Posts Tagged ‘orchestral’

April 25, 2018
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In case you missed the news, one of our long time Australian favorites, The Kite String Tangle, dropped a brand new mini-album named In A Desperate Moment earlier this month. And by “mini”, I mean… not so mini. In A Desperate Moment is an 11 track escapade brimming with heartfelt feels and a sweet abundance of The Kite String Tangle’s atmospheric ballads, etched dexterously out of chiffon vocals, intricate instrumentals, and ethereal electronica. The producer/singer’s new oeuvre of songs features this moving beauty, All About Her, a wistful longing gem that showcases a bevy of lush instruments ranging from horns to keys to strings. You can stream In A Desperate Moment in full on Soundcloud, here.

April 12, 2018
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The world around me seems to come to a stop as Jareth transfixes me with her silvery voice. Her vocals are incredibly clear and crisp, melodious and unsullied. They lead us through Bit By Bit, the London-based singer songwriter’s new single off her solo debut EP. It’s a refined indie soul meets orchestral pop aria from a compelling artist who’s lent her voice to collaborations with Rene LaVice, Bashy, Lioness, and Ghetts. She’s also been championed by will.i.am and penned tracks for Cheryl and Chris Lake. Bit By Bit continues to showcase Jareth as a master of her craft. Her voice glides effortlessly above the song’s luscious strings and tender percussion. Jareth’s debut EP, Moonchild, will arrive later this year via new label Moonshot Music. Bit By Bit is available now, here.

March 28, 2018

We might have missed out on this newcomer from the Midwest up till now, but it’s better late than never. And I’m sure you’ll agree once you’ve taken in the majesty and beauty of 1010 Benja SL’s R&B soul on recent single Wind Up Space. Tell me this isn’t a phenomenally moving piece, embellished with grand orchestral strings and brass. The electronic production on the song is immaculate, too, and 1010 Benja SL’s clarion voice emits such powerful anguish and regret. Wind Up Space is both cosmic and austere. Watch the starkly moving video for the song above, and stream his song Boofiness below, too. 

February 9, 2018

I’ve been very fond of Minnesota synthpop, trip hop, and alt-R&B band POLIÇA for a very long time. I find their progressive music and lead singer Channy Leaneagh’s smoky voice utterly irresistible. As such, I’ve been delighted by the news that POLIÇA has collaborated with Berlin based orchestral collective s t a r g a z e on a whole new album named Music For The Long Emergency. The combination of POLIÇA’s dark and seductive sound and s t a r g a z e’s lush, verdant strings results in a symphonic post-rock meets alt pop sound that’s original and thoroughly enthralling. The two projects released a music video for their song Agree this week, giving us a cinematic experience to go along with the spectacular song. Music For The Long Emergency arrives on Transgressive Records and Totally Gross National Product this February 16th. Pre-order, here.

November 24, 2017
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[PREMIERE] MONOGEM – I Am (Zach Nicita Remix)

Los Angeles based singer songwriter Jen Hirsch, aka MONOGEM, released her sophomore EP 100% earlier this year, and it’s a 100% must listen assortment of fine electronic and pop songs. Dip your ears in its succulence and sophistication via Soundcloud, here. Today, MONOGEM rounds out her 100% journey with a fresh new remix EP consisting of diverse & superb re-imaginations of the songs off the EP by skilled producers and fellow artists like Paperwhite, Jamie Prado, and ELIS. The four track pack also includes a lusciously ravishing remix of her sensuous billowing song I Am. Zach Nicita, a drummer and producer from New York, transforms the track into a bass rustling, synth smoldering affair. The orchestral lavish future bass/future R&B styled dance remix highlights MONOGEM’s spectacularly arching voice alongside its resplendently inebriating, bold and lush soundscape, leaving us writhing rhythmically in fevered pleasure. The full 100% Remix EP can be streamed off Soundcloud, here, and Spotify, here. Support by purchasing from iTunes, here. Keep up with MONOGEM via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

November 21, 2017

On Friday, heart tenderizing British duo Aquilo released side A of their sophomore album, ‘ii’, on Harvest Records. To mark the arrival of the five-track EP, the pair have shared a music video for new single Who Are You, a beautifully misty and woodsy willowy suffusion of lush orchestral, soul searching bliss. It’s long been apparent it’s impossible not to melt to Tom Higham and Ben Fletcher’s music. Take in their new EP/Side A of their next album in full, here

“We’re doing things differently,” explains Ben. “Streaming has changed how we all consume music. We still love the album format, but it needs updating. Releasing an album in two halves is our way of doing that.”

November 17, 2017

My heart literally skipped more than a beat earlier this afternoon when I happened to come across news of a new song from Patrick Watson. The Montreal based singer songwriter has been a respected member of the music scene since the early 2000′s, but it was around 2011, just before the release of his full length Adventures In Your Own Backyard, that I happened upon his music and fell ever deeply in love with his exquisite orchestral and folk steeped sound. Broken seems to be Patrick’s first song since 2015 album Love Songs For Robots. It arrives by way of music video, and it’s an exquisitely moving ballad that sees Patrick Watson bridging the halcyon beauty of early James Vincent McMorrow and the dynamic ambiance of Ben Howard, with perhaps a bit of BANNERS, Aquilo, and Vancouver Sleep Clinic’s effusive, expansive sentimentality mixed in, too. Broken near leaves me broken with its beauty. Patrick Watson calls it a one off he wanted to share before his next record, and he dedicates the song to the storms we went through. You can get the single, here.

November 14, 2017
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My music browsing scramble screeched to a sudden halt earlier today when I came across enigmatic new American artist Aye June and his debut single, Want Me Anyway. Fluttering chords and graceful arpeggios accompany a buttery smooth voice on this striking new talent’s alt-R&B and moody pop song, a lush, orchestral swell of potent emotion and palpable anguish. Want Me Anyway is at once soothing and grandly intense, a breathtaking waterfall of beautiful sound that he’s tagged as “future classical” on Soundcloud. According to his Twitter, Want Me Anyway is one of many Aye June releases to come. 

November 9, 2017
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Despite his reputation as a brilliant producer and songwriter back home in Sweden, we’re not exactly familiar with iSHi. It’s now obvious to us how criminal that is after we’ve encountered his new song as alter-ego The Alley. No More features soulful emotive vocals by a mysterious songbird, and it swells with lush orchestral strings and a cinematic stirring expansiveness. Words fail to describe the sweeping, soaring magnificence of this soulful orchestral pop masterpiece, a heart swelling, fervently heartfelt sonic spectacular. Download and alternate streaming options are available for No More, here.

August 19, 2017

Here’s an unexpected treat I couldn’t have guessed would surface this week. Beloved UK project Bastille has recorded a cover of Green Day classic Basket Case! Apparently, it’s a contribution to the soundtrack for a new Amazon Prime series named The Tick. The punk rock hit gets a stringy lush, brassy towering makeover under the direction of Dan Smith, whose iconic voice is always welcome in my book. Basket Case has never sounded more cinematic and film-ready on this huge 180 degree flip.