With a total population of under half a million over an area of about 40,000 sq mi, Iceland is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. This fact alone intrigues me greatly.
Iceland Music Exportis back with the sixth edition of their compilation series that showcases a diverse collection of artists from all over the country. A sampler of contemporary Icelandic music, listen to a handful of some of my favorite tracks and be sure to read up more on the project here.
Let’s do a little comparing and contrasting today.
I’ve been dying for Will Wisenfeld, otherwise known as Baths, to come out with new music ever since I heard his epic album, Cerulean. To this day, I still can’t imagine taking his song, “Aminals,” off of my top 5. That song is truly wonderful.
But, finding us now 3 years since then – I’m still having a hard time releasing that fondess for that now out of date sound. Wisenfeld’s newer material blurs along the Sufjan Stevens deconstructed genre of experimental sounds and melodies. Take for instance, the newest released Baths single, “Ironworks.”
Wisenfeld’s vocals are completely at the forefront of the track – compared to Cerulean. In the past, he used his voice more as an instrument which was constantly modified and swept into the layers of the track itself. Now, it’s very apparent the direction we will hear in the upcoming album, Obsidian. Alongside the electronic instrumentals, some more traditional elements are starting to come into focus.
An interesting note, Wisenfeld became bedridden after touring in support of Cerulean after becoming very sick.He immersed himself into dark, old age content that is seemingly a heavy influence on this new and unique sound.
As someone who was a fan of his previous work, I’m still highly curious to hear what the full release sounds like – track by track. Stay tuned via Facebook and do grab “Aminals” below.
Can’t let this one slip away folks. Gracie’s latest EP, Bleeders, drops today and it surely cannot disappoint. I’ve always enjoyed Andrew Balasia’s stray from normal sounds but with each single he released leading up to today, we were pointed to a more organized and collected style.
Gracie has truly carved out an enjoyable place for our ears and reached a much more refined level. I love this direction and cannot wait to get my hand on a physical copy. Released through Small Plate Records, grab your copy here and listen to a few tracks from the EP below including his newest single, “Pet.”
BONUS: Looking for more? Dive into Small Plate’s latest collection of singles. These guys are good.
I’m a big sucker for bedroom projects. I love the DIY nature, the spirit behind actually producing something whether you have support or not. So, it was really no surprise how much I dug Observer Drift immediately when his music landed in my inbox about a year ago.
Full of honest and emotive content that added another depth to his already dreamy synths and oscillating tones – Collin Ward really took hold of his own sound. With a new album titled, Fjords, due out May 31st, I’m excited to see if the Minnesota artist will take a plunge in a different direction or hone up on his already phenomenal dream-pop sound.
Stay tuned via Facebook and grab his latest single, a stripped down version of “Warm Waves” off ofCorridors.
Wow. That’s all I’ve got to say. The new Young Galaxyalbum is absolutely on.
Maybe it’s the fact that the band actually went to Sweden, part-Mecca for electronic music, to produce their newest album, Ultramarine. Being in foreign territory, perhaps it was easier to expand the mind. Either way, there’s still the shimmering layers, pounding rhythms, and of course, those vocals from Catherine McCandless.
Due out internationally on April 27th via Paper Bag Records, you can stream the entire album via Pitchfork. Although, I say after checking out only a few of the tracks below..I’m ready for the pre-order.
I recently featured André Uhl for his late night, eerie sounds when he dropped his latest EP. I love when artists connect the audio to the visual and Uhl did just that when he translated his track, “Native,” off of Creatures into his latest music video.
It’s dark, mysterious and along the lines of slightly creepy as the main focal point feels only inches off of the wet, forest floor. Going on a long and foggy trip, this video is well produced and best enjoyed full screen.
I believe I was first struck by LA duo, Kisses, back in 2011 when I first heard their single, “People Can Do The Most Amazing of Things.” A simple yet steady beat, futile lyrical content, and those droning vocals that just work so well with the group’s sound.
It only made sense to do a little personal research and revisiting when I heard them on my shuffle over the weekend. I love this slightly matured sound – there’s more electronic elements than their typical synth-pop. “The Hardest Part” is purely catchy with its snappy percussion and heavy 80′s synths. It’s an all around great track to get you psyched for new material. With an upcoming release slated for May 14th (via Cascine), I can’t wait to hear the rest of the track listing.
Check out their first single from the forthcoming album, Kids in L.A., below and be sure to listen to more of their music here.
Also be sure to check out this lovely teaser vid they dropped awhile back.