Posts Tagged ‘electro rock’

April 24, 2018
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Though I no longer have a VHS collection at home (all of my movies are on DVD or Blu-ray), there is a bounteous selection of tunes from NYC trio VHS Collection that I will cherish forever. It’s obvious our love for the band will never go obsolete as the indie trio regales us with their latest single, One, a rambunctious outpouring of sleek pulsing electro-rock and beatific new wave. The sweeping, soaring single is an epic first release of 2018 for the ascending band, whom we’ve been praising for well over two years. VHS Collection hits the road in May with a stop in San Francisco at Popscene/the Rickshaw Stop on May 18th. Guess who’s going to be in attendance and already purchased a ticket? Learn more about the tour on their website, here.

April 11, 2018
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Pills, in the traditional sense, are meant to make us feel better or overcome maladies of a wide variety. When it comes to chasing away the blues and lifting my spirit, SKIES is a fine choice of a sonic “pill”. The Kent based UK duo more than enthrall and dazzle with their latest release, a resplendently crafted synthrock and alt pop anthem named Pills. Vigorous electronic elements and rip roaring guitars add to Pills’ kinetic appeal, while SKIES’ impassioned vocals draw me in, as they always tend to do. Watch SKIES’ music video for Pills below. The single will be on SKIES’ next EP, ‘X’, out June 1st. You can pre-order via Apple Music (and get Pills instantly), here

April 11, 2018
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Salt Lake City four piece Small Lake City seems to have made a play on the name of their hometown for their chosen band name. Though I’m no SLC expert and don’t quite understand what the thought process is behind the skewed label, I do know that the boys’ new single Trippin On Trees is a straight shot for my heart. The synth florid indie pop and guitar pop song reminds me of early Walk The Moon and Youngblood Hawke, it has a similar warm radiance and much youthful prancing charm. The catching, heartwarming tune is the second single from Salt Lake City’s upcoming EP. You can keep up with Small Lake City on Facebook, here.

April 11, 2018
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I could get through anything when I have a new jam like this one from Oakland’s Pink Skies to keep me grooving, so it’s more than suitable that Arieh Berl, the multi-talented artist behind the project, has named his latest release Just To Get By. Berl, who’s also a member of local indie outfit Fever Charm, continues his upwards trajectory as a striking artist to watch with the ravishing new tune. Gauzy psychedelia abounds on the propulsive driving, opalescent shimmering song. Pink Skies continues to enamor us with an opulent brand of kaleidoscopic rock and dreamy pop akin to the lush rhapsodies catered by fellow visionaries like Electric Guest, Tame Impala, and Broken Bells. We’re hoping Berl’s continuing momentum means we’ll be hearing even more of his iridescent concoctions soon. Just To Get By is available via major outlets, here. Stream more of Pink Skies’ heavily lauded singles on Soundcloud, here.

March 22, 2018
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Gritty guitars and sooty vocals mark a stylistic departure for Vandelux, a musician and producer based right here in San Francisco. A quick exploration of the artist’s prior releases highlights a more electronic oriented sound, but on impassioned new track Renegade, Vandelux opts for a rock heavy timbre propelled by rhythmic strums and burning riffs. Still, there is an electronic undertone to be found on the track. These elements come together like a charbroiled congregation of genres. Electro-soul, alt electro, and alt rock intertwine on the steadfast scorcher. Vandelux’s Renegade is a free download, here. Stream his earlier releases on Soundcloud, here.

March 21, 2018

Brijs is back with a clever rework of Jai Paul which has resulted in a huge new video and a magnificent new electronic release! It’s been awhile since we’ve visited with the UK based producer, but prepare to strut it to his slick psychedelic disco banger Jasmine, on which Brijs utilizes the submerged melody of Jai Paul’s enigmatic 2012 demo and re-purposes it for a dance-floor ready torrid swooning affair.  “I can’t speak for Jai,” says Brijs, “but for me this song came to represent insecurity in two relationships with people who were way out of my league. I wanted to frame that bittersweet place between the flattery of the attention from that person we are infatuated with and the anxiety of believing they deserve better. The song,” adds Brijs about the sentiments he expresses in a near-euphoric take, “speaks to an underdog in love.”  Jai Paul meets Jamiroquai on the glorious groover, with a copious amount of Jungle and Her’s modern soul allure, too. Keep up with Brijs on his website, here.

March 7, 2018
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A “confidence man” by traditional definition, is a con man who’ll likely bilk you out of your money or trick you in some way. But as we’ve learned already from last year’s Better Sit Down Boy, this Confidence Man isn’t here to deceive us but to thrill us with the Melbourne band’s indie dance and dance rock music. They make a resounding and ‘confident’ splash as they bring us cheeky Don’t You Know I’m In A Band, alongside news of their debut album Confident Music For Confident People, which will arrive April 13th on Heavenly Recordings. So go ahead, strut your stuff, and get down and dirty to their spacey synths and cowbells embellished groover, which sits somewhere between recent faves like SOFI TUKKER and NVDES. Confidence Man will be playing a series of shows back home in Australia this May, ticket info can be found, here. Stream/purchase Don’t You Know I’m In A Band, here.

March 7, 2018
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Electronic outfit Park Hotel is at it again. They’ve ignited a solo dance frenzy in my room with their steamy dance rock and disco with Good People Bad Dreams, a high voltage extravaganza that evokes legends like Talking Heads, LCD Soundsystem, Soulwax, The Rapture, and Friendly Fires. Sure, good people do have bad dreams very often, but this is more like a fevered dream of a tune, a deliriously whirling, flashy kicking extravaganza. The track was chosen as last month’s Kitsuné Hot Stream, and deservedly so. Grab the torrid blazing banger, here.

March 7, 2018
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We still don’t really know what the ‘H’ stands for in WOWH, but we can ascertain that ‘WOW’ is the correct sentiment when it comes to the British duo’s swaggering new tune, THE HITS. The pair caught our attention last year with a brisk kicking wall of synthpop and funk pop on Suffer, and they’ve since caught the attention of numerous fans with their slick strutting, confident swinging sound. They’re slated to appear at The Great Escape, Live at Leeds, Hit The North, and more this year. It seems appropriate that their new song is named THE HITS, considering their firm handle on ear catching, kaleidoscopic glistening music. You can grab the single from iTunes, here. Watch WOWH’s 

March 2, 2018
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As long time fans of NoMBe, the German-born Los Angeles-based musician who’s been taking us on a brilliant journey with the monthly songs off his forthcoming debut album, we have much to celebrate soon. Not only is Noah McBeth making an appearance at SXSW later this month (with a set at our pal We Found New Music’s showcase co-presented by Interscope, details here), but NoMBe has also announced his San Francisco debut, alongside Mansionair, at Popscene at the Rickshaw Stop on April 25th (tickets, here). As if all this welcome news hasn’t already left us delirious with excitement, NoMBe has teamed up with Brooklyn electro/alt project Big Data on a fresh new tune, too! You never know quite what to expect when a NoMBe track crops up. He’s given us woozy intoxicating soul tracks, alt R&B infused jams, and a plethora of everything in between. On Drama, NoMBe and Big Data gives us torrid strumming, funky strutting electro soul, and it leaves us ever the more ravenous for debut album They Might’ve Even Loved Me, arriving March 23rd on TH3RD BRAIN Records. Each song on the album tells a different story about the women who have shaped NoMBe’s life, from his godmother, Chaka Khan, to high school crushes, summer flings, his girlfriend, and his mother. Through NoMBe’s music, we vicariously experience love, intimacy, sex, heartbreak, and euphoria, and we find ourselves relating to it all through our own personal heartaches and joys, too. Drama is a muggy sweltering, smooth gliding meditation on romantic turmoil. The single is available, here.