Posts Tagged ‘Low’

February 8, 2018
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Since we shared Colorado singer songwriter Stevie Wolf’s Who, the track has gained over 150K plays on Spotify as well as been added to numerous Spotify playlists, including that ever treasured New Music Friday compilation and the US Viral 50 list. And now, Stevie is back to stun with his exquisitely emotive voice and his genre defying fortitude on new single Low. Its sooty soulful, mournfully solemn acoustic blues blooms into sanguine waltzing alt pop, before tucking back into its worn and leathery, bitter and aching indie rock.  

Stevie explains, “I’ve had depression since I was 13. And it’s rarely the reeling, twisting misery often depicted. I grew up listening to emo and metalcore and those genres usually take a pretty dramatic approach to inner turmoil. But there’s not a lot of music about incipient, lingering depression: the kind where, from the moment you wake until you the moment fall asleep, you just generally feel empty and flat. Maybe you don’t even cry; you just feel tired and sluggish and don’t want to see your friends or really talk to anyone so you make excuses and cancel plans and just hide away in your bedroom. One day you wake up and realize that weeks have gone by and you didn’t really do anything. You didn’t take any risks or try anything new, and your friends feel less close to you because they haven’t really seen you much. You languish slowly while you decay.” It’s a familiar affliction for many these days, and quite often a well kept secret, but now we have Stevie Wolf to comfort us and remind us not to suffer in silence, to reach out to one another and lift each other out of these devastating “lows”. 

January 17, 2018
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Last summer, a Los Angeles based newcomer named Ibexx delighted our ears with a fanciful treat named Static, her first single. We were taken by its supple grace and lissome beauty, as well as Ibexx’s gorgeous voice. I beckon you to check out Static below via its music video if you missed out on our feature. For the new year, Ibexx makes her eagerly awaited return with an understated gem named Low. It’s a poignant pop song, whose delicate vulnerability in the beginning reminds me of A Fine Frenzy and Birdy. But it soon blossoms into a lush yet shadowy oasis, driven by Ibexx’s svelte voice, ginger beats, and somberly moving, mournfully stirring chords. We dissolve into Low, thoroughly enthralled and balancing on the edge of devastation alongside the alluring artist. But the highs are high, and the lows can’t be that low, when we have Ibexx wrapped around our hearts.

August 17, 2016
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There’s a fascinating new producer on my radar out of Boulder, Colorado who goes by the name Thoreau, and though I know little about the newcomer, I do know that I can’t shake off the tingling bliss that permeates me as I listen to the producer’s new remix. Thoreau gives TRACE’s bittersweet spiraling, slow simmering serenade, Low, a beautiful future bass remix. While TRACE’s soft, lulling voice is now surrounded by rich shimmering synths and exuberant surging bass, the original’s emotive depth is very much preserved. Thoreau has crafted a gorgeous and skillful edit, an interpretation more than worthy of the amazing original. Whoever this Thoreau is, I’m expecting more scintillating music to come. Thorea’s remix of TRACE’s Low is a free download, here.

April 29, 2016
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Low’s description on its soundcloud stream says “this song is really special”. To be fair, special is an understatement. After all, the haunting lullaby, which comes from a Los Angeles based chanteuse who goes by the simple yet striking name TRACE, is a slowly unraveling exposition about bittersweet heartbreak. This thing called love twists us in unruly ways. “I prefer better, though I prefer you”. Most of us have been there before, and most of us were “sweeter” before the torment of that situation left us with scars. The ambient pop and ethereal electronica on Low are gut wrenching and heart rending, yet deeply, soothingly consoling. TRACE is the latest addition to Next Wave’s growing roster of versatile magnificence.

March 24, 2016

I don’t recall exactly when I first encountered Susannah Cutler’s project Yours Are The Only Ears for the first time, but I gladly return to her hushed, delicate folktronica now that I’ve stumbled upon new song and video Low. Despite the fragility and muted qualities of the tune, Low is emotionally powerful, a wistful and nostalgic, melancholic and heart string tugging aria. The video that comes with the brittle beauty only adds to the wondrous effect of the downtempo song, adding to the sense of candid sincerity and vulnerability that exudes abundantly from Yours Are The Only Ears. Low is available for purchase from Bandcamp.

June 30, 2015
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Though I didn’t take my several years of Spanish classes in high school seriously, as most kids didn’t, I do remember enough to know that I do in fact comprendo “No Comprende”, a brand new tune from Minnesotan indie rockers Low. The gritty, biting, and hauntingly somber tune is a hypnotic treat from the slowcore veterans, who revealed the bellowing, simmering song along with a new album announcement. On the heel’s of their fantastic 2013 album The Invisible Way comes Ones and Sixes, due out September 11 on respected label Sub Pop. 

July 17, 2014
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Two weeks ago, I introduced an electrifying new artist from London named Robyn Sherwell. Her debut song, Low, was as haunting a tune as could ever be, with a sound that evoked James Blake, BANKS, Sia, and FKA Twigs, all at once. Now, she’s back with her second song. Love Somebody is a beautiful, bittersweet ballad, lead by her blissful, crisp vocals and an almost minimalist pop soundscape that’s both gentle and raw. Revisit the amazing Low, below, and agree with me that she’s one intriguing new songbird to watch.

July 17, 2014
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Two weeks ago, I introduced an electrifying new artist from London named Robyn Sherwell. Her debut song, Low, was as haunting a tune as could ever be, with a sound that evoked James Blake, BANKS, Sia, and FKA Twigs, all at once. Now, she’s back with her second song. Love Somebody is a beautiful, bittersweet ballad, lead by her blissful, crisp vocals and an almost minimalist pop soundscape that’s both gentle and raw. Revisit the amazing Low, below, and agree with me that she’s one intriguing new songbird to watch.

June 30, 2014
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I have a few lovely choons to share with you on this beautiful Sunday, including this seductive debut track, Low, from London’s Robyn Sherwell. The R&B infused, slinking electronic pop jam oozes plenty of sultry vibes, bringing together shades of BANKS, Sia, James Blake, and FKA Twigs with its lush, downtempo production.

June 30, 2014
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I have a few lovely choons to share with you on this beautiful Sunday, including this seductive debut track, Low, from London’s Robyn Sherwell. The R&B infused, slinking electronic pop jam oozes plenty of sultry vibes, bringing together shades of BANKS, Sia, James Blake, and FKA Twigs with its lush, downtempo production.