Oakland’s very own Trails and Ways already take hold with their ethnic-styled dream pop that’s ripe with heavy bossa nova influences. And now their visuals do just the same.
It may be the start of December but my mind is set on travel and the world abroad, and thankfully, the band’s newest video for their track, “Tereza,” is the perfect remedy. Gorgeous blue water, vibrant reef life, and those gentle female vocals take me somewhere else. Hit play above and find yourself lost.
This is exactly what I was looking for. Something to spark the nerve endings, get my blood flowing, and make me truly excited to hear more.
I shouldn’t expect much. It’s been almost four days that I’ve been couped up from having surgery on both my legs to fix an old college sports injury. I also find life ironic allowing me the most time off during typically one of the hottest months of the year. But, I digress.
Perusing through the what’s protocol? inbox searching for some blogging inspiration, Weekend Phantom’sdebut album was found neatly tucked away. Simple, polite, and straight to the point – I was introduced quickly to my newest aural obsession.
Their debut release, Dot,has got plenty of different directions it takes yet you can still take a step back and hear the cohesion of their genre blending. Some tracks are more new wave than others, while some are more jangly surf-rock anthems. Their sound is tight and aware of its boundaries, and I really love how they give way for their lyrical content to shine through.
A smooth downtempo rhythm alongside almost indiscernable vocals makes for a slow burning and mesmerizing track.
I love the spooky and somewhat tribal lead Antwerp creates into the fluid beat laid down slightly before the 1 minute mark in his single, “Maze.” His manipulation and overall control is mind-melting and a beautiful thing.
There’s an incredible amount of things that I love about Cloud Control’s newest single, “Dojo Rising.”It ranges from the loud to soft vocals, melancholic content, and heavy hitting percussion. It’s an unavoidably all-around solid track.
The group has come a long way and their sound has completely refined over the years. A track that surely will be on repeat, stream the song below and be sure to keep watch for their upcoming album, Dream Cave, due out September 17th (USA, via Votiv).
Sometimes, I just don’t feel that my words are necessary.
My ancestors from Sweden lived on a Fjord…
This is my second full length album and its title is Fjords. In many ways I believe that it is very different from Corridors, but at the same time very much alike. The drive and influence behind the songs strongly relate to those of Corridors. These themes will never be erased from my music because they have influenced my life so much that I couldn’t possibly stop writing about them. Fjords is about growth and change. Exploring the unexplored and seeking new vantage points. I think that each song stands for itself and has a separate message rather than contributing to an overall theme. I would try to tell you what each song is about and what actually inspired each one, but that is something I do not even completely know yet. I wrote all these songs as they came to me without stopping to question what they meant or why they existed in my head. So with that said, maybe you can help me with revealing what they mean by listening to them and providing yourself with an explanation of your own. With time and aging, perhaps each song will reveal itself.
Dreamy synths, airy female vocals, compressed percussion – it’s nothing new but when done right, it sounds incredible. After becoming mildly obsessed with last summer’s release, Camera Shy, I’ve been yearning for new music ever since.
Finally back at it again, listen to the group’s newest single since 2012, “Surrender.”Searing chords and a lush rhythm section is just so nice on the ears. Off of their forthcoming limited edition 7”, be sure to keep this duo on your rader.
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.
With heavy shoegaze tones and textures alongside rough and raw guitars, the group’s effect is an immediate wall of sound for your ears. I can only imagine seeing these guys for a night set with some crazy lights. Although the band’s lineup has changed a number of times, the sound has remained pristine over the years.
With Sweet Heart Sweet Light having been dropped around this time last year, I’m hoping to see if there will be any new material played for this upcoming festival season. Check out the group’s single, “Hey Jane,” below (yes, that is their album artwork) and be sure check out this weird promo site I found.
Dreamy, lush electronica seems something that Sterile Cuckoohas got down. He places his delicate vocals deep within the glittering synths, giving off a hazy, ethereal vibe.
In his latest piece of work, The Adventure Park, we’re taken through surreal melodies that are perfect for the headphones. I love the pop elements in “Miracle Love Atlas” but, I also really enjoy when he slows things down like in track, “July, July.
Listen below for yourself and keep an eye on him via Soundcloud.