Posts Tagged ‘noise pop’

May 22, 2018
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Brooke Candy, whom I oft associate with fellow pop phenom Charli XCX due to their fabulous collaborations together in the past, takes no prisoners with her latest unbridled song, WAR. The edgy and imaginative LA-based singer songwriter heralds in a new pop-punk direction on the politically charged song which fuses elements of thrash and hardcore with

gritty sharp hooks and a bloodthirsty rejection of the status quo. The vehemence of WAR’s raucous grunge pop rivals that of Sleigh Bells’ strident offerings, paired with the jarring edginess of M.I.A.’s hip hop. “‘WAR’ speaks to what is happening on planet earth – how the political and cultural landscapes are so unfair,” says Brooke on the track. “It’s an anthem to wake people up and seek aggressive change in the world; to protest and shake things up.” We love how much Brooke Candy shakes us up with WAR, which can be found on iTunes, here.

May 18, 2018

Fiery mettle and a prickly bite adorns the latest “boss” single from Brighton quartet YONAKA, who are set to hit a flurry of festivals this year including Primavera, Pukklepop, and more. I’m sure F.W.T.B. would be a resounding treat to experience live at one of those events. It’s a punchy rumbling, edgy sharp electro-charged alt pop song with a whole lot of rebellious attitude. F.W.T.B. is the follow-up to the band’s well-received debut EP, Heavy last fall. It’s an anthem about self-empowerment that exudes YONAKA’s defiant disposition. Frontwoman Theresa Jarvis says: “The song is a big ‘f*ck you’ to anyone who tries to get in your way and tell you no.  It’s about taking back the power, standing up for yourself and being heard.” Grab the tune, here. Keep up with the band’s tour and festival dates, here.

April 24, 2018

We’ve been enjoying this absolutely gorgeous song since it surfaced last Friday. Brooklyn singer songwriter Mitski and the Bay’s experimental rock/noise pop expert Xiu Xiu have teamed up on a splendorous synthwavy beauty named Between The Breaths, their contribution to How To Talk To Girls At Parties’ soundtrack. I already couldn’t wait to see the movie, which stars Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, and many other acclaimed actors. It pairs 70s punk with quirky Neil Gaiman sci-fi, which evokes a resounding yes from me. Between The Breaths’ scope feels more than cosmic, and it’s deeply entrenched in sweet nostalgia, too. I can’t get enough of Mitski’s aptly breathy voice on the glistering gem. This is definitely a favorite of the moment. 

April 13, 2018

Madge’s Fight Or Flight Club is one of our favorite debuts of the year. We just can’t get enough of the Los Angeles based newcomer’s piquant and sprightly electro-pop on the song, and we’re glad many more people have picked up on the track since our feature last month, garnering it some impressive spots on viral Spotify playlists. Madge is back this week with her second single, and it’s as eccentric a hyperactive noise pop and electro pop single as her first. Bombastic Red James is like Grimes’ art pop mixed with Superorganism’s squishy pop, then coated with School Of Seven Bells’ lissome luster and shimmer. The song’s self-directed music video is also a capricious and outlandish treat. Re-visit our Fight Or Flight Club feature, here.

March 10, 2018

Let’s kick off a fresh set with a new tune from Russian feminist punk rock outfit Pussy Riot, who are about to kick off their inaugural US tour, including an appearance at SXSW and two sold out sets at the intimate Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco! The ladies have even linked up with famed producer Dave Sitek (best known nowadays for his role in TV on the radio) for the cacophonous bristling anthem, too, which further showcases Pussy Riot’s new electro-charged sound. Bad Apples is, as Pussy Riot themselves said, “dedicated to really disgusting things.” It’s their way of portraying the unilateral quality of most music. Instead of romance and parties, they want to focus on the darker, uglier side of things too. They’re just as important, just like topics like climate change, gun control, political activism, sexism, abuse of power, and more. I already have my ticket to their San Francisco debut, but I’m hoping for some luck on Tuesday. My flight to Austin gets in late afternoon, after which I need to pick up my badge and check in at my “home” for the week. Pussy Riot’s much heralded SXSW show is the very same night, about two hours after my arrival! Bad Apples is available from iTunes, here.

