Author Archive

Youth Lagoon

"Knower"

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Trevor Powers is back announcing his third album as Youth Lagoon. He’s held a special place in my heart, ever since the first time I heard “Cannons” back in 2011. With each record, Trevor has managed to evolve, and explore a new facet of his seemingly unending creative nature. “Knower” is an evolutionary journey in and of itself, starting with a creeping etherial falsetto that ultimately grows into a triumphant crescendo Sufjan Stevens would be proud of.

You can pre-order Savage Hills Ballroom via Fat Possum Records.

Cemeteries

"Luna (Moon of Claiming)"

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Portland-based artist Cemeteries makes the kind of music that—even at a six minute track runtime—you don’t ever want to end. His newest single “Luna (Moon of Claiming)” from his upcoming album Barrow, is no exception. Starting out with a lilting piano, Kyle J. Reigle’s swoon-inducing vocals send you on a zen-like journey that leaves you wishing you could feel this way forever.

Barrow will be out on July 28th via Snowbeast Records & Track and Field Records.

Peaks

"Slumberland"

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Peaks is a five piece experimental pop project out of Oberlin, Ohio, and just released the first single off their upcoming EP, happydie. A part of the Stereocure family, the EP is full of a wide range of sounds and emotions. “Slumberland” is a plucky anthemic track, perfect for that sort of contemplative joy you can feel when cruising up and down the PCH. It’s both bright and thoughtful.

The happydie EP is out July 17th, and can be pre-ordered via iTunes.

Skylar Spence

"Can't You See"

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The Saint Pepsi moniker may have been put to rest, but from its ashes, Skylar Spence has officially been born. Ryan DeRobertis’ debut single, “Can’t You See” is painfully dancy, and introduces a key new element to his music: his vocals. It’s a welcome introduction, and a clear evolution for what he’s doing with the new project.

“Can’t You See” is the lead single from Skylar Spence’s upcoming debut album Prom King, which will be available on September 18th via Carpark Records.

Kazimier

"Lotto"

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New York artist Kazimier makes sometimes weirdo-pop, sometimes ambient, sometimes non-genre-conforming electronic music. His latest tracks can be found on a delightfully weird and sparkling split EP with LA “boy composer” Parks Burton. I couldn’t think of a better home for the Gifts EP than with our friends at Grind Select, who just can’t seem to simply release anything. Instead they err on the side of experimentation when it comes to their release methods. That’s why they built an experiential website dedicated to the EP where you can create your own GIFs as you listen to the album—”turn Gifts, into GIFs.”

Gifts is out today digitally & on cassette via Graveyard Orbit.

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Owen Thiele & Zack Sekoff - "run"

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Owen Thiele and Zack Sekoff are the perfect combination of talents. By joining Thiele’s smooth-as-butter vocals with Sekoff‘s production (and occasional rap) skills, they’ve stumbled upon a recipe of sound that’s almost irresistible. Their debut EP, Without, was recorded entirely in Zack’s dorm room, which is hard to believe when you hear what they managed to produce.

I’m so happy to give you the first chance to watch the brand new Zachariah de Cairo (High Five Collective) directed video for their single “run.” They’ve infused themes of heartbreak and loss into a terribly infectious track that begs you to dance. And the visuals Cairo has created accompany the vibes perfectly.

The full EP will be released soon, so be on the lookout.

Iles

"Little Notes"

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Los Angeles based artist Iles definitely speaks lo-fi bedroom as a language, but I’m not convinced it’s his native tongue. The sound of his standout single “Little Notes” can’t quite be contained by that genre label alone. It’s lofty, and is instantly catchy, begging for repeat plays. The lo-fi simplicity of the track is only something the carefully crafted and hypnotizing song wears as a way of making it more accessible.

Download or order the limited edition cassette of Apartments via Forged Artifacts.

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starRo ft. Jarell Perry - "Tainted"

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Director Brad Wong built something much more than just a music video for LA producer starRo‘s latest single. The notions of being tainted emotionally and relationally are taken to the ultimate physical conclusion, with scientific mishaps, zombie-like infections, and a love story to pull it all together, it’s more like a short film than a music video.

The film works in perfect conjunction with the track, though they might seem like a counterintuitive pair if you heard and watched them separately. Jarell Perry‘s smooth and emotive vocals bring just the kind of beautiful weight needed, while StarRo’s dense and multi-faceted production perfectly matches the depth and emotion.

StarRo’s new album, Emotion, is available now via iTunes.

Empress Of

"Water Water"

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Lorely Rodriguez’s project Empress Of is back with her first single from her upcoming debut album. Her production style has only developed and evolved since the last time we heard her. Her vocals are as strong and demanding as ever, and are used as an integral piece of her production. There’s a trance-like quality to “Water Water” that had me staring into the corner of the room for most of the track. Lyrically, Lorely never ceases to surprise me; she makes talking about drinking red wine and accidentally getting too high sound like poetry.

Look for her upcoming debut via XL Recordings & Terrible Records.