Posts Tagged ‘wonky pop’

May 8, 2018
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Australia’s Slow Turismo never fails to charm me with their wonky warped psych pop and woozy jangling indie rock. Their latest single Adult Baby is a prime dose of exactly just that, a dulcet yet wistful, youthful and gauzy coming-of-age ditty that steals my heart away with its peppy step, its crunchy guitars, and some vintage flair. You’ll be oohing along before you know it, and swaying in rhythm to its contagiously ambling cadence. If you missed out on our long time affair with this Canberra quartet in the past, make sure you re-visit some of our older features, here.

April 10, 2018

A new Superorganism music video is a must share in my books. The international collective are my favorite live act of the year. I caught them in Austin, then at their sold out debut at the Rickshaw Stop here in San Francisco but two days after I returned from SXSW. Each time was as much fun as the last. I can’t attend a Superorganism show without smiling and laughing my whole way through, the indie pop outfit just lifts my spirits with their whimsically squishy pop. Their self-titled debut album has quickly become one of my favorites of the year too, and I’ll likely keep it in my car as my go to pick-me-up for a long time to come. The band’s unique music, which has been compared to the likes of MGMT and Gorillaz both due to sound and performance style, is just incredibly catchy, fun, and playful, yet also immensely clever and astute. It’s just the warm, peppy radiance we need to get through any long day. Watch Superorganism’s adorable new video for one of the tracks off the album, Night Time, above. Remember to wag your head, flash your happiest grin, and tap your feet in joy (as if you need a reminder). Orono is as charming as ever as lead vocalist and the star of the video. One of the most endearing aspects of the band, besides their amusing stage presence, is their ability to perform their songs with a smattering of unconventional instruments and sounds (obviously their music is recorded in the same manner). For an additional treat, watch today’s brand new
La Blogothèque A Take Away Show performance below and bop to their disarming rendition of Everybody Wants To Be Famous. Do yourself a favor, catch the group later this year when they hit the road on yet another expansive tour. And get their debut album, here.

March 23, 2018

We called New Shack one of our favorite new finds earlier this year when we encountered the synthwave duo’s single Ways and Means. The singer songwriter and production pair from Utah re-enforces that love at first sight, er, listen, by dousing us with more of their warped, wonky synths and cool, honeyed vocals on whimsical and glossy new treat, Cherry. A chilled out Sleigh Bells vibe meets a dreamy crisp, synth bustling School Of Seven Bells sound on the deliciously intoxicating tune. Cherry is a taste from New Shack’s fourth EP, arriving soon this year. You can snag the single from iTunes, here.

March 12, 2018
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East Coast electro-dream pop veterans Vacationer last released new material in 2014, when their sophomore album Relief dropped. So it’s a pretty big deal in our books that the Philadelphia-based band has unleashed a new tune on us. Magnetism is a sonic “vacation” well worthy of the long wait, a gauzy grooving, wonky skipping jam that almost feels like Electric Guest and Phantogram had a wild child together. Perhaps this intoxicating new arrival is a sign of much more to come from Vacationer, maybe even a new EP or full length? You can count on it that we’ll be on the lookout for news, while we’re jamming out to Magnetism on repeat, of course.  About the song, Vacationer’s Ken Vasoli’s says: ‘"Magnetism" was fun to write and came together fairly quickly. It’s intimate subject matter, trying to describe the connection I share with my loved one. I wanted to keep it lighthearted. The title comes from an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story that my girlfriend had mentioned early in our relationship. I like the word and it’s an accurate representation of this feeling we experience. Sonically, I wanted the track to bounce like a 60’s uptempo soul groove; like my warped interpretation of “The Loco-Motion” instrumental. This song gave me a lot of rejuvenation to finish the record. It sparked a new approach for my music-making and marks a point when I started enjoying the process much more.’ The single is out now on Downtown Records.

December 22, 2017

Ah, Slow Turismo, you know the way to my heart, and your new single is woozy psychedelic, wonky warped heaven. The Australian based indie rock and jangle pop troubadours have also released a trippy visualizer for Pistol Powder, only their second single of the year. Hopefully this means more music to come as we turn the corner into 2018, as we can never get enough of such dreamy swirling, hazy coiling bliss from the quartet. They do plan on releasing Pistol Powder on vinyl early next year, and another single is reportedly on the way already. Stream the rest of their music on Soundcloud, here.

