Electro-ballads are slowly becoming my thing now. For fans of Room8 and College, this one’s for you. A duo consisting of two film composers from Stockholm, I believe, is already enough to know that whatever I receive in my inbox will be something of solid gold.
“Love Divine,” is the group’s first single, something slow and building with soft and delicate vocals. Everything necessary is present, like the searing electric guitar and dreamy synths. It’s a fabulous entry into the electronic scene and I’m beyond excited to explore their debut EP. Be sure to check out the teaser and grab your own copy of their new track below.
I’ve been a huge fan of Tree and his collaborators for awhile now. Otherwise known as Oliver Nickell, the young musician has made quite a home out of San Francisco truly pushing the underground movement on the West Coast.
Recently Nickell and his group of multimedia artists have dropped a free 9-track EP titled, Splitting Branches. It features some of the singles he’s released along the way and some new collaborations as well. What I love most is his non-traditional approach with creating music. It goes beyond simply finding various kitchen utensils to replace minor percussion, the production and layering is just completely on point.
I really enjoy the eerie, slow burner vibe in the opening track, “People,” which also has a fabulous finger-picking riff. It almost sounds like something straight out of Donnie Darko. Other tracks like, “Artemecia,” blends female/male vocals wonderfully alongside electronic blips and bloops. I also dig the song, “From Reds to Blues,” which offers a spacey-chillwave sound over looping vocals. The entire track-listing is a diverse and experimental mix of works with various artists, it’s certainly one for the headphones with the amount of the layered details and textures.
DC-based, Psittacines, burst onto the electronic music scene and onto my radar seemingly out of nowhere last year. He’s proved to be crafty with his production, creating lush chillwave-styled beats over fantastic and hazy loops.
Currently up for stream is his latest soon-to-be-released tape, Threefold – Vol. 1. With my first introduction being the leading track, “Blip,” I was instantly sold with the warping synthesizers and hypnotizing beats. Nothing overdone and overproduced here, track by track everything just simply gels together.
So, take a listen below and for the analog lovers, check out his beautifully packaged and limited run of 25 cassettes (made of recycled materials!) he’s offering via Buddha Tapes. Officially due out Feb. 8th, grab your pre-order here.
Last Fall I became a bit enamored by the electronic duo, Love Echo, and their fabulous post-chillwave sound. And today, their debut album, I Promise You The Sky, has finally dropped.
Track by track your ears are met with lush electronica, top-notch production, ethereal vocals and searing synthesizers. I love the diversity and individual sound they so effortlessly create. Standout favorites range from, “We,” to “Light,” to the slow-churning, ”Eleven.”
Collectively, it’s all just so damn good. Grab your very own version here, here, or here.
New York’s REverb Rock is a mixture of many things. He throws beats under ambient electronica, or sometimes he includes Teen Daze/Passion Pit-esque vocals on a track. It completely varies, and I think that’s what I really enjoy most about his new release, Fables.
Fans of anything along the experimental electronic spectrum will enjoy listening through the entire 6-track EP.
Preview Fables below and grab your copy at your own price here.
Warm and fuzzy guitars combined with soft, relaxed vocals immediately make Tearjerker’s latest album, Hiding, a recent and understated favorite of mine.
With the soft plucking and easy strumming in opening track, “Door,” I knew I was settling in for many, many repeated listens. Of course, it’s certainly something I think we’ve all heard before but, the skill is in the craft. These gentleman show off their musicianship in a very subtle style mixing an element of shoegaze and slight psychedelia to their indie-rock sound.
Listen to the 4-track EP below and if you like what you hear, be sure to check out their previously released full-length, Rare, via their bandcamp.
I can’t not acknowledge tonight’s show. With a near perfect bill, I’m more than excited to make my way down Frankford Ave. tonight and catch not only the incredibly complex sounding group, Sun Airway, but I’m also really interested in catching up-and-comer, Cruiser.
Ever since Wild Palms, I’ve been entranced by the project’s floating vocals, soothing tones, and intricately layered tracks. Their latest release, Soft Fall, immediately grabbed some nice little hype for the Philadelphians. Now, pair a night with Andy State’s local bedroom project-turned backing band and I think you’ve got a winner of a bill.
Listen below and dig a bit into both groups and be sure to grab your tickets here!
Oh, yes. Broke For Free is exactly what my ears have been waiting for. Today started out a bit dismal, the streets were thoroughly saturated before the sun even broke. But throwing on his newest release, Gold Can Stay, things suddenly felt incredibly refreshing for a mid-December morning.
I’m really obsessed with his style. From the ocean soundscapes, thick bass lines, to the laid-back beats musician, Tom Cascino, layers his music in such a minimal yet expert way without overwhelming you. Track to track, you’re bound to hear something new. Even a touch of vocals if you’re lucky.
You’re last reason to love this guy? His releases are all free. If you’re a fan of Delicate Steve and the like, I highly recommend.
Good lord, those warping synths, that explosive beat – these inbox submissions just keep getting better and better. a.zebra, hello? Who are you? With just a little drop of such a heavy track like “Shootingstars,” I’m a bit sonically overwhelmed at the moment.
I really love his interpretation of the electronic genre. His music consists of such push and pull tension that instantly grips your ears for attention. This guy is massively crafty. Listen below, browse a bit on bandcamp, and keep his Soundcloud page on your radar,