The first time that I heard of Alvin & Lyleit was through their Luxembourg counter-parts, Sun Glitters. I was pretty much instantly drawn to their dream-pop blend of chillwave synths, lo-fi vocals, and an ever present electronic beat when I listened to last year’s release, Summer Dreams.
It’s good to see the group still working hard to carve out their own sound in today’s world of music. Alvin & Lyle have recently announced the release date for their upcoming EP, Sounds, due out March 26th. Their first single, “Winter’s Tale,”is an oscillating downtempo track that slowly builds and builds, leaving you with many repeated listens soon thereafter.
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.
Upon recently discovering Ireland’s Young Wonder, I’ve begun to think I’ve really overlooked the country and its electronic scene.
Heavy hitting production that seamlessly weaves together many different layers of genres, beats, and vocals to truly make a sound of their own - Ian Ring and Rachel Koeman are on to something. Some moments I hear Sun Glitters, others I hear shades of Gold Panda, even Passion Pit when things get super manipulated … but, the one thing that stands alone is that gorgeous voice of Koeman. And, it’s used in incredibly diverse ways, varying from track to track. That’s impressive.
Debuting their first self-titled EP last April, I’m curious to see what they’re going to do next. A festival in the States would be huge, just saying..
Dig further into Young Wonder below and be sure to keep a hold of them via Facebook.
tight community. With each link I click, I learn more of who’s worked with who, who’s remixed what, and who’s friends inside this little country of Luxembourg.
Meet Artaban, a duo of brothers with a careful shroud of mystery who describe their sound as a cross between Röyksopp and Boards of Canada. They blend a lot of contemporary club sounds with influences of old vinyl they listened to as kids. With their first album, Landscapes, released back in 2008, they’ve been plugging away and dropping seasonal mixes along with adding their own remix treatment to many tracks along the way.
research that actually came from Luxembourg. But, I never dove deep and discovered the previous work and genre searching that was first derived with his old moniker, sug(r)cane.
It’s pretty fun to listen to, especially since all of us at the blog really dig the wonky sound of Sun Glitters as it is. Listen to an assortment of tracks below and take your own exploration into the previous moniker of one of Luxembourg’s biggest electronic musicians.
We’re in October now people, which means grab some cider, get your costumes ready, and prep for some rad album releases this month. Aside from the much anticipated M83(Oct. 18th) and Justice (Oct. 25th), there are a couple more you should look out for.
Future Islands – their new record On The Water is out October 11th.
My life has been feeling a bit distorted from reality, in the very best way possible. And that’s how I’m going to segue into the amazing chillwave-electronica artist known as Sun Glitters; the mastermind behind this deep, hauntingly gothic yet calm music.
“To Nice To Be True” has an uplifting feel at the immediate start of the track which may be from the oscillating frequencies and light-hearted sweeping beats. I like that it builds into crunchy electronica but never reaching overkill.
I’ve always said that electronica is the closest genre of music to classical. With pop and other types you don’t get the variety of changes in moods and phrases, the different keys and melodies that switch up so often. The amount of dynamics that go on in electronic songs geek me out hard, perhaps that’s why I am so drawn to them.
Sun Glitters is the moniker for Luxembourg artist, Victor Ferreira. I’m not sure if the vocal samples are of him or someone else but I like the way he shapes his songs around them, or maybe he does it the other way around? Either way, his sound is trademarked with broad synths, wonky dissonant beats, and some sort of sparkle of high frequencies to wash over it all. His remixes are damn perfect as well; follow the link for even more tunes.
Woooo it’s that time of the week again! Rounding up this week’s uptempo obsessions by yours truly. I’ve got a lot of different stuff this Friday, some weirdness for all ears.
Houdini RAC Remix – RAC It’s fair to say RAC produces nothing short of quality remixes, especially with the latest of Noah and the Whale. But this Foster the People song? Nothing but gold with the teetering synths, hand-claps, and of course some solid bass.
Burnt By The Sun – Paul White Because I know you all were just waiting for me to unleash something truly, sonically interesting for you ears. There’s so much dissonance going on but at the same time, a uniform hip-hop beat. My ears may just explode.
Well happy Saturday everyone. This weekend marks the last shift I have at one of my jobs…and I can say I could not be happier. With new things starting up next week, the prospect of change could not come at a better time.
So, here’s a healthy dose of some solid jams for your weekend activities. Daryl and I are going to check outDale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and Generationals later on tonight at Kung Fu Necktie, I’m pumped. Re-cap post most likely up soon after, keep on the look out.