Posts Tagged ‘smoky pop’

May 1, 2018

The name ‘smoke + skate” sounds like some trendy label for a cool line of apparel, and perhaps it is in some little corner of the world. But the smoke + skate you’re about to find yourself falling hard for is a song, from a smoky voiced artist named Carlie Hanson who hails from Onalaska, Wisconsin. The urban pop ballad leaves us wondering why we haven’t already heard a lot more chatter about Carlie Hanson; her sultry simmering delivery and the bittersweet timbre of her nostalgic heartbreak track are more than magnetic. You can listen to more of Carlie Hanson’s music on Soundcloud, here.

March 12, 2018

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 12, 2017

Lana Del Rey’s smoky melancholy, the inky prowling bewitchment of Lorde, and Teddy Sinclair’s smoldering noire-pop allure seem to encrust Blood Diamonds, a flushed scorcher of an electronic pop anthem from Irish singer songwriter Áine Cahill. Producer Courage lays down a tense searing bed of electronica over which charismatic Áine Cahill croons with her whiskey soaked voice. They say ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend”, but there’s always been a sinister side to our greed for those shiny stones, too. Áine Cahill encapsulates that dismal decadence on her sultry yet barbed single, an utterly bewitching ballad out on iTunes, here.

July 13, 2017

Earlier today, I gleefully pre-ordered Lana Del Rey’s next album, Lust For Life, which drops on July 21st. It’s been such a journey being a loyal fan of Lizzy Grant and her smoky style of pop since the Video Games and Blue Jeans days. I can’t wait to watch her perform her new music and her older hits at Outside Lands Music Festival next month, too. Lana Del Rey blessed us with two tasty new treats off of Lust For Life today, including a dreamy wistful collaboration with A$AP Rocky named Groupie Love. She also unveiled a melancholic and introspective, choppy and screwy hip hop imbibed track named Summer Bummer featuring Playboi Carti and produced by Boi-1da, which you can stream below.