OFFICIAL VID: Cloud Boat - Carmine
Cloud Boat released a mesmerizing, eerie video for their beautiful, sweeping single Carmine, and I love the song very much, so I must take the opportunity to share it again. It’s been our first taste off an upcoming sophomore album in the works, and a promising one at that. Carmine is such a lush, atmospheric electronic pop song, perfect for those that love the magnificent music of London Grammar and Daughter.
Nearly half a year ago, a mysterious new act named Mononoke, presumably after the Miyazaki film, bewitched me with a beautiful, sorrowful ballad titled Alice. The song was accompanied by a well crafted video that added to the Alice in Wonderland inspired effects of the song. I loved the witty lyrics of the gentle beauty, and I wondered who this Mononoke is. Today, the UK act resurfaced with a lovely new tune, just as melancholic and heart melting. Barefoot and Broken is another graceful, gorgeous tune. Along with the audio, Mononoke also released a new video for the song, which you can find below. Again, I find myself reminded of A Fine Frenzy and lead singer Alison Sudol, but with a touch of Broods on the new tune. Revisit the video for the entrancing and elegant Alice below, too.
Torres, aka singer songwriter Mackenzie Scott, teamed up with a list of formidable artists on her compelling new song New Skin. On it, she’s backed by Dave Hartley of The War On Drugs, Chris Wilson of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, and Sharon Van Etten. Wow. The folksy indie rock track is a gritty, raw gem, expressing stalwart strength in the face of a melancholic poignancy. Torres is working on a new album to follow 2013’s critically acclaimed debut album.
OFFICIAL VID: Sister Crayon - Floating Heads
Yesterday, I shared Sister Crayon’s goosebump raising beautiful cover of Drake’s Hold On, We’re Going Home, and today, they’ve released a music video for their original single Floating Heads, which is off their Cynic EP. The beautiful song starts out almost gospel like with its long acappella styled introduction, but then the beats kick in and the song takes flight with the Sacramento duo’s signature sultry, smoky indie rock sound that sometimes reminds me of Bats for Lashes’ Natasha Khan and Philly electronic R&B act Polica. The underlying soulful trip hop flavor of the tune is so rich and resplendent.
If you dig dreamy, surfy, warm, jangly pop flavored indie rock, you’ll fall in love with Ablebody’s After Hours. The burst of sunshine and languid melody of the tune sits somewhere pretty in between the Smiths and heavily Smiths influenced bands like The Pains of Being Pure At Heart or The Drums. It’s no wonder, considering the Los Angeles based band includes members that once played with The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, and Ablebody will be supporting them on tour shortly. The shimmering, gleaming, new wave tinged After Hours will be available on limited edition 7” on May 20 off their bandcamp.
Brooklyn indie rockers People Get Ready recently announced a new album titled Physiques, out June 24 on Brassland, and the title track is too fantastic not to share. It’s an entrancing, intricate indie rock and experimental pop tune leaning into chamber/baroque pop territory, reminding me of a blend of music by the likes of Fanfarlo, Local Natives, and Ramona Falls.
OFFICIAL VID: tUnE-yArDs - Water Fountain
That genius of a worldbeat, experimental pop musician named tUnE-yArDs released a video for her super duper fun new single Water Fountain today, and as one would expect, it’s a vibrant, colorful display of endless bizarre visuals. Basically, it’s like a children’s show hopped up on caffeine. Merrill Garbus’ videos are always a visual treat accompanied by her unique art pop that blends Afrobeat, jazz, folk, and all sorts of other types of music. If you’ve never caught her live, you should really do so on her new tour. tUnE-yArDs brings along a talented crowd of backing musicians to jam together. New album Nikki Nack drops May 6, and I predict it to be one of the more interesting releases of that month.
The last time I featured Boots, I was raving about how talented the guy is and how he’s the brainchild between so many of the great tunes on Beyonce’s recent surprise album. After the success of that album, Boots has been focusing on his own work. He’s unveiled many songs over the course of the past months, but today brings us a new smoky beauty titled Dreams. It features none other than the Queen B herself. Beyonce lends impressive guest vocals to the saccharine electronic R&B track. It’s plush, lush, and chic… The track really lives up to its name.
A few weeks ago, the talented producer known as Jamie xx (of The xx) blew us away with the murky brilliance of a tune titled Sleep Sound. Today, he’s thrown the internet into a frenzy with Girl, which will accompany Sleep Sound on a brand new EP out May 5 on Young Turks. Girl is a surprisingly rich and disco house influenced track. It meanders along in fogginess, but emerges from the shadows repeatedly with a snappier spirit we scarcely hear from Jamie xx.
There are few albums as breathtakingly beautiful as Bon Iver’s eponymous second album, but if we were to pick one song that most people have heard off it and agree is timeless, it would have to be Holocene. Today, we revisit that chicken soup for the soul tune via this amazing new remix by Los Angeles dream pop act Satchmode. It’s an ethereal, sigh inducing approach that includes some inspiring, very Tycho like moments. Absolutely gorgeous. If you recall, Satchmode has already made us sigh many a time before, from six months ago with dreamy synthpop song Old Fears, which I still love dearly, to the more upbeat and vibrant electronic pop gem Best Intentions from earlier this year.
Obviously, when a song makes it to #1 on the charts anywhere, it tends to spawn an endless array of covers and remixes. I shared Mausi’s cover of Kiesza’s Hideaway yesterday, but today, we have this sweet remix by fast rising London production duo Sigma, who’s been making some crazy insane waves back home in the UK. The UK songstress’ hit groovy, sexy debut single works exceptionally well as a drum and bass track. If you haven’t heard of Sigma yet, you should really check out their jungly bootleg version of Kanye’s Bound 2, Nobody To Love, which has been a huge success this past month.
Vancouver band Young Liars returned a month ago with indie pop gem Night Window. They follow it up now with Young Again, another splendid track with more of their Two Door Cinema Club meets Foals and Wild Beasts sound and even some Future Islands like woozy synths. Young Liars’ new EP Night Window comes out on April 29, and I’m really looking forward to hearing even more off it. Revisit the terrific title track below with me.