Posts Tagged ‘SF’

April 30, 2018
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It’s been almost a year since we last heard from San Francisco’s own Cathedrals, and over three years since they released their acclaimed debut EP Blush on Neon Gold Records. Just as we were starting to wonder whether we’d ever hear from our hometown favorites again (and ready to bawl our eyes out at their absence), the synth and alt pop duo are back with pure sonic gold on new single Hits Me Like a Landslide. Brodie Jenkins and Johnny Hwin even kick the level of their brilliance up several more notches with the exceptional tune. Hits Me Like a Landslide, the first single from a new set of songs they’re finally ready to share with us throughout the rest of this year, features lines lifted from the pages of love letters. It’s also the first single to feature Johnny on lead singles since Cathedrals’ debut single Unbound. Hits Me Like a Landslide is a tidal wave of emotions, a passionately gusting, sonorously soaring synthpop epic that seems to meld CHVRCHES’ electropop with The Naked And Famous’ lush soundscapes and Twin Shadow’s voluminous grandeur. It’s a gloriously gut-punching torrent of tormented anguish, assembled ever so flawlessly with sleek retro synths and the duo’s resounding vocals. DoTheBay premiered the new single last Friday, calling it ‘among the band’s most evocative cuts yet.’ We fully concur with the assessment. Alternate streaming and download links can be found, here. To say we’re head over heels for Cathedrals once again, is an understatement. The same can be said about how excited we are to hear the rest of their new songs. 

April 18, 2018

A “high five” is definitely in order after the epic night I just had last night. I’ve been waiting a very long time to see Norwegian pop sensation Sigrid live. The fast rising singer songwriter is was named BBC Sound of 2018 earlier this year, which made me kick myself even harder for having to miss out on her few performances at SXSW back in 2017 (most of them were before I’d arrived into Austin). I didn’t expect to have a chance to see her at the Independent in San Francisco, considering how easily she could have sold out an even bigger venue, but that’s exactly where I found myself last night, thoroughly captivated by the songbird’s pristine voice, sassy dance moves, and glorious pop songs. It’s only proper that we indulge in the Scandinavian starlet’s latest single High Five today, while I’m still aglow from the show. Her crisp sonorous voice and the melodious song’s ravishing drumwork bring me right back to last night’s exultant bliss. Will we get a debut album announcement soon? I sure hope so! If you’re not on I Heart Moosiq’s Instagram yet, make sure you follow along with some of our live music adventures, here! Check it out our footage from Sigrid’s sold out show for a taste of how amazing she is live. Stream High Five and some of Sigrid’s other recent singles on Spotify, here.

March 13, 2018
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San Francisco’s own HIGHSOCIETY reaches new heights of electronic splendor on the producer’s new single, Fireproof, featuring Beta State’s Matty McDonald on heated vocals. He expertly melds stadium crushing future bass, metallurgic dubstep, and blazing trap on the adrenaline pumping track. Fireproof is a cinematic jarring, grandly jolting tour de force. Just remember, you aren’t actually fireproof, so while HIGHSOCIETY is setting us all on fire and smelting us to the core with his wildly impassioned electronic opus, please don’t actually set yourself on fire in the midst of the delirious ecstasy that has taken hold of you. Fireproof is so explosive, it almost needs a disclaimer. But then again, the same could be said about every other HIGHSOCIETY track we’ve shared. Combust, at your own risk. Download/stream Fireproof, here.

January 24, 2018
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We love it when local talent shines, and Oakland’s own There’s Talk is absolutely dazzling on their long awaited return, Give It Up. The moody droning, shadowy brooding song blends dream pop, shoegaze, synthwave, and slowcore altogether. These are all sub-genres we adore dearly, so you can imagine how hard we fell for There’s Talk’s intoxicating new single. Give It Up rolls, pitches, and yaws at a languid yet deliberate pace, like a vast undulating ocean on a peaceful moonlit night. It’s dark and bottomless, a meditatively gripping seance. To say There’s Talk has put us in an exquisitely introspective mood is an understatement. Give It Up is lifted from There’s Talks forthcoming EP, scheduled to arrive late next month. You can pre-order on limited edition 7″ via Bandcamp, here.

