Posts Tagged ‘dusky pop’

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

January 31, 2018
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In the final quarter of 2017, a new Scottish boy-girl duo named LOVE SICK blew a lot of tastemakers’ minds when they made their debut with Bullet, arguably one of last year’s best pop debuts. You can re-visit the track via our feature, here. So, how does one follow up such a smashing introduction and first release? By climbing charts and enthralling hearts with a second single like Hope, of course! The pair, who also announced their debut headlining show in Glasgow on April 3rd last week, re-capture both my ears and my heart with their bittersweet but sanguine new softly glowing electronic pop song. LOVE SICK explains that Hope is reflective of the struggles and anxieties we all have in life. “It’s a tale of keeping focus in a climate crowded by fears and insecurities.” We live in a time of discontent, when so many around us are struggling with depression and anxiety. LOVE SICK brings us a delicate yet stately message of comforting optimism with their lush sailing, emotive flourishing new ballad. 

As Shaun & Julie further explain: “HOPE is a song about chasing your dreams envisaging them right in front of you mixed with the struggles and anxieties you have to overcome to get there, with the silver lining being the hope that one day you will. We spent a lot of time traveling between Glasgow and London exploring opportunities and hustling – writing, recording, meeting lots of new people. Sometimes all that hard work can feel like it’s for nothing, but you keep going and this song represents our journey so far.” It’s a journey we much empathize with, and one that doesn’t delineate from much of what we all experience, whatever the fine details. We’re fortunate to have such a gorgeously breathtaking, intricately woven pop song to escort us through our dark times. Stream/purchase Hope, here.

December 12, 2017

Phoenix star in the making Kailee Morgue was already a buzzing name even before she released her first single, Medusa, last month. The 19 year old singer songwriter has a devout following online, and she’d teased the gem long ahead of its arrival. We’ve been looking forward to her second single since, and her momentum shows no sign of slowing down with the release of Discovery, a bittersweet electronic pop song with a dulcet melody and a brittle yet resilient tone, propelled by her svelte supple voice and the song’s dynamic ebb and flow. Somber keys are paired with an edgy yet fluid electronic soundscape to give us a dramatically affecting ballad. Medusa and Discovery are solid proof that this arresting chanteuse is going to be an emphatic force in 2018. Stream/purchase Discovery, here.

July 27, 2017
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PARKER, a 21 year old singer songwriter from England, leaves us fully entranced and totally bewitched by her new single Runs & Rides. Its dusky electropop wraps its opaque tendrils around us, while PARKER’s voice entraps us in the muggy haze of the song. Runs & Rides is like Lana Del Rey, gone more syrupy nebulous and gothy dark. It brims with a similar sort of vintage nostalgia. Runs & Rides is a sinuous winding, murky simmering ballad with sultry guitars, and it’s out now via Killing Moon Records.

June 4, 2017

NYC indie pop artist Alice Kristiansen sets off all our starlet alarms with a willowy enchanting pop single named Lost My Mind. Its svelte beauty is redolent of Billy Eilish’s lithe, graceful pop as well as the dusky elegance of Mononoke (who’s now one fourth of RITUALS). Lost My Mind is currently featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist. It arrives by way of a music video which Alice directed shot by shot herself. In the video, her finespun indie pop is set to cinematic shots that perfectly correlate with the song’s lyrics and themes. Alice’s soft, delicate voice and the song’s atmospheric trickling soundscape combine for a heartfelt and honest effect on the dark and contemplative, grand and beautiful song. Alice Kristiansen was previously known for her YouTube covers, having built a fan base of over 452,000 subscribers. She’s set to conquer the world with her original music if she continues to present us with such cinematic stirring pop. Download Lost My Mind from iTunes, here.

October 6, 2016
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The timeless tale of ill fated love is an oft recited story, but it’s usually never told as enchantingly and eloquently as by XYLØ on Dead End Love. The Los Angeles based sibling duo are back with more of their dusky enchanting, supple alluring electronic pop, ever grand yet gracefully moving. We’ve been such fans of 

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’s music for so long that I can’t help but hope that the steady arrival of their sterling gems will lead to a debut album announcement. Dead End Love is out now on iTunes.