Posts Tagged ‘lo-fi pop’

May 30, 2018
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Aside from my first year of existence (which was spent in Portland), I’ve lived in California all my life. It’s a very beautiful state, with all sorts of climates and landscapes.

Montréal musician Aaron Powell, who releases music under the name Fog Lake, certainly captures certain shades of California on his song of the same name. The pastoral California he paints on his folksy indie track is haunted by heartache and nostalgia. California is beautifully sad, a heartrending reminder of intimate trips past golden dunes, across verdant mountains, to pristine lakes. Remember that morning you were the first to wake, and you sat there on a boulder, watching and waiting for the brilliant sun to rise above above the lake? A mist hung over the water’s surface and you wished the moment could last forever, because what seemed so perfect the night before, that clasping of hands, that tender caress, can only lead to heartbreaking despair. Fog Lake’s pastoral charm and bittersweet vocals are reminiscent of early Blind Pilot, enveloped in lush keys and an earnest, early Youth Lagoon bedroom pop aura. California is lifted from Fog Lake’s next full length, Captain, out July 5th via Stack Your Roster.

May 29, 2018

Firstworld, the project of South Florida’s Kris Alvarez, unveiled a music video for his latest single today, welcoming us with the lo-fi video into his world of chillwavey electronica and smoggy bedroom pop. Not Obvious is a hazy swirling song that immediately recalls my love for bands like Neon Indian, Washed Out, and even MGMT’s latest album Little Dark Age. It’s quickly apparent (the opposite of ”not obvious”) I’ve just stumbled upon a favorite new chillwave artist. Follow along with our new discovery on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

May 16, 2018
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Wrong is a word I’d never ever associate with Brooklyn’s pronoun, except on this rare occasion, when the one-woman band lead by Alyse Vellturo has released a new song named “wrong”. The zestful hooking guitar pop song feels ever so right with its lush prancing guitars and galvanic vocals. “wrong” is the second single from pronoun’s forthcoming debut album, set to drop sometime this year. Intimate lo-fi pop meets lithe and animated rock on her new anthem, of which pronoun explains: 

“For the longest time I was so angry at her, and the news that should have been the final straw actually just made me feel really bad for her which spun me in to the weird emotion of how can you feel sorry for some one you "hate”? How is that even possible, do other people feel this way? I guess in a way it’s what I would want to say if i wanted to talk to her–which obviously I don’t–so i wrote this song instead.“ You can find the endearing new single on iTunes, here.

May 16, 2018

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We’ve been following along with GRMLN since the project was a one person project, helmed by San Francisco musician Yoodoo Park. The music Yoodoo and his brother serve up is part 90s Dinosaur Jr slacker rock, part Day Wave surf pop, and a whole lot of sun-kissed, blissed out nostalgia. Later this month, GRMLN will officially release a new EP named Explore II. Drift Away is its opening track, a dreamy jangling, dulcet strumming lo-fi bedroom delight that oozes endless West Coast charm. You can listen to Explore II on Bandcamp, here, or Spotify, here.

May 14, 2018

We’ve been in love with Kero Kero Bonito’s crisp and playful indie pop for a very long time. The British trio usually enthralles us with a sprightly and airy brand of electro-pop that seems much inspired by J-pop, but KKB has proceeded to delight us with a new direction in their latest music, and the change-up has only served to make us fall even harder for the band. A dreamier indie rock sound has curled its way into their last few songs, like on Cinema and Only Acting. This guitar hazy sound, which reminds us of the likes of Yumi Zouma and Men I Trust, continues on new charmer Time Today. The lo-fi indie pop bop (and it truly bops!) comes from Kero Kero Bonito’s next album Time ‘n’ Place, which we’re hoping will arrive soon. Time Today even sports a retro italo-wave phosphorescence that reminds me of some of M83′s music off their album Junk, as well as some of Phoenix’s more laid back and wavy tunes. Despite its peppy beat, Time Today is a languorous and soothing, dreamy and laid back confection, well worth a lot of your time, today or any other day. 