December 12, 2017
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Quirky, wonky pop enchants us on Hold It Down, a new single from East Coast singer songwriter and producer Mia Gladstone. She douses us with tart and saccharine, wavy and luscious pop on the charming tune, which she co-produced with The Kickdrums. A sliver of R&B sass and a copious infusion of brassy, jazzy spice permeates the plush and snappy confection. The warm floaty, whimsically glimmering treat can also be streamed via Spotify, here. Take in more of Mia Gladstone’s music on Soundcloud, here.

October 24, 2017
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Myd, a songwriter and producer from Paris, is signed to esteemed French label Ed Banger Records, alongside other beloved producers like Justice, Riton, SebastiAN, Breakbot, and more. So it should come as no surprise that his music is as swanky seductive and glamorously intoxicating as it is on new single The Sun, a spacey spiraling, woozy whirring dose of luminous French pop, nu-disco, and wonky electro. The Sun is like trademark Ed Banger French disco house meets Metronomy and MGMT. It’s lifted from Myd’s forthcoming EP, All Inclusive. You can purchase/stream the single via major outlets, here.

July 21, 2017

It’s been a dark day, but my spirits were lifted tenfold when I encountered not one new NVDES song, but two new NVDES songs. The Los Angeles based collective has been a favorite of ours this past year, consistently serving up uniquely scintillating, quirky electrifying cocktails made out of psychedelic pop and tropical dance rock. At the helm of their cutting-edge music is Josh Ocean of Ghost Beach, who’s promised a new EP brimming with frenetic guitars and punk energy. La NVDITÉ, Vol 1. will be arriving on August 11th via Maison Nvdité / Kobalt Music Recordings. Do You Think About Me and Do Ya are our first tastes of that release. On Do You Think About Me, NVDES surprises us with a chill tropical groove. The guitar simmering, smoky shuffling tune is as mellow as we’ve ever heard NVDES, a smooth melting, deep longing alt electronic ballad with a very peculiar lyric video. It’s accompaniment today, Do Ya, is a continuation of both its musings and melody, but injected with muggy energy and rubbery shearing, wonky experimental effects. The songs are a fascinating and much swooning one two punch reminding me of art pieces that come in two pieces to form one big picture. Do You Think About Me and Do Ya are a diptych. About the track/s, Ocean comments, “This song is about the modern saga of exploring love on the internet. We wrote it shortly after I started a long distance relationship with someone in Paris via Facebook messenger. It’s about the constant wondering “is this real?” and the melancholy that comes along with that.“ The songs are out now via major retailers, here.

June 28, 2017
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Swiss born singer songwriter and producer HUGOwho achieved instant success in 2014 with his debut EP, I Am Not Hugo, after which he embarked on a three year journey searching for new inspiration, personal discovery, and self-reflection. He now makes a potent comeback with Holding On, an intricately entrancing combination of wonky soulful pop and wavey chiming electronica capped with sleek sonorous vocals. Holding On is lifted from HUGOwho’s upcoming EP, Another. You can watch the video for the song below. He states: “My music should be an honest experience in sound and emotion, simple, without hiding behind anything. I really just got crazy with my vision and my emotions. My life changed a lot since I moved to London because all of the sudden I was alone, disconnected, but it made me feel and think a lot about myself and my music. It’s not about playing some crazy chords and be like super fancy about it. I want my music to be simple and powerful. in order that as many people can relate to the feeling. ’Holding On’ is a track about loving someone too hard while realizing to let go of everything in order to grow individually and together.“

April 6, 2017

R&B inspired synthpop and electronica has certainly been flourishing in Denmark. Aside from LISS and plenty other great artists and bands, the Dane’s also call Scarlet Pleasure their own. The band, lead by satin voiced Emil Goll, has captured our attention fully with their new single Deja Vu, a bluesy rolling, funk twisting, and R&B popping jam that sinks its hooks in deep. Despite a polished veneer, Emil Goll brings plenty of raw appeal to the track. Years and Years meets Jai Paul on the fiery jam, a seductive tease in every way. Deja Vu is out now and available, here, via Copenhagen Records.