Posts Tagged ‘lo-fi’

April 25, 2018
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Last Friday, Twin Shadow gave us one of the most epic Popscene sets of the year at his sold out headline show at Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco. The only regret I harbor from that evening is the fact that I somehow missed out on the announcement that Yuno was the opening act, and I only caught the very last song of his set as I entered the venue. The Floridian artist, signed to Sub Pop Records, made his live debut that night, and despite having fallen for his music after hearing No Going Back earlier this year, I’ve missed out on his inaugural performance! Failure aside, I can’t help but bask in joy due to the surfy nostalgic pop and gauzy rock oozing from Yuno’s wistful aching new song Why For. It’s almost as if the fascinating new talent had mixed WU LYF’s rough bellowing rock with The Drums’ dreamy, wavy surf pop and a touch of Black Kids’ indie rock, too. Yuno’s debut EP, Moodie, arrives on Sub Pop June 15th. Pre-order, here. Re-visit our No Going Back feature, here.

April 10, 2018

Unknown Mortal Orchestra dropped their new album Sex & Food on Jagujaguwar last Friday. In case you haven’t listened to the album yet, let latest single Everyone Acts Crazy Nowadays act as your impetus to dive into the New Zealand project’s new compendium of brilliant psych soul and rock. Not only is Everyone Acts Crazy Nowadays a fabulous dose of UMO’s snazzy grooving aplomb, but it comes with an eye-popping music video, too, rife with vibrant colors and extravagant animations. It’s truly a treat for both the eyes and the ears. New album Sex & Food is available, here.

April 5, 2018

I can’t wait for tomorrow night to arrive, and I’ve been looking forward to it for a very long time. English wunderkind Yellow Days will be making his San Francisco debut at a long sold out Popscene at the Rickshaw Stop, with Mallrat in tow, too! It’s quite the fitting coincidence that the acclaimed artist has released a new song today too. The Way Things Change reminds us why we’ve fallen hard for his gravelly voice and his droopy, murky form of haunting lo-fi soul and acidic psychedelia. It even seems extra groovy for the artist compared to some of his more hazily drifting hymnals. Bluesy instrumentals embellish the nineteen year old prodigy‘s first music of the year. The British artist/producer is now working on his official debut album following 2017′s Harmless Melodies EP and his full length “Is Everything Okay In Your World?” project. Almost every date of Yellow Days’ international spring tour is sold out, unsurprisingly. Find out more on his website, here. The Way Things Change, out on Columbia, is available, 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 22, 2018
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I was very fortunate to come across some very fine emerging projects and songs in my music discovery journey this morning, one of which is bdrmm, a project from the UK who for reasons unknown to me, likes to call their music “ugly pop”. One listen to new single kare will convince you there’s nothing ugly at all about their dreamy and ethereal rock. kare is beautifully nostalgic, gorgeously wistful, and so wonderfully intoxicating with its diaphanous & gazey, spindly & lo-fi appeal. It’s almost as if Band Of Horses, Slowdive, and American Football all came together on a song. The five piece band’s prior EP, Yucky, is also quite the lo-fi bedroom indie treat, as our their other releases, like more anthemic and polished ‘islands_’ which you can stream below. Yucky and other tracks can be streamed off Soundcloud, here.

February 2, 2018
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Common Holly drew our attention last month when the singer songwriter from Montreal unleashed a raw and earnest, eloquent and understated indie rock song named Nothing. We found ourselves immediately falling for her finely etched music, which reminded us of Julien Baker and EMA’s earlier music. Imagine our surprise when Common Holly, aka Brigitte Naggar, returned today with a cover of quintessential Frank Ocean classic, Thinkin’ Bout You. There was no way we could’ve predicted this turn of events, but Common Holly’s rendition of the Channel Orange hit is nothing short of brilliant. An array of guitars both dreamy and gnarled pepper the indie rock cover. Her harmonic vocals are like wispy tendrils layered into each other, springing forth from a burbling brook of shape-shifting strings and clattering beats. Common Holly’s cover is her contribution to Amazon’s Valentine’s themed Love Me/Love Me Not playlist series. 

January 25, 2018
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Languorous and sensual minimalist soul seduces our ears and leaves tingles rippling across our skin as South London’s Puma Blue hits our radars with a breathtaking ballad named Only Trying 2 Tell U. The slow burning, dewy yearning song is part Rhye, part Sade, part Yellow Days, and part Tom Misch, but fully ravishing. We’re at the mercy of its exquisite falsettos and melancholic strings, which slither and glide luxuriantly and softly on the tender winding, jazzy curling track. Only Trying 2 Tell U is available from iTunes, here. For more of Puma Blue’s extraordinary music, stream Soft Porn below, a lo-fi soul and slowcore simmering delight.

January 18, 2018

Darkwave duchess ABRA strikes again with a brilliant new tune. The much buzzing Atlanta based singer songwriter and producer haunts us with barbed hip hop and vaporous R&B on misty and gossamer B.R.A.T, a cheeky lo-fi jam produce by Father. B.R.A.T is a wicked track that reminds us of ABRA’s earlier tracks. Take a trip down memory lane and re-visit those spaciously atmospheric gems on Soundcloud, here.

January 4, 2018
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HUSBANDS took time to release a Christmas album last month, but there’s no dilly dallying when it comes to these two musicians from Oklahoma. They kick off the new year strong by breaking out of the gates with a dreamy whirring, wavy swirling effusion of shoegaze, synthpop, and indietronica on No One’s Dreaming. It’s a sweetly inebriating gem with slivers of Yoke Lore and some early lo-fi Youth Lagoon wafting through its beautifully glimmering soundscape. You can snag the song from Bandcamp, here. No One’s Dreaming was recorded for a cassette release in collaboration with OBNEAC of Norman, Oklahoma.

December 23, 2017
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I can feel goosebumps rising and chills rippling through me as this lo-fi soul and R&B artist BABBY rips my heart out of my chest with his enigmatic new single, Mother. The slow burning, deliberately paced ballad combines gospel, soul, R&B, electronica, and even indie rock, interweaving these fine threads into a starkly haunting, cavernous echoing hymnal. The 23 year old artist traveled around the state of Maryland from the young age of five to perform at various churches under the care of his single mother. BABBY’s name is inspired by both the fallen city of Babylon and jazz drummer Baby Dodds. 

James Baldwin, Nina Simone, and Toni Morrison are on Babby’s list of musical inspirations and traces of their influence shine through on magnificent “Mother”. You can find a demo and one other track from this mysteriously captivating talent on Soundcloud, here.