Posts Tagged ‘synth’

May 9, 2018
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It took me awhile to find the time to get to it, but I can honestly say that I’ve been itching to share this new Float Fall with you for nearly a week. The Brussels duo have been absent from the scene for far too long (close to five years?), but they’ve finally made their way back with their decadent pop and sooty simmering vocals on Hard Time Loving You. The song kicks off like a The xx offering, before going full blown glossy luxuriant pop, with a dreamy saccharine sashay reminiscent of Men I Trust. Is the luscious beauty worth the long wait? I can say with total certainty, yes indeed. But let’s hope it won’t be a few years till we hear from Float Fall again. I’m not sure I can survive the wait. Hard Time Loving You is out now on [PIAS]. 

May 1, 2018
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At first glance, the title of Weslee’s new single might be mistaken as “sweet dreams”, but this dream of a tune from the British duo is steamy and hot, with a fierce and foxy strut. Sweat Dreams is a future funk meets R&B pop jam brimming with sultry vibes and hip-swaying beats. It’s a must for fans of Nao and AlunaGeorge’s dance-inducing electro and torrid sizzling R&B soul. You can follow Weslee and their growing compendium of outstanding songs on Spotify, here.

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 26, 2018
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Life feels a little bit less solitary and far less lonely when accompanied by marvelous music, which is exactly what Lonely Benson serves up on his fresh new synthpop, chill disco, and psych pop jam, Let It Go. The plush grooving, sultry smoldering tune is the Nashville artist’s first single of the year. It undulates, surges, and swells, all the while winding through an intricate array of incendiary guitar work, jazzy keys, effects-laced vocals, and an infectiously lush, spacey whirring atmosphere. Let It Go arrives alongside the release of Lonely Benson’s Will Pugh produced full-length debut, featuring fan favorites like psychedelic Location and Spotify smash hit Strawberry Afternoons. Stream Lonely Benson’s eponymous debut album on Soundcloud, here, and support via iTunes, here.

April 25, 2018
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It’s rather appropriate that Vacationer’s last single released a month ago was named Magnetism, considering how truly magnetic the project’s dreamy tunes always are. And now the Philadelphia based outfit is back with a balmy luscious, luminously sailing gem named Being Here, a second taste from Vacationer’s forthcoming full length Mindset. Electric Guest’s diaphanous groove meets Phantogram’s shifty, glitchy beats on the blissed out beauty. New album Mindset will be out on June 22nd via Downtown both digitally and on limited edition vinyl, limited to 500 copies. You can also stream Being Here via Spotify, here.

April 18, 2018

I’d love to lavish countless loving “hearts” on Hearts Hearts, a left-field Viennese band on our radar whose cool, slinky vocals and gorgeously crafted art rock, electro-rock, and synthwave on their latest single come together like a riveting matrimony between Geographer and Wild Beasts. Hearts Hearts is releasing a new album next week, and they’ve revealed a surreal music video for its title track, Goods / Gods. Huw Stephens and John Kennedy have already started plugging the record on the radio, and Hearts Hearts has been featured on many an esteemed publication and blog, too. Now, they’ve announced a one-off London show at Thousand Island on May 22, too. Heart Hearts’ sophomore album Goods / Gods arrives April 20th. I, for one, cannot get enough of its  title track. Please enjoy the show for me, my friends across the great Atlantic pond. Listen to more of Hearts Hearts’ music on Soundcloud, here.

April 10, 2018

I’m a fan of anything involving Johnny Jewel, but of course my all time favorite Johnny Jewel project is Chromatics. As such, I nearly squealed with glee after encountering a his remix of Zola Jesus’ Ash To Bone. The original track comes off the gothy synthpop queen’s excellent 2017 album Okovi, and now it’s gone the warped synthy, thick soupy course thanks to Johnny Jewel’s caliginous re-imagination. The release is even accompanied by a new music video directed by Zola Jesus and Jenni Hensler. You can find Johnny Jewel’s remix on Zola Jesus’ new B-sides pack, Okovi: Additions, out on Sacred Bones, here

April 3, 2018
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We’re elated that some of our music friends have brought SUMif’s energetic and enrapturing live show to NYC recently. It’s about time the East Coast had a taste of how scintillating the singer songwriter and producer’s buoyant bouncing electro-pop always is live. And now that Steph Wells has come back home to San Francisco, the local scene is in for another SUMif treat this Saturday when she opens for Young Galaxy at Popscene, where she’s become a welcome regular treat of sorts. Every SUMif set inspires a euphoric dance party, and every SUMif song has never failed us when it comes to wildly infectious, wonderfully hooking pop, too. Case in point, brand new single Say, a crisply aerated electro-pop ballad topped with Steph’s always disarming and effortless vocals. SUMif addresses the tumultuous emotions involved in desire and longing, or the universal battle between head and the heart, on her synth fluid gem. You can also stream Say via Spotify, here. San Francisco, get out to and have an epic Saturday night at Popscene with SUMif and Young Galaxy, show info available, here.

March 31, 2018
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Plush, rosy shades of music bliss “color” our hearts and leave us warm and flushed on Time, the latest from British indie quartet Colouring. Alt pop, indie electro, and synthpop intertwine on the fabulous tune, which enthralls with the sleek vivaciousness of Youngr the gooey 80s lushness Great Good Fine OK. Time is the first single from Colouring’s debut album, expected later this year. You can also stream the smooth ravishing song on Spotify, here. Keep up wit the dashing quartet via their Facebook, here.

March 30, 2018

Los Angeles based duo Lean enraptured us a few months ago with funk tinged rock on Heatwave after having made their acclaimed debut in 2017, and now they’ve already revealed details regarding their debut full length! Years, which will be out on May 25th, features this fantastic first single, Inaction, a twangy chugging The War On Drugs meets retro-hued, infectiously rocking TEN FÉ sort of timeless jam. Stephen Johnson of Lean explains: “‘Inaction’ is different from other Lean songs because it’s not about any specific personal experience or people. It’s just a general impression of how all people are and particularly some of our worst qualities.” Inaction can be found on Apple Music, here, or Spotify, here.