Friday, April 28, 2017
The internet can make reputations quickly, and can forget yesterday's heroes with similar speed. But the rise of Danish musician Goss is particularly notable. His first solo effort was about nine months ago, and he already has a debut EP that sounds to our ears like a miniature hits compilation. His brand of electro pop stands out by reason of his perfectly crafted arrangements, his soulful vocals, and his emphasis on the warmly romantic, rather than the icy and bleak, side of human affairs. It is a winning combination to be sure, and I'm not worried that he is going to be forgotten any time soon.
We featured a number of the songs on the Healthcare EP a few weeks ago, but today we bring you the baby-making slow burn of "ljotwiyda", as well as a stream of the entire EP. If you are like us, you are going to listen to it frequently all through the weekend.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Jade Imagine is songwriter Jade McInally, Liam Halliwell, Tim Harvey, and Jen Sholakis, although I understand the cast of characters is not set in stone. What The Fuck Was I Thinking? is out on April 28 via Courtney Barnett's label, Milk! Records, which we think is a very good fit for their material.
Bandcamp for album
And yes, we now have a new release from The Fireworks - the three-song Dream About You 7". It is a joint release from Shelflife Records in North America and Opposite Number Records in the UK. It has the band's trademark fuzz and jangle, and showcases new vocalist Beth Arzy (Trembling Blue Stars/The Luxembourg Signal), while Emma Hall provides backing vocals as her swan song with the group. Founder Matthew Rimell continues on guitar and vocals. Isabel Albiol is on bass and Shaun Charman is on drums and additional guitar. All three songs are memorable earworms, and mark the progress of a band that never fails to deliver, and just keeps getting better.
The Shelflife release is out now, while the UK release is available May 5. Dream About You is both a digital and vinyl release, although the vinyl release is limited, and will sell out very fast.
Shelflife Records order page for record
Opposite Number Records order page for record
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Two Hearts And No Brains will be available on vinyl, CD, cassette, and digital formats via Dead Oceans.
Bandcamp to order Two Hearts And No Brain
Van Hellemont traveled in Canada and the US last fall, working on songs for a new album. Our first taste of his new efforts is "Shine 'em up Sadie", inspired the story of an Italian immigrant family in New York in the 1920s. The song finds Douglas Firs in an upbeat, pop mode, and it is a good sound for them.
In addition to Gertjan Van Hellemont, Douglas Firs are Sem van Hellemont, Simon Casier, Senne Guns, and Lokko. The new album will be released this Fall via Dutch label Excelsior Recordings.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
For me, the best songs are "Unreal", "Swerve", "Charlene", "Falling", and "Letting Go". Several are available for streaming below, and you can hear the entire album at the Bandcamp link at the bottom of this post.
Bandcamp for album
Monday, April 24, 2017
Jófríður Ákadóttir became known to the music world as a member of Samaris, Gangly and Pascal Pinon, but she also works solo as JFDR. Her deft combination of arresting vocals, evocative wordplay and delicate soundscapes was well-showcased on her recent album, Brazil. Today we bring you the video for one of the album tracks, "Destiny Is Upon Us".
Bandcamp for Brazil
Bandcamp for Brazil
Sunday, April 23, 2017
When some people hear the term "synth pop", their assumption is that the music will be sweet, a bit fey, and probably blandly canned like a lot of mainstream pop. Well, that may accurately describe some of the synth pop they encounter in the daytime, but tonight we are welcoming them to the nightshift. Or, specifically, to Nightshift, the latest album from Johan Angergard in his guise as The Legends. This synth pop is a knife's edge wrapped in velvet, made for late nights, dark clubs, frenetic dancing, sweaty encounters, passionate clinches, and assignations made and broken. And throughout, Angergard wields his synths like a ninja wields his knives -- big strokes, little stabs, deft cuts, feints, and the killer thrusts, each precisely and the moment requires. Like the costumes and makeup denizens of the night employ to create an image, Angergard processes the sounds, fattening the bass, stretching the percussion hits, and running the vocals through a vocoder.
In different hands, all the electronic wizardry could become a distraction. But in Angergard's hands the focus remains on the songs, and like the sweet hooks and melodies, everything is done in service to making the best possible songs. And to add depth, and a bit of sugar to sweeten the mix, The Legends enlist guest vocals from Kristina Borg (Red Sleeping Beauty), Elin Berlin (Eternal Death), and Maria Usbeck. Nightshift is generous in length, and generous and adventurous in spirit. It should fill your nights well into the summer.
My favorite songs are "Summer In The City", "In Love With Myself", "Space Jam", and the haunting "Cocaine".
Nightshift is out now via Labrador Records. You can even play it in the daytime.