Posts Tagged ‘electronic 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.

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.

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.

October 12, 2016

We kick off our night in Nashville, as folktronica duo Foreign Fields places us in a deeply meditative state with their darkly halcyon song Correct Me, a cut off of their forthcoming album Take Cover, due out October 28th. Though despondent and poignant, Correct Me is a serene beauty. It merges minimalist production with whisper soft, haunting despaired vocals. Correct Me arrives via a crimson hued music video replete with abstract choreography. The stunning clip is part of a series that explores the four stages of grief. Foreign Field’s new album Take Cover can be pre-ordered from all major outlets, here.

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. 

November 19, 2015
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It’s a billowing float through nebulous air on San Francisco trio There’s Talk’s gauzy single In Your Hands. The song is the band’s first in over a year, having previously taken our breath away with dreamy, delicate folktronica beauty, The Salt. In Your Hands is equally, if not even more haunting. The lo-fi electronic folk song gingerly simmers in a rolling sea of hazy contemplation, like a lullaby brewing with emotion strung reflection. I nearly feel like I’m entrapped in my own head for the near five minutes In Your Hands lasts, transported deep within the confines of my own mind where a gossamer fog hovers about as I search for answers to questions unknown. The rest of the world has disappeared from sight on this ethereal journey, which I gladly launch myself into over and over again. In Your Hands is the first single from an upcoming sophomore EP, to be released in 2016. In the meantime, purchase In Your Hands from There’s Talk’s bandcamp.

June 3, 2015
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Brooklyn duo Tamper dropped their debut EP today, which premiered over at Tone Deaf. It hasn’t been long since I first featured the duo that originally hailed from Australia and Ireland before they settled in America. My last share, Rough Tide, which is on their self titled EP, is a turbulent yet cinematic and atmospheric beauty that reminded me of Alt-J mixed with RHODES. Another fantastic track off the EP is named Brooklyn, Almost, which is a far more gritty and dark number. Thoroughly riveting, it boasts the same ornately thick Alt-J like electronics imbued atmosphere, but it stews and simmers in a with a far more flushed bluesy rock flavor, complete with coarse and heavy guitar riffs. Stream Tamper’s full EP, here, and head to iTunes to snag a copy.

April 16, 2015
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Magic Giant has certainly proven themselves to be magical and an endearing folk behemoth in the past. Today, the Los Angeles based band released their new self-titled EP, and off it comes this verdant charmer named Other Suns. While honeyed and emotive, the song is also very much an ebullient electronic folk stomper, with a steady rhythm and playful, sassy horns. This is the sort of song you want to sing along to with your friends, around an epic campfire, with an outlook of pure optimism and joy. It’s such a gorgeous, gliding treat.

April 3, 2015
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It’s really no surprise to me that mysterious newcomer Boy Scout has already received much support from respected programs like BBC Introducing and Radio 6 in the UK. Debut single Get Me By is an unequivocally stirring gem, with a soothing dream folk ambiance, the honeyed sentiment of The 1975, as well as the lush intricacies and occasional falsettos of Bon Iver’s second album. The atmospheric song is serene yet moving, a tour de force of sound and emotion. The brilliant tune has me wondering who this Boy Scout is. I have a feeling more will be revealed as the year progresses.

March 13, 2015
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I can never resist Icelandic act Low Roar’s gorgeous music, with its complex electronic meets folk beauty. For a stunning remix that takes their song, Breathe In, into extra pensive and experimentally artsy territory, listen to Carmen Rizzo’s edit. It’s a lush yet moody treat that reminds me of acts like Thom Yorke and Asgeir, with a touch of Soundgarden, too. The exquisite track will be on a remix EP available April 17th, with details forthcoming.