Posts Tagged ‘stripped down’

March 11, 2017

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Brighton based ambient electronic five piece Phoria returns with a beautiful acoustic rendition of their song Melatonin, one of so many stand out tracks from their criminally underrated debut album Volition. The already introspective song takes on a new level of deep contemplation on Phoria’s spectral hovering recording. This “unplugged” version is a soft, gentle kiss, from which emits exquisite and moving sorrow. Despite my love of Volition, I’ve yet to see Phoria live, a sure to be transcendental experience I’ve had at the top of my to do list for a long time. Luckily, the British band will soon be making their way out to Austin for SXSW. I look forward to finally catching them at Fancy PR, The Burning Ear, and Vinyl Moon’s Double Dutch showcase on March 18th. Find out more about that stacked event, here. You can also stream Melatonin (Unplugged) via Soundcloud below. Debut album Volition is out on iTunes, here.

March 10, 2017

Just a week ago, the world seemed to be in a conjoined state of suspense as we waited for new music from Lorde. Then, came Green Light, a song that ended up polarizing for people who wanted more of Pure Heroine’s dark pop rather than an upbeat and exultant Lorde. I, for one, found Green Light to be a triumphant return. Being a fan of an artist or band’s music, for me, means keeping my mind open and holding on to a sense of curiosity and glee as they break new ground and try new things. Lorde continues to buck that “dark pop princess” image with a second taste from forthcoming sophomore album Melodrama. I listened to Liability before I allowed myself to read anything about it, and it immediately struck me as faintly familiar. I eventually concluded that its quaint piano pop reminded me of Jack Antonof (Bleachers, fun.). I’ve always adored Joni Mitchell, and Liability makes me  think of her, too. As it turns out, Liability really is a co-production project with Jack Antonoff. The tender verbose ballad is the most stripped down we’ve ever heard Lorde, which gives it a very unpretentious and down to earth feel. Melodrama will be out on June 16th, and it’s sure to be one of the year’s biggest pop albums. Pre-order, here.

January 12, 2017

Earlier today, the great Sampha surprised us with a brand new treat, and it certainly had the music heads on my social feeds abuzz with praise. The British electronic and soul artist stops time with stark ballad (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano. This is an undressed ballad on which everything is exposed, be it its mournful tinkling piano or Sampha’s impeccable satin voice. (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano is the definition of perfection, a profound channeling of the heart. The song is out as a single on all major services, here. It will also be found on Sampha’s highly anticipated debut album Process, due out February 3rd and available for pre-ordering, here.

December 18, 2016
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Deptford Goth’s Life After Defo was one of my favorite albums of 2012, and I consider it criminally overlooked and underrated. So when Daniel Woolhouse proceeded to release new music under his given name, I was absolutely thrilled. As part of his Christmas “Countdown to the End of 2016″, Daniel has unveiled a beautiful and gently haunting piano version of his recent single Soup For Brains. He turns my brain into mush with the wistfully stripped down rendition, one which reminds me of some of the diaphanous songs he gave us previously as Deptford Goth. This “Piano Sessions” version of Soup For Brains it sheer and intimate, the perfect companion during this frozen winter week. Visit the original, here, and purchase Daniel Woolhouses’ new album What’s The Sound from iTunes.

December 6, 2016

The Cure’s Boys Don’t Cry is a timeless classic, a vibrant nostalgic hit that I can tirelessly revisit any time of the day for an eternity to come. But it’s a very different sort of experience that we receive from angelic voiced UK singer songwriter Jerry Williams as she delivers a new music video for her cover of Boys Don’t Cry. This Boys Don’t Cry is gently lilting and folksy heartrending. Jerry Williams’ tenderly stripped down rendition really exposes the song’s vulnerable aspect. You can find the track on Jerry Williams’ sophomore EP, Let’s Just Forget It, out now via Sunglasses Records. Stream in full on Soundcloud and purchase from iTunes.

November 12, 2016
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NYC electronic act Modern Machines continues to exhibit his affinity for unbridled, adrenaline pumping sonic exhilaration with Afterglow, a lofty soaring house anthem featuring fierce vocals by Nashville guests Glow Co. There’s no leaving this joint without plenty of afterglow yourself, if not a flushed face from leaping higher than you ever have to Modern Machines’ exuberant throbbing beats. Afterglow’s thrilling builds and booming drops are ripe for some weekend raging. I guess I’m sharing it, just in time. Afterglow can also be streamed on Spotify. Modern Machines also unveiled a stripped down acoustic version of Afterglow on which Glow Co.’s vocals shine divine. You can drink it in via YouTube below. He wanted to highlight the organic and earnest side of his song. Beneath all the bombastic bass and synths lies a lot of soul and heart, if that wasn’t already apparent enough from the get go. 

September 30, 2016
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Though I’m enjoying sneaking in some blogging and music sharing on this lovely Friday morning in between work tasks, there’s certainly a part of me that wishes I could be outside right now, hiking, exploring a beach, or heck.. even balling at the local park. But I don’t think that’s the sort of “Ballin” Bibi Bourelly is referring to on her sassy new R&B jam. Ballin starts out like a blues song as Bibi Bourelly laments about being fired from Old Navy and being pestered by her landlord. This snazzy tune is simplistic and intimate. We focus in on Bibi Bourelly’s tale, and the emotions that exude from her raconteur expertise create much rapport. She’s that girl next door with the same troubles, the same problems, the same issues. Except she has the ability to sing her heart out about them. Balling is a stripped down gem that evokes some of my favorite Alessia Cara moments. Clean acoustics and an incredible voice alongside a gently subdued soundscape can have such a powerful effect when pieced together flawlessly. Ballin will be on Bibi Bourelly’s forthcoming EP, Free The Real: Part 2.

July 13, 2016

Last month, Los Angeles based singer songwriter and producer Elohim released her brilliant self titled debut EP, off which I’ve shared plenteous songs in the past year or so. Though She Talks Too Much was what drew me to this masked artist early on, songs like Bridge and the Wall or Sensations only served to intensify my love of her captivating and edgy electronic pop. Elohim revealed an acoustic version of Sensations today, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. It comes by way of a video recording of a live performance. This tender rendition is exquisite. Lonesome keys tinkle gently while Elohim’s voice shines beautifully, every fine detail and nuanced emotion exposed and uncovered. In a way, this delicate and stripped down version of Sensations has never been more fitting of the song’s lyrics. “ I kinda like how it gives me chills” and “I don’t want this to end”. Elohim’s debut EP can be purchased from iTunes.

January 7, 2016

[PREMIERE] : POWERS Interview and 

In-Studio Performance on WE FOUND NEW MUSIC

It goes without saying that POWERS had a potent 2015. It was an erstwhile year ago that the duo from Los Angeles lent sassy vocals to The Knocks’ Classic, which went on to become a massive hit, remixed many times over by an array of incredible production talent. POWERS subsequently released a single named Beat Of My Drum, and suffice to say, my heart was no longer mine as it promptly forsook me to the cadence of that very beat. Mike Del Rio and Crista Ru had stolen it with one of the year′s most infectious and memorable indie gems, a fusion of alternative, soul, electronic, and pop. 

Just when I thought I couldn’t fall any harder for the charismatic duo, Mike and Crista visited WE FOUND NEW MUSIC to chat with producer and host Grant Owens, and out of the intimate tête–à–tête comes an acoustic in-studio performance of that very same bandit of a song, alongside a moving performance of sweetly wistful Loved By You,

both off POWERS’ tremendous Legendary EP, available on iTunes. This rare, stripped down engagement affords us a fortuitous and mesmerizing peek into a laid back & personal side of the songs, on which we’re privy to some breathtaking and flawless harmonies. It’s with much pleasure that IHM premieres the WE FOUND NEW MUSIC in-studio performances of Beat Of My Drum and Loved By You, followed by POWERS’ insightful interview with Grant Owens. 

‘Beat Of My Drum’ (acoustic)

‘Loved By You’ (acoustic)

Interview by Grant Owens

You can also stream the audio portion of this session in full later today & anytime on demand on WE FOUND NEW MUSIC’s site found at: www.wefoundnewmusic.com/music.

Subscribe to WE FOUND NEW MUSIC weekly radio show on iTunes, here.

Catch POWERS on tour with X Ambassadors this March, details here.

January 7, 2016

[PREMIERE] : POWERS Interview and 

In-Studio Performance on WE FOUND NEW MUSIC

It goes without saying that POWERS had a potent 2015. It was an erstwhile year ago that the duo from Los Angeles lent sassy vocals to The Knocks’ Classic, which went on to become a massive hit, remixed many times over by an array of incredible production talent. POWERS subsequently released a single named Beat Of My Drum, and suffice to say, my heart was no longer mine as it promptly forsook me to the cadence of that very beat. Mike Del Rio and Crista Ru had stolen it with one of the year′s most infectious and memorable indie gems, a fusion of alternative, soul, electronic, and pop. 

Just when I thought I couldn’t fall any harder for the charismatic duo, Mike and Crista visited WE FOUND NEW MUSIC to chat with producer and host Grant Owens, and out of the intimate tête–à–tête comes an acoustic in-studio performance of that very same bandit of a song, alongside a moving performance of sweetly wistful Loved By You,

both off POWERS’ tremendous Legendary EP, available on iTunes. This rare, stripped down engagement affords us a fortuitous and mesmerizing peek into a laid back & personal side of the songs, on which we’re privy to some breathtaking and flawless harmonies. It’s with much pleasure that IHM premieres the WE FOUND NEW MUSIC in-studio performances of Beat Of My Drum and Loved By You, followed by POWERS’ insightful interview with Grant Owens. 

‘Beat Of My Drum’ (acoustic)

‘Loved By You’ (acoustic)

Interview by Grant Owens

You can also stream the audio portion of this session in full later today & anytime on demand on WE FOUND NEW MUSIC’s site found at: www.wefoundnewmusic.com/music.

Subscribe to WE FOUND NEW MUSIC weekly radio show on iTunes, here.

Catch POWERS on tour with X Ambassadors this March, details here.