Posts Tagged ‘elect’

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.

March 28, 2018
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There’s a whole lot to take away from our week at SXSW this year, and though we expected some of our must-catch artists to be incredible, some of them simply blew our minds with their ridiculously good sets and sensational talent. FINNEAS is one such artist. Though it was a bit out of the way, we made sure to run over to the Central Presbyterian Church on 8th street for his one set of the week, and it was truly worth the effort. Finneas O’Connell, a Los Angeles based actor/musician who’s also siblings with red hot star-on-the-rise Billie Eilish, belted out some incredibly emotional ballads during the acoustic set, stunning us with his powerful and heartfelt vocals. It was magical, to say the least. Later in the week, FINNEAS played guitar during his sister’s sets (he was instrumental in crafting her debut EP, after all), but we’ll never forget the sheer magnetism and moving beauty of his solo acoustic performance, which at times reminded me of my experience watching Damien Rice live in a church, too. You can feel an inkling of that magic in Heaven, FINNEAS’ haunting and affecting new release which premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show. Heaven was also instantly added to Spotify’s highly-coveted New Music Friday playlist. Damien Rice meets James Vincent McMorrow on the cathartic hymnal, possibly one of FINNEAS’ most gorgeous releases yet. Sister Billie may be conquering the world with her pop right now, but it’s obvious she’s going to have to share the crowning limelight with FINNEAS and his profoundly moving music. 

March 23, 2018

We called New Shack one of our favorite new finds earlier this year when we encountered the synthwave duo’s single Ways and Means. The singer songwriter and production pair from Utah re-enforces that love at first sight, er, listen, by dousing us with more of their warped, wonky synths and cool, honeyed vocals on whimsical and glossy new treat, Cherry. A chilled out Sleigh Bells vibe meets a dreamy crisp, synth bustling School Of Seven Bells sound on the deliciously intoxicating tune. Cherry is a taste from New Shack’s fourth EP, arriving soon this year. You can snag the single from iTunes, here.

March 8, 2018

We’re no expert when it comes to the fine tuning of label contracts and the bureaucracy that’s probably involved in the process, but we are glad that Austalian pop phenom Betty Who seems very content with her new return to independent status, and her first single as an indie artist is easily one of our favorite tracks from her in awhile. While Ignore Me has been picking up a lot of acclaim (check out our feature, here), it seems this new arrangement has also afforded the songbird a chance to make a sweet cameo on Dutch producer Don Diablo’s latest soaring dance anthem. Higher takes us on a swift serotonin ascent with its high energy, luscious pumping house, plus its music video is a barrage of amazing animal footage, including some adorable felines. Aside from music, animals and nature are probably my biggest passions. Combined with Don Diablo’s lifting opus and Betty Who’s sonorous vocals, this audio-visual package is pure sensory heaven. So why the critters and creatures? Higher is the title song for a wildlife feature film named Wild Amsterdam, playing in cinemas across Holland right now. Learn more about the film, here. Higher is taken from Don Diablo’s album, FUTURE, released last month and available, here.

February 23, 2018

I’m insanely thrilled that Zola Jesus and Alice Glass have announced a co-headlining tour named SnowBlood, plus they’re bringing Pictureplane along for the ride, too. I’m so stoked, I’ve already purchased a pre-sale ticket for their April 28th stop at the Independent in San Francisco. As a long time fan of all that involves gothy electro pop and haunting darkwave, this stacked lineup couldn’t be more splendidly enticing. Zola Jesus, long known for her synthy art pop and hypnagogic darkwave, has followed up that news with a brand new track named Bound, too. The frosty propulsive track is her first new material since last year’s acclaimed album Okovi, as well as her fresh new contribution to Adult Swim’s Singles Series. She’ll also be releasing a new B-sides collection named Okovi: Additions, which includes unreleased outtakes from Okovi and several remixes. Okovi: Additions arrives April 6th. Learn more about her co-headlining tour with Alice Glass, here.

February 20, 2018
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Almost Owen is a singer songwriter, producer, and drummer who’s been quietly waiting for the right moment to strike with his music. He’s played festival stages all across the world at the age of 26, and he’s poised to make an imprint now that he’s decided the iron is hot. Hot indeed is his second single, If It Were Me, a compelling blend of pop, hip hop, and electronica that showcases the rising artist’s versatility. If It Were Me, lifted from his forthcoming album Late Night Dangerous, is gritty yet slick, vexed yet seductive… The propulsive and electrifying anthem is a free download on Almost Owen’s website, here.

November 7, 2015
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Brandyn Burnette has proven himself a musical bird of many dazzling colors with his moving songs this year, each one delivered with raw, passionate sincerity. But even with that knowledge in tow, new song Nothing At All had me reeling from its spellbinding power. The progressive soul ballad is one of Brandyn’s darkest yet. Nothing At All is a tense, despairing balance of mournful vocals, passionate guitar, and wobbly production. The Los Angeles based St. Louis native departs from some of the Jon Bellion and John Mayer comparisons of the past with the new one, having crafted his own uniquely stirring hip hop influenced futuristic sound. Perhaps Nothing At All is a blueprint of what’s to come, or just one of many directions this talented young singer songwriter and producer can take at a moment’s notice. One thing is certain, Nothing At All has me entangled in its stormy waters, an unmerciful ocean of destructively intertwined agony and ecstasy. Nothing At All will be on a highly anticipated debut EP titled Made Of Dreams, out November 13th.

July 24, 2015
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Stars heaves with roiling emotion and wallows in soulful, gossamer beauty. The exceptional debut single comes from 20 year old North/West Londoner Connie Constance, and it’s produced by R&S’s Blue Daisy. Wispy layers of ghostly vocals and foggy ambiance build upon each other entrancingly. There’s a gut wrenching mournfulness to the song that, when paired with Connie Constances’ exquisite yet honeyed voice and the song’s ethereal soundscape, reminds me of another incredible artist I’m much fond of, Lapsley. Her Adele like vocals and the other wordly, ghostly track also bring to mind a blend of Adele with James Blake. Connie said that she wants to create music that breathes escapism from the cuts and bruises of young London life. Stars is an escape, indeed, a murky dream to get utterly lost in. Connie Constance will be releasing her new EP, In The Grass, on September 25th via Black Acre Records.