Posts Tagged ‘dream’

April 28, 2018

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

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.

March 23, 2018

When it comes to English artist Hugo Manuel, better known as Chad Valley, there’s no way to stay ‘impartial’. The moment he released a long awaited new song, listening to Chad Valley became a top priority. And now sharing Impartial is very much an emphatic must, too. Impartial is a dreamy gliding, balmy glistening first taste from Chad Valley’s next album, Imaginary Music, arriving May 25th on Cascine. This silky twinkling, tender spinning aural bliss also comes accompanied by news of a fresh tour. Pre-order Imaginary Music, here. Find out about Chad Valley’s expansive 2018 world tour on his official website, here. He’ll be hitting San Francisco on June 16th with an intimate show at Bottom of the Hill, which will no doubt be a heavenly treat. 

March 22, 2018

I was very fortunate to come across some very fine emerging projects and songs in my music discovery journey this morning, one of which is bdrmm, a project from the UK who for reasons unknown to me, likes to call their music “ugly pop”. One listen to new single kare will convince you there’s nothing ugly at all about their dreamy and ethereal rock. kare is beautifully nostalgic, gorgeously wistful, and so wonderfully intoxicating with its diaphanous & gazey, spindly & lo-fi appeal. It’s almost as if Band Of Horses, Slowdive, and American Football all came together on a song. The five piece band’s prior EP, Yucky, is also quite the lo-fi bedroom indie treat, as our their other releases, like more anthemic and polished ‘islands_’ which you can stream below. Yucky and other tracks can be streamed off Soundcloud, here.

March 21, 2018

If you’re fond of the sweet sensuality of Rhye, the feathery light romanticism of Cigarettes After Sex, and the soft caressing groove of Electric Guest, you’re going to love this sublime tune from Timsters. Somewhere is the next release from French boutique label Elephant & Castle. The French producer, also known for his work with Colorado, Praa, and Maximilien, explores private territories with a gentle touch on his intoxicating new single. We wander through its foggy soundscape, as if traversing a pensively soothing dream. You can follow Timsters on Facebook, here.

January 24, 2018

We’re just under a month out from the arrival of Geowulf’s much anticipated debut full length, Great Big Blue, and our hearts are fluttering with excitement for its impending release. In fact, our hearts nearly flutter right up to the heavens as the Londoners grace us with another fine exhibit of dreamy lush indie pop on new single Sunday. We find ourselves drifting to the relaxed languor of Sunday, a song that reminds us of how bittersweet that day of the week can be. On the one hand, it’s a day when we can sleep late in bed, or take a walk on the beach with our loved ones. On the other hand, we can’t help but recall that Monday is just around the corner, and the weekend’s about to end. Geowulf’s Sunday, like many of the project’s divine prior gems, is like Cults’ retro-pop fused with Yumi Zouma’s gauzy nostalgia and Tennis’ indie pop. Debut album Great Big Blue arrives on February 16th via 37 Adventures. Pre-order, here. You can stream/download Sunday, here.

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 7, 2017

Cina Polada is a Helsinki based indie pop outfit who’s been absent from the scene since late 2015. The whimsically named project make an enchanting return with new single Gloom, whose glistening dream pop and angular punching guitar pop is like a mix of School Of Seven Bells and Snakadaktal, with a pinch of post-punk and a dusting of shoegaze. Cina Polada is lead by the duo of Hilla and Tatu Miettinen, accompanied by Tatu’s younger brother Teemu and good friends Tony Salo and Nita Mattila, but it originally started as Hilla’s solo project. I’d hitherto missed out on their music, but I find myself now utterly captivated by their luscious glimmering, spindly radiant pop on Gloom, which is the first taste of a debut self titled EP, arriving September 29th via Strangers Candy on limited edition cassette and digitally. 

May 27, 2017

San Junipero seems to be many peoples’ favorite episode from acclaimed UK series Black Mirror, a show I can’t help but love, having grown up on a steady diet of dark contemplative shows like Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and The Ray Bradbury Theater. It certainly was my favorite despite the fact that it was the most sanguine lifting chapter of the series. It’s also Nashville artist Harrison Wheeler’s favorite, and he took full advantage of San Junipero’s misty romance and retro nostalgia when he let it inspire the creation of new single Dream. Dream, which can also be streamed via Spotify here, is a plush throbbing, florescent glowing synthpop ballad with an irresistible electro funk groove. Dream is like The Weeknd’s collaborations with Daft Punk blended with the sleek creamy sunset radiance of LANY. 

October 4, 2016

Empire Of The Sun has revealed yet another treat from their forthcoming new full length, Two Vines, and it’s a surprisingly halcyon and serene beauty. To Her Door also features Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. They make quite the combo on this far more shimmery tune, a sound we don’t hear all that often from the Australian electronic duo. With Lindsey’s warm guitars, this Empire Of The Sun feels very dream pop meets dream folk, even remindingme of M83 at certain moments, particular near the end of the song. I find myself very content with this misty ethereal version of Empire Of The Sun. Pre-order Two Vines, here, ahead of its October 28th release date.