I first came across the mysterious Blackedoutwhen late one night, I found myself in the tinychat internet concert venue SPF420. After “sticking around” (or keeping my internet browser open / headphones on) for a couple of the other acts, the host announced Blackedout would be performing next. A quick switch of the webcam to wherever he was performing from, which for the most part, was in complete darkness and he was set to begin.
Almost immediately I was completely enthralled with the sounds I was hearing. As I’ve said before and through a lot of the music I share, I’m a huge fan of late night/R&B type sexy grooves and spacey sounds and beats. After the performance, I was excited to delve into some more tunes and was even more thrilled when I came across this brand new EP just released on April 30th.
This is a solid example of the sounds I love (think kind of the same vein as Supreme Cuts, The-Drum, Holy Other, etc). This is pure sex. Really nice sounding pianos, synths, drums, water sounds, [probably] some found sound samples in there, and nice use of Rihanna vocals and vox from the song ”Baby I’m For Real” (which was either taken from Michael McDonald or The Originals).
My only real complaint (if you can even call it that) is the brevity of the EP, spanning only about 15 minutes total. Anyway, hop on down below, turn the lights off, and hit play.
BONUS: for some non-EP tracks (that are just as chillin’) head on over to Blackedout’s soundcloud.
Philadelphia-local, Skeleton Lipstick, fell into my inbox seemingly out of nowhere the other day. I just can’t keep up with this city.
Gritty 80′s-styled synths glaze over your eardrums smoothed out by glo-fi beats – and trust me, it completely comes together. There’s a lot of things I want to ask the man behind this synthwave project. More specifically, how are you producing this wonderful music and performing Maxillofacial surgery at the same time? Well, perhaps not at the same time. But still.
This is what I love, when artists give me a little context to work with. Not everything is a mysterious secret. Skeleton Lipstick is a working professional who manages to make some impressive electronic music that takes our ears decades back in time. His apparent skill for life balance allows him to creatively stretch his mind when he’s not performing his grueling 9-5. How cool, right?
The song above is a teaser for the new album. It does not appear on the album. I took the 10 tracks from “glows then melts” then cut them up, and organized the chaos into a NEW promo track! Every sound in the song (except the vocals) is a loop from one of the ten tracks on “Glows then Melts.” Nothing too special, just a little bonus song I worked up in an hour so. Head over to AIRLINES TAPES bandcamp for the real songs!
I’ve been tracking Canada’s Teen Daze for quite some time now. His evolution as an artist has been fun to listen to and never the least bit disappointing, even now as he slowly slips away from his earliest sounds.
Inner Mansions is the musician’s second full length, and if you’ve been counting, his second release this year. As a collection being hailed as his “most captivating songs” yet, I really enjoy the more experimental foray he takes us, the listeners, on. There’s plenty more vocal play, yet still that hint of electronic expertise that seems to pour from his fingertips.
I’ve been really selfish with this track. Tabbed up on Chrome, I cannot for the life of me click that little “x.” But finally (and thankfully), I’m now getting around to posting it up on the blog.
LexiconDon’s newest single, “Burn,” is a searingly downtempo track that’s dark and moody yet churns and churns. It reminds me of a lot of things but nothing like that of their previous work – - and when most bands experiment outside of their usual sound, it’s a bit dicey. I love this direction and am highly anticipating their follow up to Pink + Blue.
I’ve seen a lot of artists opt for the animated music video lately, and it’s not a terrible thing. As much as I love seeing a band perform live, there’s something interesting in the process of producing a video that doesn’t actually star the artist themselves.
I really love the shadowed drawings that give off such an eerie vibe in Lowlakes’ newest video, playing out a story behind Thomas Snowdon’s commanding vocals. Off their debut self-titled EP, “Buffalo Girl,” sits nicely in the Australian’s effortless dream-like sound. The combination of it all is deeply reminiscent of Radiohead, which makes me incredibly interested to see what they prepare for their next release.
Meet Observer Drift, a bedroom pop project based out of Minnesota who runs along the same vein as Teen Daze, Beach House, and even hints of Long Walks On The Beach. Music that feels nostalgic, reminiscent of childhood memories, and over-exposed pictures.
Sometimes with this particular genre it’s hard to break out of the dreamy electronic sound, songs becoming flat and sounding all the same. But, Collin Ward (Observer Drift) mixes it up quite a bit in his self-produced album, Corridors. I love the simple guitar in the track, “Letters To Myself,” and the introspective nature of the rest of the album.
Listen below, and name your price at his bandcamp site. Enjoy.