April 18, 2018
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New 17 year old singer and producer Loveday hails from the Midlands in the UK, and she’s made quite a splash with her first single, a lo-fi electropop song named Close. Loveday’s music is influenced by the honest day-to-day life experiences of a girl her age, including first love, friendships, adventure, and growing up in the world. But Close is a song that resonates strongly with someone who’s long past that age, too (not to say I’m old, ahem). Its lush, syrupy synths and fleecy electropop is nothing short of snugly intoxicating. Speaking on her debut single, Loveday shares,”Close” all came from this really to the point chorus lyric that I think every girl my age has experienced – when you’re just in this moment with someone and ‘that’s it’. I spent ages trying to rephrase it, but then I realised that it’s powerful to be so straight-up, so we just cut everything out and just stacked multiple tracks of me singing the lyric pitched in different ways. It’s like a mini-anthem to just being true to yourself, being unafraid to say how you really feel and to just let go a bit.’ Close is available via major platforms, here.

April 5, 2018
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I’d love to learn how rising bedroom-pop artist pizzagirl came up with his name, but for now, let’s focus on the downtempo analog bliss that exudes from Seabirds, his latest taste from a forthcoming debut EP instead. A hint of early The xx trickles through the song’s tender, airy strums during its opening bars, while some early Youth Lagoon also rears its head in pizzagirl’s misty soundscape. Seabirds’ lo-fi electronica & pop is riddled with syncopated beats that evoke Starfucker, but there’s a starkness to pizzagirl’s vocals that remind me of Majical Cloudz, too. Yes, it’s minimalism is quite misleading, a veil for its eclectic sonic anatomy. The Liverpool artist will be releasing his debut EP, titled An Extended Play, on April 13th. Seabirds is out today via independent label Heist or Hit. Keep up with pizzagirl on his website, here.

March 28, 2018
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We’re so in love with Oakland’s Still Woozy and his funky warbling psych funk and hazy curling bedroom electronica that we rushed out to see his opening set at Popscene late last year when he opened for Knox Fortune. We can’t help but feel incredibly proud that the intoxicating new talent hails from here in the Bay, and we’re immensely excited for his sure to be upwards trajectory in the indie scene. Still Woozy confirms the merits of our devotion with new song Lucy, which features ODIE on vocals, who’s a rising R&B soul artist himself. Lucy is like Phoenix gone slenderbodies wonky and slithery, drenched in the dreamy, jazzy funk of Tom Misch. Re-visit Still Woozy’s prior singles on Soundcloud, here.

March 10, 2018
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When it comes to the ultimate summer nostalgia anthems, there’s no denying the hold Lana Del Rey’s Summertime Sadness has on us. But trust me, you’re going to want to make room in for ‘summer depression’, a dreamy glistening bop of a lo-fi indie pop and bedroom guitar pop charmer from 19 year old Norwegian singer songwriter ‘girl in red’. Sweetly melancholic with a gently driving bass line, ‘summer depression’ leaves us twirling in daydreamy circles. We know little else about the captivating songstress, but her other tunes are more than worth a visit, too. Stream ‘i wanna be your girlfriend’ and ‘say anything’ below. Find her music on Bandcamp, here.

February 15, 2018
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Lake Jons released their marvelous self titled debut album last month. In the days leading up to its arrival, we shared many of the Finnish lo-fi pop and psych folk band’s songs. Just as we expected, their debut album doesn’t contain a single banal track. Give Away is but one of many splendid songs from the record, and today we partake in its spacey warbling, jaunty stirring rock together. I’d encountered it on Soundcloud during my musical discovery adventures, and I just couldn’t resist popping it up for a share since it’s such a wonderfully intoxicating, heady shimmering delight. For more on Lake Jons’ debut album, visit their website, here.