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.
Brooklyn musician Bill Gillim introduced the world to the devotional sounds of Megafortress back in 2012, promptly releasing a self-titled EP of lustrous, meditative hymns on Software Label. A whole new journey finds Gillim’s angelic falsetto taking a back seat to fuller, stripped down vocals on the beautifully twisted new single “Live In Grace.” Lush organ sounds sparsely glimmer through patches of delicate fuzz, giving him access to a realm of unearthed thoughts and fears trapped in stillness. In the midst of some heavy proclamations, Gillim’s ascension to ”Grace” is often shrouded in the fear of his own delusion. However, the contemplative wanderer still travels off the beaten path, hoping that through all the obscurity and discord, a more tangible picture presents itself and safely leads him to higher ground.
Megafortress’ debut album Believer will be released on November 4th via Driftless Recordings.
Nick Hakim‘s hybrid sound often finds elements of blues and folk dancing in the night, bridging love, loss, and fantasy into gut-wrenching ballads that lead to a river of tears. With the release of Where Will We Go Pt. 2 fast approaching, Nick Hakim drops another gloomy summer jam titled ”Lift Me Up.” Hakim leads with a weepy falsetto as the piano keys bleed through a subtle, airy production. As he relives the loss of a friend, his pain encompasses the track, which leads to vocals so crisp it’s bone chilling. Each harmony is delicate, yet visceral, triggering emotions that feel strangely close to home.
Where Will We Go Pt. 2 will be out on September 16th via Earseed Records.