Friday, May 17, 2019
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
ANOHNI lends her gorgeous vocals to this collaboration with J. Ralph, singing the poetry of Jade Bell. All proceeds from the track go to Bell’s non-profit foundation Jade’s KIDS.
Monday, May 13, 2019
British band HÆLOS have just released their remarkable sophomore record Any Random Kindness. It builds upon their initial trip-hop sound, making things more dense and organic. "Empty Skies" is a standout track with its drum patterns recalling Massive Attack's masterful song "Unfinished Sympathy." The band brings in their excellent use of harmonies all, of course, anchored by Lotti Benardout’s Valkyrie-like voice. It's a stunning achievement.
Friday, May 10, 2019
Production duo Drinker has just released their stunning debut album Fragments. Moody single "Fragment II" is the centerpiece and one of the many highlights on the record.
Thursday, May 9, 2019
The brilliantly off-center pop/folk band Big Thief return with their best album yet, the grandly surreal U.F.O.F. "Strange" sounds like Joni Mitchell fronting a dream pop band. Their album is a treasure trove of riches. I keep finding something new each time.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
LA duo Chasms returns with their new record The Mirage. They sound like a mix of Cocteau Twins and The xx, with a dash of Public Image Ltd.'s dub soundscapes thrown in for atmosphere. "Deep Love Deep Pain" is an evocative track that is a perfect embodiment of their sound.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Monday, May 6, 2019
Rhye return with this haunting, and vaguely sinister new track called "Needed." Lyrics like "Why you look so fragile? Do I seem so bad?," hint at a darker under current, as the narrator implores his lover that all he wants is to be needed. The song was co-written with Dan Wilson of Semisonic.
Friday, May 3, 2019
Hypnotic goth pop song from Glasgow band The Ninth Wave. It is off their debut album Infancy. I love the rush of synths and guitars, and the heavenly harmonies of singers Haydn Park-Patterson and Millie Kidd.
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Elena Tonra, the leader of British rock trio Daughter, has released her first solo record under the moniker Ex:Re. It's a somber record that chronicles a recent breakup she went through. "The Dazzler" details the loneliness and emptiness that can be experienced in a hotel room. Tonra lays down a minimal musical background, but punctuates the song with lots of odd electronics, strings, and treated guitar.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Monday, April 29, 2019
Friday, April 26, 2019
Two Door Cinema Club fully embrace candy-colored synth pop on their latest single "Satellite" which is on their upcoming new album False Alarm.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Moving ballad from singer, song-writer Shey Baba, that is about mourning the past, but moving on from it.
"Time only haunts you once
Pause, and then it will restart
It's a pain I've been holding for years
And now that my moment's come
All disappear inside
It's the truth I've been holding for years
And this is my requiem to the old world
Fading, you're fading
You don't have to be who you are anymore"
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Monday, April 22, 2019
Friday, April 19, 2019
Joyous single from Beyonce's masterful live concert album Homecoming, which chronicles her legendary performance at Coachella. You can listen to it here on Spotify.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
From her upcoming solo record Adult Baby, Kazu Makino (lead singer of Blonde Redhead) releases the mesmerizing, pointillistic track "Salty." For the song she enlisted the help of legendary Japanese composer/producer Ryuichi Sakamoto, Atoms For Peace percussionist Mauro Refosco, and Son Lux drummer Ian Chang. It's impossible not to be captivated by the minimalist electronics.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Monday, April 15, 2019
Friday, April 12, 2019
Like a mashup between Robyn's "Dancing On My Own" and Stevie Nicks' "Stand Back," London producer Georgia's new track is a throbbing, pulsating dance floor banger.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
From his new EP, Table of Context, Brooklyn singer Joshua Karpeh, a.k.a. Cautious Clay, releases the magnetic single "Something for Nothing." His voice sounds like an earthier Seal.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
2019 is looking to be the year of teenage pop gold. Following on the heals of Billie Eilish's debut album, 19 year old Canadian singer bülow has just released her solid EP called Crystalline. "Wake Up" is a super catchy pop song about a girl wanting her boyfriend to grow up and face responsibilities with maturity. If you like Lorde and Billie Eilish, you will certainly love bülow.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Jay Pryor gives this Kehlani track a euphoric dance floor sheen, masking the rather sad lyrics about a dissolved relationship. Regardless, it is a killer track.
Monday, April 8, 2019
If Robyn, Cocteau Twins, and The Sundays got together and wrote a "crying alone in the club" song, they would probably sound like this excellent track from Aussie singer-songwriter Hatchie. It is from her upcoming debut album called Keepsake.
Friday, April 5, 2019
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
If you are a fan of Fever Ray, The Knife, Kate Bush, and Bjork, you will love the work of Syrian-American producer KÁRYYN. Her debut album The Quanta Series is brilliantly executed. I am particularly drawn to the epic track "YAJNA," which slowly gathers force and strength over its 7 minute run time.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Seventeen year old pop sensation Billie Eilish just released When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? and it is a self-assured goth-pop collection of tracks that we will likely be hearing all year long. I keep being drawn in to the song "ilomilo," with its pitter-pat drum programming, dreamland xylophone keyboards, odd synth patterns that creep around the outside of the mix, and of course, Billie's detached, teenage vocals.
Monday, April 1, 2019
Friday, March 29, 2019
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Title track from These New Puritans' fantastic new fourth album. Their music is almost undefinable; but my best approximation is it sounds like what Talk Talk would have sounded like had they gone down a more electronic/techno side of things after Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
American Football return with their third record which features a lot of great collaborations. I really love their use of Slowdive's Rachel Goswell's breathy vocals on the sparkling track "I Can't Feel You."
Monday, March 25, 2019
Flume just released his mixtape Hi This is Flume, and it is a killer mix of new tracks. "MUD" shows off more of his textural side with industrial strength drums and more melted, twisted synths.
Friday, March 22, 2019
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Blaqk Audio, the synthpop side project of Davey Havok and Jade Puget of AFI, have released their fourth album Only Things We Love. "Dark Arcades" is a darkly epic track with a killer chorus that recalls the best of 80s goth pop.
Monday, March 18, 2019
From Karen O/Danger Mouse's beguiling collaboration album Lux Prima, "Redeemer" combines swirling strings, pounding drums, and spaghetti-western style guitars, all brought to a perfect mix through Karen O's commanding voice.
Friday, March 15, 2019
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Tamaryn began her career as a dark, droning shoegaze act but now has moved full force into sparkling synthpop. "Angels of Sweat" is the latest track from her upcoming album Dreaming the Dark, which sounds like if Kate Bush fronted Erasure. It's pretty mesmerizing.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
The Innocence Mission has been around for over 30 years and they never disappoint. This latest song is probably one of their most beautiful. Prepare to be transfixed.
Monday, March 11, 2019
SASAMI, the former keyboardist for Cherry Glazerr, has released a lovely collection of shoegazey pop. One of my favorite songs is this beautiful ode to a relationship that didn't work out but the feelings remain and they want to save the friendship. I love these lyrics, that sums up at lot of personal things for myself:
"One of these nights I'm
Gonna hear your song again, friend
One of these nights I'm
Gonna be your friend again
It's not the time or place for us
But you said that you would save some space for us."