Posts Tagged ‘sadcore’

March 12, 2018
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I can never resist the draw of nostalgic, melancholic pop. It might have something to do with my own nature and tendency to look to the past with a wistful longing. This probably translates to why I like dark and sad films, too. To take it even further, this explains why I have an unquenchable thirst for music by the likes of Lana Del Rey, or

Chløë Black, the Los Angeles-based, Australian-born artist who first captured our hearts with her sadcore debut, 27 Club. The rising pop chanteuse makes a captivating return on Good Times, a smoky pop aria with an entrancing beat. The track was produced by Crow and written with Alex Winston, the singer songwriter known both for her solo work and lately, as one half of Post Precious. Her co-writing touch on the song is unmistakable. Somber and bittersweet Good Times is like Lana Del Ray melded into Alex Winston, but delivered with the stunning, bewitching magnetism and enrapturing charisma of Chløë Black & her exquisite voice. Good Times is available, here.

December 5, 2017
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Young Londoner Lily Zoey has taken her sweet time to follow up on her spellbinding debut, Edges, and Nothing was well worth the wait. In fact, it might be more bewitching than Edges, with her svelte yet husky drawl and its dusky minimalist pop. It’s nothing short of beautiful, a lissome and supple, haunting and shadowy ballad that evokes the likes of Billie Eilish, with some of Lana Del Rey’s sadcore tendencies and a hint of Daughter’s cavernous atmospherics. The singer songwriter has much in store for us in the coming year, and we’re more than grateful we won’t have to wait another year to hear from her again. Debut single Edges can be streamed via Bandcamp, here.

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 14, 2017

By now, I’m sure many of you have already taken in Lana Del Rey’s gorgeous new music video which seems to defy time as it pairs vintage aesthetics with futuristic cityscapes. The video is for smoky melancholic White Mustang from her Billboard topping album Lust For Life. There’s a hopeless beauty to the music video that matches the song’s romantic despondency. I caught Lana on her Lust For Life tour recently at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco and I’d never seen the place as packed to the gills as I did that night. Sure, I’ve been to many sold out events there, but the floor was just a carpet of die hard fans who’d arrived hours ahead of time. Lana Del Rey’s set was immaculate, and I couldn’t have been happier to have caught her performance after we’ve staunchly championed her talent and grace since the Video Games and Blue Jeans days. 

April 19, 2017

I know this one’s been going viral and passing around like mad all day long, but I can’t resist tossing it on for a quick share anyway. After all, it’s that Lana Del Rey and The Weeknd collaboration we all been waiting for since we caught wind of the rumored track earlier this year. Lust For Life is the title track from Lana Del Rey’s next album, and as expected, particularly with The Weeknd involved too, it’s a romantic sadcore anthem with lyrics like “only the good die young”. Lust For Life is available for purchase, here.

April 30, 2015
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The title of this song, Love Is Just A Way To Die, might be the most morbid and tragic name I’ve encountered all year long, even reminding me of the melodrama we all love about The Smiths. But newcomer I Am Strikes is no Morrissey. In fact, she’s a 21 year old half Korean, half Italian songwriter and self taught multi-instrumentalists from right here in California. Love Is Just Way To Die does begin with plenty of solemnity, but the synth and piano imbued pop song quickly picks up in spirit with a beautiful, soaring melody. It’s quickly apparent this is more Lana Del Rey sadcore meets Melanie Martinez dark pop than a sappy, gloomy Morrissey. I Am Strikes also released a music video to go along with the haunting song. The artist from Sacramento will be releasing her debut EP, Low Standards, on June 23rd. She’ll also be opening for Danish pop artist Oh Land on tour this spring.

January 6, 2015

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If you’re fond of rambunctious alt rock music like the stuff I used to be so transfixed on back in the 2000’s, you’ll also gravitate to Canadian emo rockers Heavy Hearts and their raw and roiling new single Garden Arms. The single is a lead up to the release of the band’s new EP, Somewhere A While Ago, out February 3rd on Indoorshoes. They say that Garden Arms is a snapshot of their small town life, a snapshot of late night drinks with familiar faces and time spent working in the local Niagara tourism industry. Heavy Hearts finds it tough watching those they know move away and grow as individuals while they feel stuck in one place, in a loop of repetition. The band will be touring Canada this month and the next.

October 21, 2014
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Quickly catching my ears today is Chløë Black, a new artist who was born in Australia, raised in Paris and the West Coast of the USA, and now lives in London. 27 Club is her debut single, and it’s one powerhouse, emotional pop song that immediately evokes Lana Del Rey in its tender, sadcore first moments, before Chløë Black launches into powerful BANKS meets Amy Winehouse like soulful territory with some superb vocal capabilities. And really, it doesn’t get more glaringly obvious with the sadcore glam reference, considering the song itself. 27, as most of you should know, is the tragic age when so many artists like Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, and so many others were lost. Chløë Black has seriously captured my attention and imagination with 27 Club.

October 21, 2014
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Quickly catching my ears today is Chløë Black, a new artist who was born in Australia, raised in Paris and the West Coast of the USA, and now lives in London. 27 Club is her debut single, and it’s one powerhouse, emotional pop song that immediately evokes Lana Del Rey in its tender, sadcore first moments, before Chløë Black launches into powerful BANKS meets Amy Winehouse like soulful territory with some superb vocal capabilities. And really, it doesn’t get more glaringly obvious with the sadcore glam reference, considering the song itself. 27, as most of you should know, is the tragic age when so many artists like Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, and so many others were lost. Chløë Black has seriously captured my attention and imagination with 27 Club.

August 5, 2014
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Marked as a demo, like previous song and terrific debut Sleep Forever, is Teenager, the latest from the UK’s Black Honey. Like Sleep Forever, it’s hard to believe this isn’t a final version, considering how fantastic the alt pop tune already is. As before, there’s a Lana Del Rey melancholic, vintage pop rock sound going on, but with a touch of surf rock and a dash of Wild Nothing’s shoegazey dream pop. Revisit the more jangly, spaghetti western channeling Sleep Forever again below. It’s gorgeous.