Posts Tagged ‘indie pop’

May 19, 2018
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The name American Nightmare sounds like a horror film or television series that I would gladly watch. But I’m far from disappointed that it’s the title of a new track from JØUR. True to form, the song’s billowing synths are dark and warped, giving the alt pop song a rather haunting undertone. Yet American Nightmare also boasts snappy beats and funky guitar curls, as well as sweet, honeyed vocals. JØUR enthralls us with the shadowplay on her new song, even reminding us of music from Twin Peaks in the process, as well as Men I Trust’s plush grooving music and LA band Breakfast’s contorted electronic pop (they’ve been MIA for quite some time). American Nightmare’s binary constitution evokes a common trope from many of my favorite shows and movies. Everything might seem perfect on the surface, but buried below is much growing decay. American Dream is the first track from JØUR’s upcoming record, Chiaroscuro. Stay tuned as she continues to release more music throughout 2018.

May 19, 2018

Let’s visit the desert with Summer and Torrey from LA duo JOYNER as they enthrall us with the video for their fleecy, honeyed synthpop song Blue Love. We go on a soul-searching journey across a beautiful yet barren landscape while JOYNER tenderly examines disconsolate love on their airy melodic song. There’s a mirage-like quality to the shimmering beauty, which seem to mirror the deceptive illusions of love itself. For all the heat we usually associate with a desert, Blue Love feels crisp and refreshing, like a cool draft of thirst-quenching, life-giving water after a long and arduous day. Whether it’s the elements, or whether it’s heartbreak, JOYNER offers us a moment of sweet respite. The California sister duo will be releasing their self-titled debut EP on May 25th. 

May 19, 2018
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I have a couple pairs of white jeans at home, but I rarely wear them. They get dirty too easily, and I tend to be extra clumsy when I’m trying hard not to be. But I gladly embrace SALES’ White Jeans, a gently sauntering, dreamy sailing indie pop song from the Floridian duo’s next album. If I could wear the song, I’d dress myself in its cottony threads everyday. The misty soothing, feathery light  tune might be pellucid soft, but it’s utterly enchanting from start to finish. We alight on an ethereal reverie with SALES, who wrote, recorded, mixed, and mastered the song in their bedroom studio. SALES will be going on tour this summer, supporting one of their favorite bands (and one of ours, too), No Vacation. White Jeans is available on Apple Music, here. Learn more about SALES’ forthcoming tour on their website, here.

May 18, 2018
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Spry, playful glitch pop abounds in the paradise that is lush and verdant Undone, the latest from Welsh artist Greta Isaac. It’s the singer songwriter’s first single of the year, one that’s delightfully propelled by throbbing beats and whimsical thrumming strings. The innovative artist has crafted a superb slice of glitchy electronic pop, a succulent sonic Eden teaming with aural fauna and flora. She explains that Undone is an ode to our ego and the embodiment of narcissism and possessiveness when it comes to love and relationships. The rising musician has already gained attention from the likes of BBC Radio 1′s Huw Stephens as well as countless other respected outlets. This quirky fluttering new gem will only add fuel to her growing buzz. Stream more of Greta Isaac’s music on Soundcloud, here.

May 18, 2018
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Aside from always captivating us with her countless appearances on hit singles from the likes of Bearson, Louis The Child, Louis Futon, Win and Woo, Whethan, and many more top dogs in the electronic music scene, San Diego based Nashville singer songwriter Ashe has always been a diamond in the rough when it comes to her solo songs, too. Saccharine harmonies and twinkling keys embellish her latest thoroughly enchanting song Choirs, which carries the lissome charm of Oh Land and the coquettish allure of Noonie Bao. Choirs is a whimsical anthem that’s quickly grown to be my favorite Ashe song. She states: “Writing ‘Choirs’ was my way of dealing with the voices in my head: my own pressures and dreams, and the expectations and rules of others. Acknowledging and accepting those voices’ presence, and knowing which voices to listen to, is a huge part of life.” Ashe will be releasing her debut EP, The Rabbit Hole, on June 22nd. Pre-order, here.

May 18, 2018

This week, Sweden’s Violet Days, who last partnered up with morgxn on lachrymose ballad Somber, released a music video for their new single Just A Little. We’re more than a little enamored with the lusciously pumping, sonorous sweeping pop dazzler. Violet Days, which is the artistic project of singer songwriter Lina Hansson and her creative partner Kris Eriksson, regales us with bass-heavy, addictive sweeping pop on the richly animated, vibrantly whirling single. The video for the exultant, dance-inducing song brings us visual highs with its prismatic lighting and turbulent storytelling.  

May 18, 2018

Well, woopty woop, scoopty poop, I’ve made the egregious mistake of completely missing out on the arrival of Chaos Chaos’ debut album and I’m feeling rather sheepish about it, considering how good the lead single off the sisters’ record is. The now LA-based indie project released their eponymous first album earlier this week. The 10 track record features this playful charmer, Pink Politics, a crystalline bubbling indie pop meets electronic pop gem that’s kind of like a mix of Dirty Projectors and School Of Seven Bells gone pop, with a drizzle of Grimes’ whimsicality. Its simplistic video seems an extension of the song’s squeaky clean minimalist charm. I don’t know about you, but I’m making time to listen to Chaos Chaos’ debut album soon as I can. Stream via Spotify, here.

May 18, 2018
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For some, dancing is an expression of euphoria. For others, the act of dancing brings us joy and jubilation, even if we’re down on our luck and deep in a funk. For me, it’s often a combination of both. When it comes to Saint Raymond’s Dancing, it’s obviously the latter, too. The UK singer songwriter brings us balmy prancing alt pop and mellifluous and vibrant song, so richly permeated with warm glimmering beats. Dancing is like The Wombats gone Two Door Cinema Club, with some St. Lucia tropical lushness. The ace tune is available, here.

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.

May 17, 2018

Up-and-coming Seattle artist Ruler debuted a new music video today for an infectious new single from his forthcoming debut album Winning Start Champion, which arrives May 25th via Barsuk. Singer songwriter Matt Batey, the man behind Ruler, is set to take his band on tour throughout the Pacific Northwest this summer with performances at several festivals, too. His smooth voice and staccato synth arpeggios on whimsically burbling Get To You is reminiscent of Hot Chip, but with an airy melodic lightness that also reminds me of indie pop veterans Stars. You can pre-order Ruler’s debut record Winning Star Champion, here.