Posts Tagged ‘dreamy pop’

March 10, 2018

When it comes to the ultimate summer nostalgia anthems, there’s no denying the hold Lana Del Rey’s Summertime Sadness has on us. But trust me, you’re going to want to make room in for ‘summer depression’, a dreamy glistening bop of a lo-fi indie pop and bedroom guitar pop charmer from 19 year old Norwegian singer songwriter ‘girl in red’. Sweetly melancholic with a gently driving bass line, ‘summer depression’ leaves us twirling in daydreamy circles. We know little else about the captivating songstress, but her other tunes are more than worth a visit, too. Stream ‘i wanna be your girlfriend’ and ‘say anything’ below. Find her music on Bandcamp, here.

March 10, 2018

Shimmering bass lines and ethereal haunting vocals draw us into dreamy Breath and Chime, a gorgeous gem from Freya, or Tamara Westwood, a Melbourne based artist who crafts emo dream-pop, or as she calls it, ‘dreamo’. On May 11th, Freya will be releasing her new album The Fifth on Fox Food Records. Dream pop meets indie rock on her hazy song, which feels like gazey Slowdive mixed into Pinback’s indie rock, with a touch of Porches’ bedroom gloss, a copious dose of American Football’s nostalgia, and a gentle dash of The War On Drugs’ twang. About the song Tamara says; “it is essentially about intimacy. Like that good kind of electricity you get to feel when you’re really happy or excited to be with someone on a physical and emotional level. The title ‘Breath and Chime’ specifically references the sounds people make when they’re close.” I think I’ve found my new favorite sub-genre, and it’s named ‘dreamo’. I dream away to dreamo in inebriated bliss. You can pre-order Freya’s album The Fifth from Bandcamp, here.

November 14, 2017

Allie McDonald and Mike Derenzo are busy music bees this past month, having released exceptional tunes as electropop duo EXES. Now, they’ve even partnered up on a new song from rising Los Angeles siren Alexx Mack. Your Car is a dreamy wistful, sultry simmering, and breathy ravishing effusion of slow burning, melancholic aching pop. Alexx Mack and EXES takes us on a late night drive, riddled by the heavy weight of nostalgia and haunted by dark deserted streets. But then they infuse us with the light of hope as Your Car takes on a beautiful ascent and a vibrant crescendo to close out our escapade. By the end of their song, we aren’t cruising asphalt streets but flying through a beautiful night sky, with a world of possibilities lying ahead of us. 

June 20, 2017

I’m really hoping that it won’t be too long before hometown indie duo Cathedrals perform another show here in San Francisco, because I’m utterly gutted that I had to miss their headlining performance at Mezzanine earlier this month despite purchasing a ticket eons prior. I’d been greatly looking forward to experiencing new singles Don’t Act Like A Stranger and Try To Fight live, but that same morning, I caught a persistent bug of some sort, one which I’m still not fully recovered from today. I’m sure I would’ve been swaying in ecstasy to this new one, With You, too. The latest single is Brodie Jenkins and Johnny Hwin’s dreamiest yet, a warm billowing, halcyon whirring electro and alt pop beauty. We nestle in this comforting burrow of diaphanous synths, fuzzy guitar, and heavenly vocals. The pair explain that the song is very special to them, especially in times of turmoil. With You is a song about finding sanctuary in the person you love, and the sense of comfort and peace you encounter with somebody who “feels like home” to you. As the old adage goes, “home is where the heart is”, and right now, my heart is swaddled in the bliss that is With You. Keep up with one of San Francisco’s most exciting indie projects via their website, here. Re-visit Cathedrals’ debut EP and other stellar singles on Soundcloud, here.

May 18, 2017

Perhaps you missed the big news. If so, let me fill you in. Beach House, that much revered and highly acclaimed dream pop band from Baltimore, has announced that they will be releasing a new compilation of songs on June 30th via Sub Pop / Bella Union. It’s entitled B-sides and Rarities, so you can probably guess for yourself what’s entailed on this release. Today, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally gifts us a treat off the release named Chariot. Take a graceful swan dive into this dreamy swirling, melancholic drifting beauty. If this indeed is a chariot ride, then it must be the famed Sun Chariot from Greek mythology. It lifts me right up to the brilliant sun in the way it must have lifted Helios skywards, towards the great heavens. I tragically plunge back to earth once the song fades away, like how Phaethon must have fallen. 

November 1, 2016

There are plenty of things in the world that simply are too hard to “figure out”, but one thing’s been relatively easy, and that’s the more than apparent talent of UK four piece Native People. The quartet has been captivating us with their music for awhile now, and they continue doing so by deluging us with R&B accented muggy pop on their latest charmer, Figure It Out. This glossy glistening, foggy swirling song transports me back to humid summer nights. Winter is so far away it doesn’t seem to exist. All that matters is the here and now, and all we can think of us that special someone, as much as it torments our hearts to do so. Uncertainty hangs in the thick air, and yearning sends us into an urgent frenzy. Figure It Out, which was produced by The Citrus Clouds and Oz Craggs, might be Native People’s most sultry intoxicating song yet. Figure It Out is out now on all major outlets. Native People will be heading out on their inaugural UK headline tour come November.

September 15, 2016

There’s no better name for SHEARE’s new single than Restless. The NYC based project created by Brandon Sheer recently signed to Nettwerk Music Group (Mike Posner, Fun., Passenger) and he melts us to the core with this florid confection which he tags “capri-sun pop”. Restless jitters in a languorous fashion, as if basking in the haze of an afternoon sun. It brings me back to my youth, when the inertia of long summer days drives me to want to do something, but I don’t know what. The day draws on and the ticking of time itself seems to slow. Come to think of it, given the chance, I’d be quite content just listening to SHEARE as he serenades us with his honeyed falsettos and dreamy alt pop. 

July 29, 2016

Brooklyn’s Shapes On Tape brings us more of their dynamic blend of rock and dreamy psychedelic electronica on pulsing resplendent Wide Angle Eyes. There’s no doubt this song is “wide”, a neon expanse of 80′s evoking, wavy lush synthpop. “Take a picture in my mind, with my wide angle eyes”, they coo. But do we really need to when Shapes On Tape can capture the panoramas of our hearts with the lens of a gorgeous song like Wide Angle Eyes? Download Shapes On Tapes’ chromatic anthem from Soundcloud.