November 25, 2017
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No Vacation, the band from right here in San Francisco who made us fall head over heels for their disarming and charming form of dreamy nostalgic indie pop with their single Yam Yam, released a new EP Intermission earlier this month. Aside from that aforementioned gem, the five track release also features Reaper. No Vacation caresses our ears at a leisurely pace with their hazy swirling, languorous wafting, and wavy glistening dream pop. A “reaper” by definition is a machine or person that harvests a crop. That crop, in this case, is obviously our infatuated hearts. Stream/purchase No Vacation’s Intermission EP, a perfect autumnal soundtrack, here.

October 11, 2017
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Geographer has been a pillar of the San Francisco indie scene for close to a decade, and we’ve been enamored by the band’s incomparable sound for nearly as long. Michael Deni’s voice is unparalleled and his band’s unique tapestry of sound, etched with soaring melodies, dreamy electronica, and lithesome pop, never fails at enchanting us and moving our hearts. We can’t help but look forward to Geographer’s new EP, Alone Time, which we’ll gladly spend plenty of alone time with, and we find ourselves falling hard for beautifully gusting new single So Low. The song addresses mental health and depression, but it takes us high towards the sun with its warm synth arpeggios and lofty wafting vocals. 

October 4, 2017
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It’s quite fortuitous that Steph Wells, better known as electo-pop artist and producer SUMif, resides right here in the Bay. I’ve had the pleasure of catching her live numerous times due to our proximity, and she’s always been quite the spirited stage charmer when she belted out her melodious springing pop. While uber infectious Lay Down might stay my favorite SUMif song for a long time to come, I’m much enamored by her new single IDW, too. It’s a long awaited return and her first release of the year, and it certainly does not disappoint with its crisp bounce, sultry plateaus, and dulcet glitchiness. SUMif explains that her new track was inspired by The xx and Tei Shi. The dynamic quality of this ever ebbing and flowing aria is a testament to SUMif’s talent. We’re very proud to have her as a part of the Bay Area music scene. IDW is available from iTunes, here.

May 1, 2017
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Hometown fans of local indie heroes Cathedrals are looking forward to the arrival of June 8th with great anticipation, because on that fateful evening, Brodie Jenkins and Johnny Hwin will be making their long awaited return to the stage with their first headlining San Francisco show in quite some time. Ahead of that date and on the heels of last month’s ravishing single Don’t Act Like A Stranger comes a dance pop dazzler named Try To Fight. Though this vivacious carousel ride comes as a surprise, we find ourselves falling in love instantaneously with this deep thumping, vibrant thrumming variant of Cathedrals. Try To Fight’s nimble synth arpeggios and Brodie’s breathy radiant vocals even remind us of Kiesza and her spry hybridization of UK house and R&B pop. The single is available as a free download, here. Find out more about Cathedrals’ SF show at the Mezzanine on June 8th, here.

January 30, 2017
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Long time IHM local production favorite, San Francisco’s Slaptop, is slowly unveiling treats to build up to the release of his debut album, With You, on March 3rd. It’s obvious from what we’ve heard so far that With You is going to be a can’t miss versatile display of Slaptop’s dance inducing skills. On new preview Another Life, he entrances us with deep booming house then enchants us with melodic R&B pop courtesy of husky voiced siren, Geneva White. Slaptop has always walked a fine line between musical genres with his electronic concoctions. Another Life is no different. It’s both a throwback to the 90′s and a future styled piano house anthem. Re-visit Slaptop’s prior songs revealed from his forthcoming album by heading over to Soundcloud, here.

January 7, 2017
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Jolting charged treats continue to roll in from San Francisco’s own scintillating HIGHSOCIETY as the budding producer gives us his take on Boston singer songwriter Adam Jensen’s excellent single The Mystic. Adam’s bristling explosion of bluesy alt pop and electro rock gets taken on a daring and fearless adventure as HIGHSOCIETY injects it with a hybrid dose of dubstep, future bass, and trap. It’s a slugging, whomping, and clobbering eruption of unruly bass and rebellious synths on this adrenaline pumping remix. Download HIGHSOCIETY’s remix of Adam Jensen’s The Mystic, here. Re-visit his recently released Controlled Chaos EP for more shiver inducing thrills, here.