Your first obsession of 2016 has arrived. London-based electro-pop duo Taffy Trouble, comprised of longtime friends Alex and Ella, is the latest act that you’re gonna wanna know before anyone else. Their Facebook lists John Waters and Lil Kim as their influences and that should be enough to perk up your ears.
Damian Ardestani — as he’s known as when he’s not the next big thing in music — may have been raised in Sweden, the holy mecca of pop music, but he grew up in the Tensta, one of the most dangerous places to live in the country. However, it’s from those experience where he draws the emotions he places in his art on songs like “Lucifer” and “Blood Honey, ” both taken from his Lucifer EP which dropped earlier this year and is available to listen to here.
Everyone has that one movie that they love to cry to. That one movie that relates to something you have just experienced, so you watch it just to get in touch with these emotions. “Always” by Jake McMullen has a similar effect emotionally, but instead of sharing emotions with you, he seems to explain to you how you’re feeling. Although his music is mainly acoustic guitar, the guitar is rich and carries a lot of depth.
Few things cause quite a flurry of excitement like an artist coming out of hiding to release a new track. After disappearing shortly following his 2011 release of Mirrorwriting, British artist Jamie Woon has returned with a new single to ease our worried minds.
A solid post rock track, “Sabrina” is part Mac DeMarco jangly shoegaze and part Pity Sex post rock, melding together to form a sound that can perhaps best be described as a significantly less angry Nirvana (although certainly just as angsty). This can also be heard in the often repeated lines “I lost my mind again” and “I’m freaking out, ” which is a clever tool to use here since there’s not much else to do when you’re losing your mind other than say it over and over again until you’ve figured out what to do about it.
Self-described “slop pop” band Diet Cig established a reputation for themselves earlier this year with their infectious EP Over Easy. The songs featured were raw, witty, and beautiful in their simplicity.
Now, the multi-instrumentalist is gearing up to release his first full-length album with Run For Cover Records. Entitled Looking In, the album is not set to be released until October 2. Luckily, we’ve managed to get a glimpse of what to expect through his first single, “Mia.”
Beach House is, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scully, a band from Baltimore, Maryland and they are in clear control of the California Beach House vibe, get it? This song “Sparks” is in consistent style with their commonalities as an artist and band, spacey, vibrant melodic tones. Sparks is a journey in of itself.
Ohio-based band All Dogs released their debut album on August 28th. Entitled Kicking Every Day, it takes its name from a line in their lead single, “That Kind of Girl.” With this raw and guttural examination of how frustrating it can be to be blindly, and incorrectly, judged, singer Maryn Jones has crafted a high-energy, cathartic tune that allows listeners to release just a little bit of that anger we all feel every day.
“Cote D’Azur” is a track from the Quiet Hollers’ self-titled album that will be released this October 2015. After the release of their 2013 album I Am The Morning, Quiet Hollers gained an immense fan base, which lead to several tours across the country.
Amateur Best is a music act created by Joe Flory, formerly known as Primary 1. He’s readying his second full-length album The Gleaners to be released in October, a follow up to 2013 No Thrills. His music is slinky electropop, cold and disaffected enough to walk the New York City streets, warm enough to come home to, if music can feel both hazy and crystal clear — this is it.
This duo is a fantastic amalgamation of stellar, star gaze music and they mean to tell it like it is. And what I think they mean by is what it is like being a native Los Angeles rock band with a residency at the Satellite am alternative venue in the Silver Lake area in the City of Angels, and being a band with a front -woman who just may do it all.
FM Belfast, Retro Stefson, Sykur… something about the cold Icelandic air just gifts the artists with a knack for good pop songs. Today’s export is Young Karin, a band formerly known as Highlands. They’ve just released their latest effort, a three track set titled PYK, earlier this summer and it’s just solidifies the new bands place in the music industry.
If ever there was a good road trip song, or a song perfect for a movie montage, N. Lannon’s “Dreamer” is it, and his new music video serves to prove it. Directed by Christopher Coats, the video takes viewers on a 4-minute long journey through winding roads, open fields, snowy tracks, and other distant memories.
Every now and then, a music video comes along that, regardless of your feelings towards it, has a sense of artistry that is simply undeniable. Case in point: Autre Ne Veut's recent video for the single "World War Pt. 2."