Posts Tagged ‘minimalist’

April 12, 2018
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ANDRÆ – Dam

Belgium by way of London singer songwriter ANDRÆ, formerly known as Andre Tajchman, has been working on his new project for the past year. His meticulous dedication to crafting emotionally charged, atmospheric stunning soundscapes is more than apparent on new single Dam, our first taste of his forthcoming EP, Denial. Named after the Kübler-Ross model’s first stage of grief – ‘Denial’ – the EP will be a journey exploring the different emotions that accompany loss. ‘Dam’ is an analogy describing the breaking point when all repressed feelings finally flow out, destroying everything around. It’s a song about not being able to contain the pain that accompanies loss, and watching it come to the surface with force. Like a storm about to break, Dam is tightly wound and starkly striking. It courses with electrifying intensity despite its sparse minimalism and austere constitution. ANDRÆ’s soulful voice resonates with crisp, poignant clarity alongside Dam’s Balearic-styled steel drums. It’s a combination that evokes Nick Murphy and Jamie xx, steeped in gripping Until The Ribbon Breaks and SOHN-like aesthetics. The entrancing troubadour breaks down the walls that surround our hearts with the solemn weight of his grief driven, heartbreak inspired song, offering us the sweet release we need to begin healing from our very own blistering wounds. Watch ANDRÆ’s music video, shot in Hackney Wick, London, below. You can keep up with  ANDRÆ via his website, Facebook, or Instagram

April 5, 2018
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I Turned Away is the flip side to Westerman’s recent acclaimed single Confirmation, but it could steal the limelight itself with its glassy pilose vocals and its light, airy indietronica and folk. The British musician floats us high into the stratosphere with his track about illusions and mirages, which was recorded in one take with the intention of retaining its rawness. I Turned Away was written about the realization that what you thought was there was never really there, something many of us have no doubt encountered in our own experiences, too. Westerman reunites with electronic producer Bullion on the light shimmering song. If you missed out on companion track Confirmation previously, you can stream the tune below. 

March 28, 2018
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Newmen is new to us, but this Frankfurt outfit has been making their mark in Germany for several years now. They mesmerize us with with wavy hypnotic electronica and diaphanous synthpop on Delay, their first release off an upcoming full length named SOFT WARE, arriving on May 4th. The slow simmering, steady blooming track is absolutely arresting, a moody crescendo of lavish synths and minimalist soundscapes. Watch the official video for Newmen’s Delay below. The single is available through the band’s website, here.

March 24, 2018
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There’s no possible way a new Marian Hill song could surface without us giving it some love here on IHM. We have less than two months to go before the duo release their sophomore album, and we also can’t wait to catch them at Coachella and on tour in San Francisco. The platinum-certified Philadelphia project spellbinds us as they tend to do with new song Differently. Slinky beats and wily bass are interspersed spaciously across the snazzy song, making it a mischievous pouncing, sensual prowling new Marian Hill treat that we can’t put down. Differently was produced by Marian Hill and notable Canadian producer Boi-1da (Drake, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Lana Del Rey). The duo also recently released a short episode for Differently as part of their ten one-minute visual series which conceptualizes each song off forthcoming album Unsual. Watch the episode for Differently below. Sophomor ealbum Unusual drops on May 11th. Pre-order, here, if you haven’t already done so like we have. Visit their website, here, for spring tour dates. 

February 2, 2018

Dodie Clark, the English singer songwriter and YouTube star better known mononymously as Dodie, is an all around talent who’s even writing a book right now, named Secrets for the Mad: Obsessions, Confessions, and Life Lessons. It’s obviously related to her song Secret For The Mad, for which she’s also just released a new animated video. It’s a fine chance to dwell in its silvery, clarion beauty and its hopeful message about mental illness. The sparse and austere pop song is as genuine and earnest as they come. It’s beautifully comforting and just what the soothing lullaby we need when the world around us seems to grow more dismal by the day. Keep up with Dodie on her website, here.

January 31, 2018
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It’s been a long road for What So Not fans like us.  From the days when What So Not was a duo that also involved future bass pioneer Flume, to when What So Not collaborated with many other incredible artists, including Marcus Marr and George Maple, to all the times we’ve caught What So Not live (including sets at SXSW and that unforgettable countdown on NYE at SnowGlobe a few years ago), we’ve been die hard fans of the project’s sensational future bass, hip hop, and electronica. And now, this week, it’s finally happened. What So Not, aka Australia’s Emoh Instead, has finally announced a DEBUT FULL LENGTH
ALBUM. Not All The Beautiful Things will arrive on March 9th via Counter Records. The immense news comes accompanied by a transcendental new track involving Sydney’s BUOY, too. Stuck In Orbit all but shoots us into orbit with its atmospheric makeup and BUOY’s exceptionally captivating vocal prowess. It’s certainly one of What So Not’s more minimalist and ambient offerings, a restrained and more subtle, yet powerful and dramatic sprawler that strips away the very pull of gravity. We float among What So Not’s dark synths and cinematic drops, dissolving in pure bliss into its rolling waves. What So Not’s album is going to be a star studded affair, as you probably already expect. You can already pre-save and pre-order, here.

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.

December 5, 2017
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Sometimes, I feel like I was made to love songs like this one, the latest from London’s The Masks. The band first hooked us over two years ago with a plush electropop song named Save Me. Then they promptly seemed to fall right off the face of the earth, until now. Made To Love You is an evocative slow burner of an electronic/alt anthem, infused with a dusky pacing, sultry simmering form of alt R&B to round out its haunting minimalist soundscape. Dark yet elegant Made To Love You is a striking return for The Masks. With a velveteen touch and a James Blake like spacious aura, as well as a dark despairing bite, The Masks quickly re-position themselves back on the bands to watch closely list. 

October 24, 2017

Hundred Waters’ new album Communicating might be out digitally, but its physical release won’t be arriving until this Friday. This means, I won’t be able to receive my CD copy of the album for a few more days. The wait is tormenting. After all, I’ve loved this Floridian art rock and indietronica band for awhile now, and I can never resist Nicole Miglis’ gossamer and ethereal voice. The stunning video for album single Firelight will more than tide me over in the meantime. Artist and director James R. Eads has created a beautiful animated film utilizing big-brush drawings. It’s a fine accompaniment for Hundred Waters’ shadowy yet fantastical, entrancing and soothing lullaby, a gorgeous minimalist composition that oozes such twilight magic. Order your copy of Communicating from major retailers, here.

May 20, 2017
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Youth is quintessential Daughter, one of the most moving atmospheric folk songs off of the British band’s 2013 debut, If You Leave, one of my favorites from that music glorious year. Who else would be the perfect artist to cover that breathtaking piece than Woodson Black, better known as Haux? Prepare for a heart pummeling experience as Haux presents us with a misty melancholic, gossamer haunting folktronica rendition of Youth. Haux is currently wrapping up an extensive tour in UK and Europe. Find out more about its final dates, here.