Posts Tagged ‘noir pop’

October 24, 2017
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Canadian artist TABOR, who’s based out of Los Angeles, already has a robust following on YouTube from the past several years. Her new music delves into topics like depression, anxiety, and insecurity, with a palpable sense of vulnerability. ‘Her’ is one of her latest alt pop singles, and it’s a whiskey-drenched, husky simmering beauty that evokes Lana Del Rey’s sadcore music. The mesmerizing ballad is a dark lament, a bewitching and magnetic noire-pop gem. And it comes accompanied by a music video you can view below. You can listen to more of her music and indulge in that fabulous voice more on Soundcloud, here. ‘Her’, which is lifte from TABOR’s sophomore EP In The Garden, can also be streamed via Spotify, here.

September 9, 2017

We love Flora Cash, and we truly believe this pair of noire folk pop artists from Stockholm are criminally underrated, especially after they released as beautifully haunting a debut album as Nothing Lasts Forever (And It’s Fine). We were lucky enough to see them live at Popscene earlier this year, and their music is just as captivating from the stage. We’re thrilled that Flora Cash has returned today with a gorgeous new video and song named Roses On Your Dress. Its wistful melancholy and sadcore allure brims with smoky magnetism and willowy charm. Roses On Your Dress drifts languorously and tenderly, enveloping us in a world both vintage and classic, cinematic and poignant. We once compaerd Flora Cash to a cross between Lana Del Rey and Lykke Li. We stand behind that analogy, one hundred percent. Roses On Your Dress is anguish and heartbreak, etched out with grace and elegance. If you missed the duo’s debut album, make sure to snag it, here.

August 16, 2017
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NYC indie duo Satellite Mode never fails to captivate us with their gripping combination of noir-pop and alt/electropop. Recent single Bad Woman is but more of that lavishly compelling amalgam. Dark whizzing synths and torrid burning guitars accompany Jess Carvo’s classically trained voice as this gripping palette of sound builds in urgent energy towards foxy electro rock territory. Satellite Mode also dropped a new rendition of Chris Issak’s oft covered provocative classic, Wicked Game, which you can stream below. 

August 8, 2017

An enigmatic musician and actor who goes by the name of Boy Epic had us thoroughly captivated with his incendiary sound earlier this year when he released his genre defying single Kanye’s In My Head then followed it up with an EP entitled Everything’s Strange. The Dallas based talent, who’s known for his seamlessly merging film and music, continues to prove himself a noir-pop sensation with new single and video Up Down. Boy Epic, who’s inspired by the likes of Christopher Nolan and Depeche Mode, certainly bring both the director’s cinematic magnificence and the band’s dark vibrancy to his new song and its uniquely entrancing visuals. To say tense ticking, orchestral lush Up Down is grandiose is an understatement. Its video, which Boy Epic animated himself, was crafted frame-by-frame to give it that old-school, stop motion animation feel. 

“The video tells a story of a young boy stuck in time trying to be with the love of his life, while the lyrics play the narrative, the devil is in the details,“ he comments. Up Down is an electrifying and gripping alt package that brings rock, electronica, and pop altogether at once, evoking bands like Missio, Linkin Park, and AWOLNATION in the process. The single is available, here.

July 26, 2017
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New Los Angeles based starlet Sam Valdez literally took my breath away the very first time I listened to her single Hours. To say her voice is amazing is an understatement. Lana Del Rey’s oak smoked, whiskey drenched allure is met by the willowy gusting beauty of Billie Eilish and the sophistication and maturity of Cat Power or Feist on this poignant haunting noir-pop song. A minimalist electronic soundscape is laced together by Sam Valdez’s mournful singing. Sam Valdez will be releasing a debut EP, but not until early next year. Hopefully, we’ll get to hear this spectacular voice again soon, by way of new singles. 

July 22, 2017
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It’s only been a couple of months since Saro finished releasing his series of visuals for his debut EP in Loving Memory, but he’s already fast at hand dropping superb treats off a forthcoming sophomore album. Eyelids is the second track lifted from the Los Angeles artist’s new project. The dark winding, tense driving song never stops shifting and curling, taking us for a moody gripping noir-pop ride. Saro’s glossy slick vocals are met by an intense cadence propelled by stalwart beats and laced with simmering R&B heat. It’s as if SOHN’s inky cinematics have been melded with Vancouver Sleep Clinic’s sleek atmospherics as well as Morgxn’s buttery sultriness. Saro’s new soon-to-be-named new EP will be arriving later this summer on his own label, Mateo Sound. Those in Southern California can catch him at the Echoplex in LA with Vallis Alps on September 8th. 

April 20, 2017
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Ottilia Zimmerman Kjulsten caught our attention late last year when she released her song Drug Money under her project Avante Black. The London by way of Sweden talent is back with a more than ravishing song. Make A Mess leaves me a hot mess with its darkwavey synth and alt pop. Hints of the Chromatics’ italo disco endows the sensual burning groove on this noir delight, leaving me eager for more music from Avante Black, who promises a debut album early next year. Re-visit Avante Black’s prior two singles on Soundcloud, here.

February 9, 2017
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Snow Culture could very well be a favorite new band of the week, if not of the month, too. The duo arrive out of Sweden to lead us into a dark bewitching world crafted out of icy synths, jouncing beats, and scorching guitar on debut single No Sleep. There’s a cinematic quality to this sultry burning electronic pop song. We visit the belly of a sordid club on a sleepless night as strobes flash about and faceless people writhe around us on a begrimed dance floor. Our perspective seems skewed through the lens of a VHS camcorder. No Sleep is deliciously menacing and carnally seductive, a fierce and primal mix of Scandipop with 80′s noire electronica. Snow Culture just signed to one of our favorite labels, Neon Gold, and they have a riveting music video to go along with their debut, too. Watch the visual accompaniment below. 

November 18, 2016
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Saro’s music continues to pulverize my heart with poignant sorrow and intricately spun soundscapes on Looking, a new single from the Los Angeles based artist’s forthcoming debut EP, In Loving Memory. Looking is a melancholic ode to a past lover. It’s combination of R&B imbued noir pop and rich swelling electronic pop is reminiscent of Mikky Ekko meets Lo-Fang, melting dulcet and orchestral lush.In Loving Memory will be arriving on December 2nd, a date that feels like an eternity from now after having fallen hard for Saro’s music. Re-visit his prior singles on Soundcloud.

August 30, 2016
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I can’t believe it’s been a few years since we last partook in some Caged Animals together on IHM. The Brooklyn based indie pop band make a beautiful return on new single Wildflowers, a song which The New Yorker aptly describes as a “hip-hop influenced Velvet Underground”. Wildflowers is weightless charming and melodic divine. On top of the aforementioned sounds, the song also carries a hint of whimsical Modern Mouse but with a brassy richness and a melting sincerity. Wildflowers slow builds upon itself, culminating as a heart warming dazzler.  A new Caged Animals full length is expected to arrive in early 2017, featuring guest appearances from Neutral Milk Hotel’s Julian Koster and avant-alto-saxophonist Chris Aiello. Purchase Wildflowers from Bandcamp.