Posts Tagged ‘symphonic’

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.

July 24, 2017

I have a concert buddy who happens to be incredibly tall. Like super, duper tall. So whenever I encounter The Tallest Man On Earth’s folk, I can’t help but to also think of him. Though Swedish singer songwriter Kristian Mattson hasn’t announced new music or a new album, he has released an EP in conjunction with NYC orchestral ensemble yMusic. It includes this beautiful rendering of their folk song Revelation Blues. The addition of yMusic’s rich symphonics gives the poignant aria a new moving lushness. Stream the song via Soundcloud below. You can also stream The Tallest Man on Earth with yMusic in full on Soundcloud, here. Purchase from iTunes, here.

April 29, 2017

Afterglow is the title of Icelandic singer songwriter Ásgeir’s highly anticipated new album. In the months and weeks leading up to its release early next month, we’ve been bewitched by many gems off the record, like prismatic Stardust, and ambient entrancing Unbound. Let’s now float away to the sounds of the title track, whose gently tinkling keys and cool skimming vocals place me in a deep blissful trance. Afterglow is a tender orchestral hymnal. It lifts us up gingerly into a phosphorescent sky. Our weary souls feel renewed, our tired hearts revived. I’ve never seen the Northern Lights, something I must do before the day I depart from this earth, but I feel I can see them now in my mind, while I’m listening to Ásgeir’s Afterglow. Pre-order new album Afterglow ahead of its May 5th release date on One Little Indian, here.

March 14, 2017

Colouring’s music has always had a heartrending effect on me. The British quartet’s longing hymnals pull me into gently swirling eddies of emotion. I drift upon those currents yet again as Colouring presents us with new single Heathen. The song’s sophisticated palette integrates silky R&B with downtempo soul and drafty electronica. Heathen blooms like a resplendent flower, but its exposed petals are weighed down by a thin covering of misty dew. Colouring’s new single is breathtakingly beautiful despite its heartbreaking sorrow. Much like Rhye, Heathen is soft and sensuous, with strings feathery and empyreal. Purchase the single from iTunes, here. Alternate stream of Heathen available via Soundcloud below.

December 13, 2016

Blinded I truly am by the magnificence of Emmit Fenn’s new single. The musician with roots that lie right here in the Bay at Berkeley has been a shining blip on our music radar ever since he was announced as a new Th3rd Brain signee over 9 months ago. He follows up on spectacular debut single Painting Greys with Blinded, an emotionally charged exhibition of this now Los Angeles based singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer’s fine grasp on atmospheric soundscapes and ardent stirring indietronica. Blinded is a breathtaking expanse of heartrending, earth shaking beauty. It’s a symphonic composition that feels timeless and eternal, yet intimate and honest. 

November 16, 2016

Windswept couldn’t be a more appropriate name for a Crywolf song. The Echo Park singer songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist has proven himself a master storyteller and an epic troubadour with the sweeping sagas he’s given us in the past, songs that spanned both space and time with their wealth of staggering emotion. And, if you’ve ever experienced those sprawling songs live at a Crywolf show, you know just how brilliant this sonic genius can be from the stage as well. New song Windswept begins with tender harmonies, but as always, it gradually blossoms and builds into great cathartic peaks, seamlessly melding acoustic and electronica for a grandiose symphonic experience. Crywolf seems to bare all on Windswept, leaving his vulnerable heart out for all to see and feel. In turn, we find out that we are all but kindred spirits in this human condition. Windswept is a free download, here.

October 21, 2016

You’d be hard pressed to find a single person who doesn’t know and love The Cinematic Orchestra’s timeless classic To Build A Home, not only because it’s such a touching beauty, but it was also used endlessly in just about every television drama, film trailer, TV advert, and beyond for a prolonged length of time. The English trip hop and nu jazz band make their long awaited return today with a exquisite new song. As some have said, the hairs on the back of your neck will be standing to attention as they serenade us with soothingly aching, gently hovering To Believe, which features exceptional vocals by Los Angeles’ Moses Sumney. I hold my breath, lifted to spiritual levels of enlightenment by this transcendental aria. In celebration of To Believe and to preview more new material from a new full length arriving next year, The Cinematic Orchestra will be embarking on a European tour at the end of the month. Perhaps this means we’ll get lucky Stateside and they’ll head out this way afterwards. You can purchase To Believe from various services, here.