Posts Tagged ‘electro folk’

May 18, 2018
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Saint Sister obviously knows the way to my heart. Not only have they named their new single Twin Peaks (guess who loves that show?), but the Irish duo have more than enchanted me with their dreamy wistful, snowy ethereal aria, too. Part Beach House-like dream pop, part Daughter like atmospheric folktronica, Twin Peaks is a glacial beauty and a soft, sweet, celtic harp ensconced taste from the pair’s forthcoming debut album. Saint Sister will be on the road for much of the rest of the year as they tour  North America, Europe, Ireland, the UK, and Australia. Debut album Shape of Silence is due out later this year. Find out more about their tour from their website, here.

February 15, 2018
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“wtf” is something we tend to say a lot of these days, as we look to the world’s events and tragedies with an immense sense of disbelief. But sometimes, the acronym can be associated with something good, too. The latter is true when it comes to wyd’s wtf, a sparse and understated piano driven pop ballad that builds ever so slowly and deliberately towards an eruption of dark cinematic glory in its final moments. The Columbus duo has meticulously designed an incredibly haunting and heartbreaking dirge, whose sad note of desperation near rips our hearts to shreds. But like all fury and heartbreak, bitterness and sorrow, a sense of release, of letting go, of letting it all out, can be incredibly gratifying. Through wtf’s emphatic, intensive crescendo, we reach atonement, redemption, and catharsis with wyd

January 16, 2018

There’s no denying how deeply Haux’s music connects with our hearts, nor any refuting of how hauntingly beautiful the elusive artist’s folktronica and ambient electronica can be. Woodson Black, who had a pivotal 2017 with the release of his magnificent debut EP All We’ve Known, seems to know the hidden chambers of our hearts on Heartbeats, his new song and video from a forthcoming sophomore EP. Though an icy chilling, atmospheric hovering track, Heartbeats is as emotively poignant and ghostly stirring as ever. It leaves me with chills rippling through my body, and goosebumps rising on my skin. The Berkshires based artist’s striking new ballad is a tender humming sigh and a soft trembling murmur, drawn gently across our ears, repossessing our souls with a lonesome sadness. The video that accompanies this introspective journey was filmed in the Cape Cod seaside town of Truro, Massachusetts, and it features Sam Laiz and model Chloe Nørgaard. The clip previews a forthcoming companion film, giving us a glimpse of the characters and a narrative which tracks a young carpenter whose life takes an unexpected turn when he falls for a girl with pink hair and a dour secret. At the end of a whirlwind three days romance, the young man is left with a difficult choice that explores the depths of love, loss, and  atonement. Haux’s sophomore EP and companion short film Something To Remember arrives March 30th. Pre-order, here.

May 31, 2017
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My encounters with Finnish trio Lake Jons seems to always leave me spellbound. Even If is no different with its steely strings, vehement beats, and entangling synths. This unique blend of psychedelic rock, electronica, and Nordic folk is a testament to the band’s refined brilliance. Lake Jons is in fact one of Finland’s most hyped bands, and it’s easy to see why. Their new single is rough yet enchanting, strapping yet expressive, like Lewis Del Mar paired with Alt-J with a Milky Chance groove. Even If can also be streamed via Spotify, here.

April 20, 2017
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The sleek serpentine folktronica and mystical experimental electronica that arrives by way of GAPS’ Shatter is so deeply hypnotic and other worldly haunting that few things will be able to “shatter” the trance you’ll find yourself in once you fuse with its eerie melody and its sharp knocking synths. The Brighton based duo have crafted a minimalist soundscape whose sparseness and lithesome beauty give off a sense of brittle vulnerability. You’ll be hard pressed to find the level of ephemeral enchantment as we’ve encountered on GAPS’ Shatter. You can purchase the single, here.

November 12, 2016

Milky Chance took the world by storm in 2013 with their fresh and unique fusion of chirpy folk and gritty dance pop. The German duo made such an impression on us all that similar types of sounds started gushing out from all over the world, resulting in a flux of hybrid dance, pop, and folk chimeras. The original purveyors themselves have been very quiet for an extended period of time after touring extensively for debut album Sadnecessary. When new Milky Chance landed on my ears last week, it was such huge news that I had a very hard time keeping it to myself. But finally, today, I can share Cocoon and its video. Prepare yourself for finger snapping, foot tapping euphoria as the fellows get right back on top of wooing our hearts with their chill breezy, gravelly endearing music. Cocoon is out now on all major outlets, here.

September 30, 2016
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Today brings splendid news for Crystal Fighters fans like me. The London based Balearic folk collective will be releasing their third album very soon! On October 21st, Everything Is My Family arrives on Play It Again Sam / [PIAS], and it includes this resplendent jam, Ways I Can’t Tell. The song, which premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, is a verdant mountain of uplifting alt dance. Crystal Fighters even spins us about with some drum and bass rolls on this lively spirited new tune. I’m so ready for a tropical electro-folk rave now, if such a thing even exists. 

September 28, 2016

Perhaps you missed Get To Know You when we shared the song earlier this month. We might forgive you for that oversight, but your ears will not if you miss out on Sydney newcomer Sparrow’s bewitching tune a second time around now that she’s revealed an accompanying music video. Get To Know You is a haunting spellbinder of a soulful electro pop song that lures you into a tactile sea of dusky twinkling, other worldly charm. Sparrows’ whiskey drenched vocals and the song’s distinct allure evoke Amy Winehouse with the ethereal sprightliness of Oh Land, the dark mystique of CocoRosie, and the whimsicality of Sylvan Esso. The new video for Get To Know You is mesmerizing in itself with its mysteriously masked characters. Get To Know You’s sliver of freak folk eeriness only makes Sparrow ever more endearing. 

August 13, 2015
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LA by way of Tel Aviv and New York pop artist Shanee Pink drops a commanding new single named Brutal Heart, a kaleidoscopic taste from her forthcoming EP Twin Flame, out August 28th. Brutal Heart is a spectacularly flamboyant song, mixing folk flavors with noisy electronic pop. The resulting dashing, zestful song is a colorful palette of vivid, powerful sound. I know I’m hooked.

March 7, 2015
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Golden is an absolutely beautiful and sparkling number, a pensive dream folk imbued song from a brilliant young Australian artist named Szymon Borzestowski. There’s a touch of velvety bossa nova breeziness on the artsy folktronica song, but Golden also dazzles me with a warm, artsy intricacy reminiscent of both Sufjan Stevens and Local Natives. Tragically, Syzmon, who worked tirelessly through 2008 creating his music utilizing bedroom production equipment, lost the battle with depression at the age of 23. As can be heard on Golden, his music is timeless and moving. Szymon’s album Tigersapp will be posthumously released later this year on Eloper Music, which was created especially for the project.