With their Easy Life EP due out later this summer, Toronto duo Prince Innocence have finally given Bealeric house track “I Don’t Care” the perfect visuals to match its woozy, apathetic vibes. Director Chris Levett manages to capture new sides of frontwoman Talvi Faustmann, who finds herself trapped in a kaledioscope dream throughout the course of the video. Caught between sorrow and happiness, Faustmann decides to battle her endless blues by dancing them off, swaying freely between outfit changes and a vibrant gloss of shifting color schemes. It’s hard to say how she feels by the end of the video, but a cloud-covered fantasy land seems like the perfect place to sort out your unresolved feelings and pick out some killer spring looks in the process.
Tasseomancy‘s alluring soundscapes often trigger the most impenetrable ambience, a realm made more divine by the enchanting harmonies of Tasseo twins Romy and Sari Lightman. On “Apophenia,” the second single from the forthcoming Palm Wine Revisited, the twins’ swirling electronics are brushed by a steel drum symphony, which manages to get dreamier as the song progresses. The track begins with cosmic keyboard bubbles swimming upward in a haze, as vocals push through ever so slightly. The message is often unclear, leaving much to decipher through the track, but you’ll find the key to enjoying this ethereal gem is to lay back and let go, no questions asked.
Pale Wine Revisited drops June 2nd via Healing Power Records.
Austin, TX’s Wez debuts with his romantic pop track “The Mood Changes,” a reflective anthem that chronicles the anxieties that loom in the midst of a real connection. The soft-focused keys swim freely as the bubbling production continues to illuminate the hazy bits of his tipsy Friday night. Wez lustfully croons about that special moment when the chemistry with someone is just right, but you’re trying your best to play it cool. The budding producer doesn’t shy away from his true emotions, even when he’s unsure what those are. As the track fades away, Wez asks “Maybe I could stay the night. Do you think that would be alright?” a question that can answer itself by the end, depending on how many whiskies you’ve had throughout the night.
When he’s not delivering swampy psych pop as one half of Alligator Indian, Asheville’s Matthew Erao likes to keep his solo stuff flowing, releasing tracks under a slew of different monikers. Absolute Fantasy finds Erao revisting his last ten years of releases, layering warped samples into bleak, crackling production that often results in a lot of lush, zoned out pop songs. ”Patriarch Angel” is a song first created under the name XIAN INTL last summer. In its visual form, Erao takes his swoon fest into cyberspace, a performance meant to poke fun at love songs in which the female character needs to be saved by the male protaginist. Aside from a wonky monitor, there isn’t much to be saved from in this video. However, between Erao’s alluring glances and new wave tinged vocals, you may fall prey to his charms, which may be a danger in and of itself.
Taking a break from the plaintive grooves of electronic trio Nautic, sultry Londonite Laura Groves is gearing up to release her second solo EP titled Committed Language. Leading with ”Dream Story,” Groves finds herself in hot pursuit of lost fragments that loom in the sleepy unknown, a quest that melds fantasy and reality with gleaming synth lines that punctuate her fluttering vocals. Even with it’s melancholic undertones, the soulful rhythm manages to keep things lush and upbeat, as Groves breathlessly croons, “When you gonna tell your story?”—an answer trapped in an hour glass, pouring carefully as she contemplates exactly what brought her back to dreamland.
Committed Language drops February 17th via DEEK Recordings.
When Saint Pepsi dropped the Fiona Coyne/Fall Harder 7” earlier this year, most people were shocked to learn that the young producer has a pretty impressive vocal range to match his funked-out pop songs. Directed by Alex Girav, the visuals for the summery B-side “Fall Harder” feature two couples on opposite sides of the coin. Young love burns bright, as old lovers struggle to rekindle their flame. Romantic highs and lows find both sets of lovebirds at a crossroads, until their paths cross at a house party and one couple soon discovers that some careless fun and a few rolls of 2-ply is all their relationship needed.
The Fiona Coyne/Fall Harder 7” is available now via Carpark.
With their debut EP slated for release next month, Gothenburg’s School ’94 pulls shades of the ’80s into the EP’s title track “Like You.” The melodic, soft-focused riffs and shimmering keyboard carry this lovestruck anthem through a pool of romantic bliss as singer Alice Botéus powers through and bathes the track in lush, wailing vocals. At times it feels like Cocteau Twins, with a brief cameo by Pat Benatar. But in reality, it’s just four young Swedes with a youthful glow that has rejuvenated an era of music past, taking all those nostalgic moments and turning them into love songs with no concept of the past or the present.
Between producing records, playing in Ejecta, and his duties as co-founder of the New York-Los Angeles imprint Driftless Recordings, Joel Ford tends to keep a pretty packed schedule. While previous releases have been pretty sporadic, the Brooklyn-based producer is set to drop his first proper solo album in 2015. “Breathe” finds Ford scrolling through samples of ’80s and ’90s action thrillers, forging a lustrous fantasy world on the thuds of blistering, hi-fi techno. Leanne Macomber comes equipped for another cinematic production courtesy of her Ejecta counterpart. Her icy, bated vocals swerve through lanes of metallic percussion and bleak, mutated synths, an action-packed joyride that sees Macomber trail the beat through so many twist and turns, the mere thought of a sequel is almost too much to handle.
Joel Ford’s forthcoming mini-album, Fugitive, drops early next year via Driftless Recordings.
Swedish duo Bam Spacey have decided to take one more euphoric joyride before the release of their forthcoming album. “Delar Av En Historia (2002)” is Swedish for “parts of a history,” a theme that remains prevalent as this lush gem sparkles in a sea of ambiguity and ghostly electronics. The intro finds sparse flutters of insect and wilderness sounds igniting a glistening array of hi-hats and silky percussion that give the track a warm, luscious glow. Lucid vocals flush in and out of touch, as nostalgia wails through and taps you on the ear. Nothing is clear by the end, but the track continues to drift further into a blissful oblivion, leaving puzzle pieces scattered throughout its lush soundscapes for you to decipher.
Bam Spacey’s debut album 1998 drops October 14th via Ceremony Recordings.