodson Black, the enigmatic photographer-turned-musician who carefully curated each step of his debut EP All We’ve Known last year (producing each song, photo, video, and design himself), bathes us with an affecting pastiche of gossamer folktronica and haunting dream folk on the reverb-drenched cut. Ricochet was inspired by moving into a new apartment with his girlfriend last spring, and the emptiness that they both felt before their furniture arrived. New EP Something To Remember, which can be pre-ordered here, will be joined by a companion short film. The North American leg of his new tour this summer will bring him to the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco on June 24th. Learn more about the full tour, here.

March 6, 2018
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I must confess, I don’t have the patience to sit through those classic silent films from back in the day. But my tune might be very different if they still had silent movie theaters where the films were accompanied by a live orchestra or band. In fact, I’ve experienced that once before, when Oakland’s own tUnE-yArDs soundtracked a vintage film, and it was a unique and delightful treat. I’m also sure that I could sit through anything if it’s accompanied by Aquilo’s music. I can’t even begin to count how many times the British duo has tenderized my heart and melted me to the core with their emotionally pummeling, willowy gusting music. Their latest single is named Silent Movies, and it’s a real heartrending experience, too. The Damien Rice evoking single is lifted from their forthcoming sophomore album, ‘ii’, due out May 4th. Bittersweet anguish is more than tangible on the dreamy pastoral strummer. “Silent movies always make me cry,” they coo on the song. I could almost say the same about Aquilo. Their latest single is available from iTunes, here.

March 6, 2018
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Dreamy and fluffy like a warm, soft, & tranquil breeze just after a storm has unleashed its fury and faded away, Fortaleza captures both our hearts and our imaginations. The verdant folktronica and dream folk song beckons us, like the gentle burble of a pristine creek in which Bon Iver and Ry X meld tenderly and gently. The song comes from Hanging Valleys, a trio from the UK who are preparing a second EP for release later this year. Watch the group’s picturesque music video for Fortaleza below, and grab the halcyon soother from iTunes, here.

February 28, 2018
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London’s RYD continues his ascent in the music world with his signature satin smooth, soft soothing cooing on lush new single Could’ve Been, which follows on last year’s well received debut EP Now There’se Nowhere and recent single Work It Out, which has swiftly amassed more than a million streams on Spotify alone. He drenches us with a more uptempo form of his dreamy stirring folktronica and alt electro while musing over what defines “online-normal”. 

“Could’ve Been is about the online age and it’s control over what is deemed as ‘normal’” explains RYD, “The song also talks of my personal struggle with discovering my own identity growing-up in the boom of the internet and socials and having everybody’s lives constantly thrust in your face questioning whether you’re ever living life ‘correctly’.” He concludes; “The lyrics “Could’ve Been” came to be from wondering if somebody could have been really special if they were not so clouded by the need for approval.” Despite its profound contemplation, Could’ve Been is as gorgeously affecting and verdant layered as any RYD song has been. Could’ve Been is out now via 37 Adventures. Find it on iTunes, here.