March 6, 2018
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Frankie Simone might be new on our radar, but we’ve quickly decided that we need to try and catch her at SXSW next week now that we’ve come across the Portland “priestess of pop’s” latest single, War Paint. We march exultantly to the tribal rhythms found on the magnificent and fierce rallying cry. The queer artist envisions her robust clattering, deep booming alt pop as a conduit for collective enlightenment, self-empowerment, and awakening, or a way “to celebrate every type of human.” War Paint is a rebellious battle cry, a unifying anthem celebrating difference and advocating equality. The resounding song comes with a video that visually captures its inspiring energy. “Simone is a High Priestess of Pop: the stage is her pulpit, and her message of love and acceptance is universal.” Frankie Simone’s debut EP will arrive on June 1st via Infinite Companion. Pre-order/pre-save LOVE//WARRIOR, here.

March 1, 2018
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Jouncing and dark, icy and pronounced comes Not Human, a debut single from a New York based electro-pop artist who goes by the name elegant slims. It seems rather fitting that we shared Ladytron’s surprise new single earlier this afternoon, because Not Human carries some of the trademarks of the project’s frenetic thumping noise pop and glitchy whirring electro clash. But there’s also an elevated urgency and carnal intensity to be found in this wild barrage of restless synths and resounding vocals that can evoke The Knife, Fever Ray, or even Austra. Not Human’s futuristic concept is also portrayed in the track’s artwork, created by famed NYC based artist David Kraftshaw, the creater of the Twitter bot YouTube Artifact, in collaboration with Aron Belka and Damjanski. elegant slims says: “this song is about the darkness we know exists in the world. it conveys the process by which a human becomes non human or sells their soul,  so to speak.  there is a lot of that going on right now. the space where madness and animal instincts take over, either for pleasure or for power. its a fascinating layered existence to be human and then to unravel. this is the tightrope song of that dance. elegant slims is an outlet for examining the human mind, pleasure, pain, and creative expression. hope you enjoy the ride.” Stream/download the mysterious but striking newcomer’s first exhilarating song, here.

February 19, 2018

Superorganism’s buzz has reached near deafening levels since we first discovered the art pop and psych pop collective nearly a year ago. We’re super excited to catch the band when we head to Austin for SXSW in a few short weeks. The band will also be hitting the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco on March 20th, right after their stint in Texas. Both these appearances closely follow the arrival of Superorganism’s self titled debut album, off which comes this synthy burbling new charmer, Reflections On The Screen, which arrives by way of music video. Reflections On The Screen is a vibrant burst of the band’s chromatic pop. Superorganism’s music is so unpredictable and singular, many have even compared them to the Gorillaz. Pre-order their debut album, here, before its release date of March 2nd on Domino.

January 24, 2018

Last fall, Sleigh Bells’ Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller blessed us with a new 7 track mini-LP named Kid Kruschev. And now the Brooklyn noise pop duo has unveiled a new video for LP track Favorite Transgressions, a potent and emphatic congregation of the pair’s scaly sawing, cacophonous jarring sound. The video, directed by Derek Miller, is described as a manic, lo-fi thriller full of dynamic energy and playful morbidity. Sleigh Bells kicks off an extensive U.S. tour this week with a sold-out show at Rough Trade. The full run of tour dates can be found, here. Unfortunately, no Bay Area show is listed, but it looks like we might get to catch them in Austin at SXSW come mid-March considering their slot at the Mohawk on the 18th. Sunflower Bean and Dream Wife joins Sleigh Bells on select dates on their tour, too, making it a can’t miss for those lucky enough to catch them on this voyage. Kid Kruschev is available, here.

January 18, 2018

One of my favorite new finds today is New Shack, a synthwave duo who hails from Provo, Utah. They just dropped a music video for their single Ways and Means, and its glassy glimmering, glossy spinning retro-styled synthscape is utterly irresistible, dissonance, distortion, and all. Ways and Means also comes with a nifty lo-fi music video. The single is out now via Little Assembly. As we’re new to New Shack, we had to delve deeper into their portfolio. I found myself blissfully entranced by prior single Inside Out, too. Watch the video for the crisp synthpop, indietronica, and synthwave chimera below, and let Cat Leavy and Eric Robertson further enchant you with their willowy, lissome vocals and vintage